Welcome to liGo’s round-up of the Top 10 Best Bluetooth Headsets for Running 2017. We have only included the best wireless headphones for running in this list so you can be sure that you’re choosing from the cream of the crop. The liGo team has tested all the wireless earphones in this list and have taken into account customer feedback, customer reviews, external independent reviews, returns ratio, and have included a brief summary of each selection.

 

1. Jabra Sport Pace

  • Comfortable & secure fit
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Free companion app
  • Exceptional value for money

Our No.1 Wireless Earphones for Running are the Jabra Sport Pace, which offer impressive quality for only £69.99. Seriously comfortable and offering a secure fit even on long runs these Bluetooth running earphones benefit from excellent noise isolation, which helps to improve the already excellent sound quality. If you are looking for a reliable set of wireless earphones for running that are comfortable to wear, sit securely, and provides top sound quality without damaging your bank balance then the Jabra Sport Pace ticks all the boxes. Available in 3 colours and offering a 5-hour battery life when fully charged, you won't be disappointed!

Buy now: £69.99, liGo


2. Plantronics Backbeat Fit

  • 8-hour battery life
  • Waterproof (IP57)
  • Open-ear tip design

Narrowly missing out on the top spot and no.2 on our list is the Plantronics Backbeat Fit. Scoring top marks for comfort and providing better battery life with up to 8 hours workout time (which would be my personal best for a full marathon!) they were a serious contender. Featuring an over-ear hook with small in-ear loop and at only 24g we found the Backbeat Fit lightweight and secure. The controls are easy to use and whilst the sound quality was good the clarity and volume didn’t quite match that of the Jabra Sport Pace. Durable, waterproof, and reasonably priced, there is no denying that Plantronics Backbeat Fit are an excellent set of bluetooth earphones for running.

Buy now: £83.99, liGo


 

3. Jabra Elite Sport

  • Superior sound quality
  • True wireless cord-free design
  • Portable charging case
  • 3-year warranty

Another serious contender for the no.1 spot was the Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Earbuds. To be honest these were the best earphones for running on our list and there was a lot of contention over where to place them. Providing superior sound quality during testing for both music and calls, and boasting a cord-free design they were a joy to use. So why only No.3 on the list? A pair of the Jabra Elite Sport will set you back a pretty penny with prices starting at £229.99 at time of writing. The hefty price tag also means that we have less independent feedback on how this set of earphones for running performs in the long term. Another downside to the Elite Sport is a battery life of 4.5 hours (which isn’t bad when you consider the compact size of each earbud) and there is a portable charging case that will provide a total of up to 13.5 hours to play with. If money were no object then the Jabra Elite Sport would be No.1.

Buy now: £229.99, Jabra


 

4. Jabra Move

  • Lightweight
  • 8-hours battery life
  • Wired option
  • More than just for running

The wildcard of our list has to be the Jabra Move Wireless Headphones, which I wouldn’t ordinarily class as “running headphones” but I got speaking to a personal trainer and was telling her that I was writing an article about the best earphones for running. Naturally, I asked her what she used and found out that she hated the design of traditional “running earphones” because her ears are too small and they either fall out constantly or leave her with sore ears. To cut to the chase she uses these over-the-ear wireless headphones from Jabra, which is why they made it onto our shortlist for testing and ended up surprising us all. The sound quality is excellent and whilst they aren’t noise-cancelling headphones the closed cup design blocks out most background noise. They are lightweight enough to be comfortable but durable and sturdy enough that they don’t move around whilst running. If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional earphones for running then Jabra Move Wireless are our top choice!

