Product Review: PopFit Leggings

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen ads for Pop Fit leggings. They are ALL OVER IG and Facebook. And I’ll admit, once again, I got sucked in by the ads. These friggin’ targeted ads are getting me lately.

Anyway, the schtick is this: if you go to the website via a social media ad, you can get one pair of leggings “free.” And by free, they mean you pay $11.99 for shipping. Being a stay-at-home mom with very limited discretionary spending money, $11.99 for a pair of leggings is about all I can afford. I was further sucked in with the “sign up for our VIP subscription program and get ANOTHER pair of leggings FREE!” TWO pairs of leggings for $12? Even if they aren’t that great, as long as they’re comfy I can wear them around the house. And they have POCKETS! I made sure to review the rules for the subscription program, and bolstered by the knowledge that I could cancel any time, I went for it.

If you’re like me and your interest has been piqued by PopFit, read on to see what I experienced. Since I got different styles, I will review them separately below.

PopFit “Stella” Leggings
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First things first, these leggings SO do not pass the squat test, despite the phrase “Squat Test Approved” that is included in all of Pop Fit’s marketing. In fact, you can actually see my underwear through these even when I’m just standing around. This may be due to the light color, but still. Definitely not opaque. Not a total deal breaker, as I often go commando when exercising, but then there is the concern that people will see my butt crack. Ew.

The phone pocket is quite deep, and definitely wide enough to accommodate my iPhone 6s. I think it could probably handle an iPhone Plus or similar extra large smartphone too.

The fabric is 95% polyester and 5% spandex, so very plastic-y, and makes a distinct and unpleasant swishing noise as I walk. Maybe if your thighs don’t rub together when you walk or run, this won’t be an issue for you, but I have large, muscular thighs, so it’s kind of awkward to swish around all the time.

These are supposed to be full length leggings, but they definitely are a bit short, more like a 7/8 length on me. For reference, I am 5’7″. As far as sizing goes, I ordered a medium, which is my usual size, and they fit fine. I have a pretty short torso, so even though these aren’t a high waist style, the waist comes up high enough that I don’t get a muffin top.

I’m not a huge fan of the waist band. It’s sort of awkward. There’s a piece of elastic that’s about 2″ wide sewn into a much wider piece of fabric. I have concerns that the elastic will twist and roll and do weird stuff over time. It also digs into my stomach more than a nice, wide waistband would.

When I wore them to run, the first thing I noticed is HOLY CROTCH SWEAT, BATMAN! It looks like I peed myself. Again, that may be due to the color, but still. Not a good look. They did stay up well, and I didn’t have any chafing issues, but the fabric was pretty warm, even in my 50 degree basement.

PopFit “Ava” Leggings
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Well, these leggings were a fail from the get-go. I tried them on and they fit ok, so I took the tags off. The day after I got them, I put them on in the morning to wear around the house. I never even got the chance to do more than lounge around, and within an hour, they had developed two holes where the mesh meets the regular material.

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I immediately took them off, took the photo above, and emailed Pop Fit customer support. After some back and forth with order confirmation numbers and photos, they send me a link to order a free replacement pair, and said I didn’t need to send back the damaged pair.

Since I was keeping the Ava leggings in spite of the damage, I still decided to test them out. They are much the same as the Stella leggings–cheap material that does NOT pass the squat test, narrow, uncomfortable and unflattering waist band. Also, the pockets are weirdly positioned toward the back of the thigh and not very big–I have to work hard to get my iPhone 6s in there, so if you have a larger phone, you’re probably out of luck. These have a higher waist and are definitely longer than the Stella leggings.

As far as workouts went, they stayed up pretty well, but they were pretty warm in spite of the mesh. Mostly I just feel like it’s only a matter of time before they fall apart.

