Aftershokz Trekz Air Headphones
Although their product range might be limited, Aftershokz is still known for creating several advanced wireless headphones. One of their better received models is the Trekz Air, which is known for its lightweight build and bone conduction technology. Instead of sitting in or on top of the ear, Trez Air speakers are actual placed on the cheekbones right next to the ear, while transducers send vibrations straight to the inner ear.
Buyers appreciate the Trez Air design as it allows them to enjoy their music while still being completely aware of their surroundings. They’re also afforded features such as Premium Pitch+ ad EQ presets for enhanced sound quality, as well as LeakSlayer technology to reduce natural sound leakage. Aftershokz Dual noise-canceling microphones are also included to eliminate ambient sounds during calls and video chats.
This set’s versatile wear is guaranteed by its lightweght build, Bluetooth connectivity for both mobile devices and computers, and its IP55 rating to ensure sweat and dust resistance. Furthermore, its simple color range allows it to fit in to almost any athletic, professional, or casual environment seamlessly.
-Resists sweat and dust
-Ensures greater safety
-Not for all head shapes
-Occasional connectivity issues
-Weaker sound than traditional headsets
Multiple online videos have showcased how well this set can stay in place as the runner jogs long distances, lifts weights, and even cycles. As one would expect, its OpenFit design makes it an especially good option for high traffic areas as it allows the buyer to be aware of their surroundings and stay alert to possible hazards as they travel or workout.
Buyers are also happy to know that this model comes with an IP55 rating, meaning that it can easily hold up against sweat, dust, and even sudden rain or snow to ensure long-lasting wear and efficient usage. However, they should understand that this does not mean it will fair well in the pool, the shower, or anybody of saltwater.
Aside from the headphones, each set also comes with a micro-USB cable for efficient charging wherever the buyer goes. A set of earplugs are also included for when the buyer is looking to block out surrounding noises and completely zone in on their activities as they listen to their music. This also makes phone calls easier, as they will be able to hear the person on the other end more clearly.
The brand’s trademarked LeakSlayer technology is built in to prevent natural sound leakage, which is especially known to happen at high volumes. Buyers are also impressed with the Audrey Says voice prompts, which effortlessly guide the user through everything from setting up to enabling calls and music. Of course, not of these features would function properly, or at all, if not for the Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity.
Buyers are also impressed the overall sound quality of its dual microphones, as they’re able to cancel out any surrounding ambient noise for clearer phone calls and voice commands. In addition, this set’s LeakSlayer technology means that natural sound leakage will be greatly reduced.
With all of this said, however, multiple reviewers agree that it's sound quality isn’t nearly as strong as what’s provided by traditional headphones. And those who prefer some level of noise-cancellation will be extremely frustrated with this model.
As with any wireless headset, some connectivity issues have been known to occur for several buyers. Some claimed that it gradually lost its connection over time, while others state that it stopped charging altogether after only a few weeks. Based on reviews alone, however, it’s not entirely clear if this was due to a manufacturing error or the result of improper usage on the buyer’s end.
Of course, this particular quality depends entirely on how well this set can fit around the buyer’s head. Although it’s intended to be flexible, several reviewers have still complained that they weren’t able to adjust it to their liking. Others simply could not get used to its bone conduction technology and decided to switch back to using traditional headphones.
Buyers can choose between four different color options when purchasing this particular model. Their selections consist of slate gray, canyon red, forest green, and midnight blue. Although these might not be the vibrant colors that the Trekz Titanium has, there’s still something to offer all buyers who are looking for a truly versatile headset.
With all that said, however, buyers should still take proper care of this model in order to ensure that it lasts throughout the full two-year warranty. This means making sure that it’s clean, storing it away neatly to avoid internal damage, and not using it in the shower, at the pool, or in any open water.
Ease of Use
There are only two big issues that buyers seem to have with this model, and those are its fit and overall sound quality. And although earplugs are available for better sound, some still found it more difficult to get used to than any standard pair of headphones.
Of course, how impressive this battery life truly depends on the buyer’s previous experiences. Since a good number of wireless headphones can last as long as ten or twelve hours, this model’s six-hour wear might be quite disappointing to several consumers. Even if a portable charger does help somewhat, it would still be best for these consumers to look for another model that better suits their needs.
Given this set’s high amount of positive reviews, it’s clear that most buyers find it to be worth the price they’ve paid for it. Between its lightweight and comfortable design as well as its multitude of technologically advanced features, this set’s truly versatile wear has made it quite popular even for those who aren’t used to bone conduction technology.
Yet there are still a fair number of buyers who clearly feel that this model is overpriced and doesn’t offer them what they were hoping for. While connectivity issues are known to happen on all wireless headsets, many of these reviewers seem to be more disappointed with its overall fit and how its sound quality compares to traditional headphones.
-Dual noise-canceling mics
-Bluetooth v4.2 on IOS and Android
-Mac and PC compatibility
-Premium Pitch+ for richer sound
-OpenFeint design for safety
-IP55 rating against sweat and dust
However, it's also easy to see why several buyers aren't exactly thrilled with this set. Its fit has been known to not work for all head shapes, and connectivity issues are known to happen every now and then. Furthermore, some just can't get used to the sound that's offered by bone conduction headsets when they're so used to a traditional design.
Still, it's clear that most would get a great deal of use out of this model throughout its entire two-year warranty. As long as they know where and where not to use it, buyers are sure to get their money's worth. And its simple color range allows them to pick the right set for their specific style.