New Shokz OpenRun Pro: ‘the most advanced bone-conduction sports headphones yet’

Upgraded flagship model features enhanced bass, extended battery life and more tactile controls

Shokz OpenRun Pro
(Image credit: Shokz)

Shokz has launched the OpenRun Pro, which the brand is claiming are its most sophisticated bone-conduction sport headphones (opens in new tab) yet. The new flagship model features improved tech over the older Shokz OpenRun, which we reviewed recently and scored 4.5/5 (opens in new tab), including enhanced bass, a 10-hour battery life, easier-to-use controls and a quick charge feature. 

Although the name clearly suggests these headphones are aimed at running, we found this type is perfect for indoor cycling (opens in new tab) - which increasingly involves communicating with others via Discord - and the bone conduction technology means situational awareness isn't compromised if you do want to listen to music while riding outdoors.

Shokz OpenRun Pro

(Image credit: Shokz)

The Shokz OpenRun Pro bone-conduction headphones are specifically designed for sport: unlike traditional over-ear headphones, bone-conduction technology generates vibrations that travel through the cheekbones of the wearer from transducers in front of the ears. The vibrations go directly to the inner ears and bypass the eardrums. Surrounding traffic noise can be heard as normal, allowing the wearer to listen to music and take calls while taking part in sport. 

Improved sound quality 

Shokz’s new flagship sport headphones feature the brand’s ninth-generation bone-conduction technology with two added bass enhancers. With the trademarked TurboPitch technology Shokz claims the OpenRun Pros generate the best sound quality of any bone-conduction earphones ever, with a flatter frequency response curve making for a more balanced sound quality compared to the older OpenRuns, especially in the bass range.

Shokz says dual noise-cancelling technology provides privacy for music and calls (and also will not irritate other people).

Shokz OpenRun Pro

(Image credit: Shokz)

Longer battery life

The new OpenRun Pro gets a longer battery life of 10 hours (compared to the OpenRun’s eight hours) with up to 10 days standby. There’s also the option of a five-minute quick charge, which Shokz says provides 1.5 hours of usage.

Secure fit, designed for sport 

Shokz OpenRun Pro

(Image credit: Shokz)

With a lightweight, ergonomic design and weighing a claimed 29g, the Shokz OpenRun Pro headphones are designed to stay in place even for intense workouts. They have a flexible titanium band that’s engineered to fit all head shapes and sizes for a comfortable, reliable fit. 

Intuitive controls 

There's an enlarged button for easier controls, making it simpler to play/pause music, adjust the volume, answer calls or activate voice assistants. 

They have an IP55 water-resistant rating to protect from sweat, splashes and raindrops.

The wireless connection is via Bluetooth V5.1.

Finally, as with the older OpenRun headphones, there’s a two-year warranty

Shokz OpenRun Pro specs

  • Shokz TurboPitchTM technology for enhanced bass
  • Open-ear design (comfortable, situational awareness, hygiene) - situational awareness for safety 
  • 10 hours of music and calls
  • 5 min Quick Charge for 1.5 hours of listening time 
  • Dual noise cancelling microphone 
  • IP55 water resistant 
  • Price £159.95/$179.95

We have a set of Shokz OpenRun Pro that we'll be reviewing, so keep an eye out for our thoughts, and don't forget to check out our guide to the best headphones for cycling (opens in new tab).

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Simon Smythe is Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and has been in various roles at CW since 2003. His first job was as a sub editor following an MA in online journalism.


In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends a bit more time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.


What's in the stable? There's a Colnago Master Olympic, a Hotta TT700, an ex-Castorama lo-pro that was ridden in the 1993 Tour de France, a Pinarello Montello, an Independent Fabrication Club Racer, a Mercian Classic fixed winter bike and a renovated Roberts with a modern Campag groupset.


And the vital statistics:


Age: 53
Height: 178cm

Weight: 69kg