HeadRoom Outdoor And Sport Headphones
Go straight to HeadRoom-recommended active-use products.
Nothin' like jamming to your music while enjoying the great outdoors, eh? But there's a few things you need to consider with 'active-use' headphones, or you could get in trouble. Your ears are a beautifully designed early warning system and much of their best work happens subconsciously. For example, if you use in-ear headphones that completely block ambient sounds, casually walking across a parking lot becomes dangerous. If engaging in outdoor sports, it's important to use headphones that allow you to hear your environment and it's equally important to turn the volume down to hear what's going on around you. This is specially true in "controlled" play areas like skate parks or ski hills; sometimes just having that instant to flinch and tuck can help avoid a crash. The frank truth is we don't recommend using headphones in these situations -- but of course we know people do, so we try to help.
Top HeadRoom Recommendations for Outdoor & Active-Use Headphones
Possessing an oddly likable 'retro' look, the Koss KSC75 sounds better than any headphone anywhere near $20. Perfect for wearing under sport helmets, the KSC-75 also has the famous Koss lifetime warranty -- if the headphone fails at anytime, Koss will fix or replace for free for life! For an extremely secure fit, the Sennheiser Adidas OMX680i has ear loops for maximized wearing stability plus a built-in iPhone mic. Sennheiser's uber-lightweight neckband model is the Adidas PMX680 which is ideal for high-impact aerobics and motion-filled activities and offers good sound sure to please active types. Perhaps the top choices for exercise and sports is the Polk Audio line of durable sweat-proof headphones designed specifically to survive anything you throw at them in the gym or outdoors. A simple on-ear headphone with "classic" Beats-style looks -- but waaay better sound quality -- is the cool Noontec Zoro. The best choice for wire-free active/sports listening is the Bluetooth-based JayBird Sportsband 'on-ear' headphones and the JayBird Freedom in-ears featuring tough build quality and quite nice Bluetooth wireless sound.
Check out our HeadRoom Exercise Category for more of our headphone recommendations including the entire Sennheiser-Adidas Sport Line and the pool-friendly H2O waterproof headphones.