*Disclaimer: I received Aftershokz Xtrainerz 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!*
Before jumping head first into the ultra-running world, I trained for triathlons. My sis convinced me when I was in my mid-20’s to take a triathlon training class at the YMCA. Even though my main focus isn’t on triathlons anymore, I still integrate swimming and biking into my cross-training routine. I’ve also picked up strength training as well. But in all honesty, running is where my heart is.
So what do I do when I’m in the pool or on a long solo bike ride? I’m not going to lie, it can be boring at times. Some of my planned workouts tend to get shortened because I can’t handle one more flip-turn in the pool. So when BibRave asked me to test out the new Aftershokz Xtrainerz, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been following Aftershokz since I tried their Titanium wireless headphones. I’ve had them for 2 years and they are my go to headphones out on a run. The Xtrainerz are made for not only running, but swimming and biking as well. I had to try them!
Here are a few perks of the Aftershokz Xtrainerz:
- The same bone conductive technology so you can still be aware and hear what is happening around you
- 4GB of storage space to hold all your music and audiobooks – no need to carry your phone since it’s all stored in the headphones
- 8 hour battery life
- waterproof up to 2 meters of water
- 2 year warranty
I made sure to read the directions to properly load my music onto the headphones and make sure they were fully charged. This was pretty easy actually. All I did was drag and drop music from my iTunes straight into the Xtrainerz storage folder that popped up on my computer.
I first tried the headphones on a run. I was surprised how light they were. Though I’m not sure if this is true, but they feel lighter than my Aftershokz Titaniums. They fit around my head perfectly and stayed in place even on my windy run. I checked out some of the features, like changing volume and switching songs. These were very easy to figure out. I also like the extended battery life – 8 hours is more than enough to last an entire 50k race. Also, not needing the extra weight of my phone in my pack is an extra perk, especially if it’s raining outside!
The next time I tried them in the pool for some lap swimming. It was the day after a long run and I didn’t feel like hitting the road again. A long slow swim proved to be the perfect workout for the day. I loaded the Hamilton soundtrack and The Waitress soundtrack and put in some serious lap swim time at the gym. I made sure to switch the Xtrainerz to Swim mode. When I went under water, the sound quality sounded amazing! I was very surprised because this was my first experience with listening to music under water. I did have some issues with keeping the headphones in place while under water. I took off my goggles and swim cap and put the headphones on before the others. This kept everything in place much better.
Another thing that the Aftershokz blog points out as a perk of the Xtrainerz is that you can still use ear plugs. Many swimmers are prone to ear infections. With the Xtrainerz, you can still use your ear protection and listen to your tunes in the pool.
After the pool, I hit the sauna. I don’t typically bring my phone into the sauna because it heats up too much. It was nice not needing the phone but still having the Xtrainerz to listen to music. The Xtrainerz were not affected by the heat and still felt comfortable on my head.
I’ve had several other opportunities to test the Xtrainerz in the water. While I was on a trip, I brought my Xtrainerz to the hot tub in the hotel. I also wore them while taking an Epsom salt bath after my long run. I love having that extra bit of relaxation while soaking in some warm water.
In the last couple weeks, I’ve also tried the Aftershokz Xtrainerz while lifting at the gym. I used to wear my regular wired headphones, but had a constant struggle with the wires getting in the way. Xtrainerz sit perfectly on my head and don’t move during my lifts. Even during turkish get-ups or back squats, everything stayed in place. I had continuous music throughout my entire workout. The durability of the headphones is great, since several times I’ve thrown them in my bag and they ended up under my gym shoes.
I would highly recommend these headphones to multi-sport athletes. Being able to wear the same headphones for swimming, running, biking, lifting, is really nice when balancing all the other gear and clothes for training. They are durable and the battery life makes these a great addition to my ultra-running gear.
Hope you check out a pair for yourself! Use code BRBUNDLE to save $50 off and endurance bundle at https://bibrave.aftershokz.com/