Skullcandy Chops Buds ($19.95)
The adjustable behind-the-ear hanger helps these on-ear buds stay in place during both indoor and outdoor workouts. Since the hanger only comes down halfway behind the ear, this pair slides on easier than a full around-the-ear set. They take a second to put on at first, and adjusting during your workout may take some getting used to, but mostly because you’ll forget that when you want to fix only the bud in your ear, you also have to tamper with the hanger. The hanger is adjustable, though, so most users shouldn’t have a problem. With a strong, all-around sound, the Chops offer more protection than a simple on-ear bud (like Skullcandy’s Fix), without blocking out sound like a bulkier pair would.
Available at skullcandy.com.
Our tester said: “Occasionally it feels like the clip is the only thing keeping the buds in place, but overall the pair is ideal for someone who prefers ear buds, but needs a pair that won’t fall out during a workout.”