It’s time to get serious about wireless workouts. The new iPhone 7 is notably missing an auxiliary jack, which means other smartphones that double as music devices are likely to follow suit.
Forget the arguments: Yes, they’re easy to misplace, and we get it: You don’t need one more thing to charge.
We’re focusing on ear buds made for sports; we promise these super smart headphones are worth keeping track of — and their battery life is so impressive you’ll be able to run (or even walk) next month’s Cowtown Marathon without needing a backup.
Scroll through to see some of the best of the best.
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Heart’s content: Bose’s latest in a sports headphone, the wireless SoundSport Pulse, includes a built-in heart-rate monitor that allows you to track the intensity of your workout. Bose opted for cord-connected ear buds, so you don’t have to worry about losing just one. The cord incorporates a microphone, so you can use voice activation to answer a call, turn up the music or pause a song. The water-repelling cloth surrounding resists sweat and moisture during intense workouts. $199.95, Bose.
Surround sound: Jabra’s wireless sport headphone focuses on sound. First, the ear buds include in-ear microphones that work together to silence background noise, claiming that callers will only be able to hear you clearly despite the distance. Second, the ear buds include a hear-through button, meaning you can opt to be more aware of your surroundings by turning off the noise cancellation. They also include an in-ear heart-rate monitor and are waterproof enough to endure sweat and rinsing. $249, Best Buy.
All about that bass: The X3 is Jaybird’s third generation of wireless ear buds, promising a smaller design, better sound and better battery life. It’s also the first version with full compatibility to Jaybird’s MySound app, which allows you to adjust the bass, volume and more directly from your phone. The X3 promises eight hours of battery life but also features a quick-charge option: You can get one hour of playtime in just 15 minutes. $129.99, Best Buy.
It’s a wash: JLab heavily touts its battery life as the best in the industry, promising 12 hours of playtime. On the sports side, the Epic2 promises water resistance — the headphones are sweatproof and washable. And when it comes to fit, there is seemingly a size for everyone, with eight gel tips for any sized ear, as well as optional ear clips. $99.99, Office Depot.
Gear up: Samsung seems to have thought of nearly everything with the Gear IconX wireless headphones. They’re fitness-focused and smart — they can track your movement and update you on your speed, distance, duration, heart rate and calories burned. The “ambient sound” mode tempers music so you can still hear background noise, making them safer for urban runners. And if you want to run hands-free, you can leave your phone at home: The headphones can store up to 1,000 songs. The carrying case even doubles as a backup charger. But beware, Apple users — the full features are made to work with Android software only. $199.99, Best Buy.
Perfect touch: Hellas, Urbanears’ active headphones, are unlike most sport-focused models in their over-the-ear design. The outside of the ear features touch-screen controls, allowing you to shuffle music or answer calls with a swipe or a tap. After a particularly sweaty workout, you can detach the ear cushions and headband for washing. $119, www.urbanears.com.