Disclaimer: I received a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Air headphones to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews.
I was super excited to check out a pair of the Trek Air headphones by Aftershokz.
I typically don’t run with headphones. Instead, I place my phone in my vest, turn up the volume, and go.
This, of course, can be problematic at times. If I’m running past a loud roadway, lawn men, or something else that makes a lot of noise, I can’t hear what I’m listening to. Plus, if I am not going on a super long run and I want to listen to something, I either have to wear my vest anyway or hold my phone in my hand. Neither option works well for me. Also, when I run a race I need headphones.
So why don’t I use them?
I hate putting things in my ear. I hate the wires. I tried a pair of wireless headphones but found the buds kept slipping out of my ear or they were simply uncomfortable. And then . . .
In came Aftershokz Trekz Air!
I had heard great things about these headphones from other Bibrave pros and Aftershokz fans. What I loved most about the idea of them was the fact that the headphone doesn’t go directly into the air but in front of the ear. This keeps the ears free to hear other sounds – for example, approaching cars – but through bone conduction technology the user can hear sound from the headphones – and it is crystal clear!
(By the way, I kept wondering what bone conduction technology was, so I thought I’d share: It’s when the sound waves go through the cheekbone directly into the inner ear, leaving the ears open for other sounds. Amazing, right?!)
They sound great but how do they work? Really, really well. I have to say, these are the best headphones I’ve ever used. The sound is crisp and clear and I love the fact that they don’t have wires. At first I was afraid the wraparound band would bother me – ie, get caught on my shirt, cause the earbud part to slip up and down – but they stayed put and I had no troubles. In fact, after I get going I forgot they were there.
Not only do I love these, but my girls do as well. They can be used as they are in their rooms drawing or making slime – so that when I call for dinner, a child comes! Before this I would have to repeatedly call and then go into the room to get them. Battery life spans up to six hours – perfect for multiple runs or a full 26.2.
The only potential con would be the price. These headphones are a bit more expensive than ones I typically buy. Then again, they offer much, much more. For that reason I feel they are worth the price.
Check out the new Trekz Air here. They’d make a great holiday gift for the runners on your list – or ask for a pair of your own!