Thursday, December 20, 2018

AfterShokz Trekz Air Review

There are sure exercises that require your ears staying revealed, cycling being boss among them. Indeed, cycling was the one athletic undertaking we felt somewhat hesitant to partake in with earbuds pushed in our ears. While the AfterShokz Trekz Air isn't a fix all (tuning in to music while riding is as yet a diversion), the way that your ears stay revealed (on account of the bone conduction sound innovation) implies you're bound to hear sounds around you when tuning in to music on the Trekz Air than when tuning in to music on something like the Jabra Elite 65t, which makes a significant tight seal in your ear. Primary concern, we actually felt increasingly sure riding bicycles with our ears revealed than secured, so the Trekz Air earned our Top Pick for Cycling Award. Additionally, as indicated by AfterShokz, "Our earphones are open ear earphones which give a more secure ride which enables you to hear your environment, our earphones are likewise lawful in every one of the 50 states [for bicycle riding] in light of the fact that they are open ear."
The AfterShokz Trekz Air and its carrying case.

Contrast with Similar Products

Our Analysis and Test Results

The AfterShokz Trekz Air utilizes bone conductive innovation to actually vibrate sound through your cheekbones and into your ears. This leaves your ears revealed, which is increasingly agreeable and ideal much of the time, especially when cycling. Be that as it may, this results in a drop in sound quality contrasted with customary earbuds.

With its open-ear structure the AfterShokz Trekz Air is our most loved model for cycling.

With its open-ear structure, the AfterShokz Trekz Air is our most loved model for cycling.

Execution Comparison

The AfterShokz Trekz Air performed great in the majority of our tests aside from sound quality, however the one of a kind focal points given by their structure still earned them one of our Top Pick grants.

Sound Quality

This is the one region where the Trekz Air missed the mark, procuring the most exceedingly terrible score in the measurement of 3 out of 10.

Sound Quality Rating

0.0

2.5

5.0

7.5

10.0

Jabra Elite 65t

Beats by Dr. Dre

Powerbeats3

Bose SoundSport

Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX

SoundSport Free

Apple Airpods

JBL Reflect Mini 2

LG TONE Platinum

Anker SoundBuds

Mpow Jaws V4.1

Sony XB50BS

Soundcore Spirit

Jaybird X3 Sport

TaoTronics TT-BH07

Trekz Air

9

8

8

8

8

7

7

6

5

5

5

5

4

4

3

Product Sound Quality Rating

Jabra Elite 65t 9

Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats3 8

Bose SoundSport 8

Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX 8

SoundSport Free 8

Apple Airpods 7

JBL Reflect Mini 2 7

LG TONE Platinum 6

Anker SoundBuds 5

Mpow Jaws V4.1 5

Sony XB50BS 5

Soundcore Spirit 5

Jaybird X3 Sport 4

TaoTronics TT-BH07 4

Trekz Air 3

This isn't to imply that these earphones sound horrible. We were as yet ready to by and large appreciate most classifications of music we tuned in to, and web recordings were similarly as connecting as ever. Be that as it may, the sound comes up short on some low end, bringing about a thin soundscape, and higher notes can turn into somewhat contorted and sound tinny. Main concern, you purchase these earphones since you need to tune in to things in a hurry while leaving your ears revealed, not on the grounds that you're searching for a refined listening background.

The remarkable open-ear configuration doesn't create the best solid quality yet leaves your ears unhampered.

The one of a kind open-ear configuration doesn't deliver the best solid quality however leaves your ears unhindered.

That being stated, the conductive sound innovation presents a couple of more stable quality factors than different earbuds, specifically life structures. Distinctive sizes and states of cheekbones will deliver marginally unique sounds. Along these lines, we had a bigger number of individuals tune in to these earphones in our testing, and keeping in mind that reactions fluctuated somewhat, all imagined that conventional in-ear buds sounded better. Actually, it was a consistent supposition that the Anker SoundBuds, which are only 1/fifth the value, sound superior to anything the Trekz Air.

