Running with earbuds sucks mostly because it means I'm running, and running is hard and unpleasant. But it also sucks because as I sweat my earbuds either start slipping out of my ears, or they stay in place and trap sweat droplets inside my canals, where they slosh around and goo up my earwax. And apparently, in addition to my finicky first world problems, runners with headphones also run the risk of accidents and injury since they may not be able to hear important sounds around them once the music takes over their eardrums.
AfterShokz's TREKZ, a pair of titanium open-ear Bluetooth headphones, use bone conduction technology to address all of these problems. And also to look pretty damn cool.
Bone conduction is a natural human feature. When we hear sounds, they reach us by traveling through both our eardrums and our bones. AfterShokz has simply focused more on the latter in their TREKZ Titanium design because listening through bone conduction enables headphone users to jam out more comfortably, and without sacrificing their ability to hear, say, car horns and engines, shouts, and the song of the ice cream man.
AfterShokz proprietary audio technologies and design patents give shape to the TREKZ Titanium. The headphones contain transducers that guide mini vibrations through your cheekbones to your inner ears. PremiumPitch+ technology provides a dynamic range of sound, and powerful bass that you--and only you--will hear just as well, if not better, than you would through in- or over-ear devices.
TREKZ Titanium headphones also use Bluetooth to connect to phones and MP3 players, so the flexible, titanium frames will fit around the back of your head without annoying, tangle-prone wires. They are also IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust, and moisture, so AfterShokz particularly recommends TREKZ for runners, cyclists, hikers, and other athletes on the move for 6 hours or less. Which is the headphones' average continuous playtime per charge.
TREKZ packages include the bone conduction headphones, a carrying case, a Micro-USB charger, ear plugs, and FitBands. They are available in colors Slate Gray, Ocean Blue, and Ivy Green.