AfterShokz Trekz Air — Shockingly Good Earphones for Running!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Airs to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

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I’d consider myself a music guy, a musician even — I listen to a lot of music. But look back over the last couple of years of my run selfies on Instagram and you’ll not find many with me wearing earphones.

I think I have funny shaped ear holes or something. I’ve always struggled with finding comfortable earbuds that will a) sit in my ear canals comfortably for an extended period, and b) not fall out or need readjusting during exercise.

For this reason I mostly go without. It just hasn’t been worth the hassle…

Recently I have had the opportunity to try a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Airs — earphones that don’t even go in your ears. That is because they use bone conduction technology!

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Technology

Sounds futuristic doesn’t it, but the idea has been around a while. A man called Hugo Gernsback applied for a patent in 1923 (granted in 1924) for a bone conduction device which you held in your teeth. It is also said that the great composer, Ludwig Van Beethoven used bone conduction while playing the piano. He would attach a rod to his piano and grip the other end in his teeth. Amazing!

How does bone conduction work? Basically, the bone conduction device (in this case, AfterShokz Trekz Air earphones), perform the job of the eardrum. They convert the sound to vibrations and transmit through your jaw bone to your Cochlea, bypassing the eardrum altogether.

Comfort & Safety

This leaves your ears completely open to hear your surroundings. This is great for runners or those exercising outdoors. It’s so good to be able to listen to music while also hearing a car approaching!

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Because of how you wear these earphones, it means no more wires (if you haven’t tried BlueTooth earphones before), uncomfortable earbuds that keep falling out, or heavy headphones that act like air brakes. For me, this is exactly what I needed.

The Trekz Air are super light to wear and really comfortable. They are not bulky and can easily be worn under a head band or hat. I’ve been on several runs now with them and they do not move around or need readjustment. In fact, you could easily forget they are there.

It’s not uncommon for races to ban earphone use for safety reasons. Perhaps earphones like AfterShokz Trekz Airs need to be excluded from that?

Sound Quality & Battery Life

I’ve used bluetooth earphones before while running and found that they would seem to drop the connection or glitch every so often. Not a lot, but enough to be annoying. I did not experience this at all with Trekz Air. Not once.

The sound quality is solid. I do like my earphones to be a little bass heavy and I found the Trekz Air to not meet my expectations in that area. But considering all the other advantages, I can totally live with that.

The battery life is amazing. The specs say six hours, but I know people that have got closer to eight hours out of them. They come with a usb cable for charging, which is simply plugged into your computer, or a usb wall adapter.

Durability

The earphones are really well made and I have definitely put it to the test as far as sweating goes. I also took them out for a run in the rain. Absolutely no problems whatsoever.

Noise Cancellation?

Ok, how can these be noise cancellation earphones if your ears are wide open?! Well, within the packaging for the Trekz Air is a set of earplugs. AfterShokz package these to prove bone conduction is a real thing.

They encourage users to put in the earplugs and see that the sound actually does come through your jaw bone and is not simply leaking from a speaker in the earphones!

I have read several reports of people using earplugs in combination with the Trekz Air to block out their surroundings when that is desired — on an airplane for example.

Where To Get Them

The AfterShokz Trekz Airs cost $179 and if you use the coupon code TRUCKER at checkout they will throw in a BibRave trucker hat with your order.

Don’t Just Take My Word For It

A few of my BibRave friends are also reviewing these earphones, so don’t just take my word for it. Go check out their reviews as well.

 

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Added: Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, Raleigh NC

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I just signed up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Raleigh, NC on April 8th. It’ll be my second ever Half Marathon and my first time running a Rock ‘n’ Roll series race.

(I’m very excited about how my race schedule is shaping up. It’s only January and I already have more races on my 2018 calendar than I raced last year).

I love the buzz of BIG races, and running through city streets with thousands of other runners. Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh hosted 9000 runners last year! How could I pass up this opportunity to run the streets of Raleigh, when I only live down the road?!

I’ve known about the Rock ‘n’ Roll series races for a number of years, but was not running at the level needed to sign up for a half or full marathon. This year that is changing. I’m running my first half in March this year, and then the Rock ‘n’ Roll half in April.

Goal Time

For my first half marathon in March, I’m aiming for 1h50m. That’ll be a 10min PR for me. I’m considering making use of a pacing group to help me attain the correct pace throughout.

However, after looking over the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh course, it’s going to be considerably more HILLY.

I mapped the official half marathon course out in Strava and it has an elevation gain of 763ft, which is around 2-3 times the elevation gain of my average training run.

So based on that, I’ll be happy to finish it in just under 2 hours. Of course, I may change this goal based on the results of my first half. 🙂

Hills Hills Hills

When I’ve heard people talk of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh race, they would usually mention how hilly it was in the same sentence — and it is — the organizers know it as well.

On the website they have a great mile-by-mile breakdown of the route so runner’s know what hills to expect throughout.

While my running crew will tell you I’m not shy of the odd hill, it’s always good to be prepared and know what to expect in a race. This lets you know when you can let go and give it all you’ve got! Crucial information!

Race Prep

So aside from training on some more hilly terrain, and becoming familiar with the course, what else should I be doing to get ready?

I have already gone over to Athlinks and added my name to the start line for Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh. That way I can see who the competition is, not that I’m competitive or anything! I notice there’s a few of my BibRave peeps running it as well. Looking forward to meeting them!

After the race I can go back there and claim my results. It’s cool to have all my results in one place.

Playlist

I also carefully checked out the race rules, and there is no mention of a earphone ban, so I will work on a playlist and run with my AfterShokz Trekz Airs! These earphones don’t even sit in your ears, so you can listen to your music and not zone out of your surroundings. Amazing!

Discount

Thinking of signing up for this race? I have a discount code for you. Use code RNRBRP2018 to take $15 off the half marathon!