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Best true wireless sports headphones with ear hooks

Best true wireless sports headphones with ear hooks

Best true wireless sports headphones with ear hooks

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While headphones with ear hooks aren’t for everyone, you can’t deny that they add an extra level of security. Although your buds may fall out of your ears, the hooks keep them attached to your head, preventing you from losing them or dropping them on the pavement, which can lead to damage. This is an important feature, especially if you wear headphones while running or cycling.

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Here’s a rundown of the best headphones with ear hooks, which we’ve all tested. Most of them are affordable, with most costing less than $100. We’ll update this list as more sports headphones hit the market.

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The new Soundcore Sport X10 has an interesting design with rotating swivel ear hooks that pop up when you’re using them and fold down when you want to place them in their charging case, which has a smaller footprint than many headphones with ear hooks. .

As long as you get a tight seal, they sound great, with powerful, punchy bass and good detail. They also have active noise cancellation, which is effective but not as good as Sony’s or Bose’s noise cancellation. They’re also fully waterproof with an IPX7 rating, which means they can be fully submerged in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. Battery life is rated at 8 hours with three additional charges in the charging case.

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JBL has updated its sport earhook-style headphones for 2023. Available in black or white, the Endurance Peak 3 headphones offer better battery life (up to 10 hours with four additional charges in their case), improved voice call performance and an IP68 rating. which makes them fully waterproof and dustproof. They also feature an Ambient Aware Transparency Mode and a Talk Thru Mode that can automatically lower the volume level of your music and open the buds to the outside world. This means you can have a conversation with someone without removing the headphones from your ears.

They stayed on my ears very securely during runs and I thought they sounded pretty good, although they did have a bit of a bass boost (by which I mean they have powerful bass). Just be aware that if you don’t get a tight seal, the sound quality will be significantly worse. Also, like other headphones with ear hook designs, the case is quite beefy. That said, the buds seem durable, and if you get a good fit, they’re a great (and cheaper) alternative to the Beats Powerbeats Pro. I also thought the touch controls worked well and I was easily able to switch between sound modes.

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Beats

Battery life

Rated up to 9 hours

noise cancellation

No

Multipoint

No

helmet type

Wireless headphones

Waterproof

Yes (IPX4 — splash proof)

The Beats Powerbeats Pro headphones have been on the market for a few years but remain popular and now come in multiple color options. Their jumbo charging case is a notable downside, but they offer many of the same features as Apple’s AirPods 2 (they’re powered by Apple’s H1 chip) but sound better as long as you get a waterproof seal ( they should fit most — but not all — ears well). There’s no active noise cancellation, but battery life is high at up to 9 hours and they’re IPX4 splash resistant.

Note that Powerbeats Pro are frequently on sale, so you should only buy them if they are significantly discounted. Read our Powerbeats Pro review.

Read our Beats Powerbeats Pro review.

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Battery life

Rated up to 10 hours

noise cancellation

No

Multipoint

No

helmet type

Wireless headphones

Waterproof

Yes (IP55 — protection against low pressure water currents)

With so many new earbuds and wireless earbuds launching on a seemingly weekly basis, it’s not easy for companies to differentiate their products in the market. Skullcandy hopes its new voice platform, Skull-iQ Smart Feature Technology, will do just that. Similar to the Apple AirPods “Hey Siri” feature, the Skullcandy version lets you say “Hey, Skullcandy” to issue hands-free voice commands without touching a button. Skull-iQ debuts the sports-focused Push Active and the $100 Grind Fuel, which will be firmware-upgradable via the Skullcandy app.

With their ear hook design, they’re essentially a more affordable version of the Beats Powerbeats Pro, and they fit my ears slightly better than the Powerbeats Pro. I’m not usually a fan of ear hook style buds, but this is one of the best.

The Push Active True earbuds feature Bluetooth 5.2, are IP55 splashproof, have built-in tile-finding technology, and are rated for up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge at moderate volume levels.

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Cleer’s Epic Arc headphones are similar to Bose’s Open Sport headphones (see below) but are actually a bit more comfortable to wear thanks to their swivel hinge. Like Bose buds, they sit on top of your ear just above the ear canal and pump sound into your ears. They’re open to let in ambient sound (a plus if you’re a runner or biker and want to hear the traffic), but their 16.2mm drivers provide ample bass and volume. They don’t sound as good as the Bose Open Sport headphones, but they’re pretty close.

I liked the case, which is a bit large but quite thin. Although it has a built-in USB charging cable (that’s good), like the Bose Open Sport headphones case, it doesn’t have a rechargeable battery, so it’s basically a docking station for charge the headphones, which are also available in black. Battery life is rated at 7 hours and they are IPX5 splash-proof.

Some of these types of ear-hook headphones have physical control buttons, but these have touch controls. I found them to work pretty well but not very well. The buds have a companion app that lets you upgrade the firmware and change the sound profile.

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Battery life

Rated up to 3 p.m.

noise cancellation

No

Multipoint

No

helmet type

Wireless headphones

Waterproof

Yes (IPX8 — can be completely submerged for long periods of time)

While the Tribit MoveBuds H1 only sound decent, not great, there’s a lot to like about them. They feel sturdy and are fully waterproof with an IPX8 rating. They also have very long battery life – up to 15 hours – and support Qualcomm’s AptX audio codec. Many Android smartphones offer AptX Bluetooth streaming.

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