Listening to music while running, training, or doing a host of other sporting activities is a given — and so is the disgusting crud that can build up on your earphones thanks to sweat and grime. Pioneer Washable Earphones ($60) help you easily take care of this problem, thanks to their IPX7 International Protection Rating that makes them waterproof to one meter, and therefore completely washable. Other features include an in-ear design, four included pairs of tips, 9mm drivers, and a gold-plated 3.5mm plug.
Designed for DJs, the Nixon RPM Headphones ($200) blend hefty electronics with simple, oversized-looking aesthetics that wouldn't look out of place in a cartoon — and we mean that in a good way. Highlights include custom 40mm drivers, articulating joints, gel-filled ear cushions, an interlocking coiled cable, and an additional iPhone-compatible cable with remote and mic for those times when you have to listen to something other than music.
Style and sound quality are usually mutually exclusive in the realm of cheap earphones, but not with the Sony MDR-570LP Headphones ($28-$35). Available in orange, green, or black, they sport a distinct round ear cup and seductively slim bands, as well as urethane cushions for comfort and 30mm drivers to provide ample sound even in noisy environments like buses, trains, and the inside of your local coffee shop.