Aftershokz Aeropex Review: The Best Open-Ear, Bone Conduction Headphones For Sports And Workout

Aadhya Khatri - Jan 19, 2021


Aftershokz Aeropex Review: The Best Open-Ear, Bone Conduction Headphones For Sports And Workout

Aftershokz Aeropex is built with only one purpose in mind – to accompany users when they work out, run, or cycle without entirely blocking out the world

Aftershokz Aeropex is built with only one purpose in mind – to accompany users when they work out, run, or cycle without entirely blocking out the world around them.

When comparing Aftershokz Aeropex vs Air, the former is more expensive but is also more suitable for sports.

Price And Availability

The Aeropex Aftershokz is available directly from the company’s website itself and a slew of other e-commerce websites.

Aftershokz Aeropex Headphones
The Aeropex Aftershokz is available directly from the company’s website itself and a slew of other e-commerce websites

The headphones are retailed for $159.95 and ₹ 14,999.00 in India.

If you are wondering “what year did Aftershokz Aeropex, Air, Titanium come out?” here is a recap. Aftershokz Aeropex was released on June 14th, 2019 while Trekz Air was launched on September 1st, 2017. The Trekz Titanium was launched in January 2016.

Design

Aftershokz Aeropex is a real leap from the Trekz Air in terms of comfort. The company has managed to reduce a considerable amount of weight from the headphones’ vital parts and frames.

According to Aftershokz, the Aeropex is 13% lighter and 30% smaller than the Trekz Air. If you put the two side by side, you will notice smaller arms and a skinnier frame.

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Aftershokz Aeropex is a real leap from the Trekz Air in terms of comfort

With an IP67 water-resistant rating, you have around 30 minutes with the Aftershokz Aeropex one meter under the water. That means the headphone will stand a better chance of being dropped into a puddle, a run in the rain, or sweat.

The skinnier frame does beg the question of the durability of Aftershokz headphones but fortunately, vulnerability isn’t the case with this one. However, you still need to be careful. No headphones, no matter how strong and durable, can stand being stuffed into the gym bag for a long time.

Users can rely on the two physical buttons near the charging port to turn the Aftershokz Aeropex on or off, and change the volume.

Aftershokz Aeropex Glamour Shot
The skinnier frame does beg the question of the durability of Aftershokz headphones but fortunately, vulnerability isn’t the case with this one

With these headphones, users will have to keep a proprietary charging cable but on the plus side, the headphones are now more durable and have a higher waterproof rating.

Battery Life

Compared to the Air, Aftershokz Aeropex has a much longer battery life of up to eight hours of music playback and talk time. The charging time is reduced from two hours to one and a half hour.

Charging the headphones for 15 minutes and you will have around an hour of music. When you turn them on, they will give you an update of battery life so that you know how much time you have left before they need another charge.

Aftershokz Aeropex Wireless Bone Conduction
Charging the headphones for 15 minutes and you will have around an hour of music

If you plan to spend an hour a day running or working out, you will comfortably have a week of battery life – that was what we found out when testing the headphones for this Aftershokz Aeropex review.

If you are wondering how to pair Aftershokz Aeropex with your phone, here is a detailed guide.

Audio Quality

Aftershokz Aeropex relies on bone conduction technology which conducts sounds through the skull bones. In this way, the wearers can perceive audio content without their ear canals being blocked.

The headphones have what the company called PremiumPitch 2.0 which promises less vibration and sound leakage, as well as offers more bass.

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Aftershokz Aeropex relies on bone conduction technology which conducts sounds through the skull bones

However, if you expect the kind of quality of over-ear headphones, you should recalibrate your expectations.

The improvements of Aftershokz Aeropex over its predecessors can be felt at moderate volume levels. The changes are more noticeable when you go outside running or cycling. The headphones strike a better balance between letting you enjoy the music and podcast and hearing the outside world.

There is still room for improvement with the bone conduction technology of Aftershokz Aeropex in clarity and bass, but you can clearly feel the differences between it and the Trekz Air.

The headphones come with earplugs to enhance the sound quality but this is an odd choice for the company as wearing these will render the sole purpose of open-ear headphones useless.

Aftershokz Aeropex Ear Plugs
The headphones come with earplugs to enhance the sound quality but this is an odd choice for the company

If you want to take phone calls mid-workout, you can rely on the noise-canceling microphone. But the clarity can’t hold a candle to that of more premium over-ear headphones.

When you crank up the volume, you will still feel the vibrating sensation from the Aftershokz Aeropex but the company has done its best to dial it down. Overall, it isn’t too uncomfortable that you want to take the headphones off.

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