Buy now: £50.99, liGo


 

5. Optoma BE Sport

  • Rain, sweat and dust resistant (IP55-rated)
  • 10-hour battery life
  • Secure fit
  • Robust and durable with sensational sound (AAC and aptX)

The durable design of the Optoma BE Sport3 provide resistance to rain, sweat and dust (IP55-rated) so they’re a reliable pair of earphones whether you’re at the gym, out hitting the road or the hills. Stay motivated when you're pushing yourself to the limits with the BE Sport3 Bluetooth in-ear headphones. The lightweight, durable design and custom ear tips keep them securely in place no matter how vigorous your workout – without the distraction of wires. In addition, wireless means a future fit to smartphones that don’t include an audio jack.

Buy now: £59.99, liGo


 

6. Panasonic BTS50

  • Waterproof IPX5
  • 5-hour battery life
  • Secure & comfortable fit
  • 15-min quick charge

From Panasonic comes the BTS50 Wireless Earphones, which have specifically been designed to be worn during the most enduring of sporting activities for exceptional sound and maximum comfort. We found the sound quality to be above average and the earphones were comfortable to wear and provided a secure fit whilst running. There have been a few complaints about battery life and charging issues, which we didn’t experience during testing. With a price of under £50 at the time of writing the Panasonic BTS50 offer good value for money.

Buy now: £69.99, Amazon


 

7. Bose SoundSport Wireless

  • Bose active EQ provides balanced audio at any volume
  • 6-hours battery life
  • IPX5 for resistance to sweat & rain
  • Mouldable cable for extra secure fit

Bose are renowned for sound quality and these SoundSport Wireless were a cut above the cheaper earphones at the budget end of our list. The mouldable cable can be bent to hook around your ears, virtually guaranteeing a secure fit, while music sounds terrific whether you’re listening to pounding EDM or guitar-based rock. They’re also IPX5 waterproof, so you can sweat profusely and then safely rinse under the tap. The only let down is that they’re lacking in-line controls and at £149.99 they are expensive. If you’re a serious runner who’s serious about sound quality then the Bose SoundSport might be for you!

Buy now: £149.95, Bose


 

8. Aftershokz Trekz Titanium

  • Superior active noise-cancellation
  • Integrated busylight
  • World-class speakers

None of us had heard of Aftershokz before we started this project so didn’t know what to expect. One of the unique advantages of Aftershokz Trekz Titanium is that they utilise bone conduction technology so they don't block your ear canal. So if being able to hear your surroundings is important this is an ideal headset. However, this could also be seen as a negative for some as you lose some of the sound quality as a result. On the whole the audio faired well is lacking in bass, so if you like a thumping beat to keep you motivated on your run then these probably aren’t for you. Further benefits are that they are waterproof, sweatproof and dustproof, and they can scrunched up to fit in a pocket, before pinging back to its normal shape when required, so it'll withstand being buried at the bottom of your bag.

Buy now: £109.99, Aftershokz


9. Monster iSport Victory

  • Sweat-proof and durable
  • 8-hour battery life
  • In-line controls

Offering a secure fit thanks to a wide range of tips and wings, the Monster iSport Victory provide a good running experience. However, there we did find them slightly less comfortable than the some of the other models and are perhaps better suited for more vigorous workouts. Sound quality was good but only when “sport mode” is activated, which can be done by pushing down both volume controls for 3-5 seconds. Overall they were good.

Buy now: £74.95, Amazon


 

10. KitSound Outrun

  • Great value for money
  • 6-hours battery life
  • Ultra-lightweight
  • In-line mic & controls

And the last entry on our list of the Top 10 Best Wireless Earphones for Running 2017 goes to the KitSound Outrun. They aren;t anything special but at only £29.99 at time of writing are one of the most affordable options out there that provides reasonable sound quality, a comfortable fit, and decent battery life. They’re only 15g so are exceptionally light and benefit from flexible silicon wings to keep them in place.

Buy now: £29.99, Amazon


The draw of Jabra Elite Sport is strong in terms of design & sound quality, and the Plantronics Backbeat Fit had as divided about what should be our number one but our top choice by consensus has to be the Jabra Sport Pace, which ticks all the boxes: sound quality, comfortable, secure fit & excellent value for money.