I've seen 3 type of sport earphones so far, there are:

What style should I consider in terms of comfort and ensuring the earphones stay on while for running or jogging?


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Earclip is likely to be your best bet. These, I have found, hang on pretty good, even though they can shake around a bit on your ear.

Neckband will flop around on the back of your neck, especially if you have short hair. Also, the neckband is heavier, so it will naturally be more irritating. If you ever workout inside the gym, a neckband is also distracting when you try to do any exercise laying on the bench.

Earbuds are very nice and would be perfect unless you jog along the side of a road. Earbuds often cause you to hear your own body's noises (think of chewing something with your fingers in your ears), and this will prevent you from hearing traffic approaching you from behind.

  • thank you, from my research I have found earclip is the best option to workout and they are the most portable, but I won't choose earclip + ear canal bacause they'd block the outside noise and might be dangerous while running with traffic, so my choise is Sennheiser MX680 Jan 18, 2012 at 19:32

I have struggled for a couple of years with iPhone headphones (that keep falling out due to some weird configuration of my ears).

I also had a pair of early Senheiser earclips similar to the ones below. Again due to my ear shape they didn't fit perfectly and I had to turn the sound way up to be able to hear it.

Sennheiser earclips

I now have a pair of Etymotic hf2 and they are friggin brilliant. I've been hesitant to get ear canal earphones for a while but my fears about them being uncomfortable were unjustified. They fit well and seal off the outside noise just right to be able to listen to podcasts and not miss anything. I regularly run past an eight lane highway and I don;t even have to adjust the volume to be able to hear.

Etymotic hf2 http://static.phonesreview.co.uk/wp-content/phoneimages/2008/08/hf2.jpg

  • thank you Igor, do you use them for running or workout? Jan 18, 2012 at 14:20
  • I've found this would be awesome for in-door workout as you won't hear anything but your music player, but they are very dangerous to use outside with traffic and all the streets stuff... Jan 18, 2012 at 19:33
  • Hasnt really been a problem for me as I don't listen to music. The sound quality is so much better though, that I'm prepared to take the risk of not hearing traffic. Plus I only run in footpaths, so thats not really that much of a risk for me. Jan 18, 2012 at 21:52

I've recently been using the Jaybird Freedom earbuds. They have bluetooth so I am not dealing with wires. There are 3 different custom fit buds along with 4 other adjustments. They stay put, fit well, are comfortable and the sound is very decent.

  • these are a really nice pair, what I don't like is to charge them every day, so I'll stay with wires, ty Jan 18, 2012 at 19:34
  • yes, that is a pain - for sure. Jan 18, 2012 at 20:47

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