The 7 Best Bone-Conduction Headphones of 2019

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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.

Most Durable: Bonein Bone Conduction Headset

This sweat-proof option from Bonein is a great choice if you’re looking for a rugged, adventure-ready bone conduction headset. They’re meant to be bent, folded, and rotated up to 180 degrees, meaning they can easily survive tumbles and being lost in the bottom of outdoor bags. Plus, because they’re balanced very equally between the right and left ear, they’ll be stable during active use. Further adding to their durability is nano coating, which provides IP55 levels of sweat and dust resistance. Based on the IP scale, that means that you’ll get the second highest level of dust protection, and the headphones are protected from a reasonable level of pressurized water spray. This translates to pretty solid resilience during runs, hikes, and more, but we’d recommend you avoid fully submersing them during a swim.

When it comes to design, there’s a giant, hard-to-miss one-touch button that lets you control music, phone calls, and more. With a built-in 220mAh battery, you’ll get Bluetooth-connected listening for as long as 11 hours, and a whopping 1,000 hours of standby time. This all amounts to a really reliable headset that's ready to go through the wringer.

Best for Calls: AMTERBEST Bone Conduction Headset

One interesting category of bone conduction headsets is those designed for calls. It actually makes total sense, as bone conduction technology allows you to hear sounds via vibrations through your cheeks and jaw, leaving your ears open to hear ambient sounds around you. This plays well into phone calls as it allows you to safely chat away without being oblivious to your surroundings — especially if you're in a high traffic area.

This one-ear headset from AMTERBEST employs the single-air design of many Bluetooth headsets. At only 0.29 ounces, it's super lightweight, and its sleek two-tone design looks almost futuristic. It also operates a 90mAh battery which provides about 200 hours of standby time, four to five hours of music listening, or five to six hours of talk time — not bad for such a small unit. Plus, with Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, you’ll get a wireless range of up to 33 feet, and compared with other headsets in the category, there’s pretty modern connectivity and stability. The AMTERBEST headset also employs CVC 6.0 for noise reduction during calls, which is similar to levels you'd find in most flagship smartphones. All in all, this is a great little find if you’re looking for a phone call-friendly bone conduction headset.

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