“Disclaimer: I received a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Air wireless headphones (for me to try out) and a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones (to gift to my favorite runner) 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’ve been reading a lot of reviews about wireless headphones this year. A LOT. I had finally settled on Aftershokz and was planning on treating myself with a pair for Christmas, a present to me from me. What serendipity that I got the chance to receive and review a pair as part of my ambassadorship with BibRave . . . AND a second pair to gift to my favorite runner . . . who happens to be my favorite human, my husband Peter.
I’ve been able to use mine for about a month now, and I love them. They paired seamlessly right out of the box; all I did was power them on, and they paired automatically. No searching for a Bluetooth connection with my phone, no glitches whatsoever (unlike other wireless headphones I’ve tried in the past).
As a runner, I can’t say enough about the fit. They hook over your ears and rest on your cheekbones in front of your ear. No uncomfortable parts going into your ear. No parts that need heavy duty cleaning from being inside of your ear. No bouncing during your run! They sit lightly no matter how high your cadence and pace; you can forget they are there, save for the great sound you are getting. I’ve worn them under a headwrap in the cold and under a visor on a sunny day. I have a lot of hair that gets put up in a bun/pony, and they still fit perfectly over all of that. Because they are not IN my ear, I can hear traffic around me (or the cute old man wishing me Merry Christmas from his driveway) while still listening to my music or podcast. With other headphones, I have had to crank them to full volume to be able to hear my music. When wearing my Aftershokz Trekz Air, I have to be sure that the volume is NOT on maximum, as I have blasted myself with the strong volume the headphones provide. Also, I’ve used them in both a soft, fluffy snow and in some drizzle, and they were fine after each condition. In addition to running outside, I’ve used them on a treadmill and at the gym. While lifting weights at the gym, my Trekz Air lets me be in my own world so I can concentrate on the weights without being distracted by grunting guys next to me dropping their barbells to the floor after each lift.
I gave Peter his Aftershokz Trekz Titanium about a week before Christmas, right before he flew to Canada. I was super excited to have him try them out, as Peter had some hearing loss a few years ago in one ear. I had heard that the bone conduction technology may allow him to hear better than with traditional earbuds that go directly into the ear.
He has been using his for about two weeks now, and so far, so good. It has been awesome to be part of the #GiveGoodVibes campaign! He has used them for golf practice on the range; similar to me, he seeks to drown out distractions so he can focus on his own form and fitness. He used them for travel (note: all Aftershokz headphones come with a pair of traditional ear plugs so you can drown out all other noise if desired), and as I write this, he is using them to cover a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game. As he sits in the media box, he can listen to various news clips as they come across his phone, Twitter feed, etc. When he goes back to work next week as a fitness and physical education instructor, he will be able to use them during and between various activities.
In addition to this great product, I’ve enjoyed listening to the journey of Kim (Aftershokz’s Chief Marketing Officer), as she trained for her first marathon. I followed her journey through the BibRave podcast, and there were some exceptional episodes where Tim, Andy, Coach Chris and Dr. Ross dug DEEP into the psychological side of her training. These episodes resonated so strongly with me that I listened to each twice! I also enjoyed the culminating episode in which you learn how she did in the Honolulu marathon in December almost mile for mile. The Aftershokz #262Squad Training Program did the trick for her, and I’ve enjoyed trying out some of the training runs in the Motigo app, as well.
I would recommend Aftershokz wireless stereo headphones to anyone, but especially to all of my friends who are into running and other fitness pursuits. They add another enjoyable dimension to an activity that we already love to pursue. Check them out for yourself!