Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Product Review: Aftershokz XTrainerz

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Aftershokz XTrainers 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!

So a few months ago I was able to test the newest and greater Aftershokz Areopex. Aftershokz took the amazing design and performance of the Aeropex, and like any amazing company, made them better!

The Xtrainers, pronounced "cross trainers," are designed to be used for many more sports but do not require a phone to be connected with. I'll say that again, they do not require a phone to be connected with. The Xtrainerz have storage capacity built into them so you treat it like a flash drive and you can upload all sorts of audio files to it, music, podcasts, and even audiobooks. It has 4GB of storage which is a lot for the slim size of the headphones

Did I mention that the Xtrainerz are fully waterproof for up to two hours at a depth of 6 feet? That means that you can take them in the pool, lake, and ocean without having to worry! With most underwater headphones you have cords, or limitations with bluetooth. The Xtrainerz have none of these issues. They use the same bone conducting technology to play the music while you swim. They even come with ear plugs too boot!

Biking with the Xtrainerz is so much more comfortable than you would think. I like being able to have my phone with me for the sense of comfort in case I need to call for help. But now I'm not tied to the phone, draining the battery with my headphones, so my phone will have the power to make a call if I need to. It's also nice to disconnect from my phone while biking too. I'm not constantly having the notifications distracting me.

The Xtrainerz charge is just 2 hours and have a battery life of 8 hours. What new to this design is a third button between where the normal volume button is. This button turns them on. The volume buttons have addition features like skipping tracks.

Let's get on to the benefits in terms of training. I am currently training for a marathon and found these headphones to make a big impact on my training. My cross training has been more effective since getting the Xtrainerz. I had a waterproof MP3 player and headphones but they were cheap and started to lose sound in one year. So during my swims I would be fighting with them to play music and keep the water out of my ears. Since the Xtrainerz come with ear plugs and use bone conducting technology I get to spend more time focusing on the workout.

It's also made me look forward to my cross training. I've recently gotten into listening to audiobooks. So when I cross train and listen to a book it's my time to disconnect from the world and enter my book. I find myself making time to go swimming just to continue with the book. This keeps me active and helps to give my body a break from all the running.

I think the Xtrainerz would be beneficial to anyone who used them. I can't wait for the opportunity to race a triathlon with them so that I can use them the entire race. The possibilities are endless now that they are waterproof and don't require bluetooth connection.

If you're interested in getting them you can use code "BRBUNDLE" - $50 off the endurance bundle.

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