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Gear Review: AfterShokz Air Bone-Conductive Headphones

For those of us who spend inordinate amounts of time on the roads and on the trails, bone conductive head phones are the ideal way to listen to our media while we’re on the move. The bone-conductive technology allows us to keep our ear-holes clear, so we’re aware of cars, cyclists, or other runners that may be sneaking up on us, and the AfterShokz are the best that I have tried so far.

The light-weight Air style are barely noticeable when you’re out and about, but with a battery that lasts longer than any runs I’ve been out for so far. The sound quality is excellent, although some sticklers for high-fidelity sound quality may be disappointed (bone conductive will never be perfect). However, I’ve never had an issue understanding anyone on any of the podcasts I listen to, nor been disappointed with the quality of the music I hear.

I even have started to using these at work, and being able to just hit pause on my music without having to take my head phones off, is much simpler. And for anyone who work in manufacturing environments, these headphones actually seem to work better when you have ear plugs in, and some plants have rules where headphones aren’t banned, but ear plug are required, creating a neat little loophole for bone conductive headphones to slip into.

The only issue I’ve had with these head phones is with liquid (I think sweat) getting into the unit and wrecking the electronics. The first couple of pairs had to go back on warranty because of this, but the warranty exchange process is simple and painless.

8/10, would buy again.

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