Running with Sennheiser's green party

[intro]Sennheiser used to be such a sensible company. Then someone took a tin of luminous green paint into its HQ and things were never the same aga

Sennheiser used to be such a sensible company. It chugged along, making the best sound-per-pound headphones around, and picking up Stuff stars as it went. Then, a couple of months back, someone took a tin of luminous green paint into its HQ and things were never the same again.

Traditionalists won't approve of its gaudy new Sport series, but runners will love them. I've been trying out the OMX 70 models on my morning runs, and they're the best jogging earphones I've had yet. Previously I've dabbled with noise isolators like the Shure series, but their rubber ends tended to slip out of my ears. The very effective noise reduction also isn't ideal when a truck is roaring towards you.

The £25 OMX 70s have got everything covered. Their adjustable clip – identical to the more expensive OMX 90 VC 'style' earphones – means they can custom fit even the strangest ears. The sound is detailed and dynamic, if slightly lacking the bass of bigger cans. There's no in-line remote to get snagged on your t-shirt and accidentally adjust the volume. And they're both sweat and water-resistant, so you don't need to worry about getting caught in a winter squall like I was this morning. The LX 70 Sports may have a more novel design, but I'll be using my trusty OMXs for as long as my running resolution continues.

Check out Sennheiser's site for more info.