Bib rave Product Review:

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Trekz Titanium AfterShokz to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

Running and music. Let’s face it, most of us runners are guilty of wearing headphones while running to get us through some miles on the road. And when we’re dealing with traffic, we’re always dealing with how to safely listen to music, because lets face it, earphones go IN YOUR EARS!

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Enter AfterShokz. Seeing the fact that it’s runners against the roads and we want to do it and get through it, they figured out a way to give runners (or bikers/hikers/etc) an easier way to run, listen to music and be safe while doing it.

Trekz Titanium headphones are one of AfterShokz’s wireless headphones that are made a little differently. Instead of going into your ears, they sit over your cheekbones. How you listen to music you ask? Bone conduction. You still get they of listening to music, however, are safe while doing it. I was out running earlier this week and my run took me close to a fire station and a police station. An ambulance went out on a call and I was able to clearly hear it without wondering if it was part of the music or if it was the real deal, which is always a plus!

The first time I tried putting on the AfterShokz, it took a minute to figure out how to put them on. When you’re so used to something going into your ears, putting something on your ears takes some getting used to. I’ve had the chance to run a few times in them and am still getting used to putting them on. A few weeks ago, I ran the Presidential Lincoln Half Marathon in Springfield, IL. I was going to try running with them first there, but it was freezing and I ended up bailing, as I didn’t want to try something new. Fellow Pro Frank, however, ran with them no problem and Julia (BRP extraordinaire wore hers under her Buff. Talking with other people with them on is no problem, you can still listen to your music and carry on a conversation!

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AfterShokz are wireless and use bluetooth to connect with your phone. They connect quickly and have a decent battery life. I haven’t had a chance yet to use them for longer races, however, fellow pro Amy got through a marathon on a treadmill with them no problem. I’m a fan of them and can’t wait to try them in Toledo next weekend for the Glass City Half Marathon

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Some specifics of AfterShokz from their website:

  • Bone conduction means music is delivered through your cheekbones, so ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds
  • Titanium wraparound headband is lightweight and flexible for durability and portability
  • Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 connectivity and convenient multipoint pairing
  • Enjoy six hours of continuous music + calls on a single charge
  • EQ presets boost bass and reduce vibration on the go
  • Dual noise canceling microphones exclude surrounding noise, effectively enhancing speech
  • 2 year warranty!

Cost: $129.99

Colors: Grey, Green, Blue

What’s included: Headphones, case, USB Charger Connector, Wings

Overall, I’m a fan of AfterShokz Titanium. I’m still in the process of getting comfortable wearing them and having them stay still, but I’d recommend them to runners of the roads! If you’re curious to try them, don’t forget to use the code BibRave20 for 20% off Aftershokz!

Take a look at what other pros have to say: Frank   Rachel   Amy   Heather

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BibRave Product Review: Plantronics Wireless Headphones

Disclaimer: I received Plantronics BackBeat FIT wireless headphones to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Headphones. Oh headphones. I have small ears [I blame my Lebanese-ness!] so I have issues finding headphones that actually fit well. I have my standard headphones that I’ve used for years and then had the opportunity to try the Plantronics BackBeat Fit. In short, these things are AWESOME!!!

Every other set of headphones I’ve had have had obnoxious wires that I feel like I can never get straight when I run. With the Plantronics FIT earphones being wireless, that takes any cord issues out of the way. They arrived at my doorstep in some fun packaging with a little note from their people

Mine are lime green [other pros have gotten teal ones in the past].  I proceeded to charge mine up so I could try them out on my next run. They take ~ 2.5 hrs to charge if they are completely out of battery and last up to eight hours. There’s also the Hub app for your iPhone to assist with anything funky while syncing the headphones to your phone. On one ear piece, there’s a play/stop button for your music, the other ear piece has a phone button so if you receive a phone call while running, you can answer it. I had 2 or 3 phone calls while running and was able to switch over and hear the caller perfectly clear! Since the headphones go through the blue tooth, you have to set up your headphones. Absolutely no issues doing that what so ever, very clear instructions.

Another fun little thing you get is an arm band. It’s very weather protective in terms of rain, etc- no phone damage issues there! and is big enough to fit my iPhone 6 with room. It’s also magical and flips inside out to act as a carrier. I ran the Akron 1/2 Marathon with it and had no issues with losing my phone or arm band.

The headphones are very flexible, which is always a good thing. Volume adjusting can be done either on your phone or with your headphones [fancy!!!]. One of the big things to remember with the headphones is to turn them on before your run and off afterwards. Battery life is about 8 hrs of just music, 6 ish if you’re dealing with phone calls, which isn’t too bad. If you’re in stand by mode, they last about 2 weeks. I ran the Akron Half Marathon with the Plantronics BeatBack head phones and by the end of the race, they headphones were at about 40% battery life and that was after about 30 min of pre race listening and 2.5 hrs of running (I hadn’t charged them the day or two prior to running).

Overall, these headphones are awesome. Definitely a must have for runners I think. The only issue I have is trying to get them into my ears initially, but that’s an operator issue. Definitely are weather friendly, especially in the rain. I can’t wait to try them in some snowy weather. If you’re a biker, no issue with them getting in your helmet with the way they sit!

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Price: $129.99

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