Many people have asked to start including product reviews as well as shoe reviews on my blog. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t change shoes every single week so a new shoe review won’t happen.
Do you run with music?
This is a question I get frequently. During easy runs, I do. During workouts and races, I don’t. I don’t typically listen to podcasts when I run and usually keep podcasts on in the background when I’m working or cleaning my house (hey, we all need motivation right?).
I should preface this review with: for years, I used the standard iPhone headphones and didn’t have an issue. I could buy dollar store headphones, and they would work.
The primary issue, for me, was safety and hearing things around me. With standards headphones, I always kept the music low to hear around me.
What makes Aftershokz different?
By now, you’ve heard of Aftershokz on the internet. We sell them at the running store I work at as well, the brand has gotten big!
Aftershokz sits in front of your ear so you can still hear around you. Aftershokz sends sound waves through your cheekbones, leaving your ears open so you can hear what is going on around you. I’ve run countless miles with them, and I can hear everything while also listening to music.
Most headphone companies want to promote noise isolation and cancellation, AfterShokz has gone against the grain with the open ear design. Not having something covering your ears allows you to be more alert and have situational awareness during your workout.
- The only headphone design that allows you to hear your surroundings.
- Durable (they are sweatproof and I’ve run in the rain several times and been fine).
- Light: They aren’t bulky and don’t bounce around.
- Bluetooth and no cord
- They aren’t going to be as loud as other headphone brands that sit directly on your ear. They don’t cancel outside noise, but that is the point.
ETA: Originally, I stated that you can’t change music/volume directly on the headphone. You, in fact, can and it’s done with the button on the side! How I missed that, I don’t know!
Bone Conduction? What does that mean?
As you play music or sound, the pads vibrate. Instead of sending noise through the air and into your eardrum, it diverts it through your bones.
With bone conduction, there is a difference in the sound between over the ear headphones. I’ve always found the volume to be fine with the Aftershokz and bone conduction. I don’t know if they are the right headphone for a more noisy situation like crowded gym but for running, they are great.
The Trekz Titanium was the original version and retails at $99.99. It’s the first, the original, and a great product. It comes in brighter and more bold colors. If bright colored headphones are for you, this is your product.
- The Aftershokz Titanium has Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear outside sounds.
- Light, flexible and portable.
- The OpenFit™ design allows you to hear outside noise while still enjoying music.
- Wireless Bluetooth
- It’s certified to keep out sweat, dust, and moisture, from workouts to wicked weather
- Six hours of sound per full charge
- Hassle-free 2-year warranty
The Trekz Air is the second generation and retails at $149.99. It all has all of the features of the Titanium but with a few more. The colors are much more toned down as well. The Trekz Air has a little better sound quality and volume. The significant updates come with the headphone piece wrapping around your head is much lighter and slimmer.
The Aftershokz Trekz Air version is also about 20% lighter. The final difference is the microphone quality is better for phone calls. I don’t call people while working out (I’m not that coordinated) but several people do. If that is something that interests you, the Trekz Air might be a better option.
Aftershokz is an excellent product and even better company, possibly why they’ve exploded on social media and in running specialty.
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Questions for you:
What kind of headphones do you use?
Do you use music when you run?