AfterShockz incorporates a couple of earplugs in the case with these earphones. Putting those earplugs in provides an amazing knock up in sound quality, rounding out the low end and assuaging a significant part of the tinniness at higher frequencies. Be that as it may, utilizing these earphones with earplugs sort of annihilations their entire motivation behind leaving your ears revealed. Moreover, these earphones do deliver a sound that is regularly capable of being heard to the general population around you, so on the off chance that you put in those earplugs to joyfully tune in to music on a long plane ride, there is a decent possibility you'll get some irritated sideways looks from the general population alongside you.

Solace

The Trekz Air are entirely agreeable to wear. The elastic covering keeps them set up however doesn't pull awkwardly at your skin. The over-ear configuration is strong and shields them from squirming around, and they are light enough that you rapidly overlook they are there. We likewise had zero issues with the sound drivers reaching cheekbones, even with numerous individuals with various face shapes and sizes attempting them on.

So for what reason didn't these earphones acquire a best score in our solace metric? Exclusively on the grounds that you can really feel the sound vibrating through your cheekbones and into your ears. For a few, this odd sensation mixed out of spotlight and was scarcely discernible following a couple of minutes, while others thought that it was simply excessively odd of a sensation to deal with. So on the off chance that you need to try these earphones out we unequivocally propose you get them from a trustworthy merchant with a decent merchandise exchange, just in the event that you fall into the last camp.

Athletic Performance

Here again the Trekz Air was close to the highest point of the scoreboard, procuring a score of 8 out of 10.

While the Trekz Air is moderately substantial at 1.1 oz (contrast that with the 0.4 oz Jabra Elite 65t), the over-ear style offers a dimension of strength that makes that additional weight relatively immaterial. Indeed, we could feel a few pulls on our ears when we hit huge knocks on a trail blazing bicycle ride, yet else we scarcely saw the earphones were on. The elastic covering additionally keeps everything set up regardless of the amount you sweat, and the IPX5 water safe rating implies no measure of perspiration will harm the inside hardware.

The AfterShokz Trekz Air was by a long shot our most loved model for cycling as we very much wanted having our ears revealed.

The AfterShokz Trekz Air was by a long shot our most loved model for cycling, as we very much wanted having our ears revealed.

The one grievance we have with the Trekz Air's athletic execution is the way that the over-ear style can here and there hinder shades, and that some protective cap lashes could meddle with the earphones also. We for the most part had the capacity to make sense of a workaround with most cap/sunglass combos, more often than not by putting sunglass sanctuaries over the protective cap ties, however know you may need to do some tinkering to inspire these earphones to function admirably with your cycling rig.

Battery Life

The Trekz Air's battery delivered a genuinely great 7.5 long stretches of sound playback in our testing. Considering our most loved use for these earphones is cycling, and we once in a while cycle 7.5 hours in a row, that felt like a lot of battery.

Estimated Battery Life (hours)
Compactness

The Trekz Air earned a normal score in our compactness testing. They are moderately little and accompanied a fabric conveying case, but on the other hand are marginally on the overwhelming side at 1.1 oz. The semi-unbending plan likewise implies these earphones don't pack down as little as customary earbuds.

You surely won't discover these earphones bulky, however they're not exactly as smooth or packable as the charging instances of the Apple AirPods and Jabra Elite 65t.

Esteem

Posting for a precarious $150, the Trekz Air is just worth the cash on the off chance that you truly need to tune in to music in a hurry while keeping your ears revealed. If its all the same to you putting genuine earbuds in your ears you can show signs of improvement sound quality for significantly less with the $30 Anker SoundBuds, or get first class sound quality at a comparable cost from the Jabra Elite 65t.

The AfterShokz Trekz Air and its conveying case.

The AfterShokz Trekz Air and its conveying case.

End

While you don't get an especially refined listening knowledge, the AfterShokz Trekz Air is the most ideal way we've found to tune in to music on a bicycle while leaving your ears revealed.

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