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IF YOU HAVE A HABIT OF SLIPPING ON HEADPHONES WHENEVER YOU RUN, HERE’S A TRIO OF VIABLE OPTIONS WE’VE PUT TO THE TEST.

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IF YOU HAVE A HABIT OF SLIPPING ON HEADPHONES WHENEVER YOU RUN, HERE’S A TRIO OF VIABLE OPTIONS WE’VE PUT TO THE TEST.

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1 PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT FIT, $219

They Say Flexible, durable and waterproof, these wireless earphones promise superior stability so that nothing will get in your way between your music and your workout sessions. 

What We Liked They didn’t lie about its stability: We brought these out for a run and didn’t feel any bobbing whatsoever. The dangly bridge did not tickle our necks either, which is a bonus. Sound-wise, it’s got impressive treble but is lacking in bass due to an open-ear design. The incredibly fast charging speed is also something we’re impressed with (a 15-minute quick charge would give you an hour of playtime). 

What We Didn’t Like The flexible bridge that connects the pods can feel a bit fragile to some. Don’t plan on answering voice calls on these either; the microphone isn’t as receptive as we’d hope. 

Value For Money? Yes. It may be costlier than the basic range but you get bang for your buck. 

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2 NEW BALANCE PACEIQ JABRA,$169

They Say These wireless Bluetooth headphones are made for demanding training, and can deliver premium sound with up to five hours of playtime. They are lightweight and designed for a secure fit, so you don’t have to fret about taking them for a long run.

What We Liked The earbuds really do provide an extremely secure fit, and despite taking these for both pavement and trail sessions, you never have to worry about them slipping out. Music quality is exceptional for a Bluetooth-reliant product. Bass feels rich, and if you enjoy thumping beats, you have a winner.

What We Didn’t Like The design’s not really sleek, but perhaps that’s down to the brand trying to achieve a balance between getting a secure fit and packing in relevant tech for premium sound.

Value For Money? Yes. Quality sounds and comfort on the ears justify the price tag.

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3 BEATS X, $198

They Say The brand’s partnership with Apple means the product currently has Apple W1 chip for amazing battery life and five-minute Fast Fuel charging. You can even take calls with an on-cable mic and play music with user-friendly controls. It also has a flex-form cable.

What We Liked The unique flex-form cable provided a stylish, flexible fit, and the earbuds come with a variety of secure-fit wing-tip options for personalised comfort – extremely helpful for runners. The earbuds are magnetic, which keeps the earphones tangle-free during storage.

What We Didn’t Like The music quality isn’t superior, and the bass notes seem to lack depth and richness. Some songs felt too one-dimensional.

Value For Money? Not really, unless you’re an Apple fan.

TEXT MCKEN WONG & JOSHUA CHRISTIAN SETH