The biggest name for bone conduction headphones, Aftershokz has released a new Bluetooth headset aimed at budget runners.
While the company’s newest headset, the Aftershokz Aeropex, retailed for USD 159.95 / £ 149.95 (about AU $ 240) last year, the OpenMove costs just £ 79.95 (about $ 100 / 140 AU $).
The OpenMove looks a bit clunkier than the company’s more expensive headsets, but it’s still very light. At 29 g it is exactly between Trekz Air and Aeropex.
The battery life is impressive too ̵
Since bone conduction headphones sit on your cheekbones rather than in your ears, they don’t block sound from your surroundings, which means they’re a safer choice for exercising or walking in busy places where you need to be careful of people and vehicles around you .
For cases in which you want to have some time to yourself (e.g. with public transport), the OpenMove has an “earplug mode” as well as a pair of specially developed washable earplugs for noise cancellation.
OpenMove’s standard mode is for listening to music while remaining aware of your surroundings, while Human Voice is for listening to podcasts and audiobooks.
The OpenMove is now available directly from Aftershokz. More retailers will follow shortly. We’ll round up the best prices on the internet as they become generally available and give you a full review shortly.