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As a petite girl with everything tiny (including ears!), I’ve had a serious headphone problem for years. It’s so hard to find headphones that actually stay put, are comfortable – and last. I’ve had a few pairs of wireless headphones over the years, but none have been that awesome. One pair didn’t have long enough battery to make it through a marathon (I’m slow, but not THAT slow!) and completely died after 6 months. Another pair lasted, but would start to hurt the inside of my ears after a while. Not fun for long runs! For a little while I was using a pair of wired headphones just to get me through (love my music on my run!) but the wire was getting tangled. I was getting super frustrated with the situation.
When I was offered a chance to review Aftershokz Trekz Air, I was overjoyed! Not only are these headphones as light as feather, but they rest on the outside of your ear. The headphones create small vibrations, and use bone conducting technology so the music actually gets through to your ears. Not only do you not have uncomfortable ear buds stuck in your ears (eliminates slippage or the “ouch” factor) but, they are so much safer on the road! Because your ears are not plugged – you can actually hear your surroundings as you run.
I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about the safety part about them. After all, I think I am a pretty safe runner! I always keep my headphones very low and try to be very conscious about my surroundings. However, my first run with my Aftershokz was truly eye opening . Even with keeping my traditional headphones low, I couldn’t believe how much I was missing out on. Not good! Safety aside – I was also able to hear my footsteps as well as if I was going headphone-less. This is also a good thing because I was able to keep a better eye on my stride.
I was also a little nervous re: comfort just because I am so picky (see above stories!) but my fear was completely unfounded. I’ve taken these headphones out on more runs then I can count, and they have been incredibly comfortable every time. I finally found my headphone nirvana!
Yes, running without music is always the safest option. And yes, headphones are banned from triathlon, so if you want to swim/bike/run, you do have to get used to running without music sometimes. But, for those of us who can’t run without our tunes on a daily basis, Aftershokz are truly the best, most comfortable option for the best of both worlds.
Tell me – do you run with or without headphones?