In life, I think there are people that lose things and people that don’t.
I am one of those people that lose things. And it is for that reason that I haven’t bought AirPods before. They are so small and so easy to misplace.
At the airport on the way to Atlanta, Ashley and I were scrabbling around like lunatics trying to find one of her airpods after thinking we’d lost it at the airport scanner, only for her to find it in her car weeks later!
AirPods for Running
I use Aftershokz headphones for races to ensure I can hear other runners around me, volunteers and spectators. I also wear them when it’s dark and I’m running alone, or on road/paths with cyclists for safety reasons. However, my main issue is remembering to charge them. So I end up wearing my generic Apple headphones most often on runs.
When we got our Peloton bike, I used the AirPods that I bought Tom for Christmas and loved them. I’ve been borrowing them (and very carefully putting them away again!) since April, and even taking them out on a few runs to test them out.
Spoiler alert, I liked them enough to buy myself a pair (I actually just added them to my monthly mobile phone bill). I originally asked Tom for a pair for my birthday next month but know I’ll never hear the end of it if I lose a birthday present!
Pros of Apple AirPods for Running
The sound quality is great.
They block out the outside noise when I’m on the Peloton (and I think I would get so annoyed if I was attached to the bike with a cord!). We have the old ones which aren’t as noice cancelling as the AirPod Pro.
They charge using the same cable as my phone
Which makes it super simple when travelling, and charging is pretty quick. The newer cases also charge wirelessly just by putting them on a charging mat.
Great battery life!
Whilst I’ve never run more than 30 mins in them, Tom and I both use them for our Pelotoning so they’re used for at least an hour a day everyday. The case charges them whilst it’s plugged in and when it’s not, giving up to 24 hours of listening time per case charge! They top up charge every time you put them back in the case.
They don’t get tangled up when wearing them
Or when you shove them in a handbag/gym bag.
They fit pretty well
And I’ve only had one fall out when I was super sweaty during a ride. If the standard Apple headphones work for you, you’ll probably get on pretty well with the AirPods 2nd generation, however if you need something a little more secure, then the AirPods Pro might be better. If you find you do have difficulty with the AirPods, you can get earhooks like these to help them stay in better!
Cons of Apple AirPods for Running
The AirPods with standard case that we have are £159 (although I found them for £136 from John Lewis), whilst the AirPods with the wireless case is £199 (£159 at John Lewis) and the AirPod Pros are £249! When you compare this to the Aftershokz Aeropex at £149 and the Aftershokz Titanium at £69.95 both of which are also pricey. Personally if you’re looking for just one pair of running headphones for outside runs, I would recommend the Aftershokz for safety, ease of use and sound quality. However, if you’re running on the treadmill, want your headphones for calls, or commuting then I love the AirPods for these tasks.
They do need to be charged fairly regularly.
Anyone else find it hard to even remember to charge their watch, let alone adding another thing to charge. This is why I always have a pair of corded headphones next to the front door, just in case.
Let’s face it, I’m probably going to lose them at some point.
My friend Janae dropped one of hers during a marathon, and I can totally see that happening in a goal race where you have to decide between going back for your £60 airpod or getting that PB! Luckily you can replace just one if you lose it but the cost ramps up. There is a feature that allows you to find your AirPods, you can get your phone to look up the last location and the earphone puts out a sound allowing you to hopefully locate them.
Apple will replace your Airpods if you lose them or the case for 50% of the original price so make sure you keep that receipt! You can also get straps that attach to the case to tie them into your handbag/gymbag so that you don’t lose them as you pull out your clothes, purse, keys etc.
What headphones do you run in? Do you prefer wireless or corded headphones for running? Also I’m thinking of writing a review of the Aftershokz headphones, let me know if you have any questions specifically on bone conduction headphones!
Photos by Megan Daisy Photography