PopFit “Piper” Leggings
PopFit Piper
These were the replacement pair for the damaged Ava leggings, and they were the worst of the lot. I loved the pattern details on the black leggings, but these actually had a strong plastic odor out of the package, almost like they were off-gassing. They also are somehow not as stretchy as the other pairs, so they don’t stay up well, and the waistband hits me in just the wrong spot–the same narrow elastic cuts into my spare tire and gives me bad muffin top.

They are shorter than a true legging like the Stella, and have the same small, weirdly positioned pocket as the Ava, and surprise surprise, they don’t pass the squat test. So basically, they are the worst aspects of the other two leggings combined.

Overall
With a PopFit VIP membership, I would get a new pair of leggings each month, subscription style, for $30. I would also get 40% off additional purchases and free shipping. Based on my experience with the three pairs I got, I cancelled my membership before the next round.

In my opinion, these leggings aren’t worth the money or the hype. While I ended up with three pairs of leggings for my introductory payment of $11.99, I feel like I got three pairs of leggings that I don’t really want to wear and are just going to take up space in my drawers until I get tired of looking at them and get rid of them. I would have been better served just saving up for a month or so and buying one really nice pair from Athleta or Lululemon. And that’s what I’ll do from now on.

Have you tried PopFit? What did you think?

Product Review: SheFit Ultimate Sports Bra

Disclaimer: I purchased this bra for myself. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Instragram targeted ads totally got me on this one, guys. I kept seeing the add over and over, and finally, curiosity got the better of me. I impulse ordered this bra, and since I’ve talked so much about the challenges of being a busty runner here on the old blog, I figured I ought to do a review.

Cost
First things first, the SheFit Ultimate Sports Bra is $65, with free shipping and free returns. This is pretty much what I expect to pay for a sports bra these days, since I need specialty sizes and lots of support. I was happy about the free shipping, and while I ended up keeping the bra I ordered, it’s nice to know that I wouldn’t have had to pay to send it back if it didn’t work out.

Fit
I used the size calculator on SheFit’s website, and according to my current bra size, I was instructed to order the “2Luxe” size. The cool thing about this bra is that the band AND the straps are adjustable, allowing you to get a fairly customized fit. The band on the 2Lux is juuuuust a tiny bit too large for me, but when it’s completely cinched down, it’s pretty dang close. So close that I didn’t bother to exchange it for a different size. If I end up losing more weight, I will definitely need to size down, but for now, it works.

The front zipper is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it makes getting into and out of the bra SO MUCH EASIER. That’s always been a problem for me with other sports bras–in order to be supportive, they are constrictive, and difficult to put on and take off, especially once they’re soaked in sweat. But with the SheFit Ultimate Sports Bra, I just unzip and VOILA! I’m free! At first, I was worried that it might unzip itself during a workout, but thus far this hasn’t been an issue. Once I’m zipped in, the zipper stays put. There are also backup hooks that you can do up if you’re really worried.

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The negative impact of the zipper is that old sports bra nemesis: chafing. SheFit obviously tried to anticipate this problem by putting little fabric flaps that can fold over the top and bottom of the zipper, but they don’t completely alleviate the feeling of the zipper digging into my chest. The good news is, a little bit of anti-chafe product takes care of it handily. I haven’t done any super long runs, so I’m not sure how long the anti-chafe would last, but so far I’m good up to three miles or about 30 minutes.

Support
This bra is wonderfully supportive. Because the straps and band are both adjustable and there’s a zipper in front, I can easily get it on, and then tighten everything down. It doesn’t completely eliminate bounce, but honestly, I know better than to expect that. If anything, my breasts move on the upswing, but are completely cradled on the down, so there’s no hard impact. Also, you can change the straps from racer back to H-back configuration, allowing you to get the best support and fit for your body, activity, and wardrobe.

Style
The SheFit Ultimate Sports Bra comes in eight different colors, so there’s something for everyone. I got basic black, but I’d love to get a few others. There is a reflective strip on either side of the zipper, which is a nice feature except for the fact that I literally NEVER run without a shirt. But hey, if that’s your thing, that would be nice for you.

