Shokz OpenRun Pro wireless headphones review - an iterative improvement to an already great model range

Now utilizing the ninth generation of bone conduction technology, the OpenRun Pro boasts fast charging and an impressive 10-hour battery life

Male cyclist wearing the Shokz OpenRun Pro wireless headphones
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

High quality sound making everything from Central Cee to Slipknot clear and enjoyable when riding in all but the windiest conditions. A fast charge and incredible battery life makes these headphones almost perfect for cyclists.

Reasons to buy
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    10 hours of battery life means they stay charged for the longest of rides

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    High quality sound

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    Bone conduction means you'll stay aware of your surroundings while riding

Reasons to avoid
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    Very windy conditions make quieter songs and podcasts harder to hear

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Bone conduction technology works by vibrating sound waves through your face into your eardrums. This differs from normal headphones which are essentially mini speakers placed in your ears. This makes them ideal for cyclists (and other outdoor sport enthusiasts) that want music or podcasts but need to remain aware of their surroundings, as it leaves your ears free to listen for cars. 

The Shokz OpenRun Pro headphones are the ninth generation of bone conducting technology and it’s now refined to the point where there’s sound quality parity between bone conduction headphones and regular ones. Designed for a busy endurance athlete, with a long battery life and quick charging making these a high quality, low hassle product, we take a look at how these stack up against the best headphones for cycling with sound

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Tom Epton
Freelance writer

Tom Epton is a freelance writer and data scientist. Originally training as a scientist after completing his studies in physics he realised that cycling was what he wanted to spend his life thinking about. Now he works with manufacturers, athletes and teams using cutting edge data science methods to find performance gains. Tom writes primarily about sport-science and tech!