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Shokz OpenRun Pro Bone Conduction Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Feb 21, 2022 at 09:34 am
Shokz OpenRun Pro Bone Conduction Picture
5.3
Neutral Sound
5.5
Commute/Travel
7.3
Sports/Fitness
5.7
Office
5.1
Wireless Gaming
4.9
Wired Gaming
5.7
Phone Calls
Type Bone Conduction
Enclosure Open-Back
Wireless Yes
Transducer Bone Conduction
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes

The Shokz OpenRun Pro Bone Conduction are the upgraded variant of the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction. Like their sibling, they use vibrations on your cheekbones rather than speakers to conduct sound, leaving your ears completely open so that you can hear your surroundings. The Pro model also has 'TurboPitch Technology', which aims to improve their bass reproduction. Like other bone conduction headphones, they still lack a thumpy, punchy sound, so tracks sound flat. This isn't much of a problem for vocals and lead instruments, which sound clear, accurate, and neutral. Overall, they don't look or sound like regular headphones. However, their sporty IP55 rating for dust and water resistance, stable plus comfortable fit make them a unique choice if you want to stay aware of your environment without sacrificing your audio.

Our Verdict

5.3 Neutral Sound

The Shokz OpenRun Pro are disappointing for neutral sound. These headphones reproduce sound by creating vibrations on your cheekbones, which travel to your inner ear. As a result, our testing rig can't adequately measure their performance. In real-life usage, they have a hard time reproducing a thumpy, rumbly bass and mixes sound flat. However, they do a significantly better job with the mid-range. Vocals and lead instruments sound, clear, accurate, and neutral. Their treble range is also fairly balanced and isn't too bright. However, due to their bone conduction design, they're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery if the transducers don't sit well on your cheekbones.

Pros
  • Stable, comfortable, and well-built design.
Cons
  • Prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
  • Really lack low-bass.
5.5 Commute/Travel

The Shokz OpenRun Pro are sub-par for commute and travel. They aren't designed for this purpose, as they don't block out any background sound, and they leak audio at high volumes. That said, they have a comfortable and stable fit, are well-built, and come with a hard carrying case to help protect them when you're on the go. They also deliver over 14 hours of continuous playback time, which easily lasts through long days on the go, and their low latency on iOS and Android devices makes them suitable for streaming video.

Pros
  • Stable, comfortable, and well-built design.
  • Over 14 hours of continuous playback time.
Cons
  • Don't block out any background noise.
  • Prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
  • Leak audio at high volumes.
7.3 Sports/Fitness

The Shokz OpenRun Pro are decent for sports and fitness. Thanks to their bone conductor design, you can stay aware of your surroundings during tough workouts in the park. They have a stable ear hook design, making it difficult for them to fall off your head, and a comfortable, lightweight fit. They're also well-built and are rated IP55 for dust and water resistance. However, you can't put these headphones into your pocket when you're not using them.

Pros
  • Stable, comfortable, and well-built design.
  • IP55 rating for dust and water resistance.
Cons
  • Prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
5.7 Office

The Shokz OpenRun Pro are a suitable choice for office use as they allow you to monitor your office space while still delivering your audio. Due to their design, they don't block out background noise, and they leak audio at high volumes, which can annoy others around you. However, they have a comfortable design, support multi-device pairing, and last over 14 hours continuously.

Pros
  • Supports multi-device pairing.
  • Stable, comfortable, and well-built design.
  • Over 14 hours of continuous playback time.
Cons
  • Don't block out any background noise.
  • Leak audio at high volumes.
5.1 Wireless Gaming

The Shokz OpenRun Pro are Bluetooth-only headphones. They're compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but their latency is too high for gaming.

4.9 Wired Gaming

The Shokz OpenRun Pro are Bluetooth-only headphones, and you can't use them wired.

5.7 Phone Calls

The Shokz OpenRun Pro are sub-par for phone calls. Their integrated mic has decent recording quality, ensuring that your voice sounds clear and natural to whoever you're talking to. That said, the mic struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise, so if you're calling from a busy street or office, speech can be drowned out. As these headphones don't enter or cover your ears at all, they won't block out any background noise, making it harder to hear your call well.

Pros
  • Decent recording quality.
Cons
  • Don't block out any background noise.
  • Prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
  • 5.3 Neutral Sound
  • 5.5 Commute/Travel
  • 7.3 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.7 Office
  • 5.1 Wireless Gaming
  • 4.9 Wired Gaming
  • 5.7 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Feb 21, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Feb 14, 2022: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Shokz OpenRun Pro come in two color variants: 'Blue' and 'Cosmic Black'. We tested the 'Black' variant, and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Shokz OpenRun Pro are the upgraded variant of the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction. Unlike the base model, these headphones have the manufacturer's 'TurboPitch Technology', which they advertise helps their bass reproduction. However, they still struggle to reproduce a thumpy, punchy bass, so tracks sound flat. That said, vocals and lead instruments are clear and accurate, making these headphones great for vocal-centric genres like podcasts. While these headphones are a suitable choice if you want to stay aware of your surroundings while you're listening to audio, if you're looking for headphones that can block out sound, consider more traditional in-ears like the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless.

