There are a lot of gift ideas floating around for your runner this Christmas and if you're still looking check out the "Isolator" earphones.  Youth Runner does "not" support running out on the roads with earphones or around cars......but, for workouts and on the track away from dangerous areas it's always motivating to run with music.

The company sent us the "Etymotic sent us the mk5 isolator to try out."  What we liked the most is that you don't have to turn up the volume to drown out other noises. Maybe that's where they came up with the name, it's isolates the sound so that you hear everything in your music.

We also liked the way the buds fit in our ears. Some earphones we've tried actually hurt when you are wearing them. The Isolator was comfortable.

Overall, "They worked very well and the volume was perfect. Our editors had no complaints and we think they would make a perfect gift for runners." The price on their website is $59.00

Information provided by "Isolator"

Etymotic’s mk5 Isolator™ Earphones are the newest addition to the company’s high-fidelity Isolator earphone series, an extension of its original 6i earphones. Noise isolation never sounded so good. Featuring Etymotic’s renowned sound quality, the Isolator Earphones are a great choice for today’s active lifestyles. They tune out the world around you, so you can hear every detail in your music. These low-profile, in-ear earphones fit comfortably under hats and helmets and are ideal for commuting, travel and sporting activities.


It’s a noisy world and background noise isolation is needed now more than ever. With mk5 Isolator earphones, there’s no need to turn up the volume to overcome outside sounds. You’ll hear every detail in your music.


  • The Isolator matches the ear’s response for natural sound reproduction
  • Low-level passages and the soft dynamics of music are heard clearly
  • Ideal for personal listening and in-ear monitoring
  • Powerful drivers in compact capsules


All Etymotic earphones seal the ear canal and provide noise isolation, but the mk5 does it in a low-profile case at a great low price.


Best Sound Accuracy

True high fidelity requires sound to be reproduced as close as possible to live performance. Etymotic’s earphones and headsets have the highest response accuracy of all in-ear earphones and headsets. Etymotic is the only company that publishes accuracy scores.


Best Noise Isolation

Etymotic’s earphones have the highest noise isolation of all earphones, as measured by an independent laboratory accredited by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Reduction of outside noise lowers the risk of listening at unsafe levels.


Why Etymotic?

Etymotic is a research, development and manufacturing company that designs products to assess enhance and protect hearing. For over 30 years, innovation and education have been central to Etymotic’s mission. Etymotic is one of the most respected leaders in high-fidelity audio, and has the distinction of being the first company to develop noise-isolating, high-fidelity in-ear