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Product Review: AfterShokz Trekz Titanium

Disclaimer: I received a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Titanium 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 have seen a lot of fellow runners raving about the AfterShokz Trekz Titatinium on social media channels, so I was pumped when I received the opportunity to test them out. My current pair of wireless headphones have recently been giving me severe discomfort when I wear them longer than an hour, so I was excited to try a pair of open ear design headphones that don’t sit inside the ear canal in the hopes they would alleviate that issue.

The Specs:

  • Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds
  • Titanium wraparound headband is lightweight and flexible for durability and portability
  • OpenFit™ design ensures maximum situational awareness and comfort during long-term wear
  • PremiumPitch+™ guarantees a premium audio experience, including wide dynamic range and rich bass
  • Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 connectivity and convenient multipoint pairing
  • LeakSlayer™ technology significantly reduces natural sound leakage
  • IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture, from workouts to wicked weather
  • Enjoy six hours of continuous music + calls on a single charge
  • EQ presets boost bass and reduce vibration on the go
  • Dual noise canceling microphones exclude surrounding noise, effectively enhancing speech
  • Audrey Says™ voice prompts guide users through power, pair, play and talk
  • Hassle-free 2-year warranty
  • Price is $129.95

The Test:

Technology

Bone conduction was discovered and used by Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven found a way to hear the sound of the piano through his jawbone by attaching a rod to his piano and clenching it in his teeth. He received perception of the sound when vibrations transfer from the piano to his jaw. This proved that sound could reach our auditory system through another medium besides eardrums, and the other medium is our bones. (Source: Goldendance Co.)

AfterShokz used this concept to develop of a suite of proprietary audio technologies and design patents, resulting in wireless headphones that deliver unrivaled situational awareness and comfort. Transducers, a replacement for earbuds, guide mini vibrations through the cheekbones to the inner ears, delivering sound without plugging or covering them.

 

Safety

While noise cancellation headphones certainly have their place – I like to wear them at work and on airplanes – sometimes you need the alternative experience. When walking and running, it’s imperative to hear your surroundings. I can understand the desire to lose yourself in music, a podcast or audiobook, but hearing your surroundings is crucial for personal safety.

Listening to a music on my AfterShokz while walking Gracie

The open ear fit allowed me to actively hear oncoming cars, passing dogs and pedestrians. I was very impressed at how well I could hear the world around me while still enjoying the music or podcast through the Trekz Titanium.

Fit and Comfort

When I first tried on the Trekz Titanium, I felt like they were too big for me. The back felt like it hung too low, and I wondered if the mini size would fit me better. I used the size tool ruler to measure and was surprised that I fell squarely in the range of the regular size. After wearing them a few days, I got more used to the fit and now don’t have the same apprehension.

The Trekz Titanium headphones are available in two sizes, the Trekz Titanium and the Trekz Titanium Mini. To determine the size that will best fit, use the size tool ruler available on the AfterShokz website

The transducers sit outside of your ears and guide mini vibrations through the cheekbones to the inner ears. The mini vibrations become pronounced when you push buttons that result in actions, such as skipping songs or pausing the audio. The mini vibrations felt unusual at first, bit again after wearing the headphones a few times I became comfortable with the occasional vibrations.

The Trekz Titanium really shine in comfort. I didn’t experience any discomfort after wearing them for several hours. Fellow BibRave Pro Lindsey wore hers on a recent 50k (way to go!) and found them to comfortable for the entire race!

Sound

I listened to several hours’ worth of music and podcasts, and even took a few phone calls while using my Trekz Titanium. I was pleasantly surprised that the sound quality was much better than I anticipated. I also got good feedback from callers that they could hear me clearly when I used the headphones to take phone calls.

I enjoyed listening to music poolside

The Bottom Line:

The Trekz Titanium are my new go-to headphones! They are easy to set up and pair, can make it through sweaty workouts, the battery lasts, and the enhanced situational awareness make these my top choice for headphones. They are much more comfortable than in-ear headphones, and I can comfortably wear them for hours. Want to try a pair for yourself? Use code FREECASE to get a bonus portable storage case when you order at BibRave.AfterShokz.com!

 

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