The best headphones for safety and awareness whilst working out in public.
Updated: Aug 15
A large majority of people feel that music helps boost their workout and whilst we love music, working out safely with headphones is important.
Once we put our headphones in, whether they be over the head headphones (bass!) or inner ear, we shut out the world for a while and get into the zone. But it also means we shut off our sensors to what’s going on around us. Cars, bikes and general awareness. Even at a lower volume, sensory deprivation still occurs. We don’t need to tell you how dangerous this is.
But there is an alternative way to listen to music whilst keeping your ears open.
Bone conductor headphones.
What are bone conductor headphones?
Bone conductor headphones rest on the cheekbone, sending sound vibrations through the bone, to the cochlea. This leaves the ear and external auditory canal open for surrounding noise.
Pub quiz knowledge - One of the first people to use this method of vibration was Beetoven. Check out the video below to learn more.
We tried out the Aftershokz -Air Trekz, bone conductor headphones.
Here’s our verdict.
It was important that our headphones were compatiable with our Garmin watches. Whether you use your fitness watch to track your progress or for stat brags on the gram, it was vital they would connect!
The Air Trekz easily connected to the Garmin Vivoactive 4s. Once you’ve downloaded your Spotify playlists to your watch, the process is as easy as swiping to your music, turning your headphones on and pressing play. The headphones also connected easily with the iPhone.
A strange sensation at first, being able to hear your music whilst being aware of everything around you. Running the busy streets of London was the perfect place to test the headphones, then to Hammersmith and along the river route which can be just as busy with fellow runners and cyclists. There was no trouble hearing cars on the streets and cyclists along the river.
Comfort and Movement
Upon first trying the headphones on which clip around your ear, there was an initial concern with the gap at the back on the head (with no way to adjust the size.) However upon running and jumping up and down (just to make sure) the headphones didn't move, and felt light and comfortable. You could say freeing!
NB - if you wear glasses you may have to adjust your frames above the headphones as they steal the space in which your glasses usually rest.
Whilst you can’t expect the kind of bass you’d get from a pair of Beats. The sound quality is still impressive. There is also an option for volume control on the headphones. At top range it was actually too loud so a mid-way volume felt perfect for both music and the outside world.
So it's goodbye to our over the ear headphones and hello bone conductors!
Work hard, stay aware!