Shokz OpenRun bone conduction headphones review

An excellent choice for awkward ears and sweaty sessions indoors

Shokz open run side on buttons
(Image credit: Future/Michelle Arthurs-Brennan)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

If you struggle to keep in-ear headphones in your ears, or find that sweaty turbo session wreak havoc on consistent sound quality, then Shokz's OpenRun could be the answer.

Reasons to buy
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    Don't close off outside hearing

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    Quick to charge and resilient

Reasons to avoid
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    Occasional stutters in Bluetooth

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    More feedback from the unit would be helpful

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Headphones can become a source of constant irritation among active people who like their activity to take place alongside their favourite tunes. Common frustrations are around 'death by sweat' and a failure to stay put. Shokz's OpenRun Bone Conduction headphones address, and solve, both issues for me in almost all instances. 

This is the second pair of Shokz (formerly, AfterShokz) headphones that I've tested. I had believed that I'd found my perfect match in the OpenMove headphones, which like these, use bone conduction technology to transmit audio whilst leaving your ears open. 

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.