These Wireless Earphones Help Keep Your Outdoor Workouts Safe

These open-ear headphones let you hear your music and the world around you, keeping you safe even when you're connected

If you’re like most athletes, you like to plug in and tune the world out while you work up a sweat.

Listening to music absolutely has its benefits (studies have shown that it can increase athletic performance), but one downside to rocking out while you’re working out, is that you become less alert to what’s going on in the world around you. Of course, such a scenario is especially unsafe when you’re getting your sweat on outside.

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That’s where AfterShokz come in.

The Bluez2S Bluetooth headset is not only wireless, but its open-ear design lets you tune into an audio device, without entirely blocking out the world around you.

How exactly does this concept work, you ask?

Well, instead of placing buds directly in your ears, the set rests on your temples, just next to your ears and uses bone-conductivity to deliver audio.


When they popped up on our radar, we thought the ArfterShokz headsets were a pretty innovative approach to improving outdoor workout safety, without having to sacrifice audio entertainment, so we decided to put them to the test.

Could they really deliver quality audio? Would they stay put while we run? Are they actually comfortable?

These were just a few of the questions we had. Here’s what we found out.

Superb Sound
We were impressed by the audio quality of the bone conductivity technology, which is supported by "PremiumPitch+" to ensure that the sound will be crisp and clear no matter what type of device the set is paired with.

For not having any buds in our ears, we could hear our tunes quite fine and adjusting the volume via the control on the headset’s underside is easy to do, even while you’re on the go.

We were also impressed with the fact that we could hear our music and the outside world pretty evenly. One didn’t overpower the other, both in a busy city setting and a more rustic, woodsy location.

A Comfy Fit
The headset is adjustable, so you can adjust the size to fit your needs — it was even designed to fit underneath a helmet, so cyclists can get in on the open-ear safety feature, too.

The set rests comfortably over the ear and definitely doesn’t budge, even while running vigorously. Additionally, we found that even the sweatiest of workouts didn’t compromise the audio quality or the comfort factor.

Not to mention, it was so nice to not be constantly fidgeting with sweaty buds that won’t stay put, and the multifunction button on the side of the set made it easy to pause or skip songs whenever needed.

Getting Set Up
Pairing the headset with our devices was simple and hassle-free. Once we turned it on it was immediately discoverable and once given the command, it paired right away. All we had to do was hit play and the music started up right away.


Looking Ahead
We’re excited about the upcoming AfterShokz Trekz headset (currently raising funds on Indiegogo), which will feature the same design and specs, but will be updated with a titanium exterior.


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Editor's Note: This story was first published on September 23, 2015 and was updated on September 24, 2015.