Black Friday is still a week away, but you’ve no doubt noticed the deals creeping earlier and earlier each year. For instance, Apple’s AirPods Pro are now $50 off. This deal makes it worth investing in the noise-canceling technology and improved fit that you don’t get with the regular model.
During our first run test with the AirPods Pro, we were impressed by how Apple improved the audio through the new silicone earbud design, as well as the noise-cancellation and transparency features. The original AirPods had an open-ear design—which didn’t fit in many runners’ ears and allowed a lot of surrounding noise in. Those who previously took issue with the fit may be pleased to find that Apple now offers three silicone ear tip sizes, so that they can better seal your ear canal for when you don’t want to hear traffic or chatting coworkers.
While the Active Noise Cancellation can limit outside sound, runners will also appreciate that the Pros are equipped with a Transparency mode that allows some ambient noise in, so you can hear approaching cars or bikes when you’re out for a run on busy streets. With five hours of playback on a single charge (plus an extra 24 hours with the charging case), they also boast plenty of battery for most runners.
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday quickly approaching, you can expect plenty of great deals on wireless headphones this year. But the AirPods Pro may have all the features you’re looking for in a running companion.