Swimming enthusiasts are now able to wear bone-conduction headphones explicitly designed for swimming with the AfterShokz Xtrainerz headphones. Swimming in the open sea or a pool while listening to music is an enjoyable experience.
Using AfterShokz Xtrainerz, you will be able to listen to your music just like you would on an MP3 player. Your phone does not need to be connected. You can exercise lightly and openly without worrying about being restricted by anything. They are smaller and lighter than other products on the market, so swimming with them is easier than other products.
The Xtrainerz generates vibrations directly from the cheekbones to the inner ear, thus bypassing the eardrums. Having your ears open to the world means that you are completely aware of what’s going on around you.
In my opinion, open-ear headphones provide two significant benefits: they let you hear both the music being played as well as the environment around you, which can be extremely helpful while running or cycling outdoors. I was surprised to discover that the quality of the sound was really good when I wore the headphones underwater.
Also, while cycling or running in a quiet space, it is easy to take advantage of good sound quality. On busy streets, however, it may be quite challenging to adjust the volume to the proper level as the open-ear design lets you hear the traffic around you.
AfterShokz Xtrainerz review: After Proper Testing
|Ear Placement||Open Ear|
|Item Weight||1.02 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.31 x 3.69 x 6.65 inches|
In preparation for my triathlons, I use the Xtrainerz in all three of the training environments. Due to their capability to perform all three disciplines, these headphones are the ideal triathlon headphones. Here, in this section, it is my intention to describe how they work and to show you how you can use them when you’re swimming, cycling, or running.
Swimming with AfterShokz Xtrainerz
In preparation for the Half-Ironman, it was my first time using the XtrainerZ open water, while the second time was for an easy recovery swim in the pool. There is no doubt that you will not be disappointed with the sound quality of the audio tracks if you listen to them underwater.
There are some sound effects that you really get lost in as if you are listening to stereo sounds coming from the water! I was pleasantly surprised to hear the sound of the water pounding against the side of my head, as well as the sound of the waves. Since I needed to avoid all those jellyfish, I was able to keep up with my music while also remaining focused on what was happening around me.
No matter how much your head moves, the speakers will have the same sound quality and will never move while in the pool. In fact, Xtrainerz are so good at following turns on my head that when I did a tumble-turn, I worried that they wouldn’t catch it correctly, they definitely did. The earphones did not bother me in the water, except when I practiced crocodile sight, as my neck touched the earphones. If you are concerned, you should not.
Cycling with AfterShokz Xtrainerz
I tested the Xtrainerz on both the road and the turbo at home, testing it both ways. The moment I put on the headphones and started listening to the music, I completely forgot that I had them on. In my opinion, this has been a wonderful experience. They did not move during the test, even though it was raining and the wind was blowing during the course of the test.
There is no doubt that wind and traffic around affect the sound quality, although this is on purpose. The open-ear headphones provide you with the benefit of being aware of your surroundings, as well as listening to music at the same time.
Additionally, I wanted to put them to the test by wearing them during a sweaty turbo workout. In order to avoid sweat and tangled cables while riding my bike, I prefer to blast music from my speakers in preference to my earphones. In spite of this, my wife and neighbors may consider it an inconvenience if I play loud music on my terrace.
Even though I sweat out with my AfterShokz bone-conduction headphones, I can still hear the sounds coming from Zwift during workout and stay in close contact with my neighbors and wife at the same time.
Running with AfterShokz Xtrainerz
On my second outing with them, I took them on a run outside. The sounds that surround me fascinate me while I’m running outside. When I run in the morning, I listen to the city wake up, and I enjoy the sounds of it waking up. Therefore, I would love to wear open-ear headphones while running in the morning.
Generally speaking, the quality of the music is excellent, but you have to consider the wind and your surroundings as well. In order to run, I don’t have to concentrate so much on the music since I do not focus on it! Additionally, I am able to hear my breathing and my steps, as well as monitor my fitness level as I exercise, and this is an absolute necessity.
However, my ears felt heavy during my first run with them; maybe I was not used to them. It’s not that much weight, so you might not notice it, but I’m curious to find out how they compare with the Aeropex, which are specially designed for running and weigh only 24 grams.
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Decision Is Yours
I don’t care whether I am jogging outside or swimming in the pool with tumble turns or if I am riding my bike with a lot of sweat on me; nothing moves. As an additional bonus, these earplugs do not cause damage to your inner ear. They are compatible with swimming caps, goggles, earplugs, hats, sunglasses, helmets, and all the equipment I use when training for triathlons.
It is lovely to hear the sound underwater, both in the pool and in the open sea. After I had positioned my swim cap properly, my experience with the music was fantastic. Despite the louder and clearer music, I can still pick out my thoughts and waves. It is waterproof up to 2 meters, so you can swim for 2 hours and sweat heavily without feeling concerned about your headphones getting wet.
It has 4GB of memory space, so you will be able to listen to hundreds of songs and podcasts on this sports MP3 player. On Xtrainerz, you can easily upload your files to the device and swap them out with other users.
Even the most prolonged training sessions can be lasted by the AfterShokz Xtrainerz thanks to their long-lasting battery that lasts for up to 8 hours.
Throughout this AfterShokz Xtrainerz review, I have been swimming, running, and biking all week without having to charge these headphones even once.