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Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction

The Shokz OpenRun Pro are the upgraded variant of the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction. While both headphones are comfortable, the Pro come with a better hard case to protect the headphones when you're not using them. They can also reproduce a bit more bass, though it's still likely not enough if you're like thumpy genres like EDM and hip-hop. That said, their companion app offers a couple of EQ presets to help you adjust their sound. The OpenRun have a higher IP67 rating for dust and water resistance.

AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction

The Shokz OpenRun Pro Bone Conduction are the upgraded, next generation of the AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction. While both headphones are comfortable, the OpenRun Pro have a significantly better carrying case and better overall battery performance. They also have a companion app that offers two EQ presets. However, the Aeropex have a higher IP rating. 

AfterShokz Trekz Air Bone Conduction

The Shokz OpenRun Pro Bone Conduction are better bone conduction headphones than the AfterShokz Trekz Air Bone Conduction. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the OpenRun Pro have a longer-lasting continuous battery life, a companion app, and a better carrying case. They also support Bluetooth 5.1, and their mic delivers better overall performance.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are more versatile headphones than the Shokz OpenRun Pro Bone Conduction. The Apple are in-ears that are better-built, have higher total battery life, and have active noise cancelling, which blocks out a great amount of ambient noise around you. They also have an H1 chip for seamless pairing with your other Apple devices. However, you may prefer the Shokz if you want to stay aware of your surroundings while still hearing audio. They're bone conduction headphones, and they send vibrations along your cheekbone to your ears. While they don't block out background noise, they have longer continuous battery life and support multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected to your PC and smartphone at the same time.

Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless

The Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless are more versatile headphones than the Shokz OpenRun Pro Bone Conduction. While both headphones are comfortable, the Jaybird are in-ears with a significantly better noise isolation performance. They're better-built, have a more stable in-ear fit, and their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking. However, the Shokz are bone conduction headphones that allow you to monitor your environment while still listening to your audio. They have a somewhat better overall mic performance, longer-lasting continuous battery life, and they support multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected to your PC and smartphone at the same time.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless are more versatile headphones than the Shokz OpenRun Pro Bone Conduction. The Anker are in-ears with very consistent audio delivery, they can block out more ambient noise around you, and their sound profile is more customizable as their companion app has a graphic EQ and presets. In comparison, the Shokz are bone conduction headphones, and while they aren't able to reproduce a thumpy bass, they're more comfortable. By design, they don't block out ambient sound, but you may prefer this if you want to monitor your surroundings while jogging outdoors or working in a collaborative office.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type Bone Conduction
Enclosure Open-Back
Wireless Yes
Transducer Bone Conduction

The Shokz OpenRun Pro have a similar look to the AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction. They have a thin band that goes around the back of your ear and ear hooks to keep them stable. The transducers also sit on your cheekbones. These headphones come in two colors: 'Blue' and 'Cosmic Black'. Unlike the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction, they don't come in a mini version with a shorter headband.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.06 lbs
Clamping Force
0.3 lbs

The Shokz OpenRun Pro have a comfortable fit. They're lightweight headphones and don't enter your ear at all. That said, they put a small amount of pressure on the top of your ear, which creates a similar feeling to that of wearing glasses. It can also be uncomfortable if you're wearing these headphones and glasses at the same time.

6.8
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Presets + Voice Assistant

The Shokz OpenRun Pro have fair controls. There's a multi-function button on the left side that controls most audio-related playback. The right side of the headphones has a power plus volume up ('+') button and a volume down button ('-'). There are voice prompts to let you know when you've registered a command, and the buttons give clicky feedback. That said, some controls can be difficult to remember. When not connected to a device, you can press the '+' button to hear your current battery life. You can switch EQ modes by holding the '+' and '-' button at the same time while music is playing. If you want to pair them with more than one device at a time, you turn on multi-device pairing by holding the multi-function button and the '+' when in pairing mode until you hear a voice prompt.

Multi-function button:

  • Single press: Plays and pauses audio. Also answers calls.
  • Double press: Skips to the next track when you're listening to audio. If you're pairing the headphones, this switches the language of the voice prompts.
  • Triple press: Skips to the previous track when you're listening to audio