Best Bone Conduction Headphones for Swimming

Introduction:

Headphones come in many shapes and sizes, and they can be either wired or wireless. But today, we’ll be discussing a new type of headphone and that is Bone Conduction headphone. Bone-conduction headphones work differently than traditional headphones and we’ll see their working in detail, later, but what is a Bone-conduction headphone?

To answer this question, we need to go on the scientific side. So, let’s begin!

Working of Hearing System

When we look at our hearing system, we’ll find three different segments: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. With traditional headphones, the sound gets sent from the outer part of the ear, through the ear canal, to the eardrum, vibrates bones of hearing (or ossicles), and then stimulates the hair cells inside of the cochlea.

All of these systems should work well if you want your (traditional) headphone to work correctly because if these systems are working well, sound can make it into your cochlea without any interruption and you can hear the voice.

Working of Bone-Conduction Headphones

Bone-conduction headphones work by stimulating the skull and creating a vibration that moves hair cells directly inside of the cochlea. That way it bypasses all the outer and middle ear components to stimulate hearing through bone-conduction headphones.

This will result in you being able to listen to the music or the people over the phone. Becoming a science nerd here 😁, but don’t worry we won’t bore you anymore. Let’s move to today’s topic.

Today’s Agenda

Now everybody uses headphones for work purposes and entertainment purposes and if you have wireless headphones, then you can use them while swimming listening to Spotify, in the Gym, or for any other outdoor activity. Speaking of swimming, you need a waterproof or water-resistant headphone for swimming because you are floating in the water, and most tech gadgets are ruined when water interacts with them.

But gone are those days where gadgets and water are unlike things because nowadays, almost every gadget is either waterproof or water-resistant. And today, we’ll be discussing the Best Bone Conduction Headphones for Swimming available in the market. So, without any further delay, let’s get to the list.

Best Bone Conduction Headphones for Swimming

Being the modern times, the internet is filled with gadgets suggestions and when you look around for Bluetooth Swimming Headphones or Bone Conduction Headphones, you will find a lot of varieties. So, a naïve person might even get confused and pick the wrong one.

To prevent these kinds of mistakes, we’ve gathered a list of the Best Bone Conduction Headphones available in the market for Swimming. Keep in mind that this list will be a ranked list and the ranking is based on our testing and we have ranked these products according to the usability they are giving to their users. So, let’s get started with the list

 

1.    AfterShokz Air

SPECIFICATIONS 
Bluetooth Technology:Bluetooth 4.2
Behavior with Water:IP55 Water-Resistant
Battery Life:6 Hours
Weight:0.079 lb. (35 g)
Speciality:Comfortable + Lightweight

AfrerShokz Air headphone

At the first place on our list of the Best Bone Conduction Headphones for Swimming, we have AfterShokz Air. The AfterShokz Air is the best bone-conduction headphone available for swimming. It ticks all the boxes and that’s why it has made the first spot on our list.

Features:

When most manufacturers are still giving importance to designs with noise isolation and cancellation technology, AfterShokz has broken this trend by promoting situational awareness using bone-conduction. The AfterShokz Air is another wireless headphone that wraps around the back of your neck easily. The design of AfterShokz Air may not be as good as earphones, but the speakers are exceptional.

Speaking of the speakers, these headphones allowing you to hear what’s going on around you, which is kind of a safe option because you’ll know when someone is calling or yelling at you 😁.

On the left-hand side, you will find the mute button which is rather easy to find and even if you are crossing a busy road, you can easily press it. You can easily set up this headphone with a female voice called Audrey and it confirms that the Bluetooth pairing process with a phone had worked.

On each side of the headphone, there’s a small fingertip-sized housing that contains batteries and controls. They also play a role in keeping the AfterShokz Air still on the back of the head. Moreover, the controls are simple too.

On the right-hand side, you will find volume buttons that send a tone to the speakers with every press and a higher pitch tone when the maximum volume is reached. That’s important because being open ear headphones, there’s a risk of sound leakage.

The short battery life of AfterShokz Air is one of the biggest drawbacks of these headphones. But the lightweight design will prove these headphones good in any scenario. The AfterShokz Air is superb in the gym and even if you’re out on a run in the countryside or enjoying swimming, these headphones will make the perfect fit.

