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Things I’m Loving Thursday: Running Hack – AfterShokz Trekz Airs Review

It’s Thursday again, and that means I’m back to talk about something that I have been loving. One more thing that has improved my dad life. This week it is a relatively new product, at least to me, that I saw all over the Hot Chocolate race. If you have ever heard of bone conduction headphones, then the AfterShokz Trekz Airs are probably what come to mind. I hadn’t tried them on until the expo, and the next week, I had already purchased two (returned my first pair, more on that later). These headphones have changed my fitness habits. Paired with my Garmin VivoActive 3 that I talked about last week, these carry me through a run with ease.

AfterShokz Trekz Airs Review

The sound that these produce is very odd. It’s like there is music playing inside your head. Since there is nothing that sticks in your ear, you rest the conduction pads in front of the ear so that you still have full range of motion which is important for running, especially on a road. When running with these on a trail, I was able to hear people running up behind me or people saying hello as I ran by. I also run in my neighborhood in the morning and some sidewalks are blocked so I need to run in the street. When a car is coming up behind me, I can still perfectly hear them while they are still far enough back that I can move to safety before they pass.

AfterShokz headphone review

Another way I have used them often was listening to music while cleaning or doing the dishes, and still being able to hear the kids playing. This was nice so that I didn’t have to listen to Mother Goose Club again but was still able to hear them if they needed me. The actual sound quality is about average with a $15 pair of wired-in ear headphones but the added benefit of being able to safely hear your surroundings makes up for the steep jump to ~$150.

AfterShokz Trekz Airs Review

These are not cheap by any means. When I was making my purchase, I had multiple people suggest that I buy the $100 older pair instead of spending another $50 to save .2 oz. I took their advice and wore them around the house for a couple days and had to return them. The battery compartment rubbed the back of my ear to the point of discomfort without even running. My running store let me exchange up to the Airs and I can barely feel them when they are on. It might just be .2 oz, but it was night and day on my ears. This could absolutely just be me that is experiencing this, but I highly suggest trying on both before buying. If the older model doesn’t hurt your ears, there is no reason to drop the extra $50.

AfterShokz Trekz Airs running headphones

I have never liked to run with music or a podcast because I don’t like cords hanging everywhere and haven’t found a decent pair of bluetooth headphones. Also, when I get sweaty, the sweat in my ear against headphones may be the most annoying feeling in the world. These have solved all of these issues as well as the issue of not being able to hear. Being able to listen to podcasts has gotten me through longer runs than I have had ever in my adult life and I don’t think I can ever run by myself without them again.

What do you like to listen to while you run? Do you use the cheapest headphones that you can find, like Sarah?


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    February 28, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Interesting. I didn’t even know something like this existed. I always get paranoid if I have headphones in when my kids are around so I think it’s great that you’re able to still be aware of the things around you.

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      Adam Ingle
      February 28, 2019 at 11:45 am

      I talked with a lot of people who just wear them around the house so they can still hear kids or the doorbell when they are cleaning. Getting to listen to your own music (that the rest of the family doesn’t like) while still being able to carry a clear conversation is great.

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    February 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    This technology has been around for at least 45 years. I knew some folks who had a child born without the hearing structures in her head. The doctors fit her with similar technology that allowed her to live a normal life by using the bone structure to hear. I hear sounds and voices in my head without this device, but it does sound like a great compromise to covering one’s ears with headphones, which is dangerous while out running.

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    February 28, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Do these have some sort of button to pause/play and also change volume?
    I wanted these but my husband got a different brand, haha. maybe those will break 😉
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      Adam Ingle
      February 28, 2019 at 10:19 pm

      Yes, there are volume buttons as well as a multi-function button that handles answering/hanging up on calls and pausing/playing music.

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    February 28, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    These are pretty cool! I see what there doing here but i don’t think i would use them do to i only wear my headphones while working out and i don’t want to hear anyone lol! I want my music as loud as can be and drown everything else out lol
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    Marna Altman
    February 28, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Seems really cool but also like something you have to try out. Thanks for the info

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    March 1, 2019 at 6:41 am

    I’ve never heard of these! But I know I want a pair now – that’s awesome that your ears are completely uncovered.

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    March 1, 2019 at 9:43 am

    I’ve been looking for new running headphones!

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    March 1, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    I have Airpods but haven’t used them for running. I’m afraid they would fall out. I’m glad you say that the Trekz won’t.

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    March 1, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    These sound really cool!! I’ve never heard of these before but now I’m very interested in trying them! I love that you can still hear what’s going on around you while you listen to music. Very cool!

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    March 1, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    These look really comfortable! I’m always looking for a good pair of headphones and will try these out.

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    Josh Roberts
    March 26, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Hey Adam! This is awesome! Great for running. I can imagine the sweat in the ears against the headphones. 😉
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    Markar Smith
    April 4, 2020 at 2:40 am

    great review iam also using aftershokz treks airs from last 6 month

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