Best for Action Sports

There are headphones, and then there are headphones built from Kevlar and steel

Jan 4, 2012
Outside Magazine
V-MODA Crossfade M-80

V-MODA Crossfade M-80    Photo: Courtesy of V-MODA

Headphones from Beats by Dr. Dre and Skullcandy are popular, but in the event of a wipeout, V-Moda's Crossfade M-80 are what you'll want. Built to military specifications from Kevlar and steel, these are likely the toughest headphones in the world: they're rated for extreme high and low temps, can absorb multiple drops from six feet and up, and won't yield to yanking and bending. Acoustically, they’ll also surpass most other models, with rich, symphonic sound and enough bass to satisfy hip-hop lovers. And for $25, you can customize the outer “shields” with your own art. If you expect lots of falls, protect your player or phone, too, with an OtterBox case (from $20).

Price: $229