A good pair of workout headphones need solid sound quality as well as a comfortable design that can handle your sweatiest moments. The Sennheiser OCX 686G Sports earbuds have an over-ear hook design that is extra secure, and its sweat- and water-resistant construction can withstand indoor and outdoor environments.
Sennheiser’s OCX 686G Sports earbuds have the same look as the brand’s CX 686G Sport. They feature a green-and-gray colour scheme, with flat, para-aramid reinforced wires so they can withstand tough situations, and remain free of tangles. These buds are sweat resistant, so you won’t have to worry during sweaty workout sessions.
The main difference between Sennheiser’s two designs is that the OCX 686Gs have an over-ear construction, with a flexible piece of plastic meant to sit on the top of your ear and hook around the back. A common feature for fitness headphones, this extra piece keeps the earbuds sturdy and locked in on your head, but they can also be uncomfortable for some.
The wires of each bud are connected by a basic inline remote, which has a raised volume rocker and a multifunction button. However, make sure to choose the right version of the earbuds depending on the smartphone you have, as there are specific models for Android and iOS. Only with the right correct model will you be able to use the built-in mic and volume rocker.
The Sennheiser OCX 686Gs come with three pairs of ear inserts. While the over-ear design isn’t my favourite, I prefer ones like this that have a structured piece of plastic that curls and cups the back of my ear. They were comfortable to wear in the gym and during my morning run.
However, while they stayed put during my workouts thanks to this design, I did have to readjust the buds often. Most of the time they were about halfway in my ears, and I would have to push them in farther to keep them as secure as I wanted.
The high-output drivers in the OCX 686G produce clear sound that highlights highs and lows well. The base from Buster Rhymes and vocals from Chris Brown makes these a good option for different genres during your workout. I found myself bobbing my head as the sound coming out of these was just fantastic. Maroon 5’s “This Summer” played with bass that thumped in the back of my head, while the buzzing synths and chanting vocals made me want to dance and drink the summer away.
Sennheiser has delivered yet another solid pair of workout headphones with the OCX 686G Sports. With a sweat-resistant design and cords that don’t tangle, these buds are convenient to throw in your gym bag and use during even the most vigorous workouts — not to mention their sound quality is good enough for use in and out of the noisy gym. With a price tag of just under £80 (from here), these are a good option from a reputable brand that won’t let you down.