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If you like listening to music while on the road, trail, or working out at the gym, it can be challenging to find the perfect set of headphones. Over the years I’ve struggled with juggling my cell phone and wired headphones and tried a variety of brands, never really satisfied. Two years ago I had the opportunity to test out the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Bluetooth headphones and they have literally changed my life! They have accompanied me on thousands of miles of running, but in my recent round of marathon training, I found them to not be as comfortable as they used to be.
The good news is that Aftershokz has an even better new product on the market: The Aftershokz Trekz Air. They have all the great qualities of the Titaniums but are far more comfortable. I’m excited to share my review with you!
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What makes Aftershokz headphones different from the rest is their bone conduction technology. Instead of having headphones inserted in your ears (that constantly fall out) or having them cover your ears completely (and compromising your safety), Aftershokz delivers music through the cheekbones. The headphones wrap around the back of the head and they STAY in place!
And how’s the sound quality? Amazing!! I have never had any issues with the Trekz Titanium and the Trekz Air have been upgraded to have better bass and dynamic range. And since the headphones aren’t directly over your ears, you are much safer because you can still hear your surroundings (even if you like to keep the volume up)! That’s extremely important if you’re running or working out alone and you’re “in the zone”.
The new Trekz Air are EXTREMELY easy to set up, even more so than its predecessor. After fully charging the unit (the charge lasts for at least 6 hours), I paired the Bluetooth with my cell phone and that was that! The headphones have controls directly on the earpieces – power, volume, and playing/pausing/skipping tracks are done with the touch of a button. I actually don’t often use the play/pause setting often – I like to let my playlists ride. But it’s such a great feature, especially during a race when you don’t want to be fumbling with your cell phone…been there, done that!
Just like the Titaniums, the Aftershokz Trekz Air are so easy to wear. In fact, the Air’s are lighter and thinner, and since I have probably the tiniest ears you’ve ever seen on an adult, these are perfect for me. The only problem I have is my current hairstyle – I’m wearing Senegalese twist extensions that are pretty heavy and bulky, and they make it tougher to put on the headphones. I also wear glasses every day, so that makes things a little tighter – but I make it work!
Unfortunately, I’m currently injured with plantar fasciitis, so I haven’t been able to test these guys on the run – but check out a couple of reviews from my fellow Bibrave Pros to get more details: I Run On Beer, Andrea Heser. They have had a great experience running with the headphones, and that’s no surprise to me. Hopefully, when I am injury-free, I can make the switch from the Titaniums to the Air’s and use them for regular running, then eventually training and racing!
And not only are the Aftershokz Trekz Air great to wear while working out, you can use them to talk on the phone or listen to podcasts and audiobooks. I wish I had them with me at the airport when I was stranded for over 7 hours thanks to my delayed flight from Miami to Philadelphia after vacationing in the Bahamas! I just can’t seem to appreciate wired headphones anymore after moving to Bluetooth!
Do you run or work out with headphones?