I replaced AirPods Pro with bone conduction headphones for running — here’s what wins

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I’m on a hunt for the best running headphones that don’t fall out of my ears. When I tried AirPods Pro for running at the track earlier this summer, it was a total fail. Apple’s noise-cancelling buds spent more time scattered on the ground than providing a soundtrack for my laps.

Now, I’ve been trying to break up with wireless headphones for a while. Still, I’ve felt determined to discover the best wireless earbuds for running, even if I’ve worn down the tread of my sneakers in the process. But I decided it’s time to think a little outside the box — err, outside my ear canals.

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A Tom’s Guide colleague recommended AfterShokz Aeropex, a $159.99 bone conduction headset with 8 hours of battery life and fully waterproof design. I’ve never tried bone conduction audio before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I just assumed I’d experience insufficient sound quality compared to when I tried PowerBeats Pro for running or when I tried Jabra Elite Active 75t for running.

Let me get this out of the way: AfterShokz Aeropex isn't the sexeist piece of tech. Luckily, that’s not the vibe I’m going for with my 12-minute mile. I only need comfortable headphones that stay put and sound good. So are bone conduction headphones my ideal running companion? Read on to find out.

Running with bone conduction headphones: Comfort and security

Thanks to a mere 0.9- ounce weight, the AfterShokz Aeropex offer a barely-there feel, landing perfectly between comfort and the kind of secure fit I want from running headphones. I didn’t have to test out a variety eartips since bone conduction headphones don’t require any. I simply charged the Aeropex up and paired them to my iPhone via Bluetooth. I missed the automatic pairing of AirPods Pro and Powerbeats Pro via Apple’s H1 chip, though.

As I ran, I couldn’t shake the Aeropex off, or even loose, but it never felt like the hooks pinched my ears as they did after a while with Powerbeats Pro. I sensed I could wear these for hours —in fact I forgot to take them off when I got home, even without music playing.


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