There are a lot of bone conduction headphones that can be used for almost every physical activity. However, cycling is a significantly different physical activity. It requires such headphones that are tight-fitted and still comfortable minimum, these are water resistant, and sound quality should be exceptional- not in terms of loudness but overall bass and frequency.

If anything is missing from the above requirements, it can be very frustrating for you, and you will regret your choice.

So, in this article, we have reviewed 5 best bone conduction headphones for cycling and any physical activity where you need a tight and comfortable fit and high-quality sound

Let’s see how these are best for cycling.

Our Recommendations on best bone conduction headphones for cycling

Best Overall: AfterShokz Aeropex

Best Budget Pick: Tokani Open Ear Wireless Sports Headphones

Best Editor’s Choice: AfterShokz Air

1. AfterShokz Aeropex

AfterShokz Aeropex - Open-Ear Bluetooth Bone Conduction Sport Headphones

The first best bone conduction for cycling is AfterShokz Aeropex, mainly designed for athletes and sportspeople. How can we say these are specially designed for athletes? Well, these are not lightweight (30 grams, which is fine, though), which means these will not fly while cycling, and you will not irritate. Let’s look at some more reasons.

In terms of design, these headphones include some pressure points behind the ears to make the headphones stable (on the ears and drivers on the jawbones). Also, overall all appearance and design material is very comfortable for long cycling hours.

While cycling wind tunnel effect is evident with open-ear headphones, so you need such bone headphones with loud sound and high frequency. Exactly these headphones did. These have relatively less bass, but you will get loud and high-frequency sounds. I can assure you, you will not have any problem with sound.

However, if you don’t like the sound, you can use the earbuds included in the package. Although it is not recommended on a road where you feel secure from traffic, using them should not be a problem.

If you talk about connectivity, these are Bluetooth bone headphones with almost 10 meters of range which is enough for cycling and physical activity.

With an IP67 rating, you can rest assured that these are waterproof to some extent, as well as dust particles that are very important for outdoor activities.

Regarding battery backup, these use 1 Lithium Polymer battery that is included in the package. Depending on the volume, it can give you 8-hours of calling and music backup.

Moreover, for charging, you will get 2 magnetic charging cables in the package. Also, you will have a Silicone Carrying Case, and a Sport Belt is also included for cycling.

Why should you buy the AfterShokz Aeropex?

Following is my personal or team member’s positive experience with AfterShokz Aeropex headphones:

  • First of all, these have a tight-fitting for average head sizes. So, these can accommodate the majority of the consumers.
  • According to my experience, these are very comfortable even though they fit tightly and do not move around even with the heavy wind blowing.
  • These have a decent battery backup of about 8 hours. So, there should be no problem even with a long bicycle rally.
  • Most importantly, their control buttons are easy to use, no matter whether you are left or right-handed.

Why should you not buy the AfterShokz Aeropex?

Following is my personal or team member’s negative experience with the AfterShokz Aeropex headphones:

  • According to my experience, these are not suitable for small head sizes. The reason behind this is these are intended to fit with average head sizes. However, we have a dedicated article on the best bone conduction headphones for small heads for your convenience.
  • We primarily use USB-Type C or micro USB charging cables. The AfterShokz Aeropex headphones come with magnetic charging cables. Therefore, it is less convenient. Also, you will have to find or buy them online if you lose them.
Pros
• Silicone Carrying Case and Sport Belt are included
• A very comfortable and tight-fitted design and material
• Ideal battery backup for cycling
• Build-in high-quality microphone
• Earplugs are included to increase sound quality
• Loud volume with high frequency
• Available in multiple colors
Cons
• Low bass sound quality
• Not well fitted for small heads

2. AfterShokz Air

aftershokz air bone conduction headphone

AfterShokz Air is a little cheaper than AfterShokz Aeropex, but these have their unique feel of wearing. These are a little heavier than Aeropex. The reason is the titanium frame build which is rugged and gives a premium appearance.

So, how are these the best bone conduction headphones for cycling? Well, the most appealing thing is these are comfortable even with sunglasses and a helmet. Although Aftershokz Aeropex is also very comfy, Air is more stable. Also, you may have problems while wearing a helmet or sunglasses.

In terms of protection, unfortunately, these are not waterproof. These come with an IP55 rating which is not best for heavy rain, but these can withstand light rain.

If you are looking for the best sound quality, then I would say these are decent for music but best for calling because these have dual noise-canceling microphones. However, you can have relatively ideal sound quality while cycling with included earplugs.

It uses 1 CR2 battery that can give about 6 hours of battery backup, less than Aftershokz Aeropex and many other headphones. However, it gives a solid 6 hours, so you don’t have to worry about it.

