Disclaimer: I received Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones & a water bottle 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!"
My kids would tease that it's pretty meta to listen to podcasts about running while I'm running, but it's one of my favorite things to do—now that I've got AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones. While I did used to run with "regular" headphones sometimes, I felt like I had to be on high alert for other stuff going on around me, which doesn't exactly make for a relaxing run.
Little did I realize what a complete game changer bone conduction headphones would be. Wearing them the first time is one of those surreal moments—like snorkeling for the first time and breathing under water. Being able to listen to a podcast AND your surroundings at the same time just doesn't seem possible—until you experience it.
On top of that, there are no little buds to bounce out of your ears, or any earpieces to lose--AfterShokz is just one simple band that fits comfortably around your ears and doesn't bounce around. (Yeah, I found that hard to believe, too—but I seriously don't notice I have them on while I'm running.) There's even a "mini" Trekz Titanium version that happens to fit me perfectly. Just use their handy measuring guide to know which size is right for you.
One of the most common objections I've heard to trying AfterShokz are the price, so let's talk about that for a minute. While it's true they're not inexpensive, neither is buying multiple pairs of cheaper headphones that don't last (unless I'm the only one that happens to?). And when it comes to safety, can you really put a price on that? For all the gear we invest in for running and triathlon, a pair of bone conduction headphones ought to be high on the list for anyone listening to music, podcasts or audiobooks while training outdoors.
Why not try them for yourself and find out what a game-changer bone conduction headphones can be? Aftershokz offers free shipping and a 45 day money-back guarantee. Pretty low risk to give them a try. And if you order a pair of Trekz Titanium headphones now through BibRave, you'll receive a bonus stainless steel water bottle.
Bottom line: it's important to do whatever we can to be safer when training outdoors, and bone-conduction headphones can play a big role in that. Whether this brand or another one, I hope you give them a try!