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Anybody use aftershokz headphones?

Realfoodieclub profile image

I love my music while I run. To me it is part of the de-stressing element to the run. I have some over ear headphones that I have been using for years but I'm thinking of a change for safety reasons. I have a birthday coming up and I was going to ask everyone for vouchers and invest in a pair of aftershokz.

The main reason for the change is that around SE London there has been a spate of moped muggings. Last week a runner was out early evening and a moped mounted the pavement, then drove up behind her and tried to steal her phone out of her hands, luckily there was Sainsbury delivery guy who came to her rescue but it did make me think I need to be more aware while still enjoying my music.

So if anyone has them, how do you find the bone conducting sounds. And do they feel tight on the cheeks bones? Any thoughts on the headphones would be appreciated.

Also stay safe everyone,

Rfc x.

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JaySeeSkinny profile image

I know Anniemurph got some aftershockz recently. Haven't used them myself. I tend to run "naked" at the moment and am quite enjoying it.

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to JaySeeSkinny

I have tried "naked" for events. I just love my music, I have been know to sing along quietly while running 😀.

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AnniemurphGraduate in reply to JaySeeSkinny

Sorry, very late to the party here! Yes, I did, and I like them. They are great on long, boring runs!

I've got some. The sound quality is good but you can still hear what's going on around you. They are comfortable and don't feel tight around the cheek bones. I have to admit though that I've only used them a few times and prefer to use some ordinary, inexpensive in ear phones (NOT the ear bud type though) at low volume instead. I can still hear around me then and just turn the sound off completely if needed. The aftershokz are good but personally I find them a more cumbersome and fiddly than the in ear phones. And you have to charge them which is an extra thing to remember. They are good overall though, it's just personal preference really.

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to Hillrunner2201

Thank you for the reply, interesting. This was one thing I was wondering if it would take away from the joy of my music, but I want to feel safe so maybe there will have to be a slight compromise. I already have to charge the Ones I use so I am used to that side of things.

I'll have another go with them on tomorrow's run because its ages since I've used them. From what I remember the sound quality was surprisingly good but I'll report back!

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to Hillrunner2201

Thank you, I really appreciate it. 😀.

mfamilias profile image

I'll be following this post because I've been thinking about getting some of these too. I read about the muggings - how awful :( It seems light miles from the environment I run in. I'm more concerned about hearing the occasional car coming up behind me. I have Plantronics beat fit bluetooth headphones, which sit in your ears but also let 'normal' sound through if you don't put the volume up too high. I take one side out and tuck it in my bra strap when I'm running on the main road.

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to mfamilias

It's been terrible recently. I was in one of my local parks a couple of weeks ago and the toerags where Driving the moped round there on a busy Sunny Sunday afternoon until they were confronted by an Aussie football team who were having a practice throw around and then they legged it. So even in the parks you have to know what's going on. I will have a look at plantronics as well. Thank you.

I tried the aftershokz again. The sound quality wasn't as good as I thought, not enough bass. They are comfortable but if you turn the sound up they feel a bit 'buzzy' around the cheekbones with vibrations. I bought mine last year though so newer models might be better.

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to Hillrunner2201

Thank you for doing that. I think I would be ok with missing a bit of base if I felt safer.

Anniemurph profile image

Hi Rfc, yes, the Aftershokz are good. They aren't too tight and I can hear everything around me very clearly. The sound quality is quite good although obviously you lose some clarity. However, this doesn't worry me too much because I only use them for distraction really when I'm running. I have the Bluez. I haven't yet tried to anything exciting with them other than listen to music - oh, and have Nagging Nancy squawking away while it's on :D

I hate running with headphones in my ears and was running with just one in, which made me feel slightly unbalanced, so these are far better :)

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to Anniemurph

Thank you for the reply. Good to know they can do both with Nancy and the music, I'm still debating about using her when I start my HM training. I know what you mean about in ear headphones, I find they really hurt my ears. I look like a cyber man with my overear ones 😀.

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