Bone conduction technology leaves ears open to ambient sounds.
Inspired by athletes, these headphones resist sweat, dust and moisture to help you push any limit. Go hard in every element.
*Not recommended for swimming
Hear It All
everyone’s daily life and sports use.
What's In The Box
I've just unboxed my Aftershokz Air headphones and used them for the first time, having first paired them to my Garmin watch. Finally a set of headphones that stay in place when I'm running! They're so comfortable that after a minute or two of wearing them I forgot they were even there. The sound quality is first class while allowing you to have situational awareness while running the mean streets of Lancashire.
TLDR: They are amazing I would recommend them to everyone.
So I've tried A LOT of in-earphones, some cabled, some Bluetooth. I hated the cables one with one exception and some of the Bluetooth ones were a bit dodgy with connections again with one exception (I'm not going to name those here because this review is not about them). And worst of all I could never get a pair of in-earphones that would stay in place, especially if I took one out.
When the Air pod types started coming out I looked at them but they were expensive and had mixed reviews.
Then I saw a guy on a youtube channel who always had earphones on that looked different than normal ones and I searched online to find out what he was wearing. That's when I came across the Aftershokz bone-conducting headphones/earphones and was really intrigued. I'd heard of this type of headphones before but wasn't sure they would be very good. I couldn't have been more wrong!
Anyway, it was at the same time that my mother had an accident that left her immobile and having carers come in three times a day to look after her, but there was a couple of incidents when she had a problem and had to wait for the carers to come or to phone me (which became increasingly difficult for her), so I moved back into my mother's house to look after her in between the carers visits.
But there were a couple of times she need me when I had my earphones in and I didn't hear her straight away when she needed my help.
So I looked again at the Aftershokz bone-conducting headphones and they were on sale on Amazon so I brought the TrekzAir model.
I was amazed at the sound quality and the fact I could still hear everything around me.
I wear them every day and very often forget they are on me. For me, they last about two days before they tell me to charge them. They charge quickly and thinking about it now I must have charged them hundreds of times now and the battery life is still as good as when I brought them. I use them for all my phone calls and they are great, in fact, I had a call when they were on charge recently and putting the phone to my ear felt really strange and unnatural.
I can link them to two devices (my phone and my Amazon firetv stick). This meant I could take calls or watch youtube videos on my phone, or watch Netflix and Amazon prime videos on the firetv stick and not disturb my mum, and most importantly I could hear her if she needed me.
I can wear them in bed without them pressing into my ear if I'm on my side and quite often fall asleep with them on.
If I want to hear a bit more of what's around me I can move one side of them up or down and still be able to hear what is playing through them.
They don't get in the way of my glasses that I sometimes need to wear, or my face mask during this pandemic when I go out.
If I want to block out what's around me they come with earplugs that let me just listen to what is playing and the sound is even better.
Seriously, I can't recommend these enough, and I'm now considering getting the Aeropex model as I've had my current ones for a couple of years now and while mine are still fantastic I know they have made improvements to all their models and I really want to try the Aeropex ones.
I love my AirPods with the brilliant sound quality and ease of use. However I was worried about losing them on wet muddy winter park runs. I also wanted to hear more of what was going on around me. I was bought a set of Aftershoks for Christmas and initially was a little disappointed with the sound quality compared to the in ear AirPods. However, when you use them for running where the music is just a distraction they make complete sense as after a few mins of running you don’t notice the sound quality as it’s more than good enough for running. Being able to hear everything around you is brilliant to. I never run with my AirPods now. An easy 5 stars from me.
Sadly for me there are a few things I dislike about these. You can’t wear these with a headband which is frustrating in cold and windy conditions. I also feel they are a little bit big so do bounce a bit at the back of my head). The buttons are also tiny so I find myself having to take the headset off to find the right button. They do serve a great purpose but I expected excellence based on all the other rave reviews I’ve seen, so have been a little disappointed.
I’ve had the Air’s for roughly 3 months and used them for running and cycle. They have far exceeded my expectations when connected to my phone and Garmin watch. The music quality is very good and only struggles a bit when your in very loud traffic. Also I’ve used them a lot while running and they didn’t fall off your head or move around much, which is brilliant!