WH Tests It: After­shokz Trekz Air

We tested the lat­est in head­phone tech and safety

Women's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - By Amy Hop­kins

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.


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).

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