These Shokz Headphones Are a ‘Game Changer’ for Runners and Cyclists—Now They’re on a Rare Sale for a Limited Time


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Wireless headphones and sports earbuds are everywhere, but there’s no mistaking Shokz for another brand. Formerly known as AfterShokz, the brand’s headphones rest on your cheekbones, not in your ears. They use what’s known as bone conduction to transmit sound, allowing you to listen to music or podcasts while running or cycling without sacrificing situational awareness.

Typically $130, Shokz OpenRun Headphones are now on sale for a limited time at REI for $100—a 23% discount. These running headphones have earned more than 1,800 five-star ratings from customers who use them for everything from trail running to simply doing chores around the house, making them the No. 1 bestselling pair of headphones on the site. It’s currently a better price than what’s available on Amazon, but this deal ends on March 31. 

Shokz OpenRun Headphones in Black, $100 (was $130) at REI

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The headphones boast an IP67 rating, keeping them safe from dust, sweat, splashes, and even submersion, though they’re not designed for swimming. The eight-hour battery life isn’t mind-blowing, but it’s more than enough for all but the longest runs and rides, and the quick-charge feature lets you top off in minutes. Plus, the microphones make it easy to make calls, and the onboard volume controls can be used for easy adjustments without having to reach for your phone.

Studies have shown music can enhance workouts, which is why running and biking to your favorite upbeat song can make you feel like you’re in the middle of a Rocky training montage. But sometimes that cinematic feeling collides with the real world, which is rife with ambling pedestrians and, more importantly, inattentive drivers. By leaving your ears uncovered, Shokz OpenRun lets you enjoy your favorite music or podcast while still being able to hear the world around you. 

Shokz OpenRun Headphones in Red, $100 (was $130) at REI

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Shoppers were impressed with the performance of the headphones, particularly for running and cycling, with one calling them “a game changer on my runs,” adding, “They are so easy to use, have great sound quality, and I love being aware of environmental sounds as well.” Likewise, a cyclist wrote, “I also love using them while I ride my bicycle. I can hear traffic and any oncoming noise while still being able to hear my music.”

The comfort and lightweight construction were major selling points as well, with one shopper calling them “so comfortable you forget you have them on till you need them,” and others echoing that sentiment. 

At 0.9 ounces, they won’t weigh you down. One shopper called them “comfortable and lightweight,” while another said the “headset is comfortable and light so I have never had issues with needing to adjust mid-run.”

If you’re a runner or cyclist who loves music but has taken to leaving your earbuds at home for safety reasons, the Shokz OpenRun Headphones are something you may love. They’re on a rare sale right now at REI, and you can save $30 on all four of the color options. But this sale ends on March 31, so act fast. 

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