What they say:
AfterShokz Bluez 2 Bluetooth Headphones
AfterShokz Bluez 2 open ear wireless headphones combine the convenience, reliability and performance of Bluetooth wireless connectivity with the comfort and safety of open ear bone conduction technology to provide consumers with an entirely new way to stay connected. Unlike conventional Bluetooth headphones and earbuds that use the eardrums to transmit sound, Aftershokz Bluez headphones utilize patent pending bone conduction technology to deliver sound through the listener’s cheekbones to the inner ear. This enables anyone using them to make/take phone calls and stay connected to both what they are listening to and the outside world – from warning sounds outdoors while walking or driving to a nearby colleague in an office setting.
We can’t say we invented bone conduction, but our technological enhancements certainly push its boundaries. Our patented design guides mini vibrations through your cheekbones to your inner ears, delivering stereo sound without plugging or covering them. Sound waves travel directly to the cochlea, bypassing the eardrums completely—an alternative for anyone concerned about potential hearing damage caused by traditional headphones and ear buds, and even a solution for those with certain forms of hearing loss.
Most bluetooth devices are designed for use in one ear, but AfterShokz Bluez sit comfortably in front of the ears and provide listeners with a stereophonic sound experience. The innovative and elegantly simple design of AfterShokz Bluez open ear headphones is built around a beautifully designed, highly ergonomic, extremely stable, one-piece warparound headband. The open ear design and the light weight of AfterShokz Bluez make them extremely comfortable and stable, even when used over extended periods of time.
AfterShokz Bluez open ear wireless bluetooth headphones deliver the safest and most comfortable way of staying connected on the planet.
OpenFit™ OpenFit™ makes it possible to experience ambient sound awareness without any limitations, through a design that offers extended comfort and a secure fit—vital for high-impact activities or long-term wear.
PremiumPitch™ PremiumPitch™ is our unique development in bone conduction audio, where remarkably clean sound and discernable bass comes from patented dual suspension beryllium copper infused transducers.
Custom Equalization Custom equalization adjustments take that a step further, allowing you to tune to preference at the touch of a button.
LeakSlayer™ Though a range of sound leakage is common with most all headphones and ear buds, most of us don’t want to share our music and conversations with others nearby. LeakSlayer™ technology significantly reduces natural sound leakage, effectively allowing you to keep sound to yourself.
Sweat Resistant Nanotechnology treated to repel sweat and other moisture, rest assured these headphones will play on through your most rigorous sweat sessions or even the elements.
Audrey Says™ Voice prompts that are meant to be more than a companion; these are designed to add ease to the user experience. With accessibility in mind, Audrey Says™ guides through power, pairing and playing, and will even alert you when you’ll need a recharge.
Complete Controls A multifunction button delivers complete control of music and calls right from the unit, which means your mobile device can remain safely tucked away during use.
Bluetooth® Your wireless freedom doesn’t have to be plagued by traditional limits. Confidently stash your mobile device anywhere on your body—or even just somewhere nearby—without the inconvenience of signal drops and music skips.
What I say:
I’ve now used these for a variety of sessions, including a 10 mile race in fancy dress & in short I think they’re amazing.
On first trying them they’re rather odd, very different from standard in-earphones that I’ve used to date. They have a very clear, high quality sound which appears to originate from the centre of your head, but the fact that you can also hear what is happening around you takes a little while to adjust to. Thankfully, it isn’t long before you get used to this & are able to reap the many benefits of these headphones.
A lot of my running is done on singletrack country lanes & the Bluez 2 have been a revelation, I can now get into a groove without having to continuously check over my shoulder or have cars sneak up on me unheard. One of the greatest compliments I can pay running gear is that you forget about it & this is exactly what happened when I wore them in the race. As they’re Bluetooth no cable got tangled, they were comfortable throughout, they resisted my copious sweating in a furry suit, I could listen to music whilst hearing the support from the crowd & hold conversations with other runners & #ukrunchat’ers along the way without having to remove the headphones.
I haven’t yet tested the full life of the batteries but having used them for almost 2hrs the power is still high. With a claimed life of 6hrs it’ll be enough for all but the very slowest to complete a marathon & on standby the power lasts for at least a week. The headphones are pretty simple to set up & use straight out of the box and basic operation is easy although the controls aren’t the most intuitive with a few small multi functional buttons. One final thing I was impressed with was the distance they’ll connect to a device, I left my iPod in the house while on the turbo trainer in the garage, that’s a good 10 metres & 2 brick walls away & the connection was fine… the only concern with this is you could drop your mp3 & be well down the road before you’re aware its gone!
Lets address the elephant in the room, these are not the cheapest headphones on the market, but their quality performance & functionality make them well worth the price tag & I genuinely can’t recommend them enough.