Review: Superior Sound from within Via the Trekz Air Bone Conduction Headphones

If you find earbuds uncomfortable but don't want big bulky headphones, the Trekz Air ($179.99) from AfterShokz are a great solution. The company takes an innovative approach to transmitting sound. Instead of earbuds sitting in your ears or ear cups covering them, the AfterShokz use bone conduction technology to send audio through your temples leaving your ears open to hear ambient sounds. This is great for joggers and bicyclists.

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I've used older AfterShokz models but I'm even more impressed by the latest models that use titanium to be almost weightless. They also feature voice prompts to help with pairing and control. Despite the lightweight design, the Trekz Air still achieves six hours of continuous music and calls. It's not cheap, but these should last for years, and they come with a two year warranty to back it up.


  • Remarkably lightweight titanium design
  • Amazing bone conduction technology
  • Open ear for hearing ambient sounds
  • Voice prompts for pairing and control
  • Six hours of continuous music and calls


  • Expensive

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a headphone for working out, indoors and outdoors without blocking ambient sound, the Trekz Air from AfterShokz should meet your needs. 

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