Father’s Day Gifts for Dad

Do you have an awesome Dad that you’d love to reward this Father’s Day with a gift that will surely make his day? Are you trying to shop smart and focus on a gift that will bring him joy and serve more than a single purpose? How about a gift that may help make his life easier?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, then I have the gift for you! Introducing, Aftershokz Headphones. The ultimate bone-conducting headphones that match up to any lifestyle.

AfterShokz for Dad!

Being an avid Aftershokz fan and user, I can tell you hands down these are the last pair of headphones I’ll ever buy. The headsets are made from quality materials that can withstand the use and abuse from daily active wear, as well as casual wear at home and in the office. With an impressive battery-life you can rest assure that you can enjoy your music, listen to an audiobook, and even take calls throughout an entire day on a single charge.

Aftershokz Aeropex

The Aftershokz Aeropex are the latest and greatest model on the market. Boasting increased battery performance and durable construction, these are a no-brainer for your active Dad. I have found that the Aeropex offer a cleaner and more crisp sound, attributed to the sleek design of the headphones and comfortable fit.

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The Aeropex headphones use a unique magnetic connection for charging and conveniently can be connected to any USB port. As an added bonus, the Aeropex comes with two (2) charging cables: I keep one charging cable in the office and one at home for ease of access.

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The Aeropex are durable, lightweight, and offer a sweatproof design that can hold up to almost every activity under the sun (or roof). I’ve worn my Aeropex on runs in the heat, in the rain, in the snow, basically year-round without any comprise to performance.

Read more about the Aeropex (and other models) here.

Aftershokz Air

The Air is the previous model year headset, that is slightly bulky compared to the Aeropex. However, despite the bulk, I’m willing to say that these are by far the most comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. The headsets boast amazing battery life, along with a sweat-proof design, and multi-pairing abilities so you can connection up to two (2) devices per headset. I enjoy pairing my phone as well as computer to my Trekz Airs.

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Did I mention comfort? I can wear the Air headset all day without any fatigue or knowing that they are there! Compared to the Aeropex, the sound quality isn’t as crisp, but the difference is negligible if you are looking for comfort. I use my Air’s to listen to music, take calls while at work, and listen to audiobooks on the go!

Best thing about the Air headset is that they charge via a micro USB cable, so you can conveniently charge your headset from any USB port. Your Air headset comes with a charging cable, soft carrying case, and earplugs for noise-cancelling use!

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Read more about the Air (and other models) here.

Join the #Shokzsquad and find out why Aftershokz make for a great Father’s Day gift! And while you are at it, take advantage of 20% off savings just in time to give Dad the gift of Aftershokz!

Review: Jaybird Run

It was just after one of my many lunch runs, a nice 5 mile out and back, that I realized I really (and I mean REALLY) hated my wired headphones. In fact, I hated my off the shelf pair so much that I stopped listening to music on my runs altogether.

First off, I hate having to carry my phone during a run.  More especially when the summer heat is blazing and my hands are sweaty and I seem to fumble around with which hand carries the phone and back again. So the initial decision to ditch the headphones was a no-brainer. Second, while exchanging my phone from hand to hand, the wire would always somehow get caught and mid-arm swing would rip one of the headphones out of my ear. I don’t have time for any of this.  That’s when I hit the interwebs.

Jaybird RUN headphones, “High-performance, truly wireless earbuds that combine a streamlined, ultra-comfortable fit with premium sound, our Run headphones also feature a lightweight, water-resistant design for passionate runners in pursuit of their limits.Source: Jaybird Website

I think we have a winner. I looked around the internet for deals and reviews on all wireless headphones to find a match for me – Jaybird was leading the pack.  On price, quality, and internet reviews, Jaybird seemed like a winner.  I ordered my pair and anxiously awaited their arrival.

The first impression right out of the box, the headphones were a perfect fit. In fact, I’m even willing to say the unboxing moment was kind of special, everything down to the instructions was spot on. I immediately put the headphones to use and went on a 5-mile run to test them out and put them through their paces.

I cycled power to the headphones, connected, and disconnect them from my iPhone, played with the settings, adjusted the fit, the list goes on – needless to say, I was extremely pleased with my purchase.  So pleased, I forgot all about my origin concerns like; How well will these stay in? How well do they actually work? Won’t my sweat cause them to fall out? To answer all of those, a simple trial by fire was the quickest way to address all of my concerns.

I read a few reviews complaining about sound cutting in and out – and I can say I experienced a little of that when my iPhone was located closest to the LEFT earbud.  Just for clarification, the instructions do mention that the RIGHT earbud is the master device and your phone or MP3 player should be located on the right side of your body while running. I can honestly say that other than that one specific moment, in the almost 3 months owning these headphones that was the only time I had any issues.

Another complaint I saw was while watching videos, specifically YouTube, there was a delay in the video and sound.  Basically, a sync delay most noticeable when someone is talking and the camera is focused on them, their voice doesn’t match the movements of their mouths or facial expressions. While I’ll agree that this is not acceptable, let’s face it, who is watching videos while running? I’m not buying these for leisure activities, I’m buying them for utilitarian purposes: Music during my runs. Aside from these two negative reviews I found, the general census among runners was extremely positive.

All-in-all, these Jaybird headphones are the perfect running buddy.

PROS:
Easy setup and connection
Customizable sound with the Jaybird App
Comfortable Fit
Sweat-proof and secured while running
Ideal battery life

CONS:
Slightly noise canceling, so talking to friends while running can be difficult
Phone or music device has to be closest to RIGHT earbud
Per the internet, not ideal for watching videos
Per the internet, intermittent connection lost between earbuds