Disclaimer: I received the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium wireless stereo 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!
Several months ago, I blogged about becoming a BibRave Pro Ambassador. One of the exciting parts of being a BibRave Pro is the opportunity to work with different brands, from wireless headphones and compression gear, to free race entries, sunglasses, and running shoes, in order to test out new products.
Recently I was asked to test out a new product: the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium wireless stereo headphones. I have been wanting to try out wireless headphones while running for quite some time. I was excited to try out these specific headphones because of the open ear design. Here is my experience so far.
The first thing I noticed once I took the wireless headphones out of their soft, protective, zippered case was how nice they looked. I really liked the bright yellow color. Additionally, they come with a charger, two silicon rubber bands to provide adjustability for smaller head sizes and a set of ear plugs.
After charging the headphones, I paired them (through bluetooth) with my iPhone and walked around the house with music playing and even made a quick phone call. Everything seemed to be working great.
The next morning, I took them out for a quick 4 mile run to see how they do on the road. I started without a hat on to see how they would feel without anything on my head. And I was pretty impressed for the first few miles. I could hear my music very well and yet with the open ear technology, I could hear my surroundings so much better than before.
Then came the part I didn’t love…after about 3 miles, they started feeling a little uncomfortable on my ears. Between the sweat and the rubbing, I knew I was going to need to play around with them a little more to get them the way I would like them.
The next several times I ran with them, I tried a few different ways, from running with a hat to a sweatband and then with/without sunglasses. Each time, I enjoyed the simplicity of the open ear and wireless technology. For me, I was still struggling some with the comfort level after about 4-5 miles. It was definitely something I had to work on with getting them adjusted to fit just right on my head.
I have since run in these headphones probably 10 times, and each time has been a similar experience. I am wondering if it just takes some time getting adjusted to having them run across the back of your head and over your ears. I will say, I was a little worried my sunglasses would bother me over the headphones, but that hasn’t been an issue at all. I even wore them out a few weeks ago on the beach during our family vacation and they worked well.
Per their website…below are several of the features of the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium wireless headphones:
- Bone conduction technology that delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear sounds
- Wraparound headband that is lightweight and flexible for durability
- Wireless Bluetooth connectivity
- Six hours of music on a single charge
- 2-year warranty
How do you get a pair for yourself? Check out aftershokz.com and use code”BIBRAVE” for 20% off!!! Plus, they are co-hosting our #bibchat on Twitter on July 5 at 9pm (Eastern).