Review: Now hear this! The AfterShokz Trekz Air

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Until about two years ago, I used the earbuds that came with my iPhone when I worked out. 

Yes. It was awful.

I had to loop the white cord through my sleeve and try not to move too much for fear they’d fall out. They’re great earbuds— just not when you’re pounding the pavement.

I upgraded to a pair of wireless headphones that were light, small and cheap. Towards the end of their lifespan, they buzzed at me and cut out when the wind blew. Seriously. When the wind blew, it disrupted the Bluetooth connection.

I tried to replace the dying headphones with several expensive pairs and finally settled on just another pair of my cheap buds.

The AfterShokz solution

That’s why I was excited to try AfterShokz Trekz Air. I’ve heard runners rave about them, and I loved the idea that I could use them and be able to hear my surroundings.

This is super important. I run a lot with my dog, Prince, and the last time we went out, a car was idling in their driveway (didn’t hear it) and as I was looking the other way, the car started backing up (still didn’t hear it). My music is never especially loud, but I had to bang on the back of the car’s windows to get the driver to stop. 

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A few other times, I’ve had close calls with dogs running up to me without me hearing them or cyclists riding behind me. When I run on trails by myself, I usually leave one earbud out so I can hear what’s going on around me.

The Trekz Air is the perfect solution. 

How it works

They hang over my ears lightly and the music is “heard” through what they call “bone conduction”technology. At first I could feel the slight buzz or vibration from the “conduction,” but after awhile I didn’t even notice it.

So how’d it sound?

Perfect. No problems.

I did however worry that because the sound isn’t directly funneling into my ear that my beloved Dashboard Confessional tunes would be heard by all around me. While I think the world does need more Dashboard, I didn’t want to be thatperson with the loud earbuds. 

My husband, however, said he couldn’t hear it at all standing next to me.

My next worry was that I couldn’t adjust the sizing. I looped it around my head and hooked them around my ears and it felt big. Not heavy. Just too big around my head. But AfterShokz surprised me again. I took them for a speed workout and they never bobbled or felt like they were going to fall off.

I feel so much safer running in these. They’ll be my go-to earbuds from now.

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