The AfterShokz OpenMove was recently launched in the Philippines from Digital Walker and Beyond the Box. OpenMove is AfterShokz’s entry-level bone conduction headphones but offers some of the features of the higher-end siblings.
Admittedly, this is the first time I’ve ever used a bone conduction headset and before we get to the meat of it all, I’m impressed and I get it.
Photos taken by Rianne Ronquillo
The OpenMove has a pretty simple rubber-coated titanium neckband and plastic ear hooks. The headphones are pretty light at 29g which makes them pretty easy to use throughout the day or even on a walk. Because of the rubberized texture, they have a good grip on them with just the right amount of clamping force on your head, both aren’t enough to be painful but they’re enough to keep them secure despite moving around.
I personally tried them as I went out for errands and initially, I was worried because it’s another thing that I’ll have hooked to my ears along with my glasses, face mask, and face shield (got to stay safe). The worry quickly faded though as I made it through my errands, I felt no strain at all on my ears or near my ears. In addition, they stayed on with no slippage at all despite how sweaty I was.
As it was my first bone conduction headphones, there was an initial phase of “Am I putting these on right?” but I soon found out that all I had to do was just follow the groove of the ear hooks until they sit comfortably on your ears and the earbuds rest on your head near your ears.