About a month ago, both of us decided that it was time to buy some new headphones. With us being so active, we agreed that it made the most sense to find something best suited for running and other exercise, and then we could use elsewhere as needed. After quite a bit of research we decided to both get a pair of the Trekz Titanium by AfterShokz. We’ve been able to each use them at least a couple dozen times, across quite a few different activities so wanted to share our thoughts.
The biggest reason for us getting these was the fact that they were slightly bigger and more durable than something like the AirPods or something else that would be WAY too easy to lose if you took a tumble on a trail, and then there was the aspect of being able to hear your surroundings that had a huge safety pull for us.
We’ve definitely been running them. I’ve had them out while mountain biking a couple times. Lots of hiking and walking the dog. A number of meetings on our computers. And a handful of calls both inside and outside. Both of us were hesitant to make the switch to wireless headphone, but so far we can confidently say that we are happy we made the jump!
AfterShokz Trekz Titanium – Technical Specs
You can check out all the super nitty gritty details here if you’d like, but a lot of the main ones we were comparing to other sport headphones are the following:
- Wireless range: 33 ft (10m)
- Battery: rechargeable lithium ion
- Continuous play: 6 hours
- Standby time: 10 days
- Charge in: 1.5 hours
- Weight: 1.27 oz (36g)
The absolutely only thing that we are still bit unsure of after using them for the past month, is how easily they will be to pack for travelling. The weight of them will be almost insignificant, but we’re unsure how carefully we’ll need to pack them so they don’t get smushed and lose their form.
Pro’s of the Trekz Titanium Headphones
Sound – Absolutely unbelievable!
We read a lot of reviews on these, but absolutely no amount of reading and recommendations can truly convey just how shocking the technology is in these headphones. When we first put them on, we BOTH immediately thought they were pretty much just small speakers hanging outside your ears. But when we asked the other person if they could hear the music, which was playing quite loud, AND THEY COULDN’T. We were both impressed to say the least. Admittedly, neither of us are sound quality guru’s, so take this in the right context. As long as we can hear our music or podcast clearly while, running, biking, hiking, etc., then we are happy. The connectivity has seemed very solid while carrying our phone in a pocket or pack, and even while running along a busy roadway, you can hear what you are listening too quite well. Overall, the sound is solid in our opinion!
Fit and Feel
These headphones wrap around the back of your head and pretty much hang over your ears. The beautiful thing about these is that because the “headphones” don’t have to go directly into your ear, there is a bit of flexibility to where they rest on the side of your head. This makes them very easy to find a comfy fit, even when wearing with a helmet or hat. This combined with the headphones being very lightweight and having just enough tension squeezing inward, they feel like they fit better than just about any other headphone we’ve had before.
Microphone is Very Clear
We aren’t planning to be using these for a ton of conference calls or anything, but for the few times we’ve picked up or made a call at the end of a run, the clarity of the call is great. No noticeable lag, and the microphone picks up our voices quite well. Can comfortably talk while wearing them and carry on a conversation just fine.
Hearing Outside Noise, But Not TOO Much
This was one of our big reasons for buying the Trekz Titanium headset. Being able to still hear the things around you is an obvious benefit when out in the woods by yourself or going down the side of a street. We were pleased to find that we were able to hear just enough surrounding noise to feel aware of our surroundings, but not so much that actually listening to music felt like “work”!
Trek Titanium Wireless Headphones Drawbacks
Need to carry your phone
For both of us, sports headphones are primarily used for running, when it’s not exactly ideal to be hauling your heavy phone around. With smart phones getting bigger and bigger these days, sure it adds tons of storage for running music, and cool apps for GPS tracking, but a large block shaped phone still isn’t IDEAL to run with in our opinion. By making the switch to wireless headphones, smaller devices like an iPod shuffle or even the old nano which don’t have bluetooth are out of the question. It’s a tradeoff but a minor con.
Bluetooth on your head
There have been research studies coming out showing some negative effects that bluetooth and other wireless waves can have on our bodies, and when you’re using wireless headphones, it means those possibly harmful waves are hanging around the most important area of your body. Like with so many things, there will be research studies showing it’s safe and others showing it’s dangerous. Ultimately we knew these weren’t going to be something we use all day every day, so the risk is small in our perspective. Not to mention you are getting an added benefit of these headphones using bone conduction rather than forcing the sound waves right in to your ear canal, so these felt like they were the best of many other wireless headphones we researched.
Conflict with Sunglass Arms
If you’re wearing these headphones with sunglasses, the two will bind on the tops of your ears. It hasn’t bothered me much yet, but I wonder how it will feel over a workout of 2+ hours. Might have ditch one to gives the ears a break.
Would We Recommend Trekz Titanum?
This is a no brainer for us. We would 100% recommend these to others. We will likely be gifting these to a number of people. For runners or pretty much if you are active at all in the outdoors, these are second to absolutely none! Above and beyond that, the Trekz Titanium impressed on so much more than we were expecting in a pair of “running headphones”, so it would even be a great option for those who aren’t as active as we might be, but even just spending lots of time outdoors gardening hiking with their dog. The simplicity of use and the safety perk of hearing more of your surrounding is more than enough for us to strongly recommend looking into these wireless headphones.