Stay entertained and safe during outdoor workouts with the safest fitness headphones around: the AfterShokz Bluez 2 (and new Trekz Titanium model) – wireless open ear headphones with bone conduction technology that allow you to listen to your music while still being able to hear the world around you.
This post is sponsored by AfterShokz.
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A few weeks ago, I started commuting to work on my bike. I absolutely love getting in that extra activity each day as well as getting to ride through this great city I live in. The one complaint I have about it is I miss my music. Navigating the city via bike can be tough and I need to stay extra focused. You never know when a car is going to open it’s door right in your path or a pedestrian is going to step out into the bike lane or a pigeon is going to flap around right in front of your face (true story). I need to be able to hear what is going on around me, so for the past few weeks, I’ve been going headphoneless and thus… musicless. Until I discovered AfterShokz Bluez 2 Open Ear wireless headphones!
These headphones are the solution to my bored biking woes. Why? Because they use something called OpenFit, which means they are designed to leave your ears open (not blocked or covered like other headphones) so that you can continue to hear ambient sounds. Instead of sitting in your ear canal, they rest on your cheekbones just in front of your ears.
Well, Nicole… how the heck can I hear anything through the headphones if the headphones aren’t in my ears?
A fair question, young grasshopper.
AfterShokz headphones use something called Bone Conduction Audio. (Anyone else picture a T-Rex skeleton rocking headphone when you hear that? Just me? Ok… moving on!)
Bone Conduction sounds all techy but it’s actually a natural part of the hearing process, as sound already travels through our eardrums and bones simultaneously.
Headphones that have tried using Bone Conduction Audio in the past have suffered from sound leakage and weak bass. AfterShokz has solved that with something called PremiumPitch+ and LeakSlayer technology. More techy names, but I can tell you – these babies really work! I first tried them on in my living room. I put on some music and asked Will, who was sitting right next to me, if he could hear it. He couldn’t, even though it sounded nice and loud to me. I asked him to put them on, so I could hear, and he was right! When the headphones aren’t on your head, you really can’t hear what’s coming through them. It’s pretty cool.
The next day, I tested them out on a run through the city. It was weird at first because I could feel the sound vibrating through my bones, but it only took about 5 seconds and I was used to it. As I ran, I was able to hear my music/podcasts clearly, but I could also hear cars whizzing by and construction (boy, do I love me some jackhammers while I’m running) just fine. Safety, people!
You link up your phone using bluetooth and then you can stash it away – no need to take it out to change volume, pause music, or skip a track. You can even answer a phone call and use the headphones to chat using their dual noise canceling microphones. I admit it took a while to get used to where all the controls are, but the more I use them, the more I’ll get the hang of it, I’m sure. This video explains it all:
The true test was using these babies on my bike commute to work. They were great! I could hear everything going on around me and didn’t have to deal with the headphone cord getting all tangled. I was nervous using the bluetooth connection would drain my iPhone battery, but when I got to work, barely a dent had been made. Win!
I’m actually also excited to try these at the gym. I don’t wear headphones when I lift because the cord gets in the way, but because these are wireless…. well…. pump up jams, here I come!
I’ve been using the Bluez 2, but AfterShokz is currently working on an even better model: Trekz Titanium. These use the same bone conduction technology as the ones I have, but offer more flexibility, strength and durability. They are currently running a campaign on Indigogo, which you can check out here:
Soooo how would one of you like to WIN a pair of these babies?! That’s right! AfterShokz is going to give one of you a pair of the Bluez 2s! Enter below and don’t forget to join in on the link up!
Have you ever tried wireless headphones?
What about headphones that use bone conduction?
How do you stay safe while working out outdoors?
This post is also linked up with the Wednesday Giveaway Roundup!