I'll be straight with you; I'm not running very much these days. I used to run around 20 miles a week, but these days, I'm lucky if I manage five. Put it down to getting back in the gym, if you like, with my desire to add numbers to my deadlift overcoming my passion for running. It could be because it's been cold out, and I prefer a warm gym to the freezing London rain.
However, one thing that isn't helping is that I don't have a pair of decent running earbuds at the moment. I've been fortunate enough to test some of the best workout earbuds, and subject my ears to some truly sublime audio experiences.
But at the moment, I'm using my old cabled headphones, which means I can't put my phone in my training vest, so it starts bouncing around in a pocket while I jog. Those headphones are fine for weightlifting in the gym, but running for me is about escaping with a great podcast or a good audiobook while I rack up the miles. During lockdown, I listened to the entirety of The Lord Of The Rings while pounding the pavements around Hyde Park and alongside the river Thames.
Which is why I'm really excited to see some of our best workout earbuds, the Samsung Galaxy Buds2, at a knockdown price at Amazon right now. You can get these wireless fast-charging, active noise-canceling earbuds for just $109.99 (opens in new tab), a veritable steal. Check out the deal in full below:
Samsung Galaxy Buds2 wireless earbuds | was $149.99 | now $109.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $40 on the Galaxy Buds2, which offer active noise cancellation, allowing you to filter the noise of the road in or out as you wish. App-assisted in-ear fitting creates a tight, comfortable fit, while the sound quality is wonderful – especially at this price.
However, that's not the only Galaxy Buds deal worth shouting about. The one I'm really keen on (and offers much better value than the deal above) is the Galaxy Buds Pro, the super-charged version of the Buds2 which is just $25 more expensive at $129.99, saving you $70 (opens in new tab). This offer is only available for the next 15 hours at time of writing, so hurry!
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro in Phantom Black | was $199.99 | now $129.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $70 on the Buds2's better sibling. An 11mm woofer and 6.5mm tweeter provides satisfying, bassy sound, while this one is IPX7 water resistant (up to 1 meter) so is ideal for rainy runs. Intelligent noise cancellation with voice detection switches modes automatically.
Ordinarily, the Buds2 earbuds are cheap enough, especially on sale, to merit choosing them over the Buds Pro. However, with only $25 difference between them, you're not going to regret picking the more expensive versions up. I can't wait to get back into my Audible library (and back into running) as we move into summer.
The only reason to pause is if you're an Apple user, as the Buds don't support iOS and you're better off getting a pair of AirPods Pro. Instead, you'll really get the most out of the Buds 2 and Buds Pro if you're using Android, and especially if you already have Samsung devices, as you can use the Bixby virtual assistant and seamlessly switch between different devices.
If you're in the market for new running gear as the weather gets warmer, don't forget to check out our picks of the best running watches too.
Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and is currently Fitness and Wellbeing Editor at TechRadar, covering all things exercise and nutrition on Fit&Well's tech-focused sister site. Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen runner, gym-goer, and infrequent yogi. His top fitness tip? Stretch.
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