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07th Sep 2017

We tried out one of the best wireless headphones on the market

Ideal for a long run.

Alan Loughnane

In my first venture into the world of wireless headphones, I have to say, I’m a believer.

If you plan on doing any kind of distance running, then you’ll very soon find out that a 5k/10k or longer run can turn quite boring very quickly.

Music helps take your mind off the monotony if you don’t fancy being alone with your thoughts for too long. It can also distract you from the burning in your lungs and the lactic acid creeping into your legs as you near the end of your run.

So for the last few weeks, I’ve been testing out the Bose SoundSport wireless headphones during my evening runs.

Firstly, they’re simple to operate. You hold down the button to connect it with your phone for the first time. Then every time you switch them on afterwards, they will automatically connect. Of course, that’s the same for most bluetooth headphones, but some products aren’t always as advertised.

So here are some of the things you might want to know about them…

  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charging time: 2 hours – although an hour will be enough on most occasions
  • Battery life: 6 hours per full charge (more if you have the music on low volume)

I was skeptical about the design at first. It seemed unlikely from the design that they would remain in place in my ears while pounding on the pavement. But, in my experience, the earbuds didn’t move around during exercise and never, at any point, fell from my ears.

My housemate commented when she saw them first, that the hooks appeared like they could hurt your ears if wearing them for long distances, but following an hour and half wearing them while traipsing around the place, they didn’t cause me any discomfort.

The sound from them is excellent, while it will never match over ears for noise cancelling, the quality and volume of the headphones were perfectly adequate for my running needs. I probably could have turned them one louder on some of my runs, but it’s probably better for my hearing in the long run that I was unable to do so.

Overall, I was impressed by what I saw. At €179.99, they’re at the higher end of the price scale for headphones, but for my needs, they were ideal and are among the best available on the market right now.