Workout headphones might be the most under-appreciated item in your gym bag. Everything else—from your combination padlock to your sweat-wicking shorts—serves a purely utilitarian purpose. But those tiny speakers carry the singular responsibility of kicking your motivation into overdrive. If the tunes are inspired and the hardware is worthy, your headphones can turn your ho-hum workout into the kind of toning session that converts an average Jack into a Hugh Jackman.
Recently we had the opportunity to spend some quality sweat time with the latest crop of training headphones. Here’s how they stack up.