• Juan J. Arrieta

Top 5 improvements brought by AfterShokz Aeropex

Disclaimer: I received a set of AfterShokz Aeropex headphones to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (Ambassador) at BibRave.com, the best place to find and write race reviews.


Over the last month I've had the pleasure to use and test the AfterShokz Aeropex bluetooth headphones. This is actually my second pair of Aftershokz; the first ones I used were the previous model, the TrekzAir. To find my full review on the TrekzAir, as well as a complete explanation of what open-ear and bone-conduction headphones are about, please click HERE.


While the TrekzAir are undoubtedly outstanding headphones, AfterShokz has definitely raised the bar with the Aeropex. I have found the top 5 improvements on them to be the following:


AMAZING battery life

While I’ve been impressed overall by the Aeropex headphones, by far the most impressive enhancement I’ve noticed on them to this point is how long the battery lasts. In the 4-5 weeks I’ve had them, I believe I’ve only charged them about 3 times, and neither time has it been because they’ve run out of battery in the middle of my run or other type of use. There have been a number of times in which I have even forgotten to turn them off after my run, so they’ve gone an entire 24 hours powered on and still have plenty of battery to work perfectly fine on my entire run. Not once have I even gotten a low-battery alert from them; the couple of times I’ve plugged them in it has been because I know that it has been several days since they’ve been charged so I just want to be proactive and have them ready for the next run.


Improved Sound Quality

While understanding that the Aeropex are open-ear headphones, designed that way with safety in mind and the primary purpose of allowing users to be alert and able to hear surrounding noises such as vehicles, animals, other people, etc, I consider the sound quality they provide to be outstanding.


The overall clarity they deliver as well as the balance between bass and treble is at a level which allows me to literally enjoy all of the music on my playlists; anything from relaxing jazz, to full salsa bands, to EDM and trap. Are the levels of volume and definition you will be able to hear with them comparable to other types of headphone designs, such as noise-cancelling, over-the-ear headphones? No, but that is because they are on an entirely different category of headsets. If you are a runner or cyclist who is active outdoors during low-light hours, the need for awareness is heightened for your own safety, and the Aeropex allow you to do that while still providing an awesome system through bone-conduction technology. To my knowledge, there isn’t anything out there that can provide such quality of sound while still giving you the peace of mind of alertness of your surroundings and helping you be safe.


Fully waterproof

The Aeropex are submersible in water of 1 meter in depth for a duration of up to 30 minutes, which gives them a waterproof rating of IP67. For me, this is quite a valuable and significant enhancement from previous models of Aftershokz headphones. First of all, because it gives me full confidence in that no matter how much I sweat, or whether it rains during my run, or if I decide to throw water over my head to cool off during a race. None of that will damage the Aeropex. In addition to all of that, I can now also finish my run and continue to listen to any podcasts or music while I shower since I know I won’t ruin them by getting them wet.


Simpler, more convenient magnetic charging port and cable

The charging port on the Aeropex is a new design that is closed and magnetic. I suspect that this enhancement is directly tied to the waterproof improvement and IP67 rating since it seals the inside of the headphones and thus prevents water from getting in.


The headphones come with two magnetic charging cables that easily match with this new magnetic port and make connecting them EXTREMELY easy, just as I show on the following video.


I find this magnetic charging port and cable system to be much simpler and more convenient to use than the micro-USB ports and cables commonly found in so many other headphones and devices. With this system, I don’t have to fiddle trying to match the end of the cable with the orientation on the micro-USB port so that it goes in correctly. In contrast, with other those systems, oftentimes I will get the orientation of the cable tip upside down and thus it will not fit correctly, and I can’t tell if it’s because I don’t have the cable at the right angle or if its tip is just upside down.


To top all that off, these headphones also have a built-in feature that alerts me if it detects any moisture on the charging interface as explained on the following card that is included in the box they come in:


Lighter than all previous models, weighing less than one ounce

Even the previous model of Aftershokz headphones I have, the TrekzAir, are quite light and comfortable to wear. However, one of the first things I noticed with the Aeropex was their sleeker, lighter design. They are extremely comfortable, with zero bounce or any sliding in and out of position. Once I put them on, I just enjoy my music and forget they're even there.


Conclusion

The AfterShokz Aeropex continue the great line of open-air, bone-conduction bluetooth headphones that AfterShokz has become well-known for over the last few years. I would highly recommend anyone who is frequently active outdoors and wants to listen to music or other audio while staying alert of their surroundings to strongly consider these. They can be purchased for $159.95 by going to aftershokz.com/products/aeropex. You can also take advantage of a special offer currently available at the time of this post (8/28/2019) when you purchase the Aeropex as part of a bundle pack that includes the headphones, a reflective sport belt to carry phone and keys, a water bottle, a shoe bag, and a towel. With that bundle, you can get a $50 discount by going to https://bibrave.aftershokz.com.


If you would like to read other reviews on the Aeropex written by my fellow BibRave Pros, click on any of the following links:


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