This bra also has much more of a true bra structure, so there’s no uniboob action, thank goodness! I actually look like I have two separate breasts. Unfortunately, the way the zipper is set into the bra causes it to bump up a little, so I look like I have a weird extra growth under my shirt. This may also be due to the aforementioned “this bra is slightly too large” issue. But honestly, it’s minimal and I don’t really care.

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It feels really weird to be posting a picture of my chest on the internet.

Comfort
The customizable fit of this bra means it’s a lot more comfortable than other high-impact sports bras. If the straps are a bit too tight, just unhook the velcro and re-position them. Same with the band. The only caveat is that you need to be careful how you place the straps–you’ve got to get them lined up just so. If you don’t, you’ve got velcro rubbing on your neck or collarbone, which is not at all comfortable.

Obviously, there’s only so comfortable one can be in an extremely structured and supportive bra. That’s just how it goes when you’ve got big boobs; you pretty much always have to choose between comfort and support. I will say, I don’t immediately want to rip this bra off as soon as a workout is done. It doesn’t make me feel claustrophobic, and even after a sweaty workout, I don’t feel gross and overheated.

Overall
In general, I like this bra quite a lot. The biggest plus for me right now is the zipper. It just makes putting this bra on so much simpler than my other bras. I reach for it first over all my other sports bras, and wear it more than I probably should between washes. It’s pretty much the same price as the other brands of sports bras I generally wear, AND ships free. There’s a great range of sizes and colors, and the customizable fit means that I get a pretty good nexus of comfort, support, and cost. I will most likely buy at least one more of these bras.

And for those of you who are less “blessed” in the chestal region, SheFit offers other medium and low impact options with the same customizable fit.

What’s your favorite sports bra?

 

Product Review: Amphipod Hydraform Ergo-Lite Ultra Handheld Bottle

Disclaimer: I received an Amphipod Hydraform Ergo-Lite Ultra 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!

I don’t think I’m the only runner who has a love/hate relationship with handheld bottles. Love, because it can be simpler to carry a small bottle on short-to-middle distance runs than strapping on a big hydration pack. Hate, because they’re often ill-fitting, heavy, or otherwise annoying.

I used to have a handheld bottle, I can’t even remember what brand, but every time I used it, my hands got all crampy from having to clutch it constantly, and I had to re-tighten the strap every few minutes. The nozzle also was one of those ones where you have to pull it open and push it to close, so it wasn’t very fast or easy to get a drink. I threw that bottle away after only a few uses because I was so frustrated with it, and since then, I haven’t had anything to take with me on shorter runs.

When BibRave asked for volunteers to try the Amphipod Hydraform Ergo-Lite Ultra, I was a bit wary, but I figured, why not give it a shot? We were heading into summer, and I absolutely wilt when running in the heat, so if nothing else, it would be practical to have one. I chose the 16 oz version because usually that’s all I need for a run up to 10 miles. Unfortunately, I was unable to test this while running as much as I would have liked due to my recent tailbone injury and subsequent two week running break. I did, however, get to take it on one good 4 mile tempo run, and several walks, and I was impressed.

Ergo-Lite Ultra

Features:

  • Jett-Squeeze Cap
  • Reflective detail on pocket
  • Expandable pocket and key clip
  • Thumb-lock sleeve design
  • Neoprene sleeve acts as insulation
  • 3 quick-access gel storage slots

The Good:

The neoprene strap was tight enough to actually hold the bottle to my hand, so I didn’t feel like I had to hold it in a death grip. My natural stance with running is to have my hands completely open and fingers loose, so having to hold onto something messes me up. In fact, it was almost a bit too tight, because I could feel the seam stitching biting into my hand a bit, but after the fact, I realized that the strap is adjustable, so it was an easy fix.

The bottle is also ergonomically shaped; rather than a typical round or oval bottle, the Ergo-Lite Ultra bottle is shaped to fit naturally in your hand, which I think is another reason I don’t have to hold on so hard.

