"Disclaimer: I received Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Mini as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!"
Previously I reviewed the Aftershokz Titanium Trekz and if you recall I mentioned they were a tad big for my head. Even though the fit wasn’t the greatest I really liked the headset, so when I heard they were making a smaller version aka the mini, I jumped at the chance to give that version a try.
For a refresher, Aftershokz headphones use something called “bone conduction technology” to transmit noise to your ears. The buds are not placed in the ear itself; rather sit on the temple bone just outside the ear canal. Using this patented technology the noise from the headset is then transferred via the bone to the eardrums. The result is quality sound, without compromising awareness of your surroundings. Sounds a bit odd right? Well trust me it isn’t..its actually perfect for outdoor activity.
If you haven’t noticed, I like to run trails. On the trails, being present is just as important as being hydrated. You need to be aware of cyclists on the trail, animals, (especially during snake season) and other noises that will alert you to bumps in the road. I used Titanium Trekz on my trail runs and I swear they were perfect. I could clearly hear my music, but also felt comfortable being aware of my surroundings.
I also tried the Trekz on the road, primarily the beachfront path near where I live. The path gets quite busy and with that, a lot of noise. I found the Trekz were great during quieter times on the path, but not so great during peak hours. The external noise made hearing my music a little more challenging. Don’t worry though, aftershokz packages their headphones with a set of earplugs. By wearing earplugs with the Trekz, you completely block out surrounding noise, while allowing the noise from the headphones to transmit. Keep in mind though, using the earplugs makes the noise from the headphones a bit muffled..in my opinion.
As I mentioned, I used the mini version this time around, and was pleasantly surprised with how much better I liked them. The fit was much nicer for my head and thus created a better sound experience. I was easily able to wear them with a hat or headband. However, my favorite feature of these headphones is the amount of using time I could get with each charge. I honestly used them for about 6 hour long runs and probably could have went longer on that same charge. Bonus, even though they utilize blue tooth technology, they didn’t drain the power on my phone.
If you are looking for a headset to provide great sound quality while staying present to your surroundings you for then you must try Aftershokz. If you make a purchase from this link http://bibrave.aftershokz.com/ you will receive a high quality drink bottle to keep you hydrated on those long runs.
If you are a runner who listens to music you know the aggravation earphone cords can be. So when I had the opportunity to test out a wireless option, I jumped at the chance.
Disclaimer: I received Aftershokz Trekz Titanium wireless headphones to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!"
Meet the Trekz Titanium Pink wireless headphone by Aftershokz. While they are wireless they are not earbuds, and have a very unique quality about them. With bone conduction technology the headphones rest outside the ear, rather than inside the eardrum, as an earpiece. Making it even better, I got to try out a special Pink set in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
I have to admit I was a little skeptical of the sound quality, so I put them to the test for my weekly long runs. Most people wear the set down the backside of your head, closer to the neckline while resting the ear piece on the temple. I chose to wear the headset on top of my ponytail, as it seemed to fit my head a bit better for the run. I tried them out on numerous long runs and honestly fell in love with them.
When running the trails it is important that you are aware of your surroundings, and listen for obstacles such as animals and road bikes. The Trekz are not noise canceling as they rest on the outside of your eardrum, vs resting inside your ear like a typical ear bud so I had a feeling this would be a good option. As I headed out for my first run with them, it took me a few minutes to adjust the placement of the ear piece, and the volume. Once I hit the right spot on my temple, I was golden. The noise literally travels through your bone into your ear canal, and allows you to hear the music or podcast while keeping you aware of other noises near you. This bone conducting technology is truly quiet amazing. The sound quality is really good, but if that isn’t quite enough for you, just place earplug in your ears which cancels out any exterior noise. Now, yes I know what you’re saying..how can you use earplug while listening to earphones? It’s their amazing technology and it really does work.
While running, the headset did not jostle around and was quiet comfortable. I used them for a few runs over 3 hours and the battery life still had more available, (the company claims they have a 6 hour use battery life.) PS. They are also sweat resistant, and after 3 hours of trail running that is a major plus.
Since my test on trail runs, I have used my Aftershokz at the gym, commuting to work and even while lounging at the pool. I found them quiet versatile, flexible and lightweight. I have definitely become a convert.
One other thing I was really drawn to about the headphones, was the company Aftershokz. With October right around the corner, AfterShokz is joining the fight against breast and ovarian cancer by going (Bright) Pink!. For every unit sold on aftershokz.com from September 1st to October 31st, 2016, AfterShokz will donate 25% of proceeds to Bright Pink, a non-profit that focuses on breast and ovarian cancer awareness and action. Plus Every time #AwareWithPink is used on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, AfterShokz will donate an additional 25 cents to Bright Pink to extend the awareness. Spreading the hashtag will fund Bright Pink’s ongoing efforts to educate and drive awareness about how being proactive can make all the difference.
I love this initiative and hope if you are considering purchasing a set that this initiative is the deciding factor. Plus if you Use discount code PINK for a FREE small portable storage case to go with your Trekz Titanium Pink headphones.
Add this item to your cart, and apply code “PINK” at checkout to get it free!