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derek1984
Feb 23, 2012, 07:35 AM
I apologize if this might be the wrong forum to ask this question...

I'm looking for a pair of earbuds to use with my iPhone when I am working out at the gym. My budget is $200 but would prefer to spend less...

Just looking at some reviews on Amazon, I see the Bose mei2i's get decent reviews plus work with the iPhone when you have an incoming call. They might be at the top of my list.

I also see Polk just released a new line of earbuds.

My main concern is for the earbuds to stay in my ear as I am running. I have issues with the provided Apple earbuds not staying in my ears. And then sound quality is my next concern. Any suggestions? Thanks



surfer99
Feb 23, 2012, 07:59 AM
Had the exact same issue with earbuds fallings out and very uncomfortable on long runs, found these and love them, feel great even during very long runs(2 hrs +).

Sennheiser MX85 Sport Series II Twist to Fit Earbuds

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-MX85-Sport-Twist-Earbuds/dp/B001GSZAF0/ref=sr_1_51?ie=UTF8&qid=1330005424&sr=8-51

derek1984
Feb 23, 2012, 08:11 AM
^ Thanks. I'll look into those.


I do have a pair of Koss KSC-75s. I remember them having a nice fit on my ear but worry about the foam and too much sweat.

tk0084
Feb 23, 2012, 09:10 AM
Personally I love my skullcandy ink'd buds. I've run a marathon with them. Cheap, stay in, and awesome sound quality. I've bought more expensive skullcandy buds because of how much I loved the ink'd buds but they weren't nearly as nice in my opinion.

Don't go spending $200 on earbuds for running because they will end up destroyed from sweat eventually.

TBONE72
Feb 23, 2012, 09:19 AM
There was a really good thread in the iPhone accessories forum regarding this question, but I can't remember the name. I think if you search for the title of your post in that forum it should come up. Anyway, a lot of people were recommending Yurbuds (the loop over the ear variety) in that thread. I was thinking of getting a pair for myself.......

MrFrump
Feb 23, 2012, 09:23 AM
I bought these a couple months ago and they have been awesome. Very comfortable and great sound. Only knock is the cord is a bit short. It comes with an extender and built in volume adjuster, but that was a bit too bulky for me and was way more cord than I needed. I use them with a shuffle either clipped to my sleeve or clipped to my waistband which is a bit snug but not enough to yank them out of my ears. If you wear the iphone on your arm you will be fine.

Sennheiser MX 680 (http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-MX-680-Headphone-control/dp/B0035JKJ40/ref=pd_cp_e_1)

Steve28
Feb 23, 2012, 09:42 AM
I have a pair of the JayBird JF3 bluetooth headsets and they work great. I've had them about 5-6 months now and run with them almost every day.

http://www.jaybirdgear.com/jf3/bluetooth-headphones-features.html?gclid=CJK6nK-3tK4CFYoZQgodr14ISQ

AlphaHumanus
Feb 23, 2012, 09:50 AM
I have a pair of the JayBird JF3 bluetooth headsets and they work great. I've had them about 5-6 months now and run with them almost every day.

http://www.jaybirdgear.com/jf3/bluetooth-headphones-features.html?gclid=CJK6nK-3tK4CFYoZQgodr14ISQ

Ive been looking at grabbing a pair of these for a long time now. Between the price tag and intermittent availability, I've never gotten around to it.

Apple Key
Feb 23, 2012, 09:53 AM
I like these a lot. They stay in well, and block out enough outside noise that you can hear the music without going deaf.

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDREX38iP-BLK-Earbud-Control/dp/B002M78JA2/

Leonard1818
Feb 23, 2012, 10:02 AM
Only for use at the gym right?

Cause if you're going to use them anywhere outside or in public, please please please please don't get the in-ear style. Stick to the normal ones that have a small hook over the ear (to keep them in place).

I exercise on an old RR track converted to a running, biking, skating, exercise trail. I can't tell you how many times I've come up behind someone and alerted them to my "passing on the left" and they have no idea because they are being irresponsible with their music/headphones.

Just a thought. If they're solely for use at a gym where people obviously won't be around you/passing you/needing to talk to you then you should be fine.

iceterminal
Feb 23, 2012, 10:06 AM
During the winter months (yes, we do have 2 of them in Texas) I tend to do my cardio inside. But during the spring/fall I try to go outside as much as I can.
So I'm looking for some bluetooth buds that won't fall out and sound decent but won't break the bank. I can't stand the cord bouncing around as I walk/run.

