2015 Running Gear Guide: Music Tech
From headphones to armbands, we put a variety of music-related running accessories to the test.
Highlight: Great sound and an easy setup.
Yurbuds’ patented Twist Lock technology, perfect for bigger ears, ensures a secure fit of the earbuds on anybody. Testers liked the flexible woven cord between the buds, as it was easy to forget during your runs even when turning your head. Another bonus is the microphone in case you want to take a phone call, delivering perfectly clear sound in both directions.
Highlight: Comfortable, secure, accessible.
This isn’t a pouch for your phone, but rather a strong clamp that holds your phone firm to an armband. While it exposes the phone to the elements (if that matters) and has no additional pockets, accessibility to the touchscreen and all of the phone’s buttons was nice. The phone felt completely safe and secure. And even on longer runs, no chafing was felt from the armband.
Highlight: Rock-solid wireless headphones.
There is a lot to like about these headphones. The setup is simple, the sound quality is ideal, and the won’t-fall-off promise holds true. Red Fox markets two different ways to wear this headset—our testers definitely preferred the loop above the ear rather than below. Wireless headsets are a huge convenience for runners, and these are among the best.
Highlight: Effective option for those who don’t like armbands.
If armbands aren’t for you, this pouch is a more discreet, equally effective option. This pouch pinches the waistband with two magnetized flaps, keeping your belongings secure. It didn’t interfere with the running motion when it was directly below the belly button, and it makes changing a song easy without slowing down. An additional pocket within the pouch is perfect for a key or a little cash.