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These days listening to music or podcasts on my runs is a necessity. I’ve tried several different brands and styles, however have never been able to find the right fit. Add in wanting to remain safe during my runs and the challenge of find a pair of headphones became nightmarish…until Aftershokz!
If you aren’t familiar with the Aftershokz brand of headphones, then you may not know about their bone conducting technology. Basically the headphones sit outside of your ear transmitting sound via the bones in to your ear drums. Ingenious as this allows you to hear the sounds of your surroundings. At first I was skeptical that there was a gimmick and either one, the quality of the music would be distorted, or two I would not be able to clearly hear the noises of my surrounding. What I found out fairly quickly was that either of the two above statements were true. More to come on those later.
All of my previous headphones were wired and I always found myself fidgeting with the cord rather than enjoying my music. The Aftershokz Trekz Titanium version are wireless, which added a new dimension to my experience. With today’s technological presence the use of Bluetooth is an everyday thing. Pairing the Trekz Titanium to my iPhone was seamless and took less than 30 seconds. Since pairing I have had no issues disconnecting or reconnecting with my device. Just follow the instructions provided and you will be on your way. Each time you turn on your headphones you are alerted if you are paired or not. Let’s say I can never see myself using wired again.
Now on to the sound quality. I tend to listen to podcasts when I run, which for me require to have the volume up high. As mentioned above I was skeptical about with the openness of the Trekz Titanium how the quality of sound would be. To my shock I did not need to have the volume cranked up and the clarity of my podcast and music was amazing. What I found even better was the ability to hear my surroundings. I’ve recently started running more trails and tend to get startled by bikers coming up from behind me, however with my Trekz Titanium that is now a thing of the past. As expected these offer a different sound experience then the conventional noise cancelling headphones and rightfully so. Remember these headphones are focusing on a totally different experience.
So with anything wireless comes along the term “battery life”. The highlights of the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium states that you will experience 6 hours of uninterrupted enjoyment with out the need of charging. What I have found out after almost 7 hours of usage I am still showing at least 20% battery still remaining. I travel a lot this allows the need to not bring along an extra USB cord. Win!!! Being Bluetooth, the battery life will display on your mobile device allowing you to know when a charge is needed.
On a closing note the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones can be used outside of your normal activities. I’ve tried these running, cycling, golfing and while even working. The fact that I can hear my surroundings is an added benefit as I know I will remain safe during my runs. Controlling the device is very simple with the addition of the control buttons within arms reach. So if you are intrigued, I recommend trying out these or another of the various styles offered by Aftershokz. During checkout use FREECASE and snag a carrying case that will keep these and other valuables safe when travelling.
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