Aftershokz’ Openmove wireless, bone-conduction headphones allow you to listen to music or conduct a phone call while still being able to hear the world around you, specifically traffic.
That’s because the speakers sit against your cheekbones and work through vibration, leaving your ears uncovered.
The Openmove headphones boast an impressive specification: they’re Bluetooth 5.0, which connected rapidly to my smartphone, tablet, MP3 player and laptop, and they give voice notifications to tell you when they’re paired.
They will even connect to two sources at once; if one is your phone they’ll automatically cut this in when you receive a call. Battery life is good: I got close to six hours of podcast playback.
Sound quality is remarkably clear and a major improvement on earlier models (Aftershokz is now on its seventh generation of bone-conduction speakers). Volume levels are decent, too, making for great clarity at normal riding speeds.
They can become a little hard to hear when you’re riding above 25mph or descending at speed with rushing wind noise to deal with, but then in those conditions you’re hopefully concentrating more on riding than the ramblings of the BikeRadar podcast.
The volume buttons are located underneath the right-hand side of the headphones and, despite being very small, are easy enough to operate with ungloved hands.
A multi-function button is hidden in the outer of the left speaker. Here you can pause, play, answer/reject/end calls, skip tracks and even redial the last number called through various presses, holds and double clicks. There’s a bit of a learning curve but it quickly becomes second nature.
The Openmoves have proved pretty hardy so far, having been ridden in some heavy rain. They are rated IP55, meaning they’re resistant to sweat, water spray and dust particles but they’re not waterproof, so make sure you plug in the USB port cover before you set off.
They offer close to the performance of Aftershokz’ top-level Aeropex headphones at just under half the price, and come with a two-year warranty.