Many of you Very Normal heads have reached out and demanded headphone recommendations. If I had a dollar for every time a subscriber emailed, "When will you tell us about the headphones you use when you run?" Well, let it never be said that the creators of verynormal.info are not generous.
The OpenRun Bone Conduction Open-Ear Endurance Headphones by Shokz are the best running headphones I have ever used. They do not block ambient sound because they do not go into your ear. The sound is "powered by bone conduction technology," which means that the sound travels to your ear drum by way of your jaw bone. As a result you can hear your surroundings (including cyclists who like to fly by you at thirty miles an hour), even with the headphones at full volume.
Recently I noticed some jiggling inside the headphone while running. I used the two year included warranty to get a second pair. The process was really easy and left me feeling good enough about the folks at Shokz, that I decided to write this piece.
Shokz kind of over promises in terms of sound quality. The fidelity is perfectly sufficient to enjoy podcasts and audiobooks. But, you are going to miss a lot from your favorite music. In the context of dialing in for some speed work, they are perfectly fine for music listening though.
These headphones are super comfortable. I sometimes forget I have them on. I use the black mini sku. Blue and / or standard size skus should be completely out of the question. Do you have a medicine ball for a head?
Purchasing these headphones is a simple cash for happiness trade. This is actually the aquisition that will tip the balance of joy and suffering in your life in your favor.