BENEFITSDISADVANTAGES
Comfortable FitLow Volume
Easy-to-useA Bit Expensive
Good Battery Life
Great Sound Quality

 

2.    AfterShokz Titanium

SPECIFICATIONS 
Bluetooth Technology:Bluetooth 4.0
Behavior with Water:Water-Resistant
Battery Life:6 Hours Talk Time and 10 Days Standby Time
Weight:1.27 ounce
Specialty:Supports Fast Charging
Range:Up to 33 feet

AfterShokz Titanium headphone

The number 2 entry on our list of the Best Bone Conduction Headphones for Swimming is another Bone-Conduction headphone from AfterShokz and its name is Titanium (AfterShokz Titanium). Let’s see why it has made the second spot.

Features:

With an impressive design, this headphone has two bone-conduction transducers at the side of the ears, instead of going into the ear canal. In some ways, these AfterShokz Swimming Headphones are similar to ear cup style headphones that send sound into the ear from outside. The only difference between ear-cup style headphones and AfterShokz Titanium headphones is, they don’t have any foam or covering to keep ambient noise out. The user can pause the music without taking these off because one of the speakers has a Pause button on the side, which is easily accessible.

For Gym, Jogs, Outdoor Runs, or Swimming, you don’t need to buy separate headphones because these headphones can serve all your needs. When we took these headphones for a test walk through a busy city center, we can hear everything that’s happening in the background. It felt good wearing these pairs of headphones. Plus, the sound quality is unmatchable as compared to the regular headphones.

The headphones have super easy controls. One of the components on the headband features Volume Buttons. Next to it, you will find a Micro-USB slot which (obviously) you’ll use for recharging the headphone.

But that doesn’t mean it’s super perfect. There are some drawbacks such as loose neckband and a 6-hour battery life that don’t seem to fit with the features of these headphones. The loose neckband causes the headphone to slip slightly when exercising. So, to mark this product as perfect, AfterShokz needs to remove these drawbacks.

BENEFITSDISADVANTAGES
Sweatproof ModelFor Larger Heads, this Model is a Bit Tight
Fast Recharging

 

3.    AfterShokz OpenMove

SPECIFICATIONS 
Bluetooth Technology:Bluetooth 5.0
Behavior with Water:IP55 Water-Resistant
Battery Life:6 Hours
Weight:0.063 lb. (29 g)
Specialty:7th Gen Bone Conduction Technology
Range:Up to 33 ft.

AfterShokz OpenMove headphone

At number 3 on our list of the Best Bone Conduction Headphones for Swimming, we have AfterShokz OpenMove. Let’s see why OpenMove has made the third spot.

Features:

The Aeropex from AfterShokz is our favorite bone-conduction headphones, but we’ve eliminated that headphone from our list because those are not suitable for swimming. Also, they are a bit expensive but the OpenMove from AfterShokz is a good alternative considering it offers the same sound quality at a lower price.

Even in a noisy environment, both headphones (Aeropex and OpenMove) will give you high-quality sound because it has an improved version of Premium Pitch, which is 2.0. Not only that, but you can also customize your listening experience, thanks to the 3 Equalizer settings (Standard, Vocal Booster, and EarPlug Mode).

Each of the modes serves under a different scenario such as EarPlug Mode will suit you if you are using the free foam earplugs. Similarly, the Standard mode will be suitable for regular listening and the Vocal Booster mode will be good for listening to Audiobooks and Podcasts.

The IP55 module makes it resistant to water and dust, and even in intense swimming or gym sessions, this headphone will not disappoint you. Moreover, the headphone has great protection against the sound leakage which is a plus point for us and will be for more users.

Again, the availability of the Bluetooth 5.0 Module makes connecting to other devices faster and more reliable. Moreover, you can enjoy the music up to 33 feet since it has a range of 33 feet.

One of the major plus points of this headphone is its ability to connect this headphone with two different audio devices simultaneously. You will also get notifications for incoming calls for both devices, and the headphone will automatically connect you to the right device.

BENEFITSDISADVANTAGES
Due to Bluetooth 5.0, the connection is efficient and reliableFor Long Usage, this model is not Comfortable Enough
Simultaneous Pairing with Multiple Devices
Customizable Listening Modes
Affordable
Good Sound Quality

 

4.    Vidonn F1

SPECIFICATIONS 
Bluetooth Technology:Bluetooth 4.1
Behavior with Water:IP55 Water-Resistant
Battery Life:6 Hours Play Time and 7 Days Standby
Weight:0.083 lb. (38 g)
Specialty:Comfortable Under Swim Cap and Internal Music Storage (only)
Range:10 meters (30-33 feet)

Vidonn F1 headphone

The 4th entry on our list of the Best Bone Conduction Headphones for Swimming is Vidonn F1. Often people think that in the case of headphones, wireless earbuds are the only innovation in the last few years, but that’s not the case.

