When you're running, it can be tricky to strike the right balance between immersing yourself in your workout music and remaining safely aware of your surroundings.
Aftershokz' latest bone conduction headphones, the Aftershokz Aeropex might just solve that problem.
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That's because bone conduction headphones leave your ear canals totally open, allowing you to hear your workout buddy, oncoming traffic, and passers by.
Place these nifty cans on your cheekbones, and they "transmit audio waves to the inner ear through the skull, bypassing the eardrums completely", according to AfterShokz.
The IP67 water resistance rating means they can withstand sweaty workout sessions, as well as a spot of rain.
They also support eight hours of playback from a single charge, which should be enough for even the most hardcore marathon runner – unless you like to run at a very leisurely pace of course.
Trekz, take a hike
Following on from the AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones, the new Aeropex headphones feature a "premium titanium frame and wraparound band, which is 30% smaller and 13% lighter than the Trekz Airs".
The running headphones also sit at a 30-degree tilt against your face to reduce unwanted vibrations on your skin.
It may sound good on paper, but how do bone conduction headphones sound in real life? AfterShoks is all too aware of the bad reputation the technology has when it comes to audio quality, namely due to "natural sound leakage and weak bass", but says that its PremiumPitch 2+ technology "optimizes the sound" and increases the bass frequencies.
AfterShoks says that sound leakage has also been reduced by 50% compared to the Trekz Air headphones – no mean feat considering the open design of the headphones.
Coming in grey, black, blue, and red, the Aeropex are available to buy in the UK for £149.95, the same price as the AfterShokz Trekz Airs were at launch. We don't currently know whether the headphones will be coming to the US or Australia, or how much they will cost.
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