Earlier this year I applied for the Aftershokz “UK Shokzstar Program” along with almost 1,200 other people! Although I was not one of the 10 applicants who were accepted onto the program, I was invited to join their “Shokzsquad beta” program instead.
As a former DJ (of 13 years) I have always had a passion for music and in particular electronic dance music, however, I had never considered running with music. This is mostly because of the fact that I had almost always run with others, be it with my running club (Tonbridge AC), clients from my own running group (RTW runners) or during parkuns or races. However, since my recent move to Forest Row, I have found that I am now running & training on my own for the vast majority of the time. The only exceptions being when I go to a parkrun or my new running club (Lingfield RC).
I therefore decided to invest in a new pair of sports headphones, which would be an upgrade from the wired, Sennheiser in-ear headphones that I had occasionally used in the gym.
The main advantage to the Aftershokz brand of headphones over other sports headphones is that they have an open ear design. They have a unique bone conduction technology which allows you to listen to music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds.
The headphones are lightweight, sweatproof and secure. The titanium wraparound headband is also flexible, meaning that it has a universal fit. I did find from the first few times of wearing, that the headphones were digging in a little behind my ears, however, now that I have worn them on a number of occasions, they are much more comfortable! I suppose it is a little like the need to wear in a new pair of running shoes!
Another great feature of these headphones is that they allow multi-point bluetooth pairing. This feature allows you to connect two devices simultaneously. For example, I can connect to my MP3 player and my phone, so that if a call were to come in on my phone it would interupt the playback of the music so that I can take the call via the built in microphone!
I can guarantee that they are both sweatproof and waterproof too as I got caught running through a hailstorm recently (see lefthand picture above).
I made the decision to go with the “Trekz Titanium” wireless stereo headphones due to the fact that I still listen to my music on an MP3 player. This is another piece of kit which I have recently upgraded (product review to come), as I was still using my Apple ipod nano which does not have bluetooth or wireless capability!
Here is a list of the main features of the Trekz Titanium headphones:
- Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 connectivity and 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
- Hassle-free 2-year warranty
- Wireless range: 33 ft (10m)
- Battery: rechargeable lithium ion
- Standby time: 10 days
- Charge in: 1.5 hours
- Weight: 36g
Finally, I am pleased to provide my readers with the exclusive discount code of ShokzSquad which will provide you with 20% off your order of either the “Aeropex” or “Xtrainerz” headphones when purchased directly from the Aftershokz UK website: https://aftershokz.co.uk
Please note that this discount code is only valid until 30th June 2020.