Gear Review: Aftershokz Trekz Titanium

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Titanium open-ear headphones 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!

I’m not a stranger to the Aftershokz brand. I reviewed their Sportz Titaniums previously and loved them (you can see that review here). So you can imagine my excitement when the opportunity to test the Trekz Titaniums arrived in my inbox.

What You Need to Know about the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium

  • Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity
  • Uses bone conduction technology that delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds.
  • Can be used as a hands-free headset for phone calls and comes equipped with dual noise cancelling mics
  • Sweatproof
  • 6 hours of continuous music or calls on a single charge

How do I use the Trekz Titanium?

I have been using the Aftershokz Trekz Titaniums on pretty much every run, road or trail. I really love using it in the trails as I need to be aware of my surroundings if I’m alone in the wilderness. I’d rather hear if there are any animals scurrying behind me than be caught off guard. I also like it because it didn’t seem to eat up as much battery as I thought it would. For example, on yesterday’s 2 hour trail race, it only ate about 28% of my iPhone 7 battery on low power mode. I don’t know what the standard is but I expected my battery to drain more. For longer trail runs (over 4 hours), I would still prefer to use the wired Sportz Titaniums. For safety reasons, I’d like to preserve as much cell phone battery as I can since I’m not a fast trail runner.

On the road, it allows me to hear if there are any cars speeding in my general direction or other pedestrians coming up behind me on the sidewalk. I also love using it when I run with other people. It allows me to maintain a conversation and still hear my music as I run. The Trekz Titaniums were also useful during my strength workouts in the gym. From squats to bridges to ball planks to anything else I was doing, the Trekz Titanium didn’t budge. I would also walk to the other end of the gym and I’d still hear my music. Ah the freedom of wireless…

My Verdict

I loved the Trekz Titaniums. Bone conduction technology is excellent for not just runners, even cyclists or anyone who commutes. It gives people the best of both worlds, safety and entertainment. Compared to the Sportz Titaniums, the Trekz Titaniums are a little bulkier but you get used to them after a couple outings. I don’t even feel them anymore. You can even wear them comfortably with a hat and sunglasses. The vibration might feel a little funny at first, but you get used to it. My favourite feature is the wireless Bluetooth connectivity. I hate fiddling around with cables when I want to take a simple photo. With this, nothing gets tangled! I definitely recommend that you give these a try.

You can get your own pair at the Aftershokz website.