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Top 8 Truly Wireless Sport Earbuds

To help you with the right choice, we outlined 5 core characteristics to look for in perfect true wireless earbuds for sports. These are sound quality, fit, connectivity, water-resistance, battery life, control buttons. Here’s a quick review of them.

By: Alexander Malamud date 02 / 26, 2020
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Table of contents

  • Best for sport (overall) -  TREBLAB xRun
  • Best for money- Anker Soundcore Liberty Air
  • Best for running - the Bose SoundSport Free
  • Best for workouts - Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100
  • Best waterproof - JBL UA True Wireless Flash
  • Most comfortable - Master & Dynamic MW07 Go
  • Best battery life - NuForce Optima Be Free6
  • Best for Gym - RHA TrueConnect

True wireless earbuds for sport can make a huge difference in your sporty lifestyle. How so? It’s scientifically proven that exercising to the beats improves endurance, stamina, and even speed, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. However, with all these hundreds of pairs on the market, it’s easy to get confused about which one is ideal exactly for your sport.

To help you with the right choice, we outlined 5 core characteristics to look for in perfect true wireless earbuds for sports. These are sound quality, fit, connectivity, water-resistance, battery life, control buttons. Here’s a quick review of them.

Sound quality is quite subjective. If you’re not a true audiophile, you won’t notice a slight transition between lower and higher frequencies. Also, you won’t be able to grasp at once the difference between a V-shape sound and an ordinary one. However, the bad sound is always noticeable.  It might be distorted, great at home but disappear outside to noise and be tough to hear the instruments and true vocals. In this case, it’s important to pay attention to the audio codecs the true sport headset features, the Bluetooth version and audio characteristics in general. 

A snug fit is usually ensured with an in-ear design. Most true wireless sport earbuds come with sets of different-size ear-tips so that anyone can find their ideal fit. Some best truly wireless earbuds for running come with adjustable ear-hooks that provide an additional firm hold. There’s also a neckband that keeps the buds together. But not everyone likes it being tangled around the neck. It is advisable to review the fitment characteristics in the pack. 

As for connectivity, it’s better to look for the true wireless sport earbuds with the latest 5.0 Bluetooth version for an instant pairing and seamless connection. Usually, the signal range is 33 feet, enough for keeping the source somewhere in the pocket or on the chair and meantime doing your business at a gym. 

Water-resistance capacity is crucial if you sweat at a gym or run outside. The IPX rating indicates the level of water-resistance the true sport headset has. For example, the most popular one - the IPX4 - means the true wireless sport earbuds can tolerate light splashes of water, which is enough for sweating and light rain. The IPX8, the last one, means they are almost waterproof. 

The least battery life is about 2.5 hours. Fortunately, a lot of truly wireless sport earbuds come with a super portable charging case that significantly increases the overall playtime on the move. Usually, reviewers say the most accurate playback time than the manufacturers. 

Control buttons help combine the sport with your life. For example, you can make hands-free calls or enable digital assistants while doing a sport. Herewith, managing tasks between earpieces might seem complicated when you first start using the pair. Users need to memorize the number of taps or holds for particular buttons. 

To make your choice even easier, we made a review of 8 best true wireless sports earbuds that have been thoroughly tested and loved by our editors and sound nerds worldwide. They also meet the criteria above. So, let’s get close to them right now.

xRun

Best for sport (overall) -  TREBLAB xRun

When TREBLAB is about to bring a brand new product to the market of audio gear, the team kicks off a 5-stage process: analysis of users’ feedback on existing products, survey of customers’ needs and wants in competing products, addition of the features from the customers’ “wish-list”, records of manufacturing standards and inspection of the new coming product “straight from the oven”.

So, the TREBLAB xRun best truly wireless sport headphones are the result of such efforts. In due time, the true sport headset was made for working out, treadmill or running outside. It features the passive noise cancelation to protect your listening experience and delivers True-HD with driving bass. The connectivity is as fast as possible thanks to the latest Bluetooth 5.0 version and a 33-feet signal range. 

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Not only do they come with silicone and foam ear-tips, but also with ear-hooks for the most secure fit. The xRun feature the IPX4 rating, which is quite enough for sweating intensively at a gym or jogging under light rain. By the battery life review, they last for up to 9 hours on a single charge. 

The true sport headset is easy-to-use with three multifunctional buttons. It also has the multipoint connection - pairing with more than two devices at a time - and allows summoning digital assistants. The high-sensitive microphone transmits excellent, true high-quality conversations if you combine exercising and work. 

Pros:

  • True-HD sound with driving bass
  • Passive noise cancelling
  • Solid battery life
  • Secure fit
  • IPX4 water-resistance rating

    Cons:

    • Neckband not for all users

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    Anker Soundcore Liberty Air

    Best for money- Anker Soundcore Liberty Air

    These sport wireless headphones for athletes come in a sleek, glossy design and with touch-sensitive controls on the panels for easy use. The on-ear controls are divided here between two earbuds, such as track forward and backward, summoning digital assistants and calls management. But there’s no volume control. 