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The expandable pocket on the unit is AWESOME. It actually fits my iPhone 6s in its bulky, Otterbox-style case, and I feel confident that I could also fit extra gels or chews in there if I needed to. There’s a great slip pocket inside the pocket to keep credit cards or ID secure as well.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Jett-Squeeze cap. There’s no pulling or pushing the lid up, no biting or sucking–you just give the bottle a gentle squeeze, and it shoots water into your mouth, or on your head, or wherever you want it to go. I can’t stress enough how much I love this feature. When I’m hot and sweaty, the last thing I want to do is put my sweaty hand on my water bottle cap, or try to pry it open with my teeth. And best of all, it doesn’t leak. You could leave the bottle on the floor for an hour and you wouldn’t have a puddle to clean up when you came back.

The Bad:

My biggest problem with handhelds is unfortunately universal: they’re heavy and they throw me off balance a bit. Whichever arm is carrying the bottle gets tired, so I constantly have to switch off, which is annoying. If I don’t put my phone in the pocket, it’s MUCH lighter and more user-friendly, and I have plenty of shorts/capris with pockets that I can put my phone in instead. While all handhelds have the potential to be annoying, I think the ergonomic design of the Ergo-Lite Ultra makes it much easier to carry than its competitors.

My only complaint specifically for the Ergo-Lite Ultra is that the very first time I took the neoprene sleeve off the bottle, the bottle was discolored. This is probably my own fault for leaving it in my hot car repeatedly, but it still looks kind of gross.

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Conclusion:

I’m really happy with this product. It offers a surprising amount of storage space in a very compact unit, and is much more comfortable and easy to hold onto than other handhelds I’ve tried. I know it’s going to serve me well this summer.

Do you ever run with handheld bottles? Why or why not?

Product Review: Zensah Well Rounded Shorts

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Zensah Well Rounded Shorts 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!

I’m always looking to expand my collection of running gear. I currently have an entire drawer of my dresser dedicated just to running bottoms and tops (and that doesn’t include sports bras and socks!), but I just can’t stop myself from wanting more. I’m really picky about what I wear, so I’m always looking for the next best thing. When I learned that us lady Pros would have the chance to test the Zensah Well Rounded Shorts, I jumped on it. We’re heading into summer, and I overheat really easily, so having another pair of shorts to add to my arsenal would be great.

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I ordered the Heather Teal color, and it’s lovely. It’s a dark teal, so it hides sweat, but it’s just such a unique and pretty color. According to the size chart, I ordered a medium, and I found that they fit perfectly. The waistband is really wide so it doesn’t dig into my spare tire, which I LOVE. I carry most of my extra weight around my middle and it can be tough to find bottoms that don’t give me muffin top. While the band at the bottom of the leg openings is a bit tighter and causes more of a sausage look than I’d like, I think it’s intended to keep them from riding up (more on that later).

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These shorts have a 4.5 inch inseam, which is quite a bit shorter than I usually wear (7-8 inches is more typical for me), because I have large thighs and I have to worry about chafing. Still, I was willing to give the shorter length a try. The material of these shorts is deliciously soft and comfortable. It’s super lightweight, and the crotch seam is a different shape than other crotch seams, so it doesn’t invade my lady bits. This may be TMI, but I have a history of *ahem* personal chafing from the seams of bottoms, so I was pumped not to have to worry about that.

Admittedly, I wasn’t able to test these out as much as I would have liked before writing this review. They were delivered while I was on my recent vacation, so my window was quite a bit shorter than the other Pros who tested them out. Still, I was able to take them for a few quick spins. The first run was an easy four miler around my neighborhood. While they stayed in place pretty well, it was a warm day, and despite a liberal application of 2Toms Butt Shield anti-chafe goo, I still had a bit of chafing on my inner thighs.

