In-ear models are often considered the ugly duckling of the headphone world. Where on- and over-ear headphones suggest superior sound quality and luxury, the humble in-ear is too reminiscent of the flimsy black plastic numbers you get free on planes to be taken seriously.
In reality, in-ear headphones are better likened to a workhorse: they’re built with practicality, durability and endurance in mind, and as technology develops, the quality of the market choices vastly increase.
As with any sporting equipment, it’s worth investing in headphones – not only for their sound quality and design, but also to ensure a superior fit. Some people like the security of an over-ear clip, some prefer more expensive wireless options, while others keep it simple with a traditional wraparound neckband.
Whatever your preference, we’ve got five of the best in-ear sports headphones for you to choose from.
Klipsch S41 Rugged
The Klipsch S4i Rugged are exactly what you want in a pair of sports headphones: durable, well-designed, with good sound quality.
They’re not wireless like some of the more high-end models, and the remote can feel a little oversized for running, but they will hold up well for both indoor and outdoor exercise.
Sweat-resistant and waterproof, they come complete with a neat carrying case and in four colourways.
Available at Amazon, priced £89.99.
Sure, Beats can seem overpriced when compared to a lot of other brands, but these sweat-resistant wireless earphones really are some of the best around.
They are blessed with a sleek design, come in multiple colourways and work by connecting to your device via Bluetooth.
The curved ear hooks mean they fit to ear snugly, and the battery life extends to around six hours, which should cover even the most enthusiastic bouts of exercise.
Available at Beats by Dre, priced £169.95.
Sennheiser PMX 685i Sports
In-ear neckband headphones aren’t to everyone’s taste, but once again, Sennheiser have hit it out of the park with the PMX 685i, which features a super lightweight frame, weighting only nine grams, along with a simple cord and remote control set up.
The no frills design is accompanied by a reassuringly replaceable price tag of £40.99. The built-in microphone means you can easily take calls while on the run, or you can simply enjoy Sennheiser’s trademark excellent sound quality.
Available at Amazon, priced £40.99.
Monster iSport Victory
These nifty little neon green numbers feel like an extravagance but they’ve got more than enough performance power to back up their higher price tag.
Combining noise isolation, waterproof materials and a tangle-free cord, the Monster iSport Victory are something of a rarity: sports headphones with stellar sound.
And you’ll be able to appreciate the sound even more due to the patented SportClip earbuds, which will ensure they stay securely in your ear for the duration of your workout.
Available at shopmonsterproducts.co.uk, priced £129.95.
Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless
Spending the best part of £200 for a piece of technology you’ll spend most of your time sweating on seems crazy. But the Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless headphones are more than just a way for you to secretly listen to Taylor Swift on the treadmill.
With an in-ear heart rate monitor that connects to supporting Android and iOS apps, and a fine-tuned design that means, once nestled in your ears, these bad boys aren’t budging, the Jabra Sport Pulse are perhaps the ultimate sports headphones.
Available at jabra.com, priced £199.