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How Do I Choose the Best Jogging Radio?

By Patti Kate
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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When choosing a jogging radio, decide whether you'd prefer a digital stereo tuner with plug-in earphones, or a self-contained stereo headset. The headset may feel bulkier when placed over your head, but it offers the convenience of being contained in one unit. A digital tuner will include a lightweight unit that can be clipped to a belt or placed in a pocket, along with separate earphones that plug into the radio's headphone jack. In either case, choose something lightweight for running and a model with clear reception and good range.

You should consider a few other options when choosing a jogging radio. Durability is essential, so choose a radio that is shock resistant. You need protection from constant jarring the unit may endure. If you plan on jogging in all types of weather, consider a running radio that is water resistant. Although you won't be submerging your radio in water, a water-resistant casing will shield your radio from moisture and humidity, as well as light rain.

Whether you select a digital tuner with earphones or a radio headphone set, the digital display should be illuminated and easy to read. This will save you the hassle of fumbling around searching for stations as you change the frequency. A jogging radio will need to meet requirements that differ from a unit made for in-home use. You'll do best with a digital tuner that is specifically designed for use while exercising. Signal strength is very important, and since you won't be able to take a test run with the headset before you buy it, inquire about this vital function.

Comfort should be a major factor in determining which jogging radio to buy. If you choose a headphone set, be sure the head band is fully adjustable. This will prevent the radio from slipping off your head as you run. If you're purchasing a separate unit with earphones, be sure the radio comes with some type of belt clip to prevent it from falling out of your pocket while running. Better yet, choose a model that is designed as an armband unit if you worry about losing your radio while running.

Consider the battery life of your jogging radio. Choosing a unit that is powered by rechargeable batteries can save you money in the long run. When buying a radio for running, you should also choose a name-brand manufacturer you can trust. For the best selection, shop at a store that specializes in electronics, music, or exercise equipment. A specialty store will offer the best selection for running radios.

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Discussion Comments
By truman12 — On Apr 23, 2012

I have a problem with ear buds falling our of my ears while I jog. I know they make a version that goes deeper into the ear but I find these kind of painful. I like the shallow ear buds when I am sitting in a chair listening, but on a jog they tend to fall out of my ears. It gets annoying fast.

By summing — On Apr 23, 2012

I have a little digital radio that straps around my arm while I jog. I like it better than any other jogging radio I have ever had but it is still kind of inconvenient. I use ear buds with it and I occasionally become tangled up in the cord or pull it out from the radio.

I used to have a pair of big headphones that had a radio built right in so there were no chords. But they were really big and bulky and they became uncomfortable on a long jog. If there was a way to apply this same technology to a small ear bud design it would be perfect.

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