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My second run in them was an easy 5k while I was recovering from my disastrous 20 miler. It was a cooler day, so I threw caution to the wind and didn’t apply any anti-chafe product. I’m not sure what changed, but on this run, the shorts rode right up my thighs until they were tiny little booty shorts, and I felt incredibly self-conscious the whole run. I took a picture to show how much they rode up, but was too embarrassed to post it here–yikes! This was amplified by the fact that I was pretty aggressively cat-called by a strange man during that run. I kept having to tug them down my thighs, and honestly couldn’t wait to get back to my office and change. After that experience, I was reluctant to wear them out of the house again.

The death-blow, though, was realizing that these shorts are NOT opaque. If I wore them with underwear, I could easily see my underwear through them, especially if bending over (like to tie a shoelace or stretch out), and when going commando, you could clearly see my buttcrack. Not pretty. Many of my fellow Pros experienced the same thing, and we reached out to Zensah for some more information. They let us know that they had intentionally developed the Well Rounded short with female athletes who were looking for a lightweight short that was intended to be worn without underwear. That explains why it’s so soft, and why they probably never did an opaque-test.

I will say, however, that while they weren’t my ideal running short, I really enjoyed wearing them around the house as super-soft PJ bottoms, and loved them for at-home yoga sessions as well. I anticipate that they’ll also be great as a lightweight modesty layer under sundresses this summer. Unfortunately, they’re just not the right running short for me. I need the extra length to help me feel more secure and prevent chafing, and I need to be able to have a full range of motion without worrying that some creeper can see through my shorts. However, I know that some of my fellow pros LOVED the shorts, so don’t just take my word for it, check out their reviews too–Janelle, Cassie, JenAmy. I’m hopeful that Zensah will hear our concerns about the lack of opacity in the fabric, and use that to improve future versions of them

If you’re interested in picking up your own pair of Zensah Well Rounded shorts, use code ZENBIB15 for 15% off your purchase (only valid on Well Rounded shorts), and make sure you join our Twitter #BibChat at 9 pm ET on Tuesday May 10. You can learn more about Zensah, the shorts, and maybe win a pair for yourself!

Do you do the “bend over” test in new athletic bottoms to check the opacity of the fabric?

Product Review: Orange Mud Hydraquiver Single Barrel

Disclaimer: I received an Orange Mud Hydraquiver Single Barrel 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!

Once again, BibRave teamed up with our friends at OrangeMud, and this time we had the opportunity to test the Hydraquiver Single Barrel. I was excited to try this pack because it doesn’t have the chest strap like the VestPack1. I’m a busty lady, and having something right across my boobs wasn’t always the most comfortable situation.

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I ended up getting the bright pink color, which I LOVE. The Hydraquiver Single Barrel has two very stretchy pockets on the shoulders, and a zipper pocket in back. The zipper pocket also has a headphone port so that if you use wired earbuds, you can stash your phone safely in the cushioned, zippered pocket and still get your tunes. I was able to fit up to four gels in one shoulder pocket, plus my keys and chapstick in the other, and my phone in the back pocket, which completely took care of my storage needs during long runs. I was also able to squeeze my iPhone 6s with its bulky case into one of the shoulder pockets if I really wanted it close at hand–they’re VERY stretchy!

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The pack itself is much more streamlined than the VestPack 1 that I tried last year. It also has a lot more cushion/padding in the back. I had the opportunity to test this pack on LOTS of long runs, and on the whole I was really happy with it. The thing I liked most is that the holster for the water bottle is sort of funnel shaped, versus being a straight tube on the VP1, so getting the bottle in and out was a bit easier. I used to use a hydration belt, and I will honestly never go back. The Single Barrel is much more comfortable and less irritating than having a belt bouncing around my hips, and carries so much more stuff! It may seem weird at first to reach up over your head to grab the bottle, but after the first run, it became a totally natural motion.

