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Over the years of running, I have always loved to have something in my ear to listen to while I run. I enjoy taking in the beautiful scenery and being outside in the great weather. However, it also helps to have something educational, inspirational or motivational to listen to while I’m working out. Up until this last summer, I had always done that with the headphones that came with my iPhone.
Back in July, I was fortunate to receive a pair of the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones. These are bone conducting headphones that sit OUTSIDE your ear, instead of in them, so you’re able to hear things around you while still enjoying whatever it is you choose to listen to on your run. In addition, they are bluetooth that allow me to finally run with out the distraction of a cord from my armband to my ears. But I already did a full review of those, and you can check that out here.
A few months later, I heard that Aftershokz was coming out with a new model called the Trekz Air. They boasted better bluetooth connectivity, lighter weight and better sound. I had just gotten my first set and was still pretty in love with them, using them almost every day outside of running, so I didn’t feel the need to upgrade. However, I was given the chance to try the new model, so why not?
Honestly, my first impression was a bit underwhelming. It was the first really cold day of the year and I was outside most of that day. I figured I’d give them a try to see how they held up in the cold. I noticed they would turn on and then just turn right off. It was a bit confusing, but after giving them a full charge, they did ok, and no issues since then. So probably just didn’t charge them enough out of the box. Personally, I like to drain the battery completely on any electronic before I charge it the first time anyways.
As for the selling features of the upgrade, I’ll quickly address each one. The headphones themselves do sit a lot lighter on my head. I have a bigger head and I found that if I wore the Trekz Titanium too long, it would start to hurt a bit. These ones don’t put nearly as much pressure around my ears, and yet still hold firmly in place. I love it.
Normally I’m a podcast guy when I’m running, but I’ll listen to music occasionally too. I tried listening to both to test these out. I found that there seemed to be more bass with the Titaniums and with the Air’s the sound was a bit more trebly. I was a little disappointed with that so the Titaniums still get my vote in this category. However, I don’t notice it as much anymore, so maybe it’s just because it was a side by side comparison. Had I never worn the Titaniums, I may have never noticed it.
Finally, better bluetooth connectivity. This might not seem like a big deal, but I did start to notice some issues with the Titaniums. So when I heard this was improved upon, I was hoping that would be true. I can tell you, BIG improvement. I’ve had zero issues and they pair so easily every time I turn them on. Again, big upgrade.
Overall, I love Aftershokz headphones. Both models are amazing and I highly recommend them to anyone. You will love them. There’s a $20 difference between the two models and there’s pros and cons to both. I believe the Air’s are an upgrade and for $20 more, they are definitely worth it. However, if you want to go with the Titaniums, still a really solid purchase that I believe you would be happy with.
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