Swimming is okay – it’s a very good all-over exercise, however there’s not plenty of variation within the curiosity ranges. Enter the Aftershokz Xtrainers, launched at CES 2019: bone-conducting headphones that carry music to your watery exercises extra merely than ever earlier than.
Trying previous the useless abundance of z’s within the title, these new headphones are designed to carry you music on the go with out the necessity for difficult-to-use earbuds.
We’ve tried plenty of choices that will help you swim with music, and the wired headphones at all times simply find yourself falling out, getting hit by a flailing arm or simply not providing a clear sufficient seal to permit you truly hear the music.
The bone-conduction methodology on supply from the Aftershokz Xtrainerz means you simply want to position them in your temples and the music will vibrate via your cranium – we’ve lengthy been followers of the identical know-how on the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium and Trekz Air, and bringing that choice to the pool makes plenty of sense.
The Xtrainerz include a 4GB inner reminiscence, that means you’ll be able to fill them up with MP3, WMA and different file codecs for those who’ve nonetheless acquired an MP3 library mendacity round anyplace.
There’s no integration with Spotify or Deezer, such as you get on some health devices (the Samsung Gear Sport or Fenix 5 Plus, as an example), so standalone streaming is out of the query.
Sadly, with no streaming possibility, there’s no different option to get music taking part in on the Aftershokz Xtrainerz as you’ll be able to’t hook up with a telephone, even for those who had been prepared to carry one into the pool with you.
This looks like one thing of an oversight from the model, as MP3 playback is more and more uncommon within the fashionable world of ‘all music, everytime you need it’ and persons are changing into extra snug with simply renting their tunes.
Verify the specz
The Aftershokz Xtrainerz characteristic a fairly meaty spec listing for one thing that’s so skinny and light-weight: there’s six hours’ battery life contained in the small body, and a magnetic clip-on charger to stop the water ingression a charging level may carry.
That is going to be a bit extra problem, because the Trekz Air has a microUSB connection meaning you don’t want a proprietary charger, which is simpler to lose.
The important thing factor for the Xtrainerz has been lined – particularly for those who’re interested by utilizing these for triathlon coaching – as they’re IP68-rated and might stand up to sea water too.
This implies they’re superb splashing about in a pool or within the open water, in addition to being protected in opposition to mud or sand – with the lengthy battery life, we are able to see these being favoured by plenty of triathletes, because the open-ear design means they will head music and keep protected on a motorbike.
The Aftershokz Xtrainerz launch date has been set for ‘spring 2019’ with an anticipated worth of £150 (round $190 / AU$270) – which appears an honest value given the quantity of tech packed in.
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