Esther puts the Bose Sport Earbuds to the test
BOSE Sport Earbuds | £179.95
Do you know what the most-searched-for term for women runners is on the interwebs? You’d think it might be something to do with shoes, perhaps – what shoes are the best for running, maybe? Or perhaps to do with injury: how do I prevent shin splints? Actually, no, it’s not. While these are both sensible questions, the most pressing dilemma for runners, it turns out, is finding earbuds that stay put in small ears.
For many of us, our earbuds are as vital a part of our daily running kit as our shoes and our running bra. We listen to music, or podcasts or audiobooks to help us get through the mileage. And the search for a pair that is comfortable, that offers good sound quality, and that actually stays put are the three main asks for these. You wouldn’t think it would be such a tall order, but if you’ve ever had an ear bud pop out mid-run due to size or sweat, you’ll know only too well how frustrating it can be.
So here are the Bose Sport Earbuds for your consideration. The weird thing is that they actually look pretty big, but don’t worry: you’re not cramming the whole thing down your ear canal. The buds come with three sizes of eartips, so it’s a great choice for those of us who are differently sized in the ear department. Better still, the sizing isn’t just limited to the section you pop into your ear – the lovely soft bits you add on are called StayHear Max tips. They’re made from silicone, so they’re super soft, and they’re made up of a tip that pops into your ear, and an extendable flexible wing that secures your earbuds in place.
Does it work?
Hell yes. You just follow the instructions correctly by popping the ear bud in and then gently swivelling them so that the wing bit sits under the bonier part of your ear, and then – honest – you can jump up and down, or shake your head about, or even (gasp) go for a run, and they stay put.
Even more remarkably for this kind of earbud is that they’re comfortable: those silicone tips are so much more comfy than any other earbuds we’ve tried, which (especially with the frustrated jamming in that can happen if earbuds aren’t secure enough) can tend to press against the softer parts of the entrance to the ear canal causing bruising. These sit beautifully in place, they feel completely secure, and they’re very comfy indeed.
Thing is, once we’ve found ourselves a pair of ear buds that fit and that stay put, almost the last thing on our list is the sound quality. If you’re spending hours outside every week on your runs, you need the quality of your music or your podcasts to ring true. Bose is a big name in speakers and acoustics, so you know you’re already in good hands: true to form, these ear buds include special acoustic port design and high efficiency drivers for brilliant sound performance.
Well, you can sweat however much you like in them, and not only will it not affect their performance, they won’t budge either. If it lashes it down (as it so often does), they’re good with that too.
You can accept a call while you’re out too, just by double-tapping on the right ear bud – and you can magically just talk to your caller without ferreting about for your phone. But the very best thing about them is that the slightly larger bud than normal also acts as a touchpad: you can swipe up and down to increase or decrease the volume – genius!
Set up is simple using the Bose Music app – far more simple than other ear buds we’ve used, with no faff whatsoever. It’s a big tick for these little beauties. They’re £179.95, and worth every penny if you can’t run without sound. And, get this, little short of priceless if you’ve got small ears. Find out more about them here.