We love music to motivate us while we work out, that is why the new AfterShokz Trekz Titanium has given a much-needed improvement to the way we listen to music while we train. Usually, regular headphones tend to drown out the background noise around us but being able to hear that car honk behind me just might save my life. Aftershokz new bone-conducting headphones now address the traditional headphone’s lack of situational awareness with open ear tech.
Instead of sitting inside of your ears like traditional headphones, the Titaniums sit on your cheekbones in front of your ears and conduct sound through the bone rather than your ear canal. Compared to regular earphones or earbuds, we find that the bone-conducting technology is safer in workout and training environments. Especially when biking, jogging or skating, we can still observe traffic and others alike. But are AfterShokz really worth it? Let’s take a look as we dive deeper into this full review.
AfterShokz Trekz Specifications
|Item Weight||2.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.31 x 2.6 x 6.54 inches|
|Minimum Rated Talk Time||6 hours|
|Minimum Rated Standby Time||10 hours|
Out of the box, the AfterShokz Trekz come with a leather case, a Micro USB charger, a user guide, band adapters, earplugs, and an AfterShokz warranty card. Even though they include the product warranty, you will most likely not be using it unless you someone who is known for being really hard on your headphones. The material of the Trekz is primarily made out of titanium alloy that connects the two transducers and then wrapped with sweat proof polymer. Considering the titanium build, the AfterShokz Trekz are fairly lightweight with tight seems and firmly constructed transducers.
While in use, the AfterShokz Trekz only features three button commands for adjusting volume up and down and powering off and on. Though the best design feature besides the bone-conducting tech is AfterShokz wireless Bluetooth connectivity. Using 4.1 Bluetooth connectivity, the Trekz making wireless listening with your smartphone easy. While testing we did not encounter any problems between iPhone and Android devices, unlike the Beats Studio Wireless headphones.
The command buttons control the general actions of Trekz headphones but for some strange reason, there is no “previous track” option. For a new age bone-conducting and wireless Bluetooth headphone, it seems like a command that was definitely overlooked. Even $10 and $15 headphones available at the gas stations have a “previous track” option and for a $130 headphone I can’t help but wonder what the developers were thinking of not adding this command option.
Despite having doubtful command options there are very advanced options such as changing the equalizer and checking the current status of the battery. A single beeping sound will notify you that it has confirmed your action while two consecutive beeps will notify you out loud. AfterShokz’s new voice prompt control system or simply (Audrey), now lets users know when settings have been changed in equalization. For example, when changing the bass level, Audrey will say “Equalization changed”. A very advanced and interesting feature considering the missing “previous track” option.
Aside from not being the traditional headphone, the AfterShokz Trekz offered some pretty good audio for the price. While listening to music, the bass was sometimes a bit heavy which made all the more sense of why the equalization was there. Simply adjusting the equalization made toning down the bass and treble in some tracks a lot smoother and clearer to listen to.
But it is important for me to mention while testing these headphones while jogging they never once gave me any discomfort for long periods of listening. As some earbuds become jammed into my ears, they start to get uncomfortable during a long session of jogging. Since the vibrations traveled through to my ear canal I never felt as if I was uncomfortable.
I actually tried to connect these headphones to my Playstation 4 but I couldn’t get the connection for gaming. But I did manage to connect to my Macbook via Bluetooth. For indoor listening, they were honestly nothing special and offered average sound quality. Because when I’m inside I want to be immersed in a movie or a video game. But if I am running, I want to become cautious of the world around me and not be so immersed in the music. Thus making the AfterShokz Trekz perfect for fitness and sports related activities. Just be wary that if you listening to high volumes of music in a highly populated area, like a bus, others will be able to hear your music as well.
As for the microphone quality, I experienced the same type of quality for sound. During phone calls both the receiver (me) and the caller were clear without any delay. I never had to repeat what I was saying once as I often find myself doing with the Apple earbuds. Though outside elements, like wind, can severely drown out your voice and may muffle the mic at times.
It’s really worth mentioning that not everybody will fit nicely into the Trekz. During biking or skating, helmets become a nuisance as the helmet straps are constantly moving or tugging on the headphones. While wearing glasses can also become a bit annoying with the Trekz and your glasses constantly pressing against the side of your head. We definitely think that AfterShokz should’ve made the headband more flexible or adjustable for different sized heads considering they are a $130 headphone.
AfterShokz claims that the Trekz Titanium can last up to 6 hours as we found this to be fairly accurate. Though for those who are looking to do marathons or even work out longer than 5-6 hours must bring a portable battery for a full days use. The 6-hour battery life is pretty standard as far as wireless Bluetooth headphones are concerned but we definitely think there should be some more life especially for athletes.
As compared to the newer over-ear headphones like the Sony MDR-1000X, the average battery life in drastically increasing to 24 hours of uninterrupted listening. Taking into account of all the included features, the sound quality, and the price of tag of $130, I would say that the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium are well worth the investment.
After testing, we did not find any major faults for the Trekz. We were only able to find minor faults such as the lack of “previous track” command and average battery life of only 6 hours. But there are way more positive features such as the equalizer, voice prompt (Audrey), clear microphone quality, great sound quality, and a fair price of a $130.
Although the sound wasn’t as good as Bose’s QuietComfort 35 headphones, but these are meant for working out and sports training. The sweat proof design is also handy as there won’t be any bad smelling and really wet headphones at the end of your workout. But with said other minor problems we encountered were being a bit tighter on bigger heads and finding it difficult to wear a helmet or glasses as it caused discomfort.
A fairly lightweight design helps make these headphones that much better. Also, the titanium build is very durable for heavy usage. Overall if you an exercise enthusiast, the AfterShokz Trekz Titaniums are a great option for all types of sports and workouts.