A Colorful Danish and Swiss Collaboration Spans a Runner’s Distance

08.13.20 | By
A Colorful Danish and Swiss Collaboration Spans a Runner’s Distance

When luxury Danish audio brand Bang & Olufsen went to the drawing board to design their first dedicated sports earphones, the Beoplay E8 Sport, it was with the sweaty duress and demands of daily runners in mind shaping the earbuds’ most integral features. To further emphasize its bona fides as a runner’s essential, Bang & Olufsen recently announced a limited edition collaboration with Swiss sports brand On to offer the “ultimate running kit”.

The $199 ON Cloudboom features twin CloudTec cushioning, a single layer of engineered breathable and lightweight mesh, and a carbon-fiber infused Speedboard, technologies aimed at half and full marathon runners seeking a fast and supportive.

The highly limited Beoplay E8 Sport On Editions differentiates itself from the standard edition and its more luxuriously leather-wrapped counterpart, the Beoplay E8, with subtle detailing; emblazoned on each side are Bang & Olufsen’s and On’s respective minimalist logos, highlighted with hued aluminum rings and a cloud pattern, with a translucent Leaf Green colorway complementary to its matching footwear equivalent, the On Cloudboom.

Intricate design elements such as a ridged gripped detail on the earphones helps adjustments when fingers are wet and sweaty. The case is also Qi-enabled for wireless charging.

Like the standard Beoplay E8 Sport, the On Edition’s USB-C charging case is protected in rubber and textured silicone, a functional and aesthetic detail intended to serve sweaty hands by providing a secure grip. Inside Bang & Olufsen’s trademark anodized aluminum is subtly etched with On’s own cloud pattern, an inlay offering a corrosion resistant nest for each earbud to securely rest while charging.

To avoid unnecessary stopping or distraction while running, the earphones can switch between tracks, take calls and activate Transparency Mode all with a simple tap or swipe of the finger.

Unlike the Danish brand’s more significant signature audio and video designs, Bang & Olufsen credits the Beoplay E8 Sport as the product of their in-house studio rather than a singular designer.

While most runner’s won’t test the limits of the Beoplay E8 Sport’s battery life while training, the wireless Bluetooth earbuds are rated for up to 7 hours of playback, with an additional 3.5 charges via the carrying case for a total playtime of up to 30 hours (almost enough time for us to finish a marathon).

A set of 4 sizes of Silicone Ear Tips (XS, S, M L), 3 sizes of Silicone Earfins (S, M, L), and one set Comply tips are included.

If you didn’t get your hands on the highly limited quantity limited editions, note Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay E8 Sport is available in black or Oxygen Blue for the same price of $350, as are the Beoplay E8 3rd Generation Earphones available in black or gray mist.

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Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at