Shokz OpenFit


The Shokz OpenFit do ship on that promise of larger sound in comparison with Shokz’s bone conduction headphones however the hanging ear hook design, steep value and battery efficiency means there’s room for enchancment.


  • Massive, customisable sound
  • Fast cost help
  • Simple to make use of companion app


  • Earhook design doesn’t at all times really feel tremendous safe
  • Contact controls throughout train
  • Picey

  • DirectPitchFires audio into ear

  • Dolphin Arc Ear HookErgonomic design that matches form of the ear


The Shokz OpenFit sees Shokz ditch its bone conduction strategy for an air conduction setup to ship greater open-ear sound by planting audio system in shut proximity to your ears to ship that sound.

Together with a change within the audio, it’s all change within the design division because it strikes away from its common neckband-style look.

These adjustments and promised audio enhancements make the OpenFit the priciest pair of headphones within the Shokz assortment. So do they justify the larger spend and do ship that strong Shokz efficiency? Right here’s my take.


The Shokz OpenFit are priced at £179 / $179.95 making them the most costly headphones in Shokz’s assortment and roughly £20 / $20 greater than its OpenRun Professional bone conduction headphones.

That does make them barely cheaper than air conduction headphones just like the Cleer Audio Arc II Sport (£199 / $199) however pricier than headphones just like the Soundpeat RunFree Lite and the Sivga SO1, which each are available effectively beneath the £100 / $100 value mark.

They’re additionally dearer than conventional sporty really wi-fi earbuds with ear hook designs which have impressed us just like the Soundcore Sport X10 and JBL Endurance Peak 3.


  • IP54 water resistance
  • Contact controls
  • Weigh beneath 9g (per earbud)

The OpenFit is a large departure from the standard Shokz headphone look, swapping a titanium alloy neckband body for a set of earhook earbuds that sit inside a charging case when not in use.

Every earbud weighs 8.3g, so heavier than a pair of Apple AirPods Professional 2 and makes use of what Shokz calls a Dolphin Arc earhook design, wrapping a versatile hook excessive of the ear to maintain it securely in place. These are hooked up to what are audio system that fireside sound in the direction of the ears. The earphones can be utilized independently as effectively.

It carries an IP54 water resistance score, giving them some safety towards sweat and rain. It isn’t the strongest degree of safety Shokz affords, but it surely does give a welcome degree of sturdiness. The accompanying USB-C-powered charging case doesn’t provide the identical degree of safety towards moisture, nonetheless.

Shokz OpenFit open case
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On high of these earbuds lie touchpads, which sees one other change from the bodily controls Shokz makes use of on its bone conduction headphones. These touchpads could be double tapped and pressed and held to activate options like skipping tracks, enjoying and pausing music in addition to lowering and rising quantity.

There’s additionally room for twin noise cancelling microphones to deal with calls which use AI noise cancellation expertise that, in keeping with Shokz, ship clear name high quality.

Sporting the OpenFit has been an attention-grabbing expertise. I’d say the overarching feeling is that it appears like the primary speaker part hangs close to the ear in precarious style. That’s fantastic when sitting down, however I discovered throughout extra rigorous and sweaty train I needed to alter the ear hooks and the earbuds as they felt like they had been shifting round. 

Shokz OpenFit worn by reviewer
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They by no means fell off, however the design creates the sense they could. It appears like there’s a difficulty with the load and stability of weight between earhook and the primary earbud component. I’ve tried different open ear speaker-style headphones earlier than just like the Cleer Arc they usually felt safer than the OpenFit.

The touchpad-based controls are among the higher built-in contact controls I’ve used on a set of earbuds. They’re easy to make use of and could be customised throughout the Shokz companion cellphone app. They’re not excellent when you’re on the transfer, however for many eventualities, when you be taught the candy spot, it’s good to regulate quantity or skip tracks. They’ll definitely have their irritating moments as effectively and that’s why bodily controls are typically nonetheless nice on headphones.