So along these same lines of the OP, whats a good option(s) that'll stay on my head/ears and won't kill me?

EmbraceTheOne
Feb 23, 2012, 10:10 AM
During the winter months (yes, we do have 2 of them in Texas) I tend to do my cardio inside. But during the spring/fall I try to go outside as much as I can.
So I'm looking for some bluetooth buds that won't fall out and sound decent but won't break the bank. I can't stand the cord bouncing around as I walk/run.

So along these same lines of the OP, whats a good option(s) that'll stay on my head/ears and won't kill me?

Try putting the cord inside your shift.

Assuming you run with a shirt on.

iceterminal
Feb 23, 2012, 10:47 AM
Try putting the cord inside your shift.

Assuming you run with a shirt on.

Yes, I've tried that. It bugs me sometimes but I can get past that. What really gets on my nerves is the cord pulling and tugging on the ear buds. It gives me a feeling that they're falling out.

Rocko1
Feb 23, 2012, 10:48 AM
To really stick you need a pair that has a clip that goes over the back of your ear. Many of the in-ear buds will fall out when you start to sweat.

http://www.headphone.com/selection-guide/sennheiser-adidas-omx-680.php

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015AHRFK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=topearbuds-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0015AHRFK

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-SHS8100-28-Earhook-Headphones/dp/B003BT6BM8/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1330015694&sr=1-3

lordofthereef
Feb 23, 2012, 11:03 AM
I have a pair of these (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sennheiser+-+Adidas+Sports+Earbud+Headphones/1432803.p?id=1218258634601&skuId=1432803&st=running%20headphones&cp=1&lp=4) that I picked up from Best Buy. A little pricey, just for running buds, but I like them. We also have another pair that are pretty good, though I can't remember the brand and I am not home. They are a company that specifically makes sports audio equipment. Both are sold at Best Buy (and we shop almost exclusively there since my fiance gets a huge discount)

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Only for use at the gym right?

Cause if you're going to use them anywhere outside or in public, please please please please don't get the in-ear style. Stick to the normal ones that have a small hook over the ear (to keep them in place).

I exercise on an old RR track converted to a running, biking, skating, exercise trail. I can't tell you how many times I've come up behind someone and alerted them to my "passing on the left" and they have no idea because they are being irresponsible with their music/headphones.

Just a thought. If they're solely for use at a gym where people obviously won't be around you/passing you/needing to talk to you then you should be fine.

Respectfully, wouldn't the responsible thing to do be not blast music? If I have my music too loud, I don't care what kind of phones I am using, I wouldn't hear someone tell me they are passing on the left. Obviously don't get something that is designed to isolate noise, but I can hear everything within at least a dozen or so feet around me whether I use in ear or not. I also don't blast my music. It's not just a courtesy thing for other runner/bikers, but also a safety thing IMO.

jesslla
Feb 23, 2012, 11:13 AM
Respectfully, wouldn't the responsible thing to do be not blast music? If I have my music too loud, I don't care what kind of phones I am using, I wouldn't hear someone tell me they are passing on the left. Obviously don't get something that is designed to isolate noise, but I can hear everything within at least a dozen or so feet around me whether I use in ear or not. I also don't blast my music. It's not just a courtesy thing for other runner/bikers, but also a safety thing IMO.

I don't run, but I do use a pair of cheap earbuds (usually in my own house). Frequently I have them only turned one "click" up, so almost all the way down. I still can't hear what is going on "outside" very well. I *might* be able to tell when my husband says something when he's standing in the same room I am, but then again I might not. Even my old apple earbuds would block almost all of the sound out for me.

lordofthereef
Feb 23, 2012, 11:19 AM
I don't run, but I do use a pair of cheap earbuds (usually in my own house). Frequently I have them only turned one "click" up, so almost all the way down. I still can't hear what is going on "outside" very well. I *might* be able to tell when my husband says something when he's standing in the same room I am, but then again I might not. Even my old apple earbuds would block almost all of the sound out for me.

Wow. Maybe I am the exception then. At "one click" I can hear what's going on around me better than I can hear the music! LOL I do have a question for you though. Can you hear your husband better, in this same situations, with over the ear headphones?

FWIW, I am not talking being able to make perfect conversation while running. Just simply hearing what is around you (someone saying SOMETHING implying they are approaching, train horn, etc. etc.)

