The Perfect (Runner) Gift: AfterShokz Trekz Air!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Air and to give away and 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!

Are you looking for the perfect gift for a runner in your life (totally OK if that’s yourself!)?

I wanted to give the gift of SAFETY and the best headphones in the world. I literally do not know where to begin with these headphones. I. love. them.

They allow you to still hear ambient sounds (safety comes first – always be aware of your surroundings!) while still hearing your music or podcasts with impeccable quality.

I have been using AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones for basically ever, and now we have the new and improved AfterShokz Trekz Air (how can these headphones get any better?!). They are almost exactly the same – they are thinner and, as the name suggests, light as air. I have literally walked out the door with them on and gone BACK inside thinking I forgot my headphones! literally to find them on my ears.

The Trekz Air have many similar qualities as the Trekz Titamiun as far as function – great sound quality, AMAZING battery life, lightweight, durable (they’ve literally survived a load of laundry, though not recommended), and connect seamlessly to Bluetooth. The bottoms on the headphones will adjust the volume, pause, play a song, you can talk on the phone… the whole bit. All in an even lighter package!

A few questions I commonly get about these headphones are…

But do they feel weird on your ears since they don’t go in your ears like earbuds?… 

Nope. At first, you might wonder “am I wearing these correctly?” but you are. They just sit there. They will not bounce or budget, despite what you might think.

But is the sound quality still good since they don’t go in your ear? What about that bass?…

The sound quality is JUST as amazing (if not, better) than any earbuds or other headphones I’ve ever tried. I like my music LOUD (too loud) and I love bass (hip hop/rap fan here) and these do not disappoint.

How is the battery life?…

Amazing. “6 hours of continuous play” per their website. I charge mine maybe once a week wearing them for every. single. run. Plus, they are rechargeable and charge quickly!

Can I wear them in the rain? What if I’m a heavy sweater?…

They are technically water resistant, not water PROOF – BUT – they can withstand a lot. I am convinced that the only thing that might mess them up is literally scuba diving with them. They have lasted through a load of laundry, a really sweaty Texas summer, and lots of rainy runs. I wouldn’t worry unless you’re going swimming!

How do I know which size will fit best?…

These headphones come in two sizes – regular and mini. Keep in mind that these headphones are not meant to fit snug to your head. They are meant to hang a little around your head. I wouldn’t worry too much – I honestly think most people can fit the regular size, and kids/women with small heads could pull off either size or the minis. I can wear either one comfortably. I recommend using their handy dandy sizing tool here.

I also want to note that if you’re concerned at all with the quality/durability of these headphones, AfterShokz has THE BEST (THE ACTUAL BEST) customer support. If something crazy happens to your beloved headphones, just fill out a warranty claim form and upon review they will send you a brand spankin’ new pair. They are also very active and responsive on social media and have a “chat” on their website (love that)!

So, down to the nitty gritty. I’ve included some fun facts about the Trekz Air…

Aftershokz Trekz Air

“The next generation of bone conduction technology is what’s inside our lightest and most organically designed open ear headphones to date. We cut the bulk and used titanium everywhere possible to ensure they not only fit more securely but sound better too. Trekz Air are inspired by the demands of elite and aspiring athletes motivated by their music and their world.”

FEATURES

  • Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds
  • A 20% lighter build than its counterpart
  • A new organic design delivers increased comfort
  • Complete wraparound titanium design provides a flexible fit for unnoticeable all-day comfort and stability
  • OpenFit™ design ensures maximum situational awareness and comfort during long-term wear
  • PremiumPitch+™ guarantees a premium audio experience, including wide dynamic range and rich bass
  • Bluetooth® v4.2 connectivity and convenient multipoint pairing
  • LeakSlayer™ technology significantly reduces natural sound leakage
  • IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture, from workouts to wicked weather
  • Enjoy six hours of continuous music + calls on a single charge
  • EQ presets boost bass and reduce vibration on the go
  • Dual noise canceling microphones exclude surrounding noise, effectively enhancing speech
  • Audrey Says™ voice prompts guide users through power, pair, play and talk
  • Hassle-free 2-year warranty

SPECS

  • Speaker type: bone conduction transducers
  • Frequency response: 20Hz~20KHz
  • Sensitivity: 100 ± 3dB
  • Microphone: -40dB ± 3dB
  • Bluetooth version: v4.2
  • Compatible profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP
  • Wireless range: 33 ft (10m)
  • Battery: rechargeable lithium ion
  • Continuous play: 6 hours
  • Standby time: 20 days
  • Charge in: 2 hours
  • Weight: 1.06 oz (30g)

So, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for yourself and a runner in your life, I highly, highly recommend taking advantage of the AfterShokz bundle deals! Use this link for discounts all year round! share.aftershokz.com/JENNAK

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The Running Event Experience!