    Thanks to the stems build, they jam firmly the ear canals. Besides, the true wireless sport earbuds come with five pairs of silicone ear-tips. 

    The Liberty Air feature the IPX5 rating. It means they can tolerate water jets from any direction but cannot survive the submersion. The company claims the true sport headset lasts for about 5 hours and gets 15 extra hours from the charging case. Also, the Liberty Air sound better than their counterparts that cost twice as much. The review shows they deliver deep bass and crystal clear mids and highs. The vocals are clear enough as well.  

    The connectivity promises to be the best one for this type of workout headphones thanks to the latest Bluetooth 5.0.

    Pros:

    • Work with any budget
    • Great bass
    • IPX5 water-resistant rating

      Cons:

      • No volume control
      • Average battery life

      Bose SoundSport Free

      Best for running - the Bose SoundSport Free

      These are true wireless running earbuds primarily because of their StayHear+ ear-tips that provide a snug fit. Besides, the ear-fins add to it significantly. The pair is made of high-grade materials and IPX4 rated, which makes it durable and tough for intense running sessions. 

      If you’re an iPhone user, the SoundSport Free are for you. Android users will experience some audio lag because the true wireless sport earbuds do not support the aptX audio codec but AAC - ideal for Apple devices. The true sport headset delivers strong bass, with the least clear mids and resonating high-pitched frequencies. The SoundSport Free Wireless Headphones are Bluetooth version 4.1. The battery life is about 5 hours on a single charge and gets 10 extra hours from the case. 

      Pros:

      • Amazing fit
      • Decent sound quality
      • IPX4 water-resistance rating

        Cons:

        • Heavy
        • Connectivity drops

        Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100

        Best for workouts - Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100

        These are the best truly wireless earbuds for working out due to their IP57 certification and ear-hook design. So, they tolerate dust and heavy jets of water and provide a great comfy fit. The Ambient Aware tips allow situational awareness, which is pivotal for the sport outside. 

        Between the two earbuds, only the left one is touch capacitive. It allows controlling the volume, while the right earbud allows managing playback and calls. By the way, they also have an auto on and off feature. They are ideal for combining work and sport due to a high-quality microphone. The latter features a built-in MEMs technology with a digital signal processor. 

        As for the connectivity, the BackBeat feature the latest Bluetooth 5.0 version, whereas the audio codec is SBC here. It is enough for a decent sound reproduction. Herewith, the bass is emphasized to compensate for the ambient noise. The battery life is short - about 3.7 hours. But these headphones for gym training get an extra 2 charges from the case, which, in general, makes up to 10 hours. By the way, the review demonstrates that a 15-minute charging provides an additional hour of playback. 

        Pros:

        • IP57 rating
        • Firm fit
        • Ambient Aware tips

          Cons:

          • Short battery life
          • Sound quality

          JBL UA True Wireless Flash

          Best waterproof - JBL UA True Wireless Flash

          The Flash true wireless workout earbuds come with three sets of stabilizing fins and ear-tips. Once a user gets the right combo, they can’t fall out from the ears. Check the review of other users in terms of fitment.

          The right earpiece is “in charge” of all controls, whereas the left one allows summoning the phone’s voice assistant. Also, by pressing once on the left earbud, you get into a Talk Thru mode that allows hearing the person from the other side without taking off the earbuds. By tapping twice, you open Bionic Hearing mode, which allows hearing the world outside and lowers the music level.  

          The Flat feature the IPX7 rating, which allows the true sport headset to withstand heavy rain. The sound quality is pretty decent here, with emphasized bass and crisp high-frequency presence. The rare thing is the ability to hear voices from both earbuds during the calls. The battery life is up to 5 hours with an additional 20 hours from the case. These wireless headphones for exercising also come with a MapMyRun membership that keeps tracks on your exercises, sleep and nutrition. 

          Pros:

          • Calls from both earbuds
          • IPX7
          • MapMyRun membership
          • Mic quality

            Cons:

            • Light hiss at lows
            • Distortions at the beginning of tracks and device prompts

            Master & Dynamic MW07 Go

            Most comfortable - Master & Dynamic MW07 Go

            This pair can boldly top the best true wireless running headphones mainly because of being the tiniest and lightest amongst others. This fact adds to the most comfortable fit as well as the presence of ear-tips and ear-fins. 

            The basic play and pause controls are on the buds. The sound quality is great - balanced and intense. The brand claims in the reviews they will last for 10 hours. However, with the highest volume, you can eke out 8.7 hours, which is excellent as well for any sport session. Plus, they get an extra 3 charges from the case. 

            The MW07 Go headphones for fitness are IPX6 certified, which together with signature TR90 components makes them durable. The connectivity is ensured with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 version and 30 feet signal range. 

            Pros:

            • Comfy fit
            • Equitable and powerful sound

            Cons:

            • Fragile charging case

            NuForce Optima Be Free6

            Best battery life - NuForce Optima Be Free6

            You’ll definitely like these true wireless headphones for running because they feature exactly what they are supposed to at such a price tag ($99). So, they last for six hours and get an extra 18 hours from the case. Besides, a 15-minutes charge gives an hour of playback. 

