Disclaimer: I received Aftershokz Aeropex headphones to review as part of being a BibRave Pro and in return for promoting the Aftershokz Wine & Dine Sweepstakes (sweepstakes has ended). Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!
Can we talk about podcasts for a moment? I used to despise them. My wife has listened to them for years and it would cause me to leave whatever room she was in so that I wouldn’t have to hear them. I thought they were boring and couldn’t understand why someone would listen to someone drone on…and on…for 30-45-60-90 minutes at a time.
BUT, in mid-2017, I had a change of heart. I became aware of a podcast that coincided with a weekly online discussion I had been participating in at the suggestion of a friend called #bibchat. I decided to give podcasts a chance and began listening to a little podcast called “The BibRave Podcast” (…with your hosts, Julia and Tim). Pretty sure the first ever episode I listened to from start to finish was Episode 38: Power from Balance, but I digress.
Fast forward almost 3 years and you’ll find that podcasts are now my go-to listening when I head out on my runs. While it’s enjoyable to sometimes focus on something besides the action of running, it is also very important to be aware of the world around you. Enter Aftershokz Aeropex headphones.
What are Aftershokz?
Simply put, Aftershokz are outside-the-ear headphones that transmit sound via bone conduction. This allows the user to consume their favorite podcasts (see what I did there?) but still maintain situational awareness and hear the world around them. Feel free to check out my reviews of two previous versions of Aftershokz headphones – the Trekz Titanium and the Trekz Air – from previous posts. I think the most common questions I’ve gotten when anyone sees me wearing them are:
- “Aren’t those supposed to go IN your ears?” Nope.
- “Does it feel weird having them sit over your ears?” Nope.
- *at this point, I’ll take them off have that person try them on*
- “Do they still sound like normal headphones?”YEP. *as they try them on, I’ll usually play something fun…like The Humpty Dance.*
Tell me about the Aeropex
The Aeropex is the newest addition to the AfterShokz family. I really enjoyed my last set of Aftershokz (and still do!), but the Aeropex wins even more in so many ways, but I’ll break it down like I did for the Trekz Air – Fit, Sound Quality, Battery Life, & Looks
Overall Fit: The Aeropex fit even more perfect than their predecessor (Trekz Air) and are INCREDIBLY lightweight. I truly don’t even know they are there when sound is paused or they are off! The piece that wraps around the back of the head is just right. It is winter in Ohio and I often am wearing a sockhat, which does affect the fit minimally, but not so much as to be an annoyance.
Sound Quality: Overall, I am really pleased with the sound quality. I am a fan of deep bass tones, so to get those without a lot of issue is really awesome. The Aeropex headphones utilize PremiumPitch 2.0+ technology, which enables a dynamic bass and high volume. This means an amazing audio experience with minimal vibration. I’m also a fan of how well classical pieces and podcasts come through. Those tend to be much quieter overall, but I’ve had no problems thus far. In fact, I have YET to even turn my Aeropex all the way up – even when running next to a busy city street. I have run into a few minor connectivity issues with the Bluetooth between the Aeropex and my phone, as well as with my computers. Those issues happened pretty quickly after unboxing and seemed to resolve pretty quickly.
Battery Life: The Aeropex have a run-time of approximately 8 hours – two hours more than the Trekz Air. Honestly, in the time I’ve had mine – just over a month – I’ve had to charge them MAYBE 3 times(?). I’ve been really pleased with how long they hold their charge. Battery life is definitely something I’m keen on lately, especially with my growing interest in longer distance runs, such as ultra distance events.
BONUS: Remember, the Aeropex are waterproof, which means a cord can’t be inserted for charging. The included magnetic charging cord makes the process super easy. No more getting frustrated about not knowing which way the cord has to go!
Looks: Of all the Aftershokz models I’ve owned, the Aeropex wins the design award by far. The previous versions have more of a boxy look to them, while these seem more streamlined and modern by comparison.
For me, I’m a podcast guy for my long(er) runs, but still enjoy some good 90’s hip-hop/rap on the shorter distance outings. I’m glad to have found a brand that allows me to enjoy that content AND still be able to be aware of the world around me when I run. I wholeheartedly encourage anyone who runs (or rides a bike, etc) to invest in pair of AfterShokz – especially the Aeropex!
Hey – before I go – what’s this sweepstakes you mentioned at the top?
The Aftershokz Wine & Dine Sweepstakes (now closed) gave entrants the opportunity to be the one lucky runner (and friend) to have the opportunity to experience the 2020 runDisney Wine & Dine Half-Marathon, 10K, or 5K! This meant that the winner’s flights & hotel accommodations for 2 = covered. Race entry for the winner and a friend = covered. Incredible swag packs = included. On top of all that, the winner and friend will also receive 2 one-day hopper passes so they can check out the parks.
Bummed that I can’t enter now…so what can I do?
Maybe snag a pair of Aftershokz? I mean, this is my third set…what are you waiting for?