Disclaimer: I received entry to The Running Event 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!

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Where to begin!

First:

What is The Running Event?

The Running Event in Austin, Texas is “THE Premier Conference and Trade Show for Running Specialty Retailers.” The Running Event (TRE) is like a HUGE EXPO ON STEROIDS for retailers to show off their products, broadcast what’s to come for the new year, and show you why they’re the best of the best.

The event is not open for registration for just anyone. This exclusive event is for retailers, vendors, and guest speakers only. So: SUPER IMPORTANT RUNNER PEOPLE. This year, TRE did something a little different and I (me! little ol’ me!) was fortunate enough to be a part of it!!!

TRE had an “Influencer’s Day” – so, Friday, we (BibRave Pros) were invited out to the (HUGEEEE GINORMOUS) Expo to check out all the vendors and chat with some new, popular, and upcoming brands. We spoke with Brooks Running, Altra Running, Handful, Addaday, Arcanum, Vuori, CEP, Incrediwear, Zwift, and nuun Hydration. Afterwards, we were free to roam the giant booths broadcasting their awesome products. I found a few that interested me such as Turtle Gloves and Stunt Puppy.

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So, now that you know about TRE, let me rewind a bit. Putting this AMAZING once-in-a-lifetime experience into a single blog post is not the easiest of tasks – so bear with me and hang on for the ride.

I was chosen as a BibRave Pro, months ago, to attend Influencer’s day at TRE in Austin, Texas. For literal EVER, I held it in my excitement (ok, for months!)

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I rode the MegaBus down to Austin, Texas from Dallas on a Thursday morning. That afternoon I got to meet some awesome runners that I’ve “known” forever but never met in person. I couldn’t believe it was actually happening! The weather was perfect, we walked around Austin a little while, then it was time for the Zwift Reception.

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Zwift reception!

We arrive at a nice reception – just for US! With the Zwift team there with their treadmills ready to show us how to virtually run together (it’s really awesome). As I am attempting to soak EVERYTHING in (all while documenting on Instagram Stories, of course), we are directed towards our “swag bags.”

Ok – I knew some swag would be involved – but HOLY GUACAMOLE. Christmas came early!!!

Swag haul from TRE!

Everyone was ooh-ing and aah-ing at their swag bags and I was so excited about the everything going on, I don’t even know if I remembered to look at my own items. I did, of course want to try everything on immediately after coming back to reality.

So, we all talk about all the items we received and how much we can’t wait to try them out – all while Zwift is showing us how to run virtually together (two BibRave Pros were actually running on treadmills to show us)! We got to see their avatars race each other, cheer them on, have some cocktails and cheese cubes… I mean it couldn’t get any better! Right? Just wait…

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Swag bag! (& boxes!!)

THEN, it was food time. Cheese cubes are great and all, but a group full of runners getting rungry could get dangerous. We all go get BBQ and are told that we are all invited to an exclusive Brooks party afterwards. Yes, Brooks! I thought – OK, maybe a small get together… Brooks tells us about some shoes… NOPE. NOPE NOPE NOPE. THIS WAS THE BIGGEST RUNNER PARTY EVER. (ever ever!!!)

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Before the crowd and dance circles… little did I know…!

We walk our full bellies over to a super cool indoor-outdoor bar in a hip area in Austin. We were the early-birds and I thought… this is awkward – there’s like 20 of us in this huge place with an open bar… by ourselves? What is this… Next thing I know, I see the guy from MY running store in Dallas, Texas! I am obviously taken by surprise… “What are you doing here?!” He replies, “Don’t you know?! This is THE BIGGEST runner party of the year!”

He was right! Soon enough, the place was shoulder-to-shoulder with runners (with access to an open bar – just let that sink in for a moment…) with everyone dancing, talking, just letting loose! There was a great band, dance circles forming (then huge dance circles forming…) It was the best party I’ve been to. Ever.

Oh and THEN… DES LINDEN (yes, you heard me)

DES LINDEN walked in. O. M. G. I have never “fangirled” in my life. Until now. No words needed:

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Oh, you know, just in the same room as DES LINDEN.

