Shokz makes a variety of earbuds for sports enthusiasts, including both its OpenSwim and OpenRun models for swimmers and runners, respectively, as well as the OpenFit pair I recently reviewed that’s ideal for those who work out in a gym, run, or do other activities. At CES 2024, the company launched the OpenSwim Pro that, while most appealing to swimmers, is the model in the line that combines the best of features from the full line-up.
Shokz earbuds stand out thanks to the use of bone conduction technology. Rather than plug into your ears, they sit on your ears, some even around your neck, for a more comfortable fit. The OpenSwim Pro Bluetooth sports headphones also employ bone conduction technology with an ultra-lightweight frame and open-ear design.
They have a flexible nickel-titanium alloy frame with a soft silicone material and biofit design that Shokz says affords a secure fit, even with a swimming cap and goggles. But they aren’t just for swimming: you can wear them while running, cycling, working out in front of the TV or at the gym, or even for phone calls while working from home or at the office. Press a single button in the Shokz app to switch between Bluetooth streaming and MP3 listening modes. With the latter, you can load playlists into the 32GB storage space, which is enough to hold about 8,000 songs.
The OpenSwim Pros were devised based on the feedback from swimmers. They say they love the OpenSwim buds but have expressed a desire to be able to use Bluetooth outside of the water as well.
These earbuds are designed with Shokz’s PremiumPitch 2.0+ to produce clear sound, powerful volume, and rich bass, says the company. There are three EQ modes: swimming mode, vocal booster mode, and standard mode. When using them for phone calls, you can leverage the two mics and noise and echo cancellation.
OpenSwim Pro has an IP68 rating so they can be worn for up to two hours submerged in two metres of water. Expect up to nine hours of battery life and a quick charge feature. Transition seamlessly between products thanks to multipoint pairing and Bluetooth v5.3 for a quick and stable connection.
OpenSwim Pro will be available later this year. Have a look at them in our video from CES 2024.