Andy reviews the Aftershokz Trekz Air bone conduction wireless headphones
I picked up a pair of these at the Ride London expo and thought I'd share my thoughts in case you're in the market for a new pair because they're the best sports headphones I've found yet.
I've tried a lot of sports headphones. The most common problems are:
- they fall out of your ears
- they're uncomfortable
- they reduce your awareness of what's around you
- they get often get ruined by sweat pretty quickly (especially when you're as salty a sweater as I am!)
There are also no buds to fall out of your ear and the design is such that the Trekz Air don't fall off your head even during rigorous sessions. This makes them especially good for hard interval running workouts.
They're very comfortable, I practically forget I've got them on. The battery life (quoted as 6hrs) is fine for training but clearly they're not going to last a full ultra. I've only used them for up to ~2hrs at a time but 6hrs seems plausible from my usage.
I've been using them for ~ 1 month now and I'm a heavy/salty sweater. They're still in good nick and feel high quality/sturdy, I think they'll last. They repel sweat, dust & moisture, but you definitely can’t swim in them. I ran in a downpour in them for ~2hrs and they were fine.
The only slight negative is that, whilst you can skip tracks and adjust volume via the headset, it’s a bit fiddly and takes some getting used to.
Overall I'd give them a solid 9/10 rating and would definitely recommend them. (To be clear, I spent my cold hard cash on these, I'd never just give a glowing review because I was given a freebie).