Randman
Feb 23, 2012, 11:42 AM
I've been using the Plantronics at the gym and while biking. My wife has a pair as well.

https://www.plantronics.com/images/catalog/product_fullsize/backbeat903.jpg

http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/backbeat-903-plus

AlphaHumanus
Feb 23, 2012, 11:48 AM
The Plantronics were uncomfortable in my ears, and had a tendency to bounce quite a bit while running. Then died after about 4 months of use.

derek1984
Feb 23, 2012, 11:56 AM
Thanks again for the replies.

After doing more research and reading this thread, I'm thinking about trying a pair that I already own, the Koss KSC-75s. I just need to find where I put them!

As for an alternative, I guess the Bose mei2i's are still leading the pack. Unless there is something else out there I am missing that hasn't been posted yet..

SurferMan
Feb 23, 2012, 12:00 PM
Personally I love my skullcandy ink'd buds. I've run a marathon with them. Cheap, stay in, and awesome sound quality. I've bought more expensive skullcandy buds because of how much I loved the ink'd buds but they weren't nearly as nice in my opinion.

Don't go spending $200 on earbuds for running because they will end up destroyed from sweat eventually.Yup, expensive headphones I wouldn't use for running, gym, or anything to do with extraneous activity causing sweat etc. I use the Ink'd buds for running and gym and their perfect, the silicone tips that come with them are even better then some way more expensive headphones I've tried. I have a pair of Klipsch S4's for traveling on planes etc.

derek1984
Feb 23, 2012, 12:18 PM
The skullcandy ink'd buds will stay in-ear when running? Good to know. Maybe I'll try them out since they're cheap and easy to find. Thanks

milbournosphere
Feb 23, 2012, 12:31 PM
the Bose mei2i's get decent reviews plus work with the iPhone when you have an incoming call.

Bose ie2 owner here. I absolutely love them. I run with them and the weird little hook they put in the design of the bud really works; I've yet to have them fall out. Plus, they're really easy to clean, as the tips are easily removed and washed, and replacement tips are dirt cheap ($9 for a replacement pair). I've washed the tips with soap and water a few times...they've yet to get grimey from sweat or anything like that.

I've had mine for about a year now and I'd highly recommend them. I use mine with a shuffle so I can't speak to the in-line controls, but I've yet to have any issues with the cord or anything like that. They also sound great, so they've allowed me to consolidate my headphones to just these and a pair of over-ear headphones. Just my two cents, hope this helps.

TallGuy1970
Feb 23, 2012, 12:44 PM
I use the Phillips Action Fit SHQ3000 ear buds for stressful workouts. They are sweat resistant and fit really nice. They have a soft, flexible ear cap that fits around the back of your ear so they don't fall out.

I've also used the Phillips SHH8107. These also have the piece that fits around the back of your ear (I find this design much more comfortable than trying to jam a traditional ear bud in your ear far enough that it is secure while running), but this set comes with a microphone and controls so you can use your iPhone while exercising.

Both are far below your budget. Neither complete blocks out other noises, but when running I want to be aware of the sounds (dogs and cars) around me.

designs216
Feb 23, 2012, 01:22 PM
I like these cheap Sony (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00007EDM8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&tag=thsalntviloit05-20&qid=1263215062&sr=8-2%3Fie%3DUTF8) headphones. I use them with my nano on long runs. They don't fall out, they don't mind sweat and if you lose them, no biggie.

SurferMan
Feb 23, 2012, 01:22 PM
The skullcandy ink'd buds will stay in-ear when running? Good to know. Maybe I'll try them out since they're cheap and easy to find. ThanksRemember everyone has different size ears/canals, I used the larger silicone tips and their fine, both running or gym. Others may say they, or other buds from other makes, fall out etc. You may want to try one of the ones that kinda clip behind the ear to hold in place.

But for 10 bucks, the ink'd are great. My Klipsch S4's are great, but don't want to risk damaging those for running or gym use.

EmbraceTheOne
Feb 23, 2012, 01:46 PM
Yes, I've tried that. It bugs me sometimes but I can get past that. What really gets on my nerves is the cord pulling and tugging on the ear buds. It gives me a feeling that they're falling out.

I like Koss headphones for that. The left ear cord is longer, so it goes around your head. I'm a drummer, and I love them for that feature.

iceterminal
Feb 23, 2012, 02:29 PM
I like Koss headphones for that. The left ear cord is longer, so it goes around your head. I'm a drummer, and I love them for that feature.