For charging, it has a micro USB port. A charging cable is included in the package. Although it is convenient, charging speed is average.

Why should you buy the AfterShokz Air?

Following is my personal or team member’s positive experience with the AfterShokz Air headphones:

  • These are more relaxing and compatible with helmets and sunglasses than many expensive bone conduction headphones. You can even use them while biking.
  • In my experience, a decent design and look can give you a different experience, no matter how expensive the headphones are. These headphones have exceptional design, and I am sure you will forget their cons.
  • Noise-canceling is essential if you intend to use bone headphones for calling purposes. This Air has dual noise-canceling microphones, so nobody will tell you, “what are you saying, dude”! At least nobody says that to me.

Why should you not buy the AfterShokz Air?

Following is my personal or team member’s negative experience with the AfterShokz Air headphones:

  • These are water-resistant, not waterproof, a big negative for cycling while raining. As you know, cycling in the rain is tremendous fun.
  • If you are looking for a good battery backup near 8 hours, you should skip these, you can go for Aftershoz Aeropex. Although 6 hours is not less, 8 hours give peace of mind if you go outdoors regularly for any physical activity. 
  • If you see Aftershokz Air’s price, it is near Aeropex, but it has less battery, it is not waterproof, and there is even no Sport Belt included. I think if you like the Aeropex design, you should not buy this one.
Pros
• Best with a helmet and sunglasses while cycling and biking
• A micro USB cable is used for charging
• Silicone Carrying Case included
• Earplugs included
• Available in multiple colors
• Decent battery backup
• Dual noise-canceling microphones
Cons
• Not waterproof
• Average charging speed
• Sport Belt is not included

3. Tokani Open Ear Wireless Sports Headphones

Tokani Open Ear Wireless Sports Headphones

Tokani Open Ear Wireless Sports Headphones are the most inexpensive bone headphones on this list. Now we are suddenly going towards low-priced headphones. If you can compromise on some features, these are also best for cycling.

These have many of the same features and specifications compared to Aftershokz, but people mostly look at brand value and not for actual product value.

If you talk about sound quality, are there any bone conduction headphones that can match sound quality with any quality traditional headphones? The answer is simple, NO and never. However, you can have earplugs to block the external sound to get a bit higher sound quality.

Whether you are using Aftershokz or Tokani, you must use earplugs when you need good sound. So, what is the difference then? Comfort.

These are slightly less comfortable, made of plastic material, but you cannot say these are bad.

In terms of battery backup, these can give you 5-6 hours which is exceptional at a low price range.

If you talk about protection, Tokani bone headphones are sweatproof with IPX5 ratings. IPX5 can bear low water pressure, so you cannot get them directly under rain and into any water contact. 

Overall, these are the best bone conduction headphones for cycling and any activity that needs a tight fit of headphones as well as environmental awareness.

Why should you buy the Tokani Open Ear Wireless Sports Headphones?

Following is my personal or team member’s positive experience with the Tokani Open Ear Wireless Sports Headphones:

  • If you look at the price of these headphones, you will be shocked after seeing Aftershokz headphones prices. This is a big plus when you have a tight budget, but you need a tight-fitted bone conduction headphone for cycling.
  • Again, 5-6 hours of battery backup is exceptional for the price point. What do you need more in less than $30?
  • Even many double-priced bone headphones are not water-resistant, but these have an IPX5 rating. So, you can use them in light rain (not heavy rain), and sweating is no issue for these headphones.

Why should you not buy the Tokani Open Ear Wireless Sports Headphones?

Following is my personal or team member’s negative experience with the Tokani Open Ear Wireless Sports Headphones:

  • In terms of design, these are just fine, not very comfortable because these are but on the heavier side with a 56-gram weight. However, it is a personal preference. According to my experience, when I first wore them, I felt they were heavy, but after some time, everything was fine.
  • It wasn’t very pleasant when I used them with the helmet. I am a little sensitive, maybe that is the reason, but these are not very comfortable with the helmet.
Pros
• Budget king bone headphones for cycling
• A decent battery backup of 5-6 hours
• Microphone included for calling
• Water-resistance is included at a low price range
• Lou enough for noisy places
Cons
• Little bit uncomfortable with the helmet
• Build quality is just OK
• Not for use in heavy rain

4. ReeRay Bone Conduction Headphones

ReeRay Bone Conduction Headphones

Honestly, I decided to finalize the list with the 3 best bone conduction headphones for cycling, but one of my research team members, “Harry, “actually uses ReeRay Bone Conduction Headphones, and he is delighted with these headphones. So, I decided to test these headphones for cycling, and guess What? These are fantastic bone conduction headphones for not only cycling but also for almost any physical activity.

These 27-gram headphones are very comfortable for long-day use. These are made of a high strength Titanium frame that is best for rugged use.