            The connection and pairing are the best possible due to Bluetooth 5.0. They feature the IPX5 water-resistance rating  and come with four sets of ear-tips. However, not all reviewers found their comfy fit with them. Some even felt a thud with every move when having put them firmly enough in the ear canal. Obviously, it affects the sound quality. Ordinarily, if the ambient noise is explicitly allowed, then the sound should be compensated with deep bass. Here, it’s not true. So, the sound quality is average here, despite dynamic graphene drivers and AAC audio codec (ideal for Apple devices).

            The Be Free6 fitness earbuds feature a high-sensitive mic with Real Clear Voice technology for impeccable calls. However, it’s debatable since the fit allows ambient noise to creep into. 

            Pros:

            • Up to 24 hours of playtime with the case
            • High-sensitive mic
            • Real Clear technology for calls
            • IPX5 rating

            Cons:

            • Needs adjustment
            • Some noise because of fit (occasional)

            RHA TrueConnect

            Best for Gym - RHA TrueConnect

            Here’s another pair of the best true wireless earbuds for gym that also impress with the battery life. The brand says in many reviews that this true sport headset delivers 5 hours of playtime and an extra 20 from the case. The claim was proven true by our testers and other reviewers in the field. 

            As for fitment, the pack includes silicone and foam tips for a snug fit. When both types are compared in terms of ambient noise, foam tips are more secure. The audio reproduction has no distortions and the connection starts fast thanks to Bluetooth 5.0. In general, the sound is clear, whatever the music genre is. The TrueConnect headphones for working out are IPX5 certified, which makes them tolerating tough sweating at a gym or light rain. 

            Pros:

            • Secure fit
            • Equitable sound
            • IPX5 rating 

            Cons:

            • Silicone tips not for all
            • Might be in-ear thumping while walking 

            Conclusion

            The best true wireless earbuds for sport need to meet the basic requirements, such as a decent sound quality, sufficient battery life for the most ambitious sports endeavors, comfortable, secure fit, water-resistance, and easy-to-use controls. It’s important to mention that some true sport headsets might feature all five characteristics, while others might lack some but compensate for other significant criteria. That’s why it’s pivotal to understand clearly your primary needs and wants when surveying the options. 

            Check out a brief review in the table below:

              Positive Negative Bottom line

            TREBLAB xRun

            TREBLAB xRun

            True-HD sound with driving bass
            Passive noise cancelling
            Solid battery life
            Secure fit
            IPX4 rating
            Neckband not for all users Best for sport (overall)

            Anker Soundcore Liberty Air

            Anker Soundcore Liberty Air

            Work with any budget
            Great bass
            IPX5 water-resistant rating
            No volume control
            Average battery life
            Best for money

            The Bose SoundSport Free

            The Bose SoundSport Free

            Amazing fit
            Decent sound quality
            IPX4 water-resistance rating
            Heavy
            Connectivity drops
            Best for running

            Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100

            Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100

            IP57 rating
            Firm fit
            Ambient Aware tips
            Short battery life
            Sound quality
            Best for workouts

            JBL UA True Wireless Flash

            JBL UA True Wireless Flash

            Calls from both earbuds
            IPX7
            MapMyRun membership
            Mic quality
            Light hiss at lows
            Distortions at the beginning of tracks and device prompts
            Best waterproof

            Master & Dynamic MW07 Go

            Master & Dynamic MW07 Go

            Comfy fit
            Equitable and powerful sound
            Fragile charging case Most comfortable

            NuForce Optima Be Free6

            NuForce Optima Be Free6

            Up to 24 hours of playtime with the case
            High-sensitive mic
            Real Clear technology for calls
            IPX5 rating
            Needs adjustment
            Some noise because of fit (occasional)
            Best battery life

            RHA TrueConnect

            RHA TrueConnect

            Secure fit
            Equitable sound
            IPX5 rating
            Silicone tips not for all
            Might be in-ear thumping while walking
            Best for Gym

            FAQ

            What wireless earbuds have the best sound quality?

            The best sound quality is a subjective matter. However, when selecting by this characteristic, it is recommended to pay attention to the audio codec compatible with your phone’s OS, latency and the description of frequencies (if available). In our compilation, it is definitely the TREBLAB xRun that stands out.

            Are headphones or earbuds better for running?

            According to many reviews, the true wireless sport earbuds are better for running since they are way more lightweight and portable. 

            Are Apple earbuds good for running?

            The in-ear design of the brand’s bright representatives - AirPods and PowerBeats - is convenient for running.

            Which earbuds are best for running?

            The best true wireless sport earbuds for running need to come with multiple options for a secure fit and have high-quality sound, durable materials, water-resistance, and excellent connectivity.

            Which wireless headphones are best for working out?

            The best true sport headset for working out must be water-resistant and sweatproof and provide the necessary hold.

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