The thing that bothered me most about the Single Barrel  is that the straps don’t have any padding on them. They’re just webbing, so they’re not super comfortable. There are padded sleeves that you can purchase on the OrangeMud site which may help with that, but I didn’t have a chance to try those. I was actually afraid to try wearing it without sleeves because I was worried about chafing, although many of my fellow Pros did so without any issues. The straps are also really long and ended up bouncing around, but after watching this excellent video from OrangeMud, I found that they had already provided a way to secure them!

The other problem that I had with the Single Barrel is that because it doesn’t have the chest strap to sort of anchor it, it didn’t stay in place as well when I was taking the bottle out of the holster. I had the shoulder straps tightened pretty well, so I don’t think tightening them anymore would have made a difference, and likely would have ended up being more uncomfortable. It’s just funny that the main reason I wanted to try this pack is because it didn’t have the chest strap, and that was the main thing I missed!

Aside from those issues, I really do love the OrangeMud Hydraquiver Single Barrel, and would hands down use it over any other belt or handheld that I’ve tried (which is quite a few!).

If you’re interested in reading more about the OrangeMud Hydraquiver Single Barrel, check out these reviews by my fellow BibRave Pros:

Frank | Mark | Gina | Katie | Emily

Also, don’t miss our Twitter #BibChat on May 3rd at 9 pm ET. OrangeMud will be our sponsor, and they usually do a sweet giveaway!

What is your preferred method of carrying hydration on long runs? Pack? Handheld? Belt?

 

Product Review: XX2i Bermuda1 Sunglasses

Disclaimer: I received a pair of XX2i Bermuda1 Sunglasses 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!

This isn’t the first pair of sunglasses I’ve had the good fortune to test out as a BibRave Pro, but it is the first pair of “casual” sunglasses I’ve gotten to review. XX2i has a variety of sunglass styles that are generally geared more towards athletes or active people–they have very streamlined shapes that you would expect to see more on a runner or cyclist than just Jill Everygirl walking down the street.

The Bermuda1 is XX2i’s first foray into “casual” eyewear. They are a brand new product that we Pros got to test out before they were even available for purchase. As I’ve said before, I have a tough time with sunglasses. Any time I’ve ever spent more than a few dollars on a pair, I’ve lost or broken them pretty quickly, but any time I buy a pair for $5 at Walmart, they last forever. That’s why I’m so delighted that the Bermuda1’s came with a rigid, padded case. That way, I can just toss them in my bag and go. They also came with a soft drawstring bag and a neck strap.

  
The first thing I noticed is that despite the larger lens size, the frames are still really light. They’re not heavy on my face. I LOVE the tortoise shell design; it’s subtle, but very stylish, and I feel like I could wear them with just about anything. The lenses are polarized, which is a nice bonus. I like the larger lens size a lot, because I feel like my eyes and face get more protection from the sun than from a smaller lens. 

I recently took the Bermuda1s on a spring break adventure with my husband. We drove from Vermont to NJ to DC to NC and then back north the same way. I’ve worn them driving, walking, hiking, and just sitting around having a beer on the porch, and I LOVE them. 

   
   
 Despite being so lightweight, I’ve dropped them a couple of times to no ill effect, so they’re definitely sturdy if you’re a clutz like me. 

  
My only complaint is that when I wear them for a prolonged period of time (think 6-hour car rides 😣), they start to feel a little pinchy on my head. I think the tight fit is intentional, because it means that when I bend over to tie my shoe, they don’t fall off my face. Considering that most people, myself included, generally don’t wear sunglasses that long, it’s a fairly small issue, and if you have a smaller head, you may not have the same issue at all. 

The Bermuda1s are not yet available on the XX2i website, but if you join our Twitter #BibChat on April 26, you’ll be among the first to find out how to purchase them, and you can use code XX2iRocks for 50% off!

Product Review: Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Wireless Headphones

Disclaimer: I received a set of Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Wireless Headphones 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!

