The Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Running Headphones are a great piece of kit. They are robust, stay in place when running and connect seamlessly via bluetooth. Their 6hr battery life makes them perfect for long training runs and they’re value for money at a mid-market price.
- Very stable when running, cycling etc. These headphones stay in place.
- Easy to pair with your phone / computer and once paired they connect nearly instantaneously.
- The multi-use button on the left headphone is great (and makes you feel a little like a robot!).
- The one size fits all design works and means you can easily share with friends and family. There is a kid version for children too.
- Lightweight so you don’t notice them when running (I weighed them at 1g more than the supplier specs but whether it’s 37g or 36g they are still light).
- The additional earplugs are a nice touch.
- They’re very comfy to pop around your neck so you can avoid losing them.
- The volume controls seems to be constrained to a smaller range than the output device, i.e. I can turn the volume up further if I use my phone.
- It’s part of the design but the bone conducting technology does mean that in a noisy environment you hear what’s around you too. Most of the time this is great but every now and then it’s a distraction.
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I have been using these headphones for a couple of months now and overall they are a great piece of kit.
For me they solve two key problems – firstly they remove the need for wires that get tangled up and bounce around when I’m running. Secondly they stay in place – the majority of the other headphones I’ve tried ultimately wiggle their way of our my ear.
Aftershockz market these heavily as sports headphones, particularly running and therefore fit is key. They are a one size fits all product which had me a little nervous but in reality they fit very well. I feared that the one size fits all approach would result in them either being too loose or pinching my head but they stay put. Most of my runs are on trails and I’m not exactly a light footed runner but they stay in place.
The audio quality on these is perfectly fine. I am absolutely sure you could get better audio quality with more expensive headphones and / or in-ear headphones but the audio is more than good enough for me. The bone conducting technology works in a magical sort of way and the ability to hear background noise is really helpful when running on roads. It is a little bit of a distraction in a noisy office environment. Aftershockz do supply ear plugs too if you wanted to blog out all noise. I tried these on a flight recently and the combination works well.
The battery life is stated at 6hrs and whilst I’ve not religiously tested this (no 6hrs runs recently!), I have not had any issues with them running out of charge unexpectedly. I often forget to turn them off after a run or call and this doesn’t seem to have any noticeable impact on the battery life.
Getting bluetooth set up can sometimes be a pain but these seem to work pretty well. There’s easy to follow instructions printed on the headset itself that explains how to get into pairing mode and voice prompts to tell you when you’re paired. During day to day use they pair automatically with my iPhone when I turn them on. They also pair automatically with my Windows Surface Pro. One minor niggle is that I find that in order flip between the two I have to disable bluetooth on one before the other will pick them up.
There are 3 buttons – a volume up and volume down button on the headphone band which do as you’d expect. Then there’s a multi use button on the left headphone which answers calls, pausing music, restarts it etc. I’ve found that it essentially does that I want given the situation. In other words if I’m listening to music and want to pause it then pressing the button pauses the music, if a call comes in then pressing it answers the call etc.
They are easy to charge and work off a standard micro USB charger. They don’t include a plug, only the cable however if you’re like me you’ll have loads of USB charging plugs floating around at home. There’s an indicator light that displays red when charging and blue once fully charged. A small niggle is that it is a little fiddly to lift the flap that protects the USB access.
They are not waterproof however Aftershockz claim they are sweat and shower proof. I suspect they’d be fine in a light / medium shower, I certainly wouldn’t want to take them out in an epic rainstorm or swimming. If you’re looking for something truly waterproof Aftershokz do make the Xtrainerz which they claim is fully waterproof to 2m and are targeted at swimmers. They also make the Aeropex which are waterproof for extreme rain but not for swimming.
What is in the box?
- Aftershockz Trekz Titanium headphones
- Charging cable
- Ear plugs + carry box
- Carry case
- Instruction manual
What devices can the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones pair with?
Aftershockz claims they’ll pair with pretty much all modern bluetooth devices. I’ve found no issues pairing with different phones and computers. They do say you can contact them if you’d like to check a specific device beforehand.
Are they waterproof?
No, they are not fully waterproof but the are the usual sweat and shower proof so fine if you’re a sweaty runner or get caught out in a light shower. Aftershokz do make the Xtrainerz which they claim is fully waterproof to 2m and is targeted at swimmers and the Aeropex which is waterproof for extreme rain so is targeting runners who like the rain.
Can I wear sunglasses with them?
Yes, I’ve worn them with a couple of different pairs of sunglasses (both running sunglasses and normal) and they work just fine with both.
Can I wear a helmet with them?
Yes, they work well with a helmet so they are great cycling headphones too. They have the added benefit of not blocking out background noise so you can here traffic etc.
Do they store music?
No, they are not capable of storing any music. You’ll need to pair them with a phone or other device that has the music on it.
Do the headphones work for making and receiving calls?
Yes, they are great for making / taking calls. I’ve developed a habit of having them around my neck most of the day in the office (super comfy weirdly) and using them as my go to headphones when working.
Are they stable when running?
They’re pretty stable when running and given how they are designed, if they do slip out of place it’s super easy to adjust them. I’ve taken them out on trail and road runs and never had any issues
- Weight – 36g (I weighed mine at 37g)
- Battery life – 6hrs of call / music time
- Colours available
- Pink (for the mini version only)
- IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture
- Warranty – 2 years
- Batteries – included
If you are looking for some running headphones that are wireless, easy to use, have a long battery life and fit well then these are for you.
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