When I read about these headphones on the manufacturing site, I was stunned that these are water-resistant with an IPX6 rating. These headphones can bear heavy water sprays and high pressure with this rating. At under 70 dollars, what do you need more in terms of protection?

In terms of sound quality, ReeRay Bone Conduction Headphones are also best at a reasonable price tag. If you like deep bass, you will like these for cycling. However, deep bass is not satisfactory for cycling because you need loud and high-frequency sounds in traffic and outdoors. These have loud sounds but lack high frequencies. If you use included Sponge Earplugs, sound quality will be increased.

If you talk about battery backup, these give about 6 hours of calling and music backup, which is also decent for the price. For charging, you will get a Type-C cable that will charge fast.

Why should you buy the ReeRay Bone Conduction Headphones?

Following is my personal or team member’s positive experience with the ReeRay Bone Conduction Headphones:

  • The best thing about these bone headphones is their fitting. You can wear them with a cap, helmet, and sunglasses even at the same time. Above all, headphones are not fully compatible like this.
  • These headphones have noise-canceling microphones for calls, so you should be more than happy to call like a cell phone mic.
  • In terms of weight distribution and comfort, you can easily compare this with even some expensive, high-quality headphones.
  • I also like their control placements. No matter whether you are right or left-handed, you will find them convenient to use while cycling.
  • Their battery backup is also decent if you see the price tag. You don’t have to worry about long day use. If you listen to music continuously, these can give you about 6 hours easily. Without listening, these have 480 hours of standby time.

Why should you not buy the ReeRay Bone Conduction Headphones?

Following is my personal or team member’s negative experience with the ReeRay Bone Conduction Headphones:

  • If you don’t like the color black, you will be disappointed to learn that these only come in black color.
  • There should be a carrying cover for storage while not in use. You cannot keep them in your pocket, so it can be frustrating to go outdoors for a long time with these headphones. 
Pros
• Noise-canceling microphone included
• IPX6 rating at a very reasonable price
• Loud sound and deep bass
• Sponge Ear Plugs included
• Type-C charging port for fast charging
Cons
• Lacks high frequencies
• Only available in black color

5. Aninuale Bone Conduction Headphones

Aninuale Bone Conduction Headphones

After having ReeRay Bone Conduction Headphones on our list, we decided to find one more best bone conduction headphones for cycling in the budget range from some anonymous brand. After some research, we got Aninuale Bone Conduction Headphones. Honestly, the first thing that attracted me was the LED light strip on the drivers. If you are cycling at night, this is a valuable addition to any bone headphones.

The second best thing about these low-priced bone headphones is their IP67 rating. With this rating, these are able to withstand rain and dust. So, you can use them for cycling while raining without any issue.

In terms of sound quality, these provide a decent sound quality for both music and calls. However, if you are a music lover, these are not for you. For casual listeners, these are best.

Now my favourite, battery backup. These can give you 8 hours of backup with loud sound. It’s an ideal battery backup, but you have to compromise on the weight, which is more than enough due to the Lithium-Ion battery. However, for fast charging, you will get 2 magnetic cables.

Why should you buy the Aninuale Bone Conduction Headphones?

Following is my personal or team member’s positive experience with the Aninuale Bone Conduction Headphones:

  • In terms of build quality, these are rugged bone conduction headphones. They will not break or be damaged in any way.
  • Battery backup is exceptional at a low price range. For cycling, 8 hours are more than enough.
  • IP67 rating was a pleasant surprise for me. I was not expecting this in a low-budget bone headphone, as these are intended for any physical activity, including cycling, so it’s a valuable inclusion.
  • LED light strips are also unique on a budget category bone headphone. Surprisingly this feature is not included in all the above headphones. It is a big plus point. 

Why should not buy the Aninuale Bone Conduction Headphones?

Following is my personal or team member’s negative experience with the Aninuale Bone Conduction Headphones:

  • After buying it for testing and having it in hand, I said, “Oh No,” these are heavy. These are 181 gram headphones. Small ears and those who have been using lightweight headphones cannot bear this weight.
Pros
• LED light strips are included to keep others aware
• Long lasting battery
• Fast charging
• IP67 rating for any physical activity to avoid water and dust damage
Cons
• Heavy weight

Conclusions

Here we go, now you have many choices for cycling, and these are the best bone conduction headphones for cycling. However, budget is the main factor that decides your purchase.

If you have a low budget, Aninuale Bone Conduction Headphones, ReeRay Bone Conduction Headphones and Tokani Open Ear Wireless Sports Headphones are all best for a tight budget. However, there are some compromises with this budget. If you don’t want to compromise, AfterShokz Aeropex and AfterShokz Air are exceptional. However, my personal choice is AfterShokz Air.

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