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REVIEW: AfterShokz Trekz Air

These headphones provide quality sound while allowing a runner to hear the world around them

For those who like to run with music, you can be making a choice between safety and sound quality. The AfterShokz Trekz Air ensure that you’re getting great sound while still being aware of what’s happening around you.

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The Trekz Air are wireless headphones that deliver sound through bone conduction. According to the company, the headphones work by sending, “mini vibrations through the cheekbones to the inner ears, delivering sound without plugging or covering them.”

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The AfterShokz Trekz Air are comfortable and easy to use. Pair using Bluetooth by simply holding the volume + button, which doubles as the power. Hold the button down for roughly five seconds to turn the headphones on and then continue holding for a couple more seconds to pair with your phone. As long as your phone is looking for a device it should sync up no problem.


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The headphones rest on top of your ear and in front of your ear lobe. Make sure to adjust the volume on your head set otherwise it’ll be fairly quiet. AfterShokz designed their headphones to be sweat resistant. The nanotechnology coating and watertight rubber gaskets repel water so that the speaker isn’t damaged even during the sweatiest workout. Their LeakSlayer technology also prevents sound leakage, which is the amount of sound that escapes the headphones and can be distracting to those around you.

The Trekz Air allows you to take a phone call hands-free. If you’re the kind of runner who likes to chat mid-run, or just prefer not to hold a phone to your ear, these headphones allow you to multi-task like never before.

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I ran and cross-trained in these headphones and found that they stayed in place while providing me with quality audio. I don’t typically listen to music while I run so that I can be aware of my surroundings, but these headphones allowed me to do both. The wrap fit well around my head and didn’t bounce during any activity. The headphones retail for $189.95 CAD and are available now.
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