I’ve tried a few pairs of bluetooth headphones for running over the years but the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium ($129.95 CAD) are my new favourites. And they couldn’t have come at a better time.
Unlike most headphones, the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium use bone conduction technology which sits over your ear lobe instead if in your ear. This means you can still hear what’s going on around you, which is HUGE for safety. I even feel comfortable running with a stroller along busy streets while listening to music or audiobooks. You can’t exactly carry on a conversation with someone but you can easily hear important sounds like sirens, cars honking, or yelling.
The trade off is that sound quality isn’t mind blowing, and seems to vary depending on how the sit on your ears. But it’s more than adequate for listening to some tunes on the run. The Aftershokz Trekz Titanium also contain dual noise canceling microphones for handsfree calling. At the press of a button, you can utilize voice commands to dial a number or, if you have an iPhone like me, you can ask Siri to check your messages, the weather, etc.
The headphones themselves are super lightweight and flexible. It took a short time to get used to the fit and feel of the open ear design but now are comfortable. They are designed to repel sweat, dust, and moisture, which is a must for our rainy Vancouver climate.
I, of course, chose the slate grey colour because I’m super boring like that. But they also come in pink, ocean blue, and “ivy” green (looks like more of a lime green to me) if you are feeling colourful.
Once unboxed, I had the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium set up and synced with my phone in minutes. The instructions are simple and the controls are easy to use. There are just three buttons: volume up/power, volume down, and a multifunction button. I haven’t performed a test yet but the specifications state 6 hours hours of continuous play / 10 days of standby time per charge. They charge in 1.5 hours using a micro USB cable (provided).
Win a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Titanium!
In celebration of Canada Day, Aftershokz is giving one lucky Canadian some of their favourite products in (you guessed it!) RED. Enter now at canadaday.aftershokz.ca!
Giveaway ends 6/29 at 11:59PM ET. Must be eighteen years or older and be a resident of Canada to enter.
- AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones in red (1)
- AfterShokz Sport Belt in red (1)
- AfterShokz Water Bottle in red (1)
- AfterShokz Towel (1)
- AfterShokz hat (1)