Introducing the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Mini Headphones

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Meet the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Mini Bone Conduction Headphones

The Trekz Titanium Mini bone conduction headphones held in hands
The Trekz Titanium Mini are designed to be durable, sweat-resistant, and sized for young adults.

Headphones are fantastic devices for creating personal bubbles of audio wherever you may go. But one drawback to wearing in-, over-, and even on-ear headphones is that environmental sounds become harder to hear – an important element for outdoor activity such as running, cycling, or hiking. AfterShokz, known for creating bone conducting wireless headphones, has launched its latest that caters to teens, tweens, or anyone with a smaller sized head.

Back in October, 2015, the company had successfully crowdfunded its Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction headphones, raising almost US$700,000 in the process. These headphones were designed for the average adult, but one of the stretch goal perks within the launch was for a smaller version. Now openly available to everyone, the Trekz Titanium Mini offers all the same features and colorways as the original.

Bone conduction technology isn't necessarily new, but AfterShokz has developed its patented technology to deliver quality, wireless music without covering up ears. Instead of sending audio waves like traditional headphones do, the Trekz Titanium Mini bypasses the ear canal by creating mini vibrations and using one's cheekbones to transmit sound. Not only does this allow ears to remain open for situational awareness (e.g. passing vehicles, bicyclists, conversations, etc.), but it can alleviate the fatigue normally associated with pads/cushions constantly pressing against soft tissues.

The Trekz Titanium Mini headphones are approximately 4.7 cm (2 in) smaller than the original, making it more ideal for active youth. AfterShokz offers a measuring tool to assist customers in choosing the best fit. Designed to be worn behind/around the head, the Trekz Titanium Mini features a titanium frame that offers long-lasting strength, durability, and flexibility. Combined with an IP55 certification to repel dust and water, these headphones make an ideal companion for sweaty workouts and safe outdoor activity.

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Why the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Mini Headphones Might Be for You

Young woman wearing the Trekz Titanium Mini bone conduction headphones
The Trekz Titanium Mini uses bone conduction audio technology to keep ears open and free.

Although the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Mini is quite different from most headphones currently available, it packs the types of features we've come to expect from modern audio products. These headphones connect with mobile devices up to 10 m (33 ft) away via wireless Bluetooth 4.1, offering multi-point paring for convenience. The internal battery is capable of delivering up to six continuous hours of music, taking only 90 minutes to recharge through a standard micro USB cable.

Onboard controls give users the ability to adjust volume, play/pause music, and skip tracks without having to reach for a connected device. Voice conversations and phone calls are made easy and hands-free through the dual noise canceling microphones, which enhance speech by reducing the effect of surrounding noises. The AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Mini headphones also sport a voice prompt system that helps to guide users through all of its aspects. Those who want to adjust audio on the fly to match personal preferences can do so with the equalizer functions.

In addition to enhancing situational awareness and personal safety by allowing users to experience all ambient sounds, the Trekz Titanium Mini is designed to keep leakage to a minimum. The company uses a LeakSlayer technology to help deliver audio only where it's supposed to be. Users can worry less about disturbing others nearby and/or having personal conversations listened in on. Combined with PremiumPitch+ stereo sound, the Trekz Titanium Mini is able to maintain greater bass response for an improved audio output.

"Trekz Titanium Mini was initially developed to fulfill a stretch goal perk for a group of Indiegogo backers, but we receive regular requests to produce our headphones in a smaller size," says Bruce Borenstein, CEO of AfterShokz. "We're thrilled to be expanding our most popular wireless product line."

The AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Mini bone conduction headphones are available now for a manufacturer suggested retail price of $130. Just as with the original product, the Trekz Titanium Mini comes in of Slate (gray/black), Ocean (blue/black), and Ivy (green/black) colorways.

Product page: AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Mini bone conduction headphones