Where fitness is concerned, eating right and exercising enough is the best way to go. If you're already having a fit physique or trying to get in shape, where do you get the spirit and vigour to keep going on? Music, of course!
Headphones and earphones are your personal gateway to tune into your favourite playlist and the music that gets you going while you're busy completing your squats or sit-ups schedule.
To get the best music experience that keeps you zealous during sports or workouts, you need supreme sounding and comfortably fitting earphones. We've compiled a list of the leading ones suitable for active sportsmen and fitness freaks.
In no particular order, here we go...
An award winning design and a style that appeals to all, the V-MODA Forza Metallo is a truly great in-ear headphone. With a behind the neck lightweight design, the Forza Metallo is easy to use. V-MODA's V-shaped signature is something that is liked by many and gives you the strong bass and clear sound to keep you going. The wireless and wired Forza Metallo both have the same technology and sound signature.
An in-line mic and 3-button remote help you communicate well and stay connected while controlling your music playback. Bluetooth 4.1 with AptX connects to your phone or audio player instantly and is capable of streaming lossless music. A battery life of 10 hours and quick recharging guarantees an all-day performance. These Hi-Res certified earphones are also water and sweat-resistant. So a great product to go for in this segment!
The small sized in-ears fit perfectly with the soft trademark BLISS eartips and you get greater comfort and fit with Comply foam tips. The included ear tips and ear fins guarantee the best fit during athletic activity.
If you’d prefer a more affordable version of the Forza Metallo, you could check out V-Moda’s Forza which costs Rs. 6,990.
The RHA MA750 Wireless is the non-wired version of the MA750. While both earphones are almost the same, the MA750 Wireless comes with a rubber neckband and magnetized housings that keep the earphones securely on your shoulders when not inserted into your ears. It has a V-shaped sound signature with a great bass, clear mids and slightly aggressive highs. The High Fidelity AptX and full bitrate AAC support gives you great quality sound and will certainly make you forget that your music is streaming wirelessly.
The battery life is certainly one of the best with 12 hours continuous playback. It also supports NFC connection which makes pairing with your music devices really easy. The IPX4 certification ensures that the in-ears are water-proof and sweat-proof which make them perfect for working out.
The earphones come with 5 pairs of silicone tips, 2 pairs of Comply foam tips and 2 pairs of dual flanged silicone tips for better fit and noise isolation
The a-Six Wireless are super-tiny but pack in a powerful and lively sound. The rich sub-bass with pristine highs and crystal-clear mids are enough encouragement to pump your way through even the most rigorous workouts. The uber-wide soundstage let you immerse yourself in your music.
This in-ear has durable aluminium housing that fit in your ears perfectly and comfortably. It comes in three different finishes i.e. black-gold, grey-silver and white silver. The 3-button remote and mic lets you take calls on-the-go. Voice prompts make life easier by telling you when the battery is low or connecting instructions. The best part—you can enjoy all your favourite songs for a good 12 hours!
For a better fit and noise isolation, the a-Six Wireless comes with 5 sets of silicone tips in different sizes. (Do note that this earphone is not IPX-rated and is not sweat and water-proof.)
Bragi The Dash PRO is truly an on-the-go earphone. The ergonomic fit and waterproof design make it comfortable no matter the kind of physical activity you are indulging in. The Knowles® Balanced Armature Speakers consisting of an A2DP profile, AAC and SBS audio codec, give you true to life sound.
While other earphones need you to connect them to your smartphone or music device (via wires, Bluetooth or NFC), Bragi The Dash PRO has a 4GB SD card that lets you carry your music with you in the earphones’ internal music player. You can also connect a Bluetooth-enabled device to it. The Dash PRO is an all-day companion with a battery life of 5 hours and an additional 30 hours with the pocket-sized charger.
The best part—The Dash PRO’s AI operating system tracks your activity and gives you feedback acting as your personal coach and trainer! Another innovative headset you should check out by the same brand is Bragi - The Headphone.
