Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT70BT: gorgeous headphones you can rinse under a tap

Just tap the left one to hear what's going on around you

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Audio-Technica.

Working out is a messy business: hair up, skin bare, sweat everywhere – it’s hard to feel beautiful even though technically, you’re worshipping your body. That’s why we appreciate any workout accessories that add a bit of beauty to the booty-toning process, whether it’s a gorgeous water bottle, stylish workout threads or appealingly-designed tech.

The Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT70BT headphones are pretty much the definition of the last category — they’re the rose gold running headphones we’ve been waiting for. It doesn’t have to be running, of course: they’re also good for weight training, yoga, sports — or just laying around on the sofa. Whenever you need to listen to music without awkward wires trailing around or earbuds popping out, you need a set of ATH-SPORT70BT.

They’re wireless, so you connect them to your phone via Bluetooth (which is easy peasy, they came up the very first time we tried), leaving your precious charging port/retro headphone jack (jealous) free and clear.

Best of all, they have a rating of IPX5, which means they’re washable. That’s right, you can take off your manky sweat-soaked headphones and just chuck them straight under the tap to rinse off. Why can’t everything work like that?

In the box alongside your rose gold (or black, if you must) Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT70BT headphones, you get a metre-long charging cable (standard micro-USB, so easy to replace if you lose it), a pack of differently-sized silicone earbuds, a set of foam SweatGuard eartips, and a really cute circular zip-up case to keep them in.

But how do they sound? Like a dream. The 9mm carbon-coated drivers ensure high-quality audio, while the in-line mic means you won’t miss a call while you’re out getting buff. The hooked design of the earpieces is really smart, because no matter how vigorous you get, they don’t fall off — and the wire between the two earbuds hangs comfortably behind your head (or like a necklace if you prefer), ensuring you never lose one. They’re really comfortable to wear, to the point that we’ve taken to keeping them on around the house even on non-run days — they last up to six hours on a charge, so you can easily tackle the housework while blasting Beyoncé.

Our favourite feature — or joint favourite with the rinseability — has to be the hear-through function: it’s really important (especially for women) to be safe while you’re out running. Tap on the left earpiece of the Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT70BT headphones and you’ll be able to hear everything that’s going on around you. Perfect for crossing the road, asking for directions, or just rubbernecking on the couple having an argument in the park.

There are a lot of sports headphones out there, but these combine smart features with beautiful design, which makes them our current favourite for walks and workouts.

In love? Find out more and get your own pair here. Your ears — and eyes! — will thank you.