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Sports IEM suggestions (Running/Fitness/Cycling)

  1. Spie1904
    Hi Guys,

    For my daily listening needs, I use my Astell & Kern SP1000M & Custom made Westone ES30 mostly.

    However for running / cycling / fitness, I don't want to use my custom Westone's and nor am I planning on taking my SP1000M along.

    For my sports needs, I'm looking for a quality pair of wireless earphones / earbuds or even Trekz (not a full blown headphone though) to hook up to my Galaxy Watch or Galaxy phone. Might potentially invest in a Shanling M0 DAP to take along but for now it will be my phone so audio quality isn't the absolute biggest priority.

    As I have very tiny ears (for example: Can't fit Campfire Andromeda properly), I'm looking for something extremely comfortable that I can use for:

    • Fitness

    • Running

    • Cycling
    As the goal is to eventually participate in a marathon (not the type of race where IEM's are forbidden and you can only use bone conduction ones for safety purpose though) and I'd possibly use it while cycling, I'd appreciate decent battery times (more than 1 to 2 hours as cycling often takes longer than 2 hours).

    Some of the options I was considering are:
    (Should note at this point I haven't decided yet for truly wireless vs neckband. Both seem viable options and I'd probably go with what sits the most comfortable and just works in the most seamless way while working out)
    • Jaybird Tarah Pro

    • Aftershokz Trekz Air (Not sure about the Bone Conduction Technology - Read it's more suited to podcasts and audiobooks than music listening while running)

    • Jaybird X4 (Why pick these over Tarah Pro other than price?)

    • Jaybird Run XT (Seems a rather large shell - might be uncomfortable)

    • Jabra Elite 65T Active (Seems a rather large shell - might be uncomfortable)

    • Senheisser CX Sport (Seem underrated but not sure how they stack up to Jaybird)

    • Shure SE 215 with BTR cable (Just a suggestion I found online by some gym users)

    • Bose Soundsport (Seems a rather large shell - might be uncomfortable)

    • V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless (Limited experience with the brand)
    If anyone has any experiences or recommendations for an all round sport headphone, feel free to share :) Frequency wise I'd be using these probably 4-6 days / week.

    Budget is around 300 euro max (I think more than that is probably not required to get a good 'sports' headphone. I won't hear every detail the way I can with my Westone ES30 or headphones at home but that's not the point of this purchase. Here I need a great companion for my workouts that is comfortable enough to forget about it.

    If I could get something that I can take along to work to do my conference calls with (mic), that would be an added bonus (certainly not a requirement)

    Thanks in advance

    Last edited: Feb 20, 2019
  2. ergopower
    I have no idea if these are available in the EU or not, but I've recommended several times the Plantronics Backbeat Fit. Around $60 at Costco here. I have destroyed a variety of headphones from sweat, but these have been reliable for at least 2 years now. They are a behind-the-neck style with Bluetooth, and are buds instead of in-ear. I run outdoors, so it's really important to me to be able to hear around me. I also cycle, and I wouldn't even think about any kind of headphones out on the road, it's even more important to be able to hear a car approaching behind you or faster riders, etc. I also find them to sound better than all the other running headphones I ruined. Nice and smooth, nothing exaggerated, and even a little bit of bass comes through. If you run on a treadmill and cycle on a trainer, then yeah, you could do better with an in-ear.
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  3. Spie1904
    Thank you for the kind suggestion.
    I'll check to see if I can find these somewhere around.
    I'm mostly afraid of how they will get along with my ears as they seem kind of earbud style.

    Other option I've been considering are the Aftershokz Trekz Air although the sound is terrible according to some people.
    Then again when working out I don't demand the absolute best sound quality as long as comfort is fine while running, cycling or working out at the gym :)
  4. noysboy
    One of the things ive noticed with a lot of the "True Wireless" sets is that battery life is pretty bad. I often cycle for 2+ hrs and I havent yet found a set that can reliably last more than about 2:15 on a single charge. :frowning2:
  5. noysboy
    Oh, I should mention that I have ONLY been trying budget sets under $50. I figure if I lose one while cycling, im not out too much $
  6. ergopower
    Plantronics claims 6, which is exaggerated, but I definitely get 4+.
  7. noysboy
    Those Plantronics arent individual IEMS though, right? They are the headband kind?
  8. ergopower
  9. Xcellent
    @Spie1904 Did you found your pair of IEMs? I'm also looking for a pair of IEMs to use in the gym. Right now I'm using my Westone UM PRO50's, but I know it isn't the right thing to do (lol).
  10. Wyville
    I use the Final E4000, which I think are excellent. I pair them with the Shanling M0 DAP to make for a great training setup. I go into more detail in my “boot camp” review here. Perhaps an interesting option to consider.
  11. Spie1904
    I ended up with Jaybird Tarah pros and while I don't think they are on the same level of final audio, they are excellent for the use purpose.
  12. miketlse
    I think wearing iems when cycling is illegal in France, because they stop riders hearing the surrounding traffic.
    Always difficult to enforce, so some riders do wear them, but there will always be riders who seem to have a death wish.
  13. Spie1904
    Agree and I should note when cycling I almost never use them because of safety reasons. An option worth considering for this use is Aftershokz but don't expect hi-fi audio quality.

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