  • As much as 7 hours battery life
  • Fast cost mode
  • First rate name high quality

Regardless of being the most costly pair of Shokz headphones, they don’t promise the largest battery. Shokz says it’s best to rise up to 7 hours battery life, which is wanting the ten hours off a single cost from the OpenRun Professional. You will get a complete of 28 hours if you think about a totally charged charging case, plus a 5-minute cost will get you an hour of listening time.

What these battery numbers don’t illustrate is efficiency at totally different volumes or when utilizing extra highly effective EQ modes. I discovered an hour at near most quantity utilizing the Bass Enhance EQ mode noticed battery drop by 30-40%. That might equate to considerably lower than the claimed 7 hours battery.

Shokz OpenFit app

Quantity clearly has an impression because it does on Shokz’s bone conduction headphones, however EQ help drains issues additional primarily based on my testing. That makes the short cost mode an vital characteristic, the earphones sit securely inside a charging case that’s fairly pocket-friendly with an indicator mild to point out the quantity of battery left.

Dealing with calls is fairly strong on the entire, however very like bone conduction headphones, the quieter the surroundings the higher the efficiency. The AI smarts Shokz contains will profit these on the opposite finish of the decision, however when you’re utilizing them in louder environments they’re nonetheless going to endure for quantity.

Sound High quality

  • Massive sound with in-app EQ modes
  • Not essentially the most balanced presentation

Shokz calls the expertise that sit in shut proximity to your ears it its DirectPitch, which purpose to minimise the sort of sound leakage you get from bone conduction headphones, but additionally don’t block up the ears like conventional in-earphones. It’s not a brand new strategy, but it surely’s new to Shokz and claims to supply a balanced sound and greater bass efficiency.

That change in strategy brings the power to customize that sound from the Shokz companion app, which is offered for each iPhone and Android customers. I used the iPhone model, which retains issues easy and has a clear look that makes it good and simple to cope with. That is the place you’ll be able to choose from 4 totally different preset EQ modes or create your personal. 

Shokz OpenFit in hand
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Now I’d say Shokz delivers on that promise of larger sound, although I do suppose it comes on the expense of the extra balanced profile you get from its top-end bone conduction headphones. When utilizing them exterior, like different Shokz headphones, you typically must get them up loud to get the perfect out of them. It’s nonetheless about discovering a stability between your sound and noise round you, and it relies on how a lot sound you’re competing with. In the event you’re out on a quiet stroll it really works fairly effectively. Head out for a run in a busy a part of city, and it’s tougher to ship good outcomes.

I performed round with the entire EQ modes, and you will get one thing gratifying. Dropping into ‘Customary’ and ‘Bass Enhance’ modes on Large Assault’s Unfinished Sympathy and also you get that very noticeable thud of bass and basic upping of total heat that Shokz’s different headphones wrestle to ship. Although choosing the Bass Enhance mode is the place issues can sound rather less balanced and muddy, significantly on the high finish the place the mids and trebles are much less distinguished Erykah Badu’s On and On. 

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Tracks like The Avalanches Since I Left You’ve gotten a very pleasing high quality. Switching to one thing extra vocal-centric like London Grammar’s Losing My Younger Years and you’ll go for the vocal or treble enhance modes to clear issues up and total get good sound for many audio right here. You’ll simply must mess around and settle for you’re not going to get the sort of sound efficiency to rival typical true wi-fi earbuds.

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Must you purchase it?

You need earhook headphones with large sound: The OpenFit offers you Shokz headphones that provide a extra highly effective, bassy sound than its bone conduction headphones.

You need the perfect earhook headphones for train: The earhook design on the OpenFit for some workout routines makes them much less suited to some workout routines in comparison with Shokz’s neckband-style headphones and different conventional earhook sports activities headphones.

Last Ideas

The Shokz OpenFit is an attention-grabbing transfer from a headphone maker that’s already a well-liked selection for health followers and those that need a a lot safer method to take heed to audio. Finally although, the OpenFit feels costly and I’m not satisfied the earhook design is effectively constructed for all eventualities. Particularly ones which might be sweatier and extra rigorous.

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Can I pair the Shokz OpenFit with a number of gadgets?

The OpenFit don’t help Bluetooth multipoint, due to this fact they will solely be paired with one machine at a time.




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