Why I was impressed by the AfterShokz Trekz Air

Here are the AfterShokz Trekz Air along with the BibRave trucker hat you can get for free with purchase at the link in this post with code “TRUCKER.” (Vanessa Junkin photo)

Disclaimer: I received the AfterShokz Trekz Airto 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!

Have you ever run with one headphone out so you can still hear what’s going on around you as you run? With the AfterShokz Trekz Air, you don’t have to do that — you can hear what’s going on around you while you listen to your music or podcasts.

The first time I wore my AfterShokz Trekz Air on a run, I was running on a new-to-me trail that started out in an urban area — the Washington & Old Dominion Trail. I had never worn AfterShokz before, and I was impressed.

Here I am with my AfterShokz Trekz Air on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

I ran 7.25 miles, and the headphones, which are lightweight and wireless, stayed on the entire time without adjusting. The sound quality was also great. As I listened to podcasts, I could also hear bikers behind me — which was particularly important on a narrow trail like this — along with nearby cars, creeks and any other sounds.

So, how is this possible? Bone conduction. The AfterShokz Trekz Air actually rest on the outside of your ear, so that you can hear it all. Visit the AfterShokz website for a diagram. 

Here’s a posed photo of the AfterShokz Trekz Air after I did some painting. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

I also found that I really liked using the AfterShokz Trekz Air for doing chores. Sometimes, when I do chores around the house, I’ll turn my phone on and listen to podcasts or music. However, this requires being somewhat close to the phone and sometimes straining to hear.

I wore my AfterShokz for some painting and cleaning the bathroom, and for the painting, I even had my phone in a different room charging. It was nice to be able to move around and not have to worry about how close I was to my phone. I also didn’t have to readjust the headphones while I had paint on my hands or was scrubbing.

The battery life is also great — the website says six hours. I have not been meticulously tracking the time, but they seem to have lasted that long or even longer before needing a charge — they just now need to be charged after four or so runs and a couple hours of chores. I haven’t worn them on every run because I do a lot of group runs. I assume I’d be able to hear music and the group, but I want to give my full attention to the group.

Here’s how the AfterShokz Trekz Air fit — along with the BibRave trucker hat! (Vanessa Junkin photo)

The Trekz Air retail for $179.95. Although that is a decent amount of money, these really are a quality pair of headphones, and I know they will be crucial for any solo long runs that I do as I get further into marathon training. I don’t say this often, but I remember thinking during that first run with them that these really are a game-changer.

If you order at this link, you can also get a free BibRave trucker hat with your purchase by using the code “TRUCKER.”

There’s also the chance to win a pair of the AfterShokz Trekz Air by joining BibRave, AfterShokz and fellow runners for #BibChat on Twitter this Tuesday night, Feb. 13, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

Want to learn more? Head to bibrave.aftershokz.com or follow AfterShokz on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Don’t forget to use the code for the free hat if you order!

I’ll also be blogging about how I use my AfterShokz to stay safe later this month — BibRave Safety Month — and posting on my Instagram stories (@vanessajunkin). Stay TUNED!

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