Any specific model to look for?

PNutts
Feb 23, 2012, 02:49 PM
Nobody has, :) but I don't recommend Apple's in-ear headphones. I can't keep the suckers in even when walking.

theman510
Feb 23, 2012, 03:28 PM
I've been using the Plantronics at the gym and while biking. My wife has a pair as well.

Image (https://www.plantronics.com/images/catalog/product_fullsize/backbeat903.jpg)

http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/backbeat-903-plus

In case anybody is interested in these they're almost half off Plantronics price on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Plantronics-BackBeat-903-Headset/dp/B00428N9OK/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1330032431&sr=1-5

SweetLou122
Feb 23, 2012, 03:53 PM
I used ink'd buds for a while but the microphonics (sound of the cord rustling against shirt, moving, bouncing, drove me crazy for running. Had some ultimate ears for a while with the same problem, not to mention that they fell out CONSTANTLY.

Wearing expensive iems or portables for gym or running is up to the person, I've seen and heard of people using 2-500$ sets for the gym or running, which is great if you have deep pockets.

My looking drove me to a smaller company, Meelectronics which have a great bang-for the buck- reputation. I would recommend the m-6 model or m9 (same drivers), which hooks around the ear, has a fantastic cable and strain reliefs, not to mention great sound. I have several of their models which have all lasted at least a year of being rolled over by chairs, yanked out of my laptop/phone, not to mention running and the gym, and have no damage at all.

I've had many sets of ink'd and these blow them, (any everything from skullcandy I've heard and used) out of the water. EASY decision

http://www.amazon.com/MEElectronics-M6-CL-Sound-Isolating-Headphones-Players/dp/B0038W0K2U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330033816&sr=8-1

SurferMan
Feb 23, 2012, 04:36 PM
I used ink'd buds for a while but the microphonics (sound of the cord rustling against shirt, moving, bouncing, drove me crazy for running. Had some ultimate ears for a while with the same problem, not to mention that they fell out CONSTANTLY.

Wearing expensive iems or portables for gym or running is up to the person, I've seen and heard of people using 2-500$ sets for the gym or running, which is great if you have deep pockets.

My looking drove me to a smaller company, Meelectronics which have a great bang-for the buck- reputation. I would recommend the m-6 model or m9 (same drivers), which hooks around the ear, has a fantastic cable and strain reliefs, not to mention great sound. I have several of their models which have all lasted at least a year of being rolled over by chairs, yanked out of my laptop/phone, not to mention running and the gym, and have no damage at all.

I've had many sets of ink'd and these blow them, (any everything from skullcandy I've heard and used) out of the water. EASY decision

http://www.amazon.com/MEElectronics-M6-CL-Sound-Isolating-Headphones-Players/dp/B0038W0K2U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330033816&sr=8-1Mee is another good, mostly unknown/mentioned brand. Yeh I have two pairs of Ink'd, one for the gf one for me, for some reason mine has very little "rustling" sound come through from the cord (usually all cheaper headsets have that character), but the other set has it a lot and it can be annoying so definitely keep that in mind. I would have bought the Mee M6s but grabbed the two pairs of Ink'd on sale for like $15 bucks for the pair at a store.

boshii
Feb 23, 2012, 04:48 PM
I use the Jaybird Freedoms

http://www.amazon.com/Jaybird-Freedom-Bluetooth-Earbuds-Fit-Bluetooth/dp/B005B28DOM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330037163&sr=8-1

They don't move while you run and the sound is great. They're also backed by a lifetime warranty against sweat.

RolandNights
Feb 23, 2012, 08:13 PM
I like these cheap Sony (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00007EDM8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&tag=thsalntviloit05-20&qid=1263215062&sr=8-2%3Fie%3DUTF8) headphones. I use them with my nano on long runs. They don't fall out, they don't mind sweat and if you lose them, no biggie.

I use the same ones! I've been using them at the gym for about 3 years now. They've taken quite the beating, but they're still good as new. There's no remote, so if you switch songs a lot, it's kind of hard to run, bust out your iPhone/Touch, and use the touch screen without slowing down a little (at least for my uncoordinated self). In any case, I like earbuds like this because they never fall out and I don't feel "plugged up" by the snug feeling of rubber earbuds. Also, I like that I can hear outside noise while wearing these even if they're loud. I like to be able to hear any type of oncoming bikes/peds/cars or if anyone tries to talk to me at the gym.

