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Bose Sport Open Earbuds review: Made for runners

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As far as headphones go, Bose’s Sport Open Earbuds are pretty funky. Not to be confused with the company’s more traditional in-ear Sport Earbuds and QuietComfort Earbuds , they feature an open design without a tip, meaning the earpiece sits on top of your ear and doesn’t penetrate your ear canal.

Geared toward runners and bikers who want their ears open to the world for safety reasons — or to people who don’t like to have any sort of bud in their ears — they sound surprisingly good. I ended up liking them, but their design isn’t for everybody, and how comfortable you find them will determine how much you like them. They’re currently available in the US for $200. (There’s no official international pricing yet, but that’s about £150 or AU$260.) The earbuds are the first to use Bose’s OpenAudio technology — not bone conduction — the same technology Bose uses in its $250 Frames audio sunglasses . They have an IPX4 water-resistance rating, which means they’re splashproof, just like Apple’s AirPods Pro earbuds.

The first time you put them on, the process can seem unnatural. You wrap the hook around your ear and the headphone basically clips on. It […]

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