$130 from Best Buy U.S. The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Poly BackBeat Fit 2100Now we switch from $350 futuristic brain-upgrade devices to your classic, around-the-neck option. The Poly BackBeat 2100 wraps around your ears and the back of your neck to keep everything secure while running or powering through an insane workout. With the Always Aware eartips, you don’t have to worry about hearing traffic or that dog that’s looking to tear your shoes off. That won’t hinder volume though. If you need it the volume can go so high it hurts. The whole set up is sweatproof and waterproof. The BackBeats get up to 7 hours on a battery charge. Use a timer or start a particular playlist with the My Tap feature, which is set up in the corresponding app.If you’re not into the neck-wrap design, the BackBeat Fit 3100’s are the same hooked earbuds without the rail. The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasion 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Fall Sony Xperia Ear DuoMusic is great but it’s not worth a hospital visit. Today, there’s a lot of fancy technology that keeps us aware of our surroundings while listening. The Xperia Ear Duo hang in your ear with a small, comfortable loop. Music is piped into the center straight into your ear, but outside sounds can still get through, which is perfect for riding or running in the streets.Touch controls are on the side of the Ear Duo; slide up and down for volume, and tap for play and pause. The unique design hanging under your ear takes a minute to get used to but lets you slide full-face helmets over the headphone without stabbing it in your ear. Bass is on the low side but now helmet-wearing bikers and skiers have a compatible, truly wireless earbud. $349 from Halo $126 from Amazon $130 from Walmart V-Moda BassFit WirelessV-Moda might not be a household name but it’s trusted by some of the top producers and DJs in the world. The BassFit Wireless are the brand’s new entry into the sports headphone world.The headphones come with both ear fins and hooks to customize the fit and stability (they can be worn without either). The ear fins might be enough for a regular run, but for that trail run or intense Ninja Warrior workout coming up, throw on the ear hooks as well. They’ll last 11 hours on a charge and can add another 2.5 hours on a 15-minute charge. $200 from Amazon $76 from Amazon 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Jaybird Tarah ProJaybird knows adventure. The brand’s athletes roam some of the toughest terrains on the planet — while listening to tunes, of course.With that in mind, Jaybird created the Tarah Pro. Hidden somewhere in the braided cord and sleek controls are 14 hours of play time. Three different size ear tips customize fit, which is a bit on the large side. The outer section of the earbud can rotate, routing the cable above your ear instead of below. With the IPX7 rating, they can withstand 30 minutes in a meter of water, so they’re ready for the worst rain you could want to run in.The Jaybird app is one of the best. Use preset equalizer settings for bass, mids, and treble or tweak to find your own favorite. Built-in playlists from pro runners will keep you jamming through the hardest sections of the run. When you’re done, snap the magnetic earbuds together to hang around your neck.Sennheiser CX SportFitting on the smaller side, the Sennheiser CX Sport offers a no-frills, lightweight running headphone with solid sound. The flexible ear fins keep them tucked in your ears without pulling down at all. You can adjust the fit with three different ear sleeves and fins. The 6-hour battery can cover plenty of miles but if you just need a touch more juice, a 10-minute charge gives you an extra hour listening. The whole setup weighs in at a hefty half ounce. Beats Powerbeats ProAt the other end of the bass spectrum, the Powerbeats Pro from Beats by Dre (and Apple) excel. Like, subwoofer kind of bass. The truly wireless earbud is comfortable to wear but easily stays put with the flexible ear hook. The PowerBeats pair with iPhones as soon as you open the case. With the same Apple chip as AirPods running the show inside, one tap and you’re ready to run. With the Apple pairing process, you can wear either headphone alone; use one to take a call or get into the tunes while getting things done around the house. Android users can still connect, too, but have to use the standard connection process.Each PowerBeat earbud can last for 9 hours of play time. Charge them up with another 24 hours in the charging case with a satisfying magnetic click. $130 from Amazon The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business $250 from Apple, Inc. Editors’ Recommendations $150 from Amazon $81 from Walmart Whether it’s keeping your steps per minute high, getting pace instructions from a smart app, or just tuning out, headphones are a necessity for running. With so many options out there, which do you choose? Running is a high-movement activity that leads to you being covered in sweat, and most headphones are just not up to the challenge.We’ve rounded