This latest review ticks all the boxes on our cool kit list. Alice has been spending time conducting the Aftershokz Xtrainerz Swimming Headphones Review. Very interesting product. Bone conduction headphones helping you swim faster.
First Impressions of the Aftershokz Xtrainerz
As with all AfterShokz products the Xtrainerz headphones come beautifully presented. The box comes with the headphones themselves, a case, charging cable and some ear plugs. The headphones are sleek and pretty stylish. They may seem a little flimsy, but they definitely are not and when you have them on you can’t really feel them at all. They are totally unobtrusive when swimming.
Controls on the Aftershokz Xtrainerz
The controls are all on the right hand side on a thicker part of the headphone. They sit just behind the ear (On/Off, volume up and down and mode button). With these headphones you have the options of putting your music on shuffle or repeat using the Mode button. Alternatively you can hold down the volume up button to skip through your playlist. This is an upgrade on the Trekz Air headphones which does not have this function. Something that I love about these headphones.
Charging the swimming headphones
The charging cable clips over the headphones and you charge them via a USB port. The battery life seems pretty good – I usually swim between 2 and 3hrs a week and have only had to charge them twice in the last 6weeks. They also give you an update on the battery they have left each time you turn them on which is useful.
Installing music onto the Xtrainerz headphones
These headphones are not Bluetooth enabled so you download your music straight onto them via this charging cable. This was one of the only problems I had with the XtrainerZ as I use a streaming app to listen to playlists. I couldn’t figure out how to download music from the streaming service onto the headphones and so ended up buying a load of songs in order to have access to the files to be able to transfer them across. Of course this is not AfterShokz fault but it is something to be considered when thinking about purchasing the XtrainerZ. This problem could very well just be because I know nothing about how these streaming apps work though.
First swim in the Aftershokz Xtrainerz
It took a bit of fiddling around to figure out how best to wear the headphones. I wasn’t sure whether the whole headphone including the strap around the back of the neck needed to be underneath my swimming cap but when I did this they didn’t sit comfortably on my ears. I decided to leave this strap outside of the cap meaning only the top of the headphones were covered. This worked totally fine and the headphones were secure for the whole of my swimming session.
Sound quality while swimming
Initially I was worried about the sound quality as when your head is not under the water it isn’t great. However as soon as you start swimming is it awesome!!! Perfectly clear and I even had to turn the volume down because the bass was too loud. As far as I’m aware no one else in the pool could hear my music and it’s so nice to have something to listen to when swimming laps.
Comfort while swimming
I was aware of the headphones to start off with as I kept hitting them with my arms on each stroke – this is because I swim with a very narrow arm stroke which is something my coach is trying to change which means the headphones for me are dual purpose – not only do they make swimming more fun they remind me to work on my stroke technique! Win Win! If I swim with good technique I have no idea I’ve got them on so they’re really comfortable in the water.
After the first hour of swimming with the XtrainerZ I was totally in love with themAlice – Trivelo Test Associate
I have nothing bad to say about them. They make tough sets so much easier to get through when to can have some awesome music pushing you through!
Summary of the Aftershokz Xtrainerz Review
Since first using the XtrainerZ I haven’t done a swim set without them. I’ve had no problems at all, the battery life is great, they’re easy to use, easy to keep clean and just awesome. I’ve let a few of my fellow swimmers at the local pool try them out as well and everyone’s feedback has been incredibly positive. None of us have had any problems with the way that they fit and the biggest comment I get is how clear the sound quality is. Last week we tried diving with them on and they stay put even then. Many people have mentioned that they would be really useful for longer open water swims especially as there is no fear of a lost connection given that they work with MP4’s rather than Bluetooth.
I honestly don’t think I can find anything bad to say about the AfterShokz X Trainerz.
Everyone should have a pair!
See the video review from Alice and hear more on her thoughts of the Aftershokz Xtrainerz.
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Alternatives to the Aftershokz Xtrainerz to consider.
Aftershokz Aeropex headphones for £149.95. Again using our exclusive code gain 20% off as an added benefit through Trivelo.
Read more about Aftershokz headphones and our full review of the Aeropex headphones which we tested previously.