Aftershokz Bone Conduction Headphones Review

Disclaimer: Hey everyone! As part of a new category and segment to the blog, I’m going to start reviewing items and gear that I like and really find value in. If you don’t know me personally, know that I’m fairly picky and selective when it comes to items I use regularly and recommend. Which is why I’m going to start this segment with my Aftershokz bone conduction headphones review.

In the interest of being a minimalist, I believe that most items (when applicable) should be multi-functional, durable and a good value. There’s a difference between being cheap (going to the store to buy $10 headphones every other month) and being frugal (buying a quality set of headphones that will last you for years). All items I recommend are ones that I personally use and stand behind.

Aftershokz Bone Conduction Headphones Review – Maybe you’re here because you’ve heard of bone conduction headphones did the natural thing – look up “bone conduction headphone reviews” on Google and start researching. Here is my review of these bone conduction headphones that I have had for about a year and a half. They still work as great as they did when I first bought them. I use them regularly (3-4 times per week) for as little as 30 minutes to up to 5 hours per time.

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Open Ear Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones, Slate Grey

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Open Ear Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones, Slate Grey

What is bone conduction?

  • Bone conduction: The most glaring difference with these headphones is that they use bone conduction to transmit sound. Bone conduction is defined as: “the conduction of sound to the inner ear through the bones of the skull.” All sounds are vibrations. Most sounds we hear are vibrations sent through the air to your ear drums and make it to your inner ear. Using bone conduction is another way to use vibration to transmit sound.

If you would like to learn more about bone conduction, check out this link.

Advantages of bone conduction

Enjoy a conversation while listening to your favorite playlist!

  • Situational awareness is improved dramatically:

    This is the first thing that sold me on these headphones as soon as I hear about them. Since they use bone conduction – you can listen to music/podcast/etc and still be able to hear what is going on around you. This is huge when it comes to improving your safety.

    • If you use earbuds when you walk or exercise, how many times has the following happened to you?
      • You were surprised by another runner/jogger/cyclist coming from behind you
      • A vehicle nearly hits you – one that you could have easily heard without headphones
      • Someone is yelling to warn you about an upcoming danger but you’re unable to hear them with your ear buds
      • Trying to have a conversation with a running buddy but it’s too hard to hear them with the earbuds in!
      • Most annoying – your ear buds keep falling out while you run/walk/cycle!
    • Now think about the difference being able to hear what is going on in your environment can make!
  • Comfort and ease of use is also improved:

    Do your ear buds fall out while running all the time? Sure they do, they did for me. I was so frustrated with them for my running workout I refused to use them and preferred to just listen to music and podcasts on my phone speaker (which isn’t really the most considerate practice.).

    • With these headphones, they don’t fall off. I have been using them for over a year and never had an issue with that.

Improve your situational awareness during your run.

  • Hear your environment with the soundtrack of your choice
    • This is one of the coolest experiences in my opinion. You can hear everything in your environment – and whatever you’re playing. If you like to listen to epic music on your run, you’ll probably end up feeling like you’re in a movie!

Is bone conduction safe?

The quick answer: YES!. Bone conduction has been used for a variety of other items such as: hearing aids, military communication, sports headphones and even scuba diving so it has a long history of use. The use of bone conduction versus a normal headphone means that you will likely reduce the amount of damage you would be doing to your ear drums as well.

Features of the AfterShokz TREKZ Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones:

This was borrowed right from the Aftershokz site:

  • Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds
  • Titanium wraparound headband is lightweight and flexible for durability and portability
  • OpenFit™ design ensures maximum situational awareness and comfort during long-term wear
  • PremiumPitch+™ guarantees a premium audio experience, including wide dynamic range and rich bass
  • Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 connectivity and convenient multipoint pairing
  • LeakSlayer™ technology significantly reduces natural sound leakage
  • IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture, from workouts to wicked weather
  • Enjoy six hours of continuous music + calls on a single charge
  • EQ presets boost bass and reduce vibration on the go
  • Dual noise canceling microphones exclude surrounding noise, effectively enhancing speech
  • Audrey Says™ voice prompts guide users through power, pair, play and talk
  • Hassle-free 2-year warranty

So not only are you getting quality headphones that are wireless, moisture resistant, lightweight and well-made but hey you can also make some calls with them as well. How’s that for multi-use?

Disadvantages

Nothing can ever be perfect, unfortunately. Here are a few of the disadvantages of bone conduction headphones:

  • Slight reduction in sound quality – if you are an audiophile this may bother you. But chances are, you’re not using ear buds for the sound quality either 😉
  • Bluetooth needs to be within range – Aftershokz bone conduction headphones require that you be within range of your phone in order to play and hear the music you’re listening to.
  • Price – You pay for quality, like anything in life. These headphones are a little on the pricey side.

My honest opinion 

If you are someone who likes:

  • A well-made product that improves the quality of your workouts because you can listen to your preferred music or audio book while running, biking, walking or even skiing
  • The huge list of features it offers along with the massive functionality gain of being bone conduction makes this product easily one of my favorites out there.

Then I would strongly consider looking further into this product

If you would like to learn more about it, consider checking it out at Amazon here:

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Open Ear Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones, Slate Grey, (AS600SG)

Do you use this product? What do you think of my review? Leave some comments below!

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4 thoughts on “Aftershokz Bone Conduction Headphones Review

  1. I am personally a ear bud headphone wearer and the list of potential situations that can happen was super relatable. My father-in-law currently owns bone conduction headphones and I can honestly say they do perform a little better. I can hear my surroundings which I cannot with my earbuds. Again, I do love my earbuds but I think I may consider to switch over once I am in the market again. How is the sound quality? Do you find that with bone conduction headphones you get unwanted outside noise?

  2. I had a really good pair of bluetooth headphones that I used at the gym.. Long story short, the battery died and I set them down while I took my shower. Came back and they had disappeared…someone took them! They were quite expensive and I have not replaced them yet. This sounds like a good choice for me with the bone conduction headphones. Can you tell me if they are water resistant? This is an option I would need them to have.

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