up the most comfortable, longest lasting, best wireless headphones for running. Try not to get one of each.Jabra Elite 85hWhen it’s earmuff kind of cold or you’re just really like a full sound, the Jabra 85h over-ear headphones are for you. The 36-hour battery can easily last through a flight, Uber ride, and workout at the hotel. The Active Noise Cancellation eliminates any unwanted noise, from babies on planes to overly chatty treadmill neighbors.The fit is slightly more snug so they stay on well during movement. SmartSound technology can automatically detect whether you need noise cancellation, such as when in a noisy cafe, while HearThrough actively brings all the sounds when you’re running on the street. The included 3.5mm headphone cable can plug into planes when Bluetooth isn’t an option. A quick 15-minute charge gets 5 hours of listening.Halo Sport 2If you need to get serious about your training, it’s time to shock your brain. The Halo Sport 2 uses direct transcranial current stimulation to prime your brain to learn faster. In other words, the headphones send a very small, safe, electrical current through the neurons responsible for movement in your brain, increasing the speed with which they can talk to one another. Faster firing means faster learning.After a 20-minute priming session, driving to the gym or warming up, you can take out the Medieval-looking primer spikes and use the Sport’s Bluetooth headphones for tunes. Increased brain activity lasts 60 minutes after priming and the benefits extend beyond running, such as playing musical instruments or any other activities that include movement.
Ohio State sophomore guard Musa Jallow defends a shot in the Buckeyes’ 63-56 loss against Illinois on Feb. 14 at the Schottenstein Center. Photo: Cori Wade | For The LanternAfter Sunday’s 55-52 win against Indiana, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann would not talk about anything further along than the next game against Illinois. He would not call his team a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament, he would not talk about what a win against the Fighting Illini would do to help the Buckeyes’ chances in March. The focus was on the immediate future. And that focus continued, even with the 63-56 home loss to Illinois. “A loss is a loss. I mean, a loss is a loss,” Holtmann said. “People look at it differently. I’m disappointed after every loss, whoever it is, whatever time it is, whatever point in the season.” But junior forward Andre Wesson did not share the same sentiment his head coach did. He stepped up to the podium after the seven-point loss, and did not hide his disappointment with what the outcome ended up being, saying that all losses hurt. But he expanded, peering past the immediate future barrier that Holtmann and his coaching staff have seemingly set upon Ohio State. “This one we needed to have,” Wesson said. “We are .500. We are trying to make the NCAA Tournament. We are not a lock, so any game we play, we gotta have right now.” Wesson sees the reality of what happened against Illinois. It’s a familiar look for the Buckeyes. The offensive struggles continued, shooting 36.2 percent from the field and making 2-of-13 from 3. In either half, Ohio State failed to record double-digit field goals. The mistakes continued in the backcourt and in the passing game. Facing the No. 1 Big Ten team in terms of steals and turnover margin, the Buckeyes recorded 18 turnovers — 10 in the first half and eight in the second — leading to 14 Fighting Illini points. The 18 turnovers Ohio State recorded exceeded the number of field goals, 17, the team connected on. To Wesson, this loss shows the competitive depth of the Big Ten, but it also showed a lack of preparedness, which he blamed on himself and the older members of the roster. “Every night you can get beat if you don’t show up,” Wesson said. “We came out tonight and we weren’t prepared. That’s on me and us older guys. We didn’t get the younger guys prepared and that’s what happens. That’s how you get beat.” Holtmann blamed the coaching staff, saying it has to put its players in better positions to succeed, giving the upperclassmen an outlet to lead in an effective way. After five minutes, Wesson left. After six minutes, Holtmann left. Their focus turned to the same thing: Ohio State’s next opponent. But with that next game comes an opponent that exceeds the level and the quality of the opponent that handed the Buckeyes a seven-point loss“It doesn’t get any easier with Michigan State at Michigan State,” Wesson said. “It doesn’t get any easier. We got to go to work.” However, in Holtmann’s mind, Ohio State is just another bubble team, placing Illinois in that same conversation. He said the focus remains the same. He said it’s about getting better on the court. So, when asked about the NCAA Tournament, Holtmann shrugged it off. “No, no we won’t talk about it. We’ll talk about getting better,” Holtmann said. “We’ll talk about getting better.” But with Wesson, who left with the same downtrodden look he came in with after the game, that’s seemingly all he can think about.