I received the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones to include in this year’s Holiday Gift Guide, (which you can check out here) but I thought they were too cool to not give them a full review. I am a huge sucker for anything Bluetooth, so Christmas came early this year.

On its website, AfterShokz claims the Trekz Titanium to be “the safest alternative to traditional sport headphones and earbuds.” AfterShokz is known for creating headphones with bone-conduction technology, or an open-ear design. This allows the user to listen to music without blowing out their ear drums.

I’m not usually a manual reader, but when I first opened up my Trekz Titanium headphones, I did not even know how to turn it on; there’s four buttons in all, but so many features. The manual was super helpful on explaining volume control, taking calls, and everything else it does.

However, apparently reading the manual wasn’t enough for me, because the first time I tried them out, I wore them upside down the entire time. In fact, I was going to write a review after just one use, with my only complaint being they didn’t stay in place, but by wearing them properly that problem was solved. (Look at the picture above, and picture me wearing them with the speakers going under my ear…)

So, I tried my Trekz Titanium a second time, properly, and was very pleased. Although there is no adjustability, the size of the band connecting the earpieces is big enough to fit anyone’s head. As someone with a narrower head, it did gap a little, making wearing a winter headband a little difficult; these might be more indoor or summer headphones for that reason.

Sound-wise, I give these headphones an 11 out of 10. I was skeptical about the bone-conduction technology and the “music through your cheekbones” concept, but it really works. I’d even say these are the clearest, best-sounding headphones I’ve ever had. Plus, runners often get criticized when wearing headphones for not being able to pay attention to their surroundings, but Trekz Titanium headphones offer the best of both worlds; cars and other noises came in sharp, and I was still able to focus on my music.

I briefly tried out the Bluetooth caller functions, but it was with my boyfriend who was standing 20-feet away from me; he said I came in fuzzy, but I could hear him very well. I attribute this to the proximity though, as the connection otherwise is very strong. The website says the microphone cancels out surrounding noises, so I’ll have to give it another go.

As if this wasn’t enough, the Trekz Titanium headphones are sweat proof and dustproof, ensuring a long-lasting experience. If something does happen, AfterShokz offers a two-year warranty on all purchases. The headphones are lightweight, comfortable, and last up to six hours on one charge. What else could an athlete need?

Trekz Titanium wireless headphones come in five different colors, and can be purchased online for $129.95. The price may seem high, but so is the necessity.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run many distance races, and is going for her first marathon at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon this October. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism, and is working towards her Master in Arts in New Media and Marketing.

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