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4/21/17 10:42 A

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I use Jabra wireless earbuds with my phone - no wires, no bouncing. They aren't as pricey as some other brands - I got mine on sale for around $60 or $70.

Do be careful, though. I was hit by a car while running with earbuds on 5 years ago and literally almost lost my life. I am still not back to the speeds I was at before and may never be. Now I primarily stick to long bike paths with few or no intersections and assume every driver on the road will run over me given the opportunity.

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2/20/17 11:46 P

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I was thinking about this discussion while running recently. During the week, I run in a neighborhood between home and work. It's a compromise - conveniently close with minimal intersections but cars frequently going by. They easily drown out the sounds of nature. One more reason to listen to music or podcasts, not nature.

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2/11/17 11:12 A

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Pot stirring is fine :-) but let's be realistic: If you run several times a week, the "different sounds" you mention aren't going to be all that different. And long runs that may last for 2 hours or more can be dreadfully boring. Personally, when I run or bike by myself for more than an hour, I take these opportunities to listen to podcasts.

I agree with your caution about cars. My earbuds let in enough ambient noise that I'm always aware of cars and I look carefully at intersections.

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2/11/17 9:16 A

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I don't mean to stir the pot, but have you tried running without listening to music? That would eliminate the whole problem. It really is amazing to hear all of the different sounds when running. Drivers don't always see you (and some don't care about you), so I try to be as cautious as possible. And now, I can't imagine wearing ear buds when I run. Just a thought.

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1/10/17 6:14 A

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I prefer wireless too. I am currently using Mpow Dummer (they actually are called like this) and they work really well. I can still hear traffic around me while running which is very important for me, safety wise.

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5/26/16 2:16 P

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I just googled for jaybird x2 and found the company is replacing it with two different models: x3 and freedom. The latter costs more but I cannot tell if the differences are significant.

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5/23/16 9:04 A

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I have used the Jaybird BlueBuds X2 for about 2 years for running. I wear them over the ear. Love them. Easy to turn on/off, adjust sound, and they stay in place great.

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5/16/16 11:18 A

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I used the Jaybird BlueBuds, running and at the gym. They're bluetooth and I wear them behind my neck so they are completely out of my way.

www.amazon.com/JayBird-BBX1MB-BlueBu
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They're a little pricey but I have found they're well worth the money. Just remember to charge them after each run because it's a bummer when you go to use them and the battery is dead!

I bought these small foam covers for the ear buds and they're super comfortable and dirt cheap. I don't really like the hard rubber feel so much.
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1/5/15 9:42 P

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I entered "best cordless headphones for running" to google and the first suggestion was:

www.runnersworld.com/photos/the-best
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ordless-headphones


I mention it not because that list is particularly good (the descriptions are pretty lacking) but because the photo on the first page shows exactly what I *don't* want. Those things stick so far out that there's no way you could wear a snug winter hat or headband that covers your ears. Since this is one of my requirements (see list I posted earlier), that one's out.

To my earlier list of requirements, I'll add one more:

Ability to reduce wind noise and ambient sound. (Reducing wind noise is important to me because I also like to use them while cycling.) Currently, I like models which use (or allow me to add) foam tips as I find these reduce the right amount of ambient sound and wind noise. I'm always open to something better though. I have tried the triple flanges - easier to get in but don't seem to reduce noise as well as foam.

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SHRINKYDINKAMY's Photo SHRINKYDINKAMY Posts: 603
1/2/15 12:27 P

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Okay, so I get that I need bluetooth wireless earbuds... Now guys, what's your preference? Pros, cons?

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1/1/15 7:37 P

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I don't take calls during my runs! emoticon

I ordered ear buds (wired), wear an arm band and flip the wire on my back. So far so good.

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1/1/15 4:33 P

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I've tried to go wireless but have yet to find one that meets my needs. I'd love to hear recommendations. My needs:

- must have mic - so I don't have to stop podcasts and/or switch headphones to take a phone call.

- must have inline controls (the usual: pause/play and volume)

- must fit under winter hat with no difference in feel - so that they don't jam in your ears from pressure of hat. In other words, they can't stick out of your ears significantly.

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1/1/15 11:46 A

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Wireless

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12/31/14 9:39 A

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Thank you, Pastafarian!

-Amy

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12/30/14 10:26 P

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Routing the wire behind you has several drawbacks:

- Controls and microphone will be inaccessible or very awkward at best. (Only a problem if you want controls and microphone built in to your earbuds. But most people with smartphones do!)

- Difficult to anchor the headset wire to prevent tugging as you run. (Especially if it's short and you can't route it as Timothy described.)

Either use wireless (as Timothy recommended) or use front-routing with a clip to hold the wire in place. If your headset didn't include a clip, you can buy them at many stores. Example:

www.scansound.com/index.php/cable-cl
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12/29/14 8:12 P

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I use wireless headphones, that I bought through groupon. They work fine.

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12/29/14 4:57 A

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When I remember, my wire under my shirt and up my back. I often forget to do that though until I'm already outside. Unless it's cool enough that I'm wearing my vest, at that point changing would be awkward so I just deal with the noise. :)

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12/28/14 9:12 P

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Think I'm going to get some of those in 2015! Thanks!

-Amy

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12/28/14 6:44 P

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I wear a cap .... I always wear a hat of some sort while I am outside. When running it's a cap with one of those adjusting straps in the back. I loop the wire through that. The wire goes up my back.

Of course I now run with wireless, bluetooth, so no problem/

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12/28/14 6:28 P

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Do you have a special way to route your earbud wires to cut down on bouncing sounds/wind sound? Under the shirt is the best way? Does anyone use a device to keep the split in the wires closer to your neck? Just looking for ways to reduce outside noise. I'm currently using a pair of YurBuds with the ear hooks. Thanks for any insight.

-Amy

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