I was excited to try these headphones out because one of the main reasons I rarely listen to music while running is due to safety concerns. Logically, I know that the odds of a knife-wielding psycho popping onto the bike path behind me are small, but the fear is still real. Also, I’m often running in high traffic areas, crossing major intersections, or just needing to effectively share the path with other runners, pedestrians, and cyclists. It can be hard to respond safely and appropriately if you can’t hear the world around you.

Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones use bone-conduction technology. This means that-wait for it-there’s nothing in your ear. That’s right. No hard, annoying, under- or over-sized piece of plastic wedged in your ear canal. This allows you to hear ambient sounds like cars, dogs, or knife-wielding psychos (I’m telling you, the fear is REAL. Too many horror movies I guess…) while still hearing your jams.

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Aftershokz are water-resistant, and offer LeakSlayer (TM) technology to make sure that the sound from the headphones doesn’t “leak” out to those around you. This tech is pretty magical. If I put the headphones on my face at a normal, completely audible volume level, and then take them off and hold them in my hands, I can barely tell that sound is coming out at all!

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With the headphones, you get a semi-rigid, padded case, little winged fit adjuster pieces (which I fortunately didn’t need), a mini USB charging cable, and some reusable ear plugs in a little plastic case. That way, if you are in a situation where you don’t need to hear ambient sound (think air travel), you can block it out with the plugs. It all zips together nicely in the case, and I can just throw it in my backpack or gym bag when I’m on the go.

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Set up was super easy–I charged them fully first, and was paired up with my phone and listening to my audiobook in a matter of minutes. When you power them up, you get a little “Welcome to Trekz Titanium” message, and then they tell you whether or not they have connected to your Bluetooth device. The connection is almost always immediate, and the signal is usually plenty strong, even if I walk a few feet away from my phone. There is a “multipurpose” button on one side that is used for stopping or starting playback, skipping songs, or answering/hanging up phone calls, and buttons for volume up and volume down. I found that the multipurpose button was a bit difficult to push; I really had to hold the headphones while pushing to avoid pushing them into my head.

These headphones are SO COMFORTABLE. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that no matter how well earbuds fit, after a while, having something in your ear is just plain uncomfortable. With these, there’s nothing there! I was worried about getting a headache due to the Trekz using gentle pressure to stay in place, but I’ve had them on for hours at a time and never gotten a headache.

The thing to keep in mind with the Trekz Titanium headphones is that you are meant to hear ambient sound. They are intended to offer you a safe way to both listen to music or whatever you want, and still hear any potential safety threats. Due to this design, it can be difficult to hear what you have playing over the headphones if you run through/past a noisy area. I experienced this multiple times when running on a busy road, or near a moving train. For me, this isn’t a super big deal. You just need to understand that that’s the way the Trekz are designed; it’s intentional.

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I only have a few small complaints about these headphones. Number one is that the loop that goes around the back of my head hangs down a bit low, and can sometimes bump into my hydration pack. I need to play more with how I wear them and possibly involve the little plastic wings to see if I can eliminate that issue. Otherwise, I almost don’t even feel them. Next, wearing the headphones plus a hat plus sunglasses can be a bit tricky, but usually I can manage without any discomfort, and I feel that this would be a problem with any over-the-ear headphone setup. Lastly, I wish the headphones gave an automatic battery update upon power-up. I’ve had other Bluetooth headphones that did that, and it helps to manage battery life better. You have to push the multi-purpose button in a special way to get a battery update on these, which I find annoying.

The only aspect of these headphones I didn’t have a chance to test was accepting or making phone calls, but based on the sound quality while listening to music, I have no doubt that the call quality and volume would be great.

On the whole, these are excellent headphones, especially if you like to run outside while listening to music, podcasts, or audiobooks. They retail for $129.99, which is pretty average for high-quality Bluetooth headphones. If you’re interested in picking up a pair for yourself, you can use the code BIBRAVE20 for 20% off!

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You can also read more about the Trekz Titanium headphones by checking out reviews by my fellow BibRave Pros:

Heather

Do you listen to music/podcasts/audiobooks while you run? Why or why not?