The 7 Best Bone-Conduction Headphones to Buy in 2018

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Best Overall: AfterShokz Trekz Titanium

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium

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The AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones are packed with a ton of practical features and come with a titanium (hence the name) wraparound headband that's both lightweight and flexible. The headphones are quite durable, and their "OpenFit" design ensures maximum situational awareness and comfort even after long hours of use. With "PremiumPitch+" technology, you get a superior audio experience (with wide dynamic range and rich bass), whereas "LeakSlayer" considerably reduces overall sound leakage. The AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones use bone-conduction technology to right sound through the user's cheekbones, thus allowing their ears to clearly hear ambient sounds.

The headphones use Bluetooth 4.1 for connectivity and come with convenient multipoint pairing functionality. They're also IP55 certified, so you don't have to worry about sweat, dust, or anything else like that. The headphones' built-in battery lets you enjoy music (and handle calls) for up to six hours when fully charged.

Compatible with all standard Bluetooth profiles, the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones are backed by a two-year warranty.

Best Splurge: AfterShokz Trekz Air

If you want a feature-packed and versatile pair of bone-conducting headphones, and don't mind paying a pretty penny for them, look no further than the AfterShokz Trekz Air. The company's most organically designed, open-ear headphones feature next-generation bone-conduction technology. Crafted from titanium, they are 20 percent lighter than their counterparts and provide all-day comfort. The headphones' wraparound construction provides a flexible fit, while the "OpenFit" design lets the users maintain better awareness of the ambient sounds.

AfterShokz's "PremiumPitch+" guarantees a near-perfect listening experience, complete with wide dynamic range and rich bass. Their "LeakSlayer" technology helps in reducing natural sound leakage. The Trekz Air are IP55 certified, and feature EQ presets that helps in boosting bass and reducing vibrations on the go. With Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, the headphones have a wireless range of up to 10 meters.

The AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones come with dual noise-canceling microphones, and feature "AudreySays" voice prompts that guide users through standard functions, including power, pair, play, and talk.

Best Battery Life: AfterShokz Sportz Titanium

Wireless headphones may be convenient, but that convenience comes at the expense of battery life since they need to be constantly connected over Bluetooth. If you'd rather have something that can last for hours on a full charge, we recommend AfterShokz's Sportz Titanium bone-conduction headphones. Having wired connectivity, these let you enjoy music and handle calls for up to an astounding twelve hours when the built-in battery is fully juiced up. Not only that, the Sportz Titanium have a standby time of up to sixty days. The headphones come with in-line controls that let you play/pause/skip tracks, answer/end calls, as well as adjust the volume. Thanks to the four-foot long cord, they can be used comfortably for extended periods of time.

Featuring superior bone-conduction transducers, the AfterShokz Sportz Titanium headphones also have a reflective headband that provides enhanced visibility at night. The headphones feature AfterShokz's "PremiumPitch+" and "LeakSlayer" technologies that ensure a great audio experience and are backed by a two-year warranty.

Best Lightweight: Vidonn F1

If comfort is your top priority, check out the Vidonn F1 headphones. Weighing just 1.34 ounces, they are arguably the lightest and most comfortable headphones you're going to find. Having an ergonomic and streamlined design, the F1 snugly wrap around the wearer's head for a superior fit. Their light weight is primarily due to the titanium alloy frame, which also makes the headphones quite flexible. Vidonn F1 headphones are IP55 certified for dust, water, and sweat resistance, and have a built-in high-sensitivity microphone that lets you take calls on the go. The headphones come with a CSR Bluetooth chip that ensures high-fidelity sound output, and their integrated battery can go on for up to six hours on a full charge. The battery can be fully charged in about ninety minutes and has a standby time of around seven days.

Apart from the standard Gray, Vidonn F1 headphones are available in two dual-tone paint jobs: gray/yellow and gray/blue.

Best for Running: Swark JawBone

Running while listening to your favorite playlist is indeed great, but not so much when your headphones keep falling off your head. However, with Swark's JawBone style bone-conduction headphones, this isn't a problem. The headphones have a thin titanium alloy headband that wraps around the wearer's head for a comfortable fit. They are also ultra-sturdy and durable and can withstand being bent up to 15,000 times. With an open-ear design, the Swark JawBone headphones let you enjoy music and maintain awareness of your surroundings at the same time. The headphones use a CSR Bluetooth chip for enhanced wireless connectivity and also come with a built-in mic that allows you to take calls even when on the move. The primary button can be used to power the headphones on/off and pair them with smartphones, and the volume rocker lets you handle calls, switch between tracks and of course, adjust volume.

Swark JawBone's built-in battery can be fully charged in just two hours and provides up to six hours of use. The headphones come in three colors: black, red, and green.

Best With Amplifier: ENO-BBLK

ENO-BBLK

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Since bone-conduction headphones don't cover the ears, their audio output is generally lower than that of traditional earphones. While that's how they are meant to be used, if you find the sound output to be too low, the ENO-BBLK may be just what you need. These bone-conduction headphones come with their own amplifier unit. And the amplifier connects with the headphones using a connector cable (included with the headphones). It lets you easily enhance the headphones' audio output, making them ideal to be used even in loud environments. With a wide range of volume, the ENO-BBLK can be used in all kinds of settings. There's also an integrated microphone that lets you handle calls with ease. The ENO-BBLK are weatherproof and come with a flexible yet durable frame. When fully charged, the headphones' battery can provide up to eight hours of continuous use.

Along with the headphones, you get the amplifier unit, an audio connector cable, a charging cable, and a carry pouch.

Best With Noise Reduction: TechComm F1

TechComm F1

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Even though bone-conducting headphones are intended to have low sound output, loud ambient sounds can often make nearly impossible to use. This is where the TechComm F1 can help. These bone-conduction headphones use CVC noise reduction technology, ensuring better sound output and clearer calls even in the noisiest of environments. The F1 headphones come with a built-in microphone and are water- and sweat-resistant. They have a titanium alloy body that's both lightweight and durable, and an ergonomic design lets you use them for long periods of time without any discomfort. TechComm F1 headphones use Bluetooth 4.1 for connectivity, and their rechargeable battery provides six hours of use on a full charge.

They are compatible with both iOS and Android devices.

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