I tried the special Nike ones that are supposedly designed specifically for running. They don’t block out too much ambient noise because they don’t block the ear canal fully, and the band goes behind the head, as an effort to make them more comfortable for exercise. These suckers fall out more than the Apple earbuds. Every time you turn your head, power through with one leg even slightly more than the other, or have your ponytail swing at all, one side falls out of your ear. Also, the buds themselves are too large and end up hurting my standard girl-sized ears. A note to Nike: try to make things that are efficient, sturdy, and effective rather than just things that sound like a good idea on paper and look pretty. Feel free to apply this to your running shoes that fall apart after 100 miles and pretty much all of your other products.
So, dear internets, I need some help picking out new earphones. Preferably something you use or have tried while running and love. I’ll also take recommendations to avoid certain kinds too. My criteria for future earphone purchases are as follows:
- Earphones that do not completely block out ambient noise. The Apple earphones allowed me to hear the following: the bicyclists or fellow runners speeding up behind me; the cars with the driver girl texting and not paying attention to the road until she almost hits me, honks, flips me off, and screams a few derogatory terms at me out the window; crazy rapist dudes; other general creepies. This is a requirement and will be a deal breaker for future earphone purchases.
- Earphones that do not fall out due to the sweating and bouncy nature of jogging. Or at least fall out far less frequently than do either version of earphone that I have tried.
- Earphones that are sturdy enough to not be thrown around all willy-nilly due to a longish ponytail hitting the wires.
- Something with good audio quality.
- Not more than $20.
If you happen to know of earphones that meet at least 4 out of the 5 above mentioned criteria, please oh please let me know! You’ll be saving this mostly crazy girl some unnecessary additional craziness.