EmbraceTheOne
Feb 24, 2012, 08:21 AM
Any specific model to look for?

These. They come in all colors too. They're cheap. (for the most part..) And pump out great sound. Also good sound canceling.


http://www.koss.com/en/products/headphones/earbuds/KE29%20Black__KE29_Black_In-Ear_Headphones

alesley03
Feb 24, 2012, 11:07 AM
I apologize if this might be the wrong forum to ask this question...

I'm looking for a pair of earbuds to use with my iPhone when I am working out at the gym. My budget is $200 but would prefer to spend less...

Just looking at some reviews on Amazon, I see the Bose mei2i's get decent reviews plus work with the iPhone when you have an incoming call. They might be at the top of my list.

I also see Polk just released a new line of earbuds.

My main concern is for the earbuds to stay in my ear as I am running. I have issues with the provided Apple earbuds not staying in my ears. And then sound quality is my next concern. Any suggestions? Thanks

I have the Bose headphones and love them. They come with 6 different ear fittings so you can easily find one that stays snug in your ear. And the sound quality is awesome. I've had these for over a year and use them every day. Not to mention Bose has awesome customer service... when a plate came off of one of my buds a year later, they handed me a new set on the spot no questions asked. (And this was just a cosmetic issue)

PNutts
Feb 25, 2012, 04:13 PM
I'm looking at the recommendations made in this thread. If it's not mentioned specifically on their site (or here), is there a generic way to tell if they can activate Siri?

lordofthereef
Feb 25, 2012, 04:20 PM
I'm looking at the recommendations made in this thread. If it's not mentioned specifically on their site (or here), is there a generic way to tell if they can activate Siri?

If you can skip tracks, it's usually a good sign you can activate siri. It uses the same button (long press for Siri and double tap for skipping tracks). Most, but not all, buds with volume up and down will generally have this. They tend to design these things around iPhones, IMO.

Eldiablojoe
Feb 25, 2012, 08:10 PM
earbudds. earbudds.com

ChrisTX
Feb 26, 2012, 01:18 PM
I have a pair of power beats, and they have been great in the gym. I've owned a few pair of Bose, and a pair of sennheiser, and so far these have been my favorite. http://www.amazon.com/PowerBeats-Sport-Headphones-Monster®--Ear/dp/B004477OGI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330283848&sr=8-1

terraphantm
Feb 26, 2012, 11:41 PM
I personally love my UltimateEars TripleFi 10s with the comply foam tips. Finally something that doesn't fall out of my ears

JL4W
Feb 26, 2012, 11:43 PM
I like the skullcandy smokin' buds they've always served me well!

jk4lebron23
Feb 27, 2012, 03:36 AM
i have the power beats by dre and love them, they have incredible sound and wrap around your ear and they are specifically made for working out :D

AlphaHumanus
Feb 27, 2012, 09:53 AM
I just put in an order on a pair of the Jaybird Freedom JF3's. We'll see...

Jason Genesis
Apr 25, 2012, 10:45 PM
There's a lot of bad advice in here, no offense, but DO NOT get Skullcandy earbuds if you're buying them for working out. One you'll have problems with getting a nice secure fit and two they'll likely break from sweat damage soon enough.

You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars, but go with something like the Bose IE2, Klipsch S4 or even something cheaper like Yurbuds.

Also, not to give you too many options, but Meelec is super cheap and their M6 are amazing.

I'd check this article out: Best Sports Headphones (http://www.workoutheadphones.org/best-sports-headphones-of-2011/)

mjconner1
Jul 18, 2012, 04:09 PM
I just got a pair of these clips called HearBudz. They're compatible with the white Apple earbuds, which is cool, since I have a few of these already, because they come with every ipod, ipad, iphone or nano. They securely and comfortably stay in place, and don't fall out, even while walking, jogging, running, bicycling, skating, exercising, working out etc... check'em out they were only $6.95 for a pair
http://www.hearbudz.com/#!hearbudz-home-page/mainPage

Blackforge
Jul 19, 2012, 04:24 PM
I use the Sennheiser Adidas PMX 680i for outdoor running:

http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PMX-680i-Sports-Headset/dp/B003WVA6M6/

I just tuck the cord in side of my shirt and run it to the spibelt I use. I have the one with the microphone and sometimes use the voice control to changes songs, etc.