AfterShokz

AfterShokz Trekz Air

http://www.aftershokz.com

Retail: $149.95

This is a personal experience, basic, easy to understand review that reflects my first 3 runs using the AfterShokz Trekz Air. Opinions are all my own and may differ from other reviews you read online. If there are any additional questions or features you would like to know about, please leave a comment! 🙂

What comes in the box?

Includes boxed packaging, Trekz air headphones, micro-usb charging cable, ear plugs, and a carrying case.

TL;DR I really like these headphones – they work! You can hear the world around you: cars, animals, and people cheering. Although more of the world is audible, when I talked I was still unknowingly yelling and my husband was shushing me just like with regular ear buds. The only warning I would give is that they are not adjustable. Since they don’t go in your ears they are held on by sitting tight around your head; I did experience some slipping. I would say I have a small head (ehem, small as in I wear child hats, embarrassing.) so I don’t foresee this being an issue for everyone. They didn’t slip to the point of falling off. We are talking centimeters here, but it was enough for me to notice. They slid from the front of my ear to sitting close to the opening. Through out my run it got a little bit uncomfortable and I adjusted it a couple times but this is something I think I will get used to and won’t stop me from using them.

Sooo… what are open ear headphones?

They aim to not drown out the outside world, while still allowing you to listen to music or your in-ear coach while you run or bike.

The AfterShokz website explains how they work:

Transducers guide mini vibrations through the cheekbones to the inner ears, delivering sound without plugging or covering them.

Practical use:

Some people have noted that they can feel the vibrations, I find this to be so minimal I don’t even notice it and it has never bothered me. The sound quality is not the same that you will get from high quality ear buds or over ear head phones, however the quality is very good. I would say don’t expect Bose quality this is more comparable to the headphones that come with your Samsung Galaxy or iPhone.

On the left ear phone there is a multi-function button. This button allows you to answer calls, end calls, voice dial, reject calls, redial numbers, pause songs, play songs, and skip to the next song. I really like all of this being at my fingertip. I found it very convenient to have all of these commands in one button, the trick is that you have to learn the commands! Example, to skip a song you need to double click the button while music is playing where as to pause you only push it once.

The volume buttons are directly behind the ear. This is where you can change the volume, enter pairing mode, reset the headphones, mute and unmute the mic, and check the battery status. For most of these functions you won’t be using them on your run, so the location is not as critical as the multi-function button. I did however find myself going to turn up the volume and wound up hitting the power button a couple times. I am sure this is something I can/will get used to based on feeling but it felt a little cumbersome. Since I was fumbling around it resulted in stopping a couple times to re-adjust them on my head.

After using them they were really easy to clean, I just wiped them off and plugged them in to charge. Since the battery lasts 6 hours of music play and 20 days of stand by time, I probably don’t need to charge them every night but I do just to be safe.

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Overall I really like these head phones and will continue to use them. If you have given them a try let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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