We partied until our legs hurt. I walked back to the hotel around 1am with my hotel-roomies and get about 4 hours of sleep (maybe? – who needs sleep at a time like this!) before our group run. Yes, we managed to run. Then a quick rinse before heading to The Running Event where it felt like just the beginning!

We all enjoyed our time together and I really loved seeing all the effort put into the vendor booths. There are so many amazing, dedicated running brands out there that truly yearn to make the running experience just that much better.

So, to recap: meeting amazing runners/humans/BibRave family, Zwift event, awesome swag, BBQ, Brooks (HUGE) running party, biggest expo ever of your life

I’d say it was two jam-packed days that I will never. ever. forget.

Thank you, BibRave, Zwift, all the amazing brands, and The Running Event for including us in this AMAZING experience and thank YOU (you!) for all your support and encouragement.

Photo Credit: Larry Castillo Photography

Review: Nathan Luna Fire 250 RX Run Chest/Waist Light (& DISCOUNT CODE!)

Disclaimer: I received a Nathan Luna Fire 250 RX Run Chest/Waist Light 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!

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Now that the days are short, I’ve been needing my headlamp more than ever during runs. I really wanted to test out the Nathan Luna Fire 250 RX Run Chest/Waist Light because I love that you can clip it anywhere. My headlamp gets uncomfortable after a while and leaves a dent on my forehead, so I was loving the idea of wearing it on my waist.

A little bit about the Nathan Luna Fire 250 RX Run Chest/Waist Light:

Features & Benefits

Our newest runners’ light is also our most versatile! The lightweight & powerful 250-lumen Luna Fire 250 RX Chest/Waist Light features a comfortable strap for secure placement on your chest or waist, plus you can easily adjust the beam angle up and down.

As an added bonus, you can remove the light and clip onto your running shorts, jacket, hydration pack…anywhere, really…to customize the exact placement and beam angle of light. Those once-scary nighttime roads, paths and trails won’t know what hit them

  • Lightweight, versatile runners’ chest/waist light
  • 250 Lumens LED spotlight
  • Includes a comfortable chest/waist strap
  • Removable light clips on anywhere
  • Removable light clips on anywhere

Specs

  • LED: 250 max Lumen main LED
  • Battery: Lithium-ion Polymer Rechargeable via USB
  • Burn Time: 25+ Hours
  • Water Resistance: IPX4 – Weather resistant

Output:

  • 33 Lumens ( Low)
  • 100 Lumens (Med)
  • 200 Lumens (Hi)
  • 250 Lumens (Boost)
  • 100 Lumens (White/Strobe)

So, my thoughts!

I AM IN LOVE.

Brightness

I have been reaching for this every morning or evening rather than my headlamp. Its so light weight it does not bother me at all – and it is SO BRIGHT. It has three settings, each one getting brighter and brighter – and I always (even when it’s pitch dark outside) run with the lowest setting. It’s THAT bright. Which is crazy – my headlamp is 300 lumens so I thought this one might be too dim for my liking – nope! I don’t know how (magic, probably) but it’s way brighter that anything I’ve ever used!

Battery

I also LOVE that it’s rechargeable. I have only ever used lamps that took batteries and had no idea what I was missing out on. It charges quickly and holds a charge, too. I haven’t had to re-charge it yet. Just the initial charge. The light turns green when it’s fully charged which is nice.

Functionality

This little lamp is super functional. It comes with a little belt that can be adjusted to wear on your hip, waist, chest, really anywhere. It clips on to the elastic-y belt (really easily) and could essentially clip on to anything. If you wanted to clip it to your pats, shirt, backpack, even a headlamp strap… you could! It also angles down so you can actually see the road in the darkness and see where you’re going. I was a little worried it was more for visibility for cars rather than for me to see where I’m going – I can definitely see (tested in complete darkness and dusk) and it allows cars to see me.

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This little lamp shouldn’t be underestimated! It’s definitely earned a spot in my top “must haves” for any runner that runs in the early morning or evening (this time of year, any time after 5pm!)

Waist Lamp vs. Headlamp

The only thing that I realized with a waist lamp vs.a headlamp – it bounces a little more (I guess my body bounces more than my head – that may vary depending on your stride!) and if I turn my head to look to the side for cars or something, the light doesn’t move with my eyes (an obvious one, but just something to note). But really, overall, I like this more than a headlamp. I don’t show up to work with a wierd little indention on my forehead!

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Nathan Luna Fire 250 RX Run Chest/Waist Light, retail: $39.99

Use code “NATHANBIB20” for 20% purchases up to $250 on nathansports.com. Find the Luna Fire 250 RX here!