Surface Headphones

Best answer: The Surface Headphones aren't rated for resistance to either water or sweat so for working out, you'd be better off getting the Bose SoundSport Free, Jaybird X4, or Jabra Elite Active 65t.

No rating so hit the gym at your own risk

The Surface Headphones aren't exactly cheap at $350, and they come with no rating for sweat- or water-resistance. So while you can wear them while you exercise (just the same as you can wear them while skydiving) it's not recommended.

Without a rating, the chances are that they'll degrade over time and no-one wants that. The Surface Headphones will handle mild perspiration, the sort you get wearing them on a warm day or a hot plane, not after a serious workout.

Go for wireless in-ear headphones instead

Besides the lack of a suitable rating, the Surface Headphones are pretty massive. You're not going to find a similarly high-end set of specifically sweat-resistant over-ear headphones right now, in part because the drivers are exposed.

A better option is a pair of sweat- and water-resistant wireless in-ear headphones. They're still cable-free, which is important in the gym, but most importantly, you'll be comfortable and your headphones won't break down on you when you're really working up a sweat.

Three great alternatives

Headphones specifically for exercising in are plentiful, and besides being able to stand up to the rigours of the gym, you don't have to sacrifice sound quality. And as a bonus, each of the three choices we've selected here from Bose, Jaybird and Jabra, are about half the price of the Surface Headphones.

So your music will sound great, your headphones won't perish, and your wallet will have more cash left in it! For even more great suggestions, check out the expert round-up from our pals over at Android Central.

Our pick

Bose SoundSport Free

Wire-free and gym-proof

The SoundSport Free is Bose's first attempt at truly wire-free earbuds. You get Bose's legendary sound quality, and you've got IPX4 water resistance so you can hit the gym hard and not worry about them perishing in your ears. This is the one to pick if ultimate sound quality is important.

Value pick

Jaybird X4

Truly great headphones for exercising

Jaybird's latest earbuds are the best the company's ever made. The sound quality is fantastic, you'll get 8-10 hours of battery, and there's an IPX7 waterproof rating. If you're looking for the best battery life, then the Jaybird X4 is the pick for you.

Smart pick

Jabra Elite Active 65t

Smart headphones to exercise in

Jabra's wireless earbuds are the closest to the Surface Headphones when it comes to smart features since they're enabled for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, as well as an integrated motion sensor to track workout performance. If the smart features attracted you to Surface Headphones, these are your gym-based alternative.

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