The bone-conduction headphones are also in the picture. People may not talk about these headphones much and these are not for everyone, but they do feel nice.

Vidonn F1 is one of the best bone-conduction headphones you can get as it offers the best value for your money in the case of bone-conduction headphones. Let’s see the functionality that Vidonn F1 offers to its users.

Features:

Even by looking at the packaging, you’ll have an idea of what the F1 model of Vidonn entails. Speaking of the packaging, when you’ll receive the Vidonn F1 the packaging makes a very good first impression as the headphone is packed in a solid and good-looking box. There’s a plastic holder that makes sure that Vidonn F1 is firmly tied up in the packaging.

These headphones are available in black with either gray-blue or yellow accents. If you’ll buy Vidonn F1 from an authorized distributor, you will be able to enjoy a 30-day refund policy, which is a satisfaction guarantee provided by Vidonn. Not only that but, the Vidonn F1 also comes with a 12-month warranty.

These lightweight headphones are comfortable to wear and the build quality of these headphones is a titanium alloy structure that is highly flexible. The black TPU plastic looks durable and of high quality. For controlling the headphone, you’ll have three buttons.

The one is the Play or Pause button, which you can also use to answer phone calls. And the other two buttons are the Volume up and Volume down buttons. The Play Pause buttons and the flap covering the micro-USB-port are covered with soft-plastic, whereas the volume buttons are covered with hard plastic.

Speaking of the sound quality, the sound is a bit weak or sounds like metallic (tinny), and often base gets a little lost. However, if you wear the earplugs with the headphone, you can overcome this issue and you will experience an astonishing difference in the sound quality.

By doing this, you will lose the benefit of hearing other sounds. So, there’s no denying the sound quality of Vidonn F1 (with earplugs) but it just gets a little lost among the background noise. In our testing, the battery life was impressive and according to Vidonn, the headphones have a super amazing battery life of 6-hours.

Overall, the headphones are durable, comfortable, with surprisingly good battery life and if you’re looking to invest in some wireless bone conduction headphones and don’t want to spend too much then these are highly recommended.

BENEFITSDISADVANTAGES
Battery-life is better than AverageSound Quality isn’t Good
Durable and Lightweight BuildThe Base Often Lost
Great Packaging

 

5.    AfterShokz Xtrainerz

SPECIFICATIONS 
Bluetooth Technology:No Bluetooth Compatibility
Behavior with Water:IP68 Waterproof
Battery Life:8 Hours
Weight:0.06625 lb. (30.05 g)
Specialty:Comfortable Under Swim Cap and Internal Music Storage (only)

AftereShokz Xtrainerz headphone

At number 5, we have another AfterShokz entry, and this time it is Xtrainerz (AfterShokz Xtrainerz). Let’s see why these headphones made the 5th spot on our list of the Best Best Bone Conduction Headphones for Swimming.

Features:

Sometimes even the best Bluetooth headphones will have trouble playing music while and of course, you can’t take your smartphone with you in the pool. So, it’s better to try out a headphone that has internal storage capability.

The Xtrainerz is the best AfterShokz Swimming Headphones, as it will give you comfort while swimming. You can store music directly of up to 4GB in these headphones. This headphone uses an IP68 sensor and has an 8-hour battery life that will be suitable for long swimming sessions.

The sound quality is not as clear as other AfterShokz headphones, and that’s the reason why we have put this at this spot. So, you need to use earplugs for enjoying a clear sound. This titanium-build headphone will stick tight to your head and you don’t need to adjust the fitting of these headphones even in deep diving sessions.

Moreover, this headphone can even fit underneath swimming caps which is why a lot of people recommend this bone-conduction headphone for swimming.

BENEFITSDISADVANTAGES
Ability to Download the Music in Internal StorageUnclear Sound Quality
Fit Under Swim Caps
Great Battery Life

 

6.    Tayogo S2

SPECIFICATIONS 
Bluetooth Technology:Bluetooth 5.0
Battery Life:Up to 6 Hours of Playback Time
Weight:0. 0.065lb. (29.7 g)
Compatibility:With both Android and iOS
Specialty:Dynamic Range and Base
Range:Up to 30 ft

Tayogo S2 headphone

The last entry on our today’s list is Tayogo S2. This is another bone-conduction headphone that has made the sixth spot on our list of the Best Bone Conduction Headphones for Swimming and let’s see why.