The Elite 25E comes from a line of some of the best sports earphones by Jabra. The neckband gently rests on your shoulders while you are running ensuring that they don’t fall off. The EarGels technology gives a custom and comfortable fit, thus enhancing the sound quality. Noise-cancellation removes all ambient noise so that nothing comes in-between you and your music.
The Elite 25E supports Bluetooth 4.1 and has a wireless range of 33 feet. It comes with a whopping battery life of 18 hours continuous playback and 22 days when on standby. Perfect for someone who does not have access to a charger for long periods of time.
Along with the earphones, you will also get an extra 2 sets of EarGels and one year manufacturer’s warranty.
This sports earphone comes from a company known for its wireless communication devices. Plantronics Backbeat Fit is a popular wireless sports earphone with a great fit and behind the neck design. It has a soft earbud fit design that provides for noise isolation and also gives great comfort.
The balanced yet bassy sound with a good amount of isolation is commendable. The earphone connects easily to all devices via Bluetooth. Though the old Bluetooth version may lag a little. It comes with controls and a power saving mode. An inbuilt mic is also present for clear communication.
An advanced earphone that actually doesn't go into your ear. The Aftershokz Trekz Titanium is a bone conduction earphone. For the uninitiated, bone conduction actually uses vibrators that transmit audio via your bones that the brain analyses exactly as music. (It is in no way harmful to your body.)
This sports earphone from Aftershokz is quite eclectic in design and features two square earpieces with a behind the neck design. The conducting earpieces sit behind your ear. This makes it easier for you to listen to your surroundings uninterrupted while listening to music. This becomes really beneficial for those cyclists and athletes who are training on busy roads. A durable and portable design, water-resistant build and balanced audio, makes this perfect for sports.
Sony's Walkman is now ultra-portable. This waterproof in-ears is perfect for sports. The bendable rubber and plastic design is quite sturdy and durable. With a behind-the-neck band and earhook type design, the WS623 sits comfortably and holds onto you strongly as you exercise.
A trademark Sony sound with loud bass and ample clarity makes the in-ears more likeable for avid runners, athletes and gym freaks.The earpiece actually hosts an audio player with a 4GB or 16GB storage where you can store and play your music.
With Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, it is easier and quicker to connect to your mobile devices and stream music quite well. A 12-hour battery backup and quick charging keep you going for long. The water and sweat resistance with the perfect ergonomic fit and style makes it widely compatible for runners, swimmers and those with a fit and active lifestyle.
With these features, Sony certainly takes a high spot in the sports category.
'The most stylish Bluetooth earphones', as the company claims and actually achieves to do so. Handcrafted and engineered by audio and style experts, the EOZ One certainly hits a six. It has a neckband design and huge metal earpieces that comfortably rests in your ear and delivers a balanced and V-shaped sound. The curved metal band with a strong fabric braided behind the neck connectivity cable blends into the overall appeal. It features a 3-button mic and remote with tactile soft buttons.
Other than its style and build, the EOZ One creates a great impression in the sound department as well. A balanced sound more towards a V-shaped signature makes the audio clear as well as have a punchy strong bass. The 9 mm electro-dynamic driver is quite clear and strong. To the pleasure of music lovers, it is Hi-Res music certified. Bluetooth v4.1 with AptX is able to deliver high-quality lossless music wirelessly.
A durable and portable design, punchy clear sound and a sweat and water resistant build are what make the EOZ One extremely sports friendly.
The Powerbeats 3 Wireless earphones are compatible for extreme sports and exercising. These chic lifestyle-focused earphones from Beats by Dr. Dre and Apple are quite popular and play great when it comes to sports earphones. An in-ear with ear hooks and a behind the neck cable is greatly ergonomic and compatible for sports.
Beats is known for its extra bass sound with a warm appeal. However, the clarity it compromises on is still a debatable point among audio lovers. With quick connectivity and Bluetooth version 4.1, music can be accessed wirelessly while working out. Water & sweat resistant, comfortable fit makes the Powerbeats 3 wireless a great sports companion.