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Listening to music during long repetitive or tough training sessions can really increase your motivation and help improve your performance. Whilst it's easy to listen to music in the gym, or even running or out on your bike, listening to high quality music while swimming is more of a challenge. But there is a solution! The Aftershokz Xtrainerz, launched in 2019 , are headphones designed to help you get more from your swim sessions. Thanks to our AfterShokz completely waterproof Mp3 player Xtrainerz you can listen to your favourite music in the pool or out in open water, and enjoy a even better sound quality underwater for up to 8-hour of playback.
Now that you have the world’s best swimming headphones with your AfterShokz Xtrainerz, we wanted to put together a quick guide on how to wear your Xtrainerz with a swim cap, goggles, and earplugs. We know how important the right fit is over the course of dozens of laps, and we’re here to help you get it just right.
For the purpose of this article, we’re assuming your kit includes swim training staples like Xtrainerz, a swim cap, goggles, and earplugs. Earplugs are optional, but they actually highlight one of the ways that Xtrainerz stands out among the underwater headphone competition.
Other waterproof headphones can cause infections and swimmer’s ear because swimmers are forced to plug their ears with the headphones themselves, rather than with proper earplugs or ear tips. Thanks to bone conduction technology you can use actual waterproof earplugs, rather than headphone earbuds which will properly keep water out of the ear canal and help prevent infection.
With Xtrainerz’ versatile open-ear design, swimmers can choose to leave their ears open, wear AfterShokz-provided earplugs, or wear other ear plugs of their choice. This flexible design allows users to swim and listen to underwater audio content while avoiding the discomfort and safety risks that have always been present with traditional waterproof headphones.
To achieve the most comfortable, sleek configuration, we definitely recommend putting your Xtrainerz music players on before anything else (Ok, swimsuit first, then Xtrainerz 😉). Your swim cap will go slightly over the ear rests of your Xtrainerz, so it’s best to get your headphones well-situated first.
Ears go under the crooks of the band (ear rests), and the transducers should rest on your cheekbones, just in front of your ear canals. The headband will wrap around the back of your head and some space between your head and the headband is normal.
Once you have your Xtrainerz pair of waterproof headphones on, it’s time to put on your swim cap. There are many different techniques for putting on a swim cap, and depending on how much hair you have, these techniques carry varying degrees of difficulty.
This video will walk you through how to put on a swim cap without pulling your hair—the instructor does a great job demonstrating the basics. Seams of the cap should be facing front/back, you’ll tuck your forehead in first and then stretch and shape the rest of the cap over the top and back of your head. From there you can tuck in any remaining hair.
We recommend tucking the top part of the Xtrainerz’ ear rests just underneath your swim cap, so the cap is covering just the tips of your ears (see the picture at the top of this post for an illustration).
Next, put your goggles on, adjusted to whatever tightness is comfortable and effective, but we recommend placing the rubber band of your goggles up on the top/back of the head and clearly above where your swim cap meets your Xtrainerz.
Lastly, we recommend you put your ear plugs in to block out the water and avoid swimmer’s ear. Using ear plugs is a personal preference, but we prefer to swim with proper ear plugs in place. You’ll also notice a slight volume bump when listening to music from wearing the Xtrainerz with ear plugs so if things get particularly splashy or wavy, you’ll still be able to rock those tunes and podcasts with great sound quality 😉.
* Be mindful that AfterShokz Xtrainerz has no Bluetooth connection
And if you haven’t yet snagged a pair or know someone who could take open-ear listening to new depths, grab your Xtrainerz here!
That’s it! You’re all set to dive in and bang out those laps and/or miles. If you’re loving your Xtrainerz or finding them to be a helpful swim buddy, please let us know on social @AfterShokz.
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