I've been a headphone lover for almost two decades now. When I got my first iPod, I became attached to Apple's distinctive white earphones, running them through my school shirt and up through my collar so I could secretly listen to music in class.
I was a heavy user, but I've also been reviewing headphones, including the best workout earbuds, since 2016. I've tested so many sets of over-ear headphones and true wireless earbuds, but only the Jabra Elite 7 Active have ever really held my attention.
They've quickly become my go-to exercise companion. These were the first buds to come with Jabra's ShakeGrip materials and design, and I was impressed at how effective it was at keeping the buds in place.
That's not the only reason I like them—the active noise cancellation feature is extremely effective and comes with a transparency mode too. If you want a set of these top-rated buds, you can pick up the Jabra Elite 7 Active for 33% at Amazon right now.
Amazon Prime Day Jabra Elite 7 Active deal
Jabra Elite 7 Active | Was $179.99, now $119.99 at Amazon
These true wireless workout earbuds come with Jabra's ShakeGrip design to keep them in place during intense exercise. Plus, there's noise cancellation with a transparency mode and 30-hour battery life. Don't miss out on this rare 33% saving on some top-rated headphones.
As I spend so much time using and thinking about headphones, I'm often quick to notice design flaws or features that are more of a hassle than they're worth, but as I wrote in my Jabra Elite 7 Active review, I only had a few minor niggles about the charging case.
And although I've tested plenty of headphones since, they're the only ones I keep coming back to. I prefer earbuds with noise cancellation, as I find it helps me stay focused, and the Elite 7 Active have three modes; off, on, and HearThrough.
It was the HearThrough transparency mode that particularly impressed me. I listen to a lot of podcasts when I'm out walking, and there's usually a lot of traffic or passing runners that I need to keep an ear out for.
HearThrough blended just the right amount of external noise to help me keep aware of my surroundings without getting distracted. Because they stay in place, have multiple cancellation modes, and long battery life, they've been a versatile workout companion.
Of course, you also need some equipment if you want to train at home. Helpfully, you can pick up resistance training equipment at a discount with these Prime Day weights deals. And if you're in the market for a new fitness tracker, check out all the latest Prime Day fitness deals.
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James is a London-based journalist and Fitness Editor at Fit&Well. He has over five years experience in fitness tech, including time spent as the Buyer’s Guide Editor and Staff Writer at technology publication MakeUseOf. In 2014 he was diagnosed with a chronic health condition, which spurred his interest in health, fitness, and lifestyle management.
In the years since, he has become a devoted meditator, experimented with workout styles and exercises, and used various gadgets to monitor his health. In recent times, James has been absorbed by the intersection between mental health, fitness, sustainability, and environmentalism. When not concerning himself with health and technology, James can be found excitedly checking out each week’s New Music Friday releases.
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