Are Wireless Headphone's Good for Runners?
I have been running on and off for about 16-years now. I started running my first year in a high school to help with stress management. I've used every single headphone you can imagine, from the bulky old-school headphones to ear buds to only playing music while holding my phone. The reason I stopped wearing headphones while running is because I could not hear anything going on around me. When you're at the gym hitting the treadmill, earbuds are just fine, but when you are outside on the trails or running on the streets around people, you need to be able to hear what's going on around you.
I remember my second year of running outside, I was wearing these awful bulky headphones and I had my music turned up to the highest decibel. I was running through the busy streets of downtown Palo Alto and I could only hear my music. As I was running full speed I looked down at something on the ground and ran smack dab into a dog-walker and their furry friend. Oops. I blame this happening because of the on the headphones I was wearing because I could not hear anything going on around me. After that happened I switched to using earbuds which lasted a week at best, because they would fall out of my ears every time I hit the trails.
Needless to say, I've had my fair share of tests with different headphones. I adore listening to music on my runs. Music keeps me motivated and I can run to the beat of the song without getting bored or slowing down. When the opportunity came up with Sweat Pink to review Aftershokz Wireless Headphones, I jumped at the chance! I needed to find something I could wear over my ears while still listening to my favorite tunes and be able to hear the outside world.
My thoughts: Once I received my Pink Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Wireless Headphones in the mail, I immediately wanted to test them out on a trail run. The fact that these headphones are sweat resistant and use bone conduction technology is really attractive to me. My main concerns with these headphones are:
1. Will the blue-tooth set-up be a pain?
2. Would my music play loud enough?
3. Will I still be able to hear the cyclists and other things around me?
4. Will they hurt after wearing them for so many hour and will the battery die after an hour of running?
First things first. The set-up was easy-peezy, lemon squeezy! All I had to do was turn the power button on, locate the Aftershokz Titanium in my Bluetooth settings and wait for the prompt. Once I heard "Welcome to Trekz Titanium" and "Pairing" I knew everything was working correctly. The next prompt I heard was "connected" and everything worked perfectly. Next, I made sure the headphones were in the proper place on my head. The headphones are not meant to be worn in your ears. The headphones are meant to rest on your cheekbones in front of your ears. According to Aftershokz website, "the transducers rest on the cheekbones, in front of the ears. The frame should loop over the ears, with the band resting behind the head, close to the neck." I love how these headphones feel, they are super comfortable and feel like they will stay on my head for hours, even when doing challenging yoga poses and going down high hills at a fast pace with my running doggy partner in crime. I love that I don't have to grab a cord either, I'm so used to fumbling around for a wire around my neck or having to unravel a twisted cord that it's almost second nature to me. With these headphones wires a thing of the past, what a relief!
My second concern was whether or not my music would play loud enough. Yes, I admit that when I'm running hard and logging some serious mileage I love to hear my tunes loud and clear! Volume is not an issue at all with these headphones. My music plays from all of my apps and comes in loud and clear. Phone calls do too and these headphones work perfectly if you're like me and you like to chat with your friends on Snapchat. I was worried once I switched apps that my music wouldn't play correctly or my friends on Snap would not be able to hear me talking through the headphones. On the contrary, my music played flawlessly and I was able to chat just fine on my phone and listen to people clearly too! Aftershokz states on their websites that transducers are used to aid in how the sound is transferred to your ears, “transducers guide mini vibrations through the cheekbones to the inner ears, delivering sound without plugging or covering them.” This is a key benefit when using wireless headphones because you can use these while hitting the trails hard and while driving. Safety is a huge factor with Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Wireless Headphones and I'm really grateful for that because being able to hear your surrounding's while doing your daily activities is essential to staying safe. I've gone on several runs with these wireless headphones and so far I'm still able to hear the cyclist behind me yelling "on your left!" or the runner behind me catching up to me. Afershokz uses bone conduction technology so that the sound travels naturally throughout the ears and bones together simultaneously.
Another benefit to these headphones is after wearing them for awhile, I don't even notice they are on my head. They are completely painless and do not pinch at all. When I wore my earbuds for several hours, my ears would be red and swollen after. I never have to worry about annoying headphones anymore because Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Wireless Headphones feel great around my head.
My last concern was will the battery life on these headphones last throughout my long trail runs and post-run yoga sessions. The answer is YES! These headphones come with a micro USB charging cable and charging them is easy. You can find all of the information for how to charge these headphones on Aftershokz website, but the set-up is simple. The micro USB charging cable will connect to any USB port or charging cube and the charge time is up to 2-hours and the battery life with last over 6-hours or the span of 10-days. The battery lasts a really long time! So far I've gone on 7-two hour runs with them and I have not had to re-charge the battery yet! I'm ecstatic with how long these lasts and I don't have to worry about charging them every single time I use them.
I have a found a new pair of wireless headphones that I love and will be taking them on all of my trail runs and fitness adventures. I'm so relieved that I can now run with my music at full blast while still being able to hear the people and critters around me.
What makes these Limited Edition Pink Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Wireless headphones even more special is that they are teaming up with an organization called Bright Pink, a non-profit dedicated to breast and ovarian cancer awareness and action. Here is the best part, you will be able to purchase these headphones September 1st and 25% of each unit sold from September 1st through October 31st will be donated to Bright Pink and Aftershokz will also donate 25¢ to Bright Pink each time the hashtag #awarewithpink is used on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in September & October.
Bonus!! If you order a pair from their website you will get a FREE small storage case!!! Just enter the code: PinkGift! How awesome is that?
Pink Aftershokz Trekz Titanium release date: September 1st and you can purchase all Aftershokz wireless headphones here:
Pink Aftershokz: http://awarewithpink.aftershokz.com/ can be purchased here on or after September 1st and retail for $129.00 for the Trekz Titanium Pink Wireless Headphones and if you enter the code PinkGift you will get the storage case for FREE which retails at $11.95.
For more information on the amazing non-profit Bright Pink, check our their website here: Bright Pink: https://www.brightpink.org/