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I am writing this review as I transfer MP3 music from my laptop to my new waterproof headphones. Yep, you read that right! Aftershokz actually took it to a level I never could have imagined with the new Xtrainerz (pronounced Cross-Trainers).
The Xtrainerz is similar to the previous versions of Aftershokz headphones you may be used to; I have both the Titanium and Trekz Air models. I do virtually everything with these, including run, take conference calls and listen to music synced from my phone. These versions all use the bone conduction technology that helps them to deliver quality audio sent through the cheekbones into the inner ears. This technology allows for the eardrums to remain open, which allows me to hear my surroundings well all while listening to tunes. Each model is lightweight and flexible, allowing for maximum comfort and durability.
How the Xtrainzer is different is the game-changer- the headphones are not blue tooth capable but are actually a waterproof MP3 design. I can download up to 4 GB of music, podcasts, etc to the headphones and viola-I don’t have to have any other device with me. BONUS, the headphones can be completely submerged in water (fresh or salt) up to 6 feet for two hours.
My first test of these was in my home. When I unboxed them, they were already charged and had some songs downloaded so that I could immediately listen! It was immediately clear that the sound was premium. I connected them to my laptop and easily did a drag and drop of MP3 audio files to the device…super easy! I played around with the buttons, using the manual to make sure I knew how to manipulate the music. There are only 4 buttons and they are placed smartly on the headphones for easy access. I then packed them in my swim bag and off I went to the local lap lanes.
Once I figured out how to get the headphones on under my swim cap, I hit the mode button on the headphones to “Swimming Mode” and jumped into the deep end of the pool. My head was immediately submerged into the cool water, and then I heard it. The sound of music coming through my headphones, crisp and sharp. It was surreal! I swam several hundred meters, most of them in awe. I cannot get over how great the audio sounds, even during backstroke. I had a huge smile on my face but realize now what I sight I probably was…ducking my head up and down below the surface of the water…splashing…backstroking half lengths of the lane, and doing flip turns over and over.
Read more here on “How to Wear Xtrainzer” from Aftershokz
I also used my Xtrainerz for a timed 10K race that Saturday. I don’t always listen to music during races, but I thought I would give it a try. It was interesting because I never had to worry about losing my connection in a crowded race thanks to the MP3 capability AND I didn’t’ have to worry about clipping/attaching an extra device to me to get the playlist I wanted.
I would definitely recommend these headphones for swimming, cycling, lifting weights, etc. The fact that they are waterproof is highly desirable for many people of all activity levels, including those who perspire heavily.
You can learn more about Aftershokz Xtrainerz at https://bibrave.aftershokz.com
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