WH Tests It: Aftershokz Trekz Air
We tested the latest in headphone tech and safety
Could the future of earphones be... Earless?
When I was in London earlier this year, I was tasked with tracking down the brand-new Aftershokz Trekz Air boneconducting headphones. I traipsed from store to store in the cold, wet weather and eventually found them at Selfridges. Thankfully – for all of you – they’re now available in South Africa through WantItAll.co.za for R4 680. But why would anyone other than award-winning music producers spend thousands on headphones? Simple: they’re super-light and you can wear them while running or cycling and still be able to hear what’s happening around you. #SafetyFirst The reality is that in-ear headphones are becoming too unsafe to use and they’re now illegal in racing conditions, according to The International Association of Athletics Federations (although some race officials are more lenient than others, especially with non-competitive and amateur athletes). I’ve marshalled at races where runners have worn earphones and the truth is that they can’t hear you when you try to tell them anything. I’ve also seen runners get pulled out of races, such as the Soweto Marathon, for wearing earphones. To combat this problem, I started my running training without music so that when race day arrives, I won’t need the beats to “push” me through. But, the good news is, these headphones allow you to listen to your music and hear the marshals during a race. Win-win.
LET’S GET DOWN TO TECH
So how do these headphones actually work? Bone-conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring that your ears remain completely open so you can hear ambient sounds. PremiumPitch+ tech offers a superior audio experience, including a wide dynamic range and rich bass, LeakSlayer tech reduces natural sound leakage, EQ presets boost bass and reduce vibrations on the go and the dual noise-cancelling microphones exclude surrounding noise, enhancing speech so you can take calls. Also, Bluetooth means no pesky wires to swat away while running and the battery lasts for six hours. Did someone say Two Oceans Ultra? Plus, they’re certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture (including rain).