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Shokz (formerly AfterShokz) unveils OpenRun bone conduction headphones with quick-charge function

Forgot to charge them? Plug in for 10 minutes and Shokz says you’ll have tunes motivating you along a 1.5hr ride

Shokz (formerly known as AfterShokz) has released its OpenRun bone conduction headphones, the latest version of its flagship model Aeropex, with all the original features as well as a new 10-minute quick-charge feature. The brand name AfterShokz has also been changed to Shokz. You'll find the new site now at uk.shokz.com

SHOKZ_OpenRun_BK_Studio_1

The appeal of bone conduction headphones for cycling is that they don’t stop your ears hearing other sounds so you can still pay attention to the traffic noise going on around you. 

The Shokz OpenRun model has a lightweight 26g flexible frame, is IP67 waterproof rated and gives eight hours of use on a single charge.

IP67 rated equipment is 100% protected against solid objects like dust, and works for at least 30 minutes while under 15cm to 1m of water.  

Shokz OpenRun side

Plugging the new OpenRun bone conduction headphones on for a 10-minute quick-charge provides one hour and 30 minutes of playtime, Shokz claims. “No more battery anxiety or delaying your training session because you forgot to charge your headphones,” says Shokz. 

Shokz OpenRun close up

Hands up, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve forgotten to charge up a speaker for an indoor workout or wireless earphones for outdoor ones, so this sounds like a handy touch to us. 

Priced at £129.95, even with the new quick-charge feature, it is more affordable than the original Aeropex, which has a RRP of £149.95.

We’ve had the Aeropex model in for review before. “The reproduction quality isn't as good as even a cheap set of in-ear buds but it's generally good enough, and the Aeropex headset is comfy to wear and fully waterproofed,” Dave concluded.

Why the name change? 

“The simplification of the brand name from AfterShokz to Shokz creates a shorter, more powerful word that is easier to remember and share, helping to spread the word and bring the benefits of open-ear listening to more sports enthusiasts,” says the brand. 

By shortening “AfterShokz” to “Shokz”, the eye will now land on the “o” in the middle of the word. 

Shokz logo

“The “o” shows the representation of a sound wave, symbolising Shokz focus on bone conduction technology and acoustics,” says the brand. “The dot that was previously in the centre of the “o” has been removed to better represent open-ear technology.”

With the name change, the official web domain is also being changed from www.aftershokz.co.uk to uk.shokz.com 

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mdavidford | 2 years ago
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Shokz (formerly known as AfterShokz)

Well that's just confusing. Who's running it - Benjamin Button?

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dodgy | 2 years ago
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I've always thought AfterShox's proprietary magnetic charging port far superior from anything else, so that's a good thing imo.

I'm a long time user of AfterShokz headphones, from their very first wired ones to the latest bluetooth. Their after-sales support has been fantastic when needed. As it happens, my own Aeropex have suddenly (and not gradually) stopped charging to full (blue led on) and now only last about 90 minutes. 30 months old, so very much out of warranty but pretty disappointing. I'm uncomfortable with this disposable approach now, I want another pair but I'm just investing in yet more disposable kit.

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wtjs replied to dodgy | 2 years ago
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now only last about 90 minutes. 30 months old, so very much out of warranty but pretty disappointing
This short battery longevity is one of the reasons I abandoned Fitbit, although the main one was that the optical heart rate is useless

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IanGlasgow | 2 years ago
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Looks like they've swapped the USB-C charging socket on the previous gen for a proprietary magnetic charger. I guess it's easier to waterproof that than a USB-C but I hate having anything with its own charger/cable, almost everything I own is USB-C (I think my See.Sense light is the last thing still using micro-USB) so this is a downgrade as far as I'm concerned.

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0-0 | 2 years ago
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It seems to me like a pointless company name change, and a pointless model they've introduced to the line up, just to tell the World, they've changed the company name.
Proprietary charging cable, why? When the OpenMove model has Type C.

Q: Will it still be useless when cycling in high winds? A: Yes.

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Bucks Cycle Cammer replied to 0-0 | 2 years ago
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Proprietary charging cable, why? When the OpenMove model has Type C.

Takes less room and is mechanically more robust in what is a really tiny piece of hardware?

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Sniffer replied to 0-0 | 2 years ago
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Maybe the drinks brand 'Aftershock' is part of the reason for the name change?

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DaveQB | 2 years ago
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Interesting. I thought everyone put theirs on charge after use 🤷🏻‍♂️. In 2 years of using my Aeropex, only once I didn't have enough battery. This was due to the cable not fully magnetically attaching and thus hadn't charged since last use. Oops.

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