Sports earphones: Sennheiser and Snugs review

We examine the best sports earphones on offer from Sennheiser, as well as Snugs' earbuds

PMX 686G Sport Earphones (Sennheiser)

Sennheiser’s PMX 686G sport earphones Photo: Sennheiser

About: If you want to enjoy outstanding stereo sound during outdoor sports like training for your cross country race, Sennheiser’s PMX 686 sports earphones are right for you. These earphones will remain securely in place, whether you’re running up a hill or sprinting to the finish. And thanks to the innovative in-ear design, you’ll still be able to hear what’s going on around you even while you’re listening to your favourite tunes.

Perfect for: The gym, jogging or any leisure activity.

Review: Sennheiser’s PMX 686 sports earphones are an extremely secure fit. Their design means that the earphones stay in place even during a boisterous workout. The cable is relatively short which avoids the earphones getting you in a tangle! Oh, the sound is awesome, too! While they are a slick piece of equipment, the shape of earphones do look a little strange if you’re going to where them out and about socially. However, for sports, they’re perfect.

Price: £79.99

More information: Sennheiser.com

OCX 686G Sports Earphones (Sennheiser)

Sennheiser’s OCX 686G sports earphones Photo: Sennheiser

About: Sennheiser’s OCX 686G sport earphones have been created to energise your music experience while you concentrate on your sets and reps. The high-output drivers deliver amazing sound quality, and the innovative ear-canal coupling and cable routing work together to help reduce unwanted background noise to a minimum, so you’ll be able to enjoy your favourite music at the gym without distractions. Furthermore, its lightweight, ergonomic design ensures that the OCX 686G sits comfortably, and the ear hooks provide extra hold to give you maximum freedom of movement during your workout.

Perfect for: The gym, jogging or any leisure activity.

Review: Sennheiser’s OCX 686G slightly edge the PMX 686G edition. While they don’t cancel out quite as much sound as the latter earphones, the OCX 686G are a little less restrictive. Instead of a neckband headset, the ear hooks feel slightly more comfortable. Some have complained that they’re prone to falling out, but this is a very rare occurrence. Perfect for the gym, for runners, the PMX 686G earphones may be more suitable.

Price: £79.99

More information: Sennheiser.com

Snuggs earbuds

Snugs earbuds are custom-fitted! Photo: Snugs

About: You know earphones supplied with smartphones are uncomfortable, deliver poor sound, and fall out. There are many fancy – and expensive – alternatives, but they can’t solve the fundamental problem: everybody’s ears are different. Even top end earphones can’t cater for the variability in ear shape, size, personal sensitivity, and, crucially, the difference between different ages, sexes, and body size. There is only one true solution: custom fit earphones. Snugs are like a Savile Row suit for your ears – but at a very affordable price.

Perfect for: Running, the gym, every day life and loud commutes!

Review: Snugs have a scanologist who uses a unique scanner to make 3D images of your ears in about 10 minutes – perhaps best to pick a secluded location to get this carried out as it can raise eyebrows! However, the earbuds are extremely comfortable, and as they’re designed for your ears, they cancel out any external noise.

Price: From £199.99

More information: Snugs earphones

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