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Shokz updates its premium bone conduction headphones

Shokz OpenRun Pro
(Image credit: Shokz)

Shokz (formerly known as AfterShokz) has launched a new bone-conducting headphone, the OpenRun Pro, replacing the Aeropex as the brand's top of the range product.

The OpenRun Pro might be aimed at runners, however the advantages of open-ear bone conduction headphones cross over to the needs of cyclists who enjoy listening to music while riding. Whether you are out on the trail, gravel track or on a public road, there are loads of good reasons to be able to hear your surroundings.

From the outside, the new OpenRun Pro is very similar to the Aeropex, with a secure over-the-ear design and Titanium Frame. The power/volume keys behind the ear and the front play button have been enlarged to make them easier to use while riding or running. The OpenRun Pro weighs a claimed 29g and comes with a water-resistance rating of IP55, which should be enough to see off a rainy day on the bike. Meanwhile the Aeropex actually has a rating of IP67.

Shokz OpenRun Pro

(Image credit: Shokz)

Better sound and more playtime

On the inside, Shokz has added its new Turbo Pitch technology. This is the ninth generation bone conduction technology from Shokz which claims to give a more balanced sound quality, specifically by enhancing the bass.

Battery life has been bolstered to 10 hours for music or calls - two hours more than the Aeropex - and has a quick charge function which gives 1.5 hours of playtime for just 5 minutes of charging. Ideal if you are someone who forgets to charge all your devices before a ride.

All the existing features, including the ability to receive phone calls, activate smart voice assistance, and multi-device pairing, are carried over from the existing Aeropex and OpenRun models.

In the box, you get a new hard carry case for transporting your OpenRun Pro and Shokz proprietary magnetic charging cable. The Shokz OpenRun Pro will retail for $179.95 / £159.

Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. Based in Edinburgh he has some of the best mountain biking and gravel riding in the UK right on his doorstep. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro and, most recently, gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotlands wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect and the muckier side of Cyclingnews 


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