Trekz Titanium Headphones: Listen to Music Through Your Bones

Before stumbling upon Trekz Titanium ($129.99) by AfterShokz, I had never heard of headphones that skip your ears and play music through your cheekbones. But once I discovered them, I had to give it a try. It seems absolutely counterintuitive to listen to music solo without obstructing the ear, but that’s exactly what the headphones promise to do. They’re designed to deliver premium sound while keeping your ears open to traffic noises and other ambient sounds; so, does it work?

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Like most headphones these days, the Trekz Titanium comes with a case, charging cord, and headphone adjusters for those with smaller heads. They also included a set of earplugs for those who want to block out the noise you can otherwise hear with the headphones on. The Trekz are available in three different colors: Ocean, Ivy, and Slate. I had to go with Ocean.

The headphones themselves are shaped a bit like a horseshoe. The right ear has your charging port, volume controls, and power controls. The earphones loop around with the speakers sitting just in-front-of and above your ears. The two ear pieces are held together by a flexible wraparound strap which goes behind the head. If you have long hair, you’ll definitely want to wear it in a ponytail while using the headphones.

The Trekz Titanium headphones are Bluetooth connected to my iPhone and are meant to provide up to six hours of playback. I would say this is more than fair as I’ve been using them at work for a week without needing to charge them. However, it wouldn’t work as well for marathoners who spend a continuous day active. The Trekz are made to be sweat-proof and secure: two issues I had no problems with when using Trekz. They easily stay in place and yes, provide pretty great sound.

Would I compare the Trekz Titanium sound to that of other high-end headphones I’ve tried? No. I’m also testing Jabra for an upcoming review right now, and they certainly beat Trekz in sound quality. However, those are in-ear earbuds while Trekz uses the fairly new Bone Conduction technology. It seems unfair to compare the two, but if sound is extremely important to you, that’s something to be aware of.

What’s awesome about Trekz is that I can hear entire conversations going on around me or traffic coming up behind me while using them. It’s remarkable how clearly I can hear and enjoy my tunes without any earbuds.

Personally, I wish the earbuds were connected with a wire instead of the flexible band. I have a pretty small head so it sticks out a couple inches, which means when I look up the ear hooks lift and adjust my headphones. I found this to be slightly annoying but not a deal-breaker overall. For audiophiles, Trekz simply won’t cut it. But for athletes who need to stay aware of their surroundings, Trekz Titanium is fantastic.

Pros:

  • Good sound for headphones with Bone Conduction tech

  • Fantastic for athletes who need to be aware of surroundings (traffic, etc.)

  • Sweat-proof, secure fit.

Cons:

  • Wraparound headband sticks out, causes unnecessary headphone adjustments when I move my head.

Final Verdict:

Trekz Titanium does a great job of creating a safe solution for running in cities. The sound is quite good considering you’re listening through your bones, and you’ll think those around you can hear it when they can’t.

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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or lifting weights. Her personal blog is currently under construction, but you can follow her on Instagram @connerleecarey.