Features:

If you have a limited budget or if you are a beginner to bone-conduction headphones and don’t want to spend too much on them, then you should buy Tayogo S2 Bone-Conduction headphones.

With a range of 30 feet, the Tayogo S2 features a 5.0 Bluetooth module, which guarantees fast and reliable connectivity with various devices (either iOS or Android). However, in our testing, we’ve experienced some issues because when we’ve connected it with a device and put these Tayogo Waterproof Bone Conduction Headphones on our head if the mobile was placed on the opposite side of the Bluetooth module, there’s a slight interruption in the voice.

We don’t know this was the Bluetooth module’s issue or any other issue, but still; we feel like it’s worth mentioning.

Moreover, you can also pair these headphones with wearables such as smartwatches. And with a single charge, you can listen to the music for 6-hours such as the powerful battery of Tayogo S2. Even if you have a large head, the headphones will fit 99% of the users.

Even during intense gym sessions, fast-swimming sessions, or rough rides, these headphones won’t slip down from your head due to the soft rubber pads. These rubber pads are not only comfortable but also will not get in the way of vibration transmission.

But if you use these headphones with full volume, the person sitting next to you can hear everything. These are preferable in noisy places, but not in quieter places. And if you want to use these in a quiet place, then you need to listen to the music at normal or less volume. Plus, when you use Tayogo S2 with full volume, as vibration gets intense, you can feel the tingling on your cheekbones.

 

BENEFITSDISADVANTAGES
Reliable Bluetooth 5.0 ConnectivityPeak Headphone Sound is not as High, even if you are in a Loud Place
Perfect Fit for Exercise and Sports
Long Range
Affordable Model
Great Battery Life

 

Honorable Mentions

Now there is one more headphone that we want to include in this list and maybe it can make the top spot on our list and its name is AfterShokz Aeropex. Now, the reason why we have eliminated this headphone from our today’s list of the Best Bone Conduction Headphones for Swimming is, it’s neither Waterproof nor Water-Resistant.

Since our list is mainly focused on bone-conduction headphones for swimming and the company (AfterShokz) itself mentioning that this headphone (AfterShokz Aeropex) is not suitable for swimming, then, it won’t be fair with you guys, if we mention this headphone. Anyhow, we’ll still have mentioned its specifications, but if you want a full review of this model, then you have to wait for it.

AfterShokz Aeropex

The Aeropex is one of the best bone-conduction headphones AfterShokz has ever produced.

SPECIFICATIONS 
Bluetooth Technology:Bluetooth 5.0
Behavior with Water:IP67 Waterproof but not for Swimming
Battery Life:8 Hours
Weight:0.0625 lb. (26 g)
Speciality:Comfortable + Lightweight

AfrerShokz Aeropex headphone

Final Verdict

Finding the best bone-conduction will require a lot of effort, but if you want the best bone-conduction headphone for swimming, irrespective of the sound quality, then you can go with Xtrainerz as it’s the recommended model from experts.

But our testing has shown us that AfterShokz Aeropex is the best bone-conduction headphone but it’s not made for swimming, so, AfterShokz Air, (that is going to be our second choice) is our best choice in this case. Because it can fit various scenarios and has a clear sound quality.

1.    What is the Difference Between Waterproof and Water-resistant?

When a gadget is marked as waterproof, this means that no matter the level of water that interacts with the gadget, nothing will happen to it. But if a gadget is marked as water-resistant, this means that it will repel the water most of the time.

Water-resistant gadgets won’t be as suitable as waterproof gadgets for swimming because they are preferred for situations where the interaction between the gadget and water is low.

2.    Can Bone-conduction Headphones really Work Under Water?

Yes! A lot of AfterShokz models have an upper hand over all the companies, but you can find a complete list of other options in the list discussed above 👆🏻. However, you can try the Xtrainerz model of AterShokz because it’s completely waterproof, and it transfers the sound to your ears through your cheekbones.

3.    Do Bone-Conduction Headphones Damage Your Hearing?

Everything in this world has some advantages and some disadvantages, and the same is the case with Bone-Conduction Headphones. No doubt they are superior to traditional headphones in terms of some safety perspectives and design. But continuous listening to sound at full volume can damage your ear badly.

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