The 10 Best Headphones and Earbuds to Buy for Fitness Walking in 2019

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Sports headphones and earbuds are designed to stay in place during vigorous activities. They also are designed so that getting wet from sweat isn't a problem.

While it's safer to unplug and walk, many walkers prefer to listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks when they are on the treadmill or walking alone. Walking music can help you keep up your pace during half marathons, while audiobooks and podcasts keep your mind engaged on training walks. Here are other features to consider:

  • You may want a design that you can wear comfortably with a hat and sunglasses. If the earpieces are competing for space behind your ear, that can lead to aches and discomfort.
  • Many older walkers also need a design that works with their hearing aids, and so they might prefer headphones to earbuds.
  • Bluetooth wireless designs eliminate the problem of the dangling cord, but they often have heavier earbuds that need to be secured in your ear with wing-like protrusions, reducing ambient sounds.
  • Bluetooth designs also have a limited amount of battery life and have to be recharged. You might run out of power on a long walk.
  • A microphone and music controller can allow you to adjust volume and take voice calls (does anybody still get those?) without having to manipulate your smartphone or music player.
  • Folding headphones and storage pouches for earbuds make them more packable.

Our Top Picks

Monster iSport Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

Monster iSport Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear Headphones
Monster iSport Bluetooth Wireless In-Ear Headphones. Courtesy of Amazon

Monster has several designs of wireless Bluetooth headphones and earbuds. These allow you to keep your smartphone secure in a pocket or pack. You can control your music and answer calls via Bluetooth and a built-in microphone. The drawback can be that the earbuds are heavier, so you need to experiment with their different tips to get a secure fit. They feature sweat-resistant ear clips.

Skullcandy 2XL Wage Headphones

2XL Wage Light Weight Headphone
2XL Wage Light Weight Headphone. Courtesy of Amazon

These very inexpensive headphones are great for your walking needs. They have foam earpieces that let in more ambient sound for safety. Many other inexpensive headphones have faux-leather earpieces that screen out too much sound. They are compatible with wearing hearing aids. The Wage has the over-the-head design that some walkers prefer (they can help keep your hat on your head in the wind). They don't have a volume controller and they don't fold. Considering the price, you don't have to worry as much about breaking them or losing them, just buy a new pair or stock up on extras.

Urbanears Kransen Earbuds

Urbanears Kranken Earbuds
Urbanears Kranken Earbuds. Wendy Bumgardner ©

These earbuds have a microphone and volume control built in. The angled earbuds truly stay in your ears while still allowing in enough ambient sound for safety. They have two features that keep the cord tidy—the earbuds snap together and there is a cord-keeper on the main cord. They are very lightweight and you can keep them handy for use at any time. They come in a variety of colors.

Miiego AL3 Women's Wireless Headphones

Miiego AL3 Woman Wireless Headphones
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These Bluetooth headphones were designed with a lightweight but secure neckband fit for active women. The neckband is soft and flexible. The soft on-ear design is made for safety, so you can be aware of what is going on around you while listening to music. The battery lasts for 11 hours on a charge. They are built for walking, running, and gym exercise.

RunPhones Headband Earphones

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RunPhones are earphones positioned inside a sweat-wicking headband. You position the band over your ears and wear it comfortably. This design lets in enough ambient noise for safety and it is hearing aid-friendly. They are a great choice for cool weather walks and runs. The drawback can be that the earphones are not perfectly positioned for the best sound quality, and it has no music controller or microphone feature. They come in both wired and wireless versions. The Bluetooth wireless version has eight to 12 hours of battery life and recharges via a micro-USB cable. When the band is sweaty, you can easily remove the earphones, wash it, and replace them after you launder it.

Wicked Audio Helix Earbuds

Wicked Audio Helix Earphones
Wicked Audio Helix Earphones. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Earhugger designs for earbuds can help keep them secure, especially if you don't want to wear them so snugly that you can't hear what's going on around you. Wicked Audio Helix earbuds work well. They are simple, they have no volume control or microphone. The problem can be comfort. You might have pain from earhugger designs, especially when wearing them with sunglasses.

JVC Extreme Fitness Waterproof Deluxe Headphones

JVC Extreme Fitness Headphones
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Go ahead and sweat or walk in the rain. No only are these waterproof, they are also washable so you can keep them clean. They have an open-ear design so you can hear ambient sounds for safety. They have a one-button microphone/music controller that is splashproof. The earpieces pivot so you can get a good fit.

1 Voice Bluetooth Beanie

1 Voice Bluetooth Beanie
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The 1 Voice Bluetooth Beanie connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, so there is no dangling wire. The Beanie model has earphones inside that you place over your ears rather than in your ears. You can remove the sound disks to wash the beanie. The battery lasts for six to eight hours on a charge.

Yatra Music Muffs

Yatra Music Muffs
Yatra Music Muffs. Courtesy of

These fun faux fur headphones will keep your ears warm while you listen to tunes. They are an over-the-head design, which can help keep your hat in place. There is a volume/track/pause controller on the cord so you don't have to take off your gloves to control your phone on wintery walks.

180s Earwarmer Headphones

180s Earwarmer Headphones
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180s Ear Warmer Headphones are designed for winter walking comfort.
These cushy earwarmers come in models with built-in headphones. Some models have Bluetooth for a wireless connection to your smartphone, while others have a wire and music controller and microphone. They are a behind-the-head design, which some people prefer. The Bluetooth version has eight hours of battery life. They fold for easy storage. The earwarmers are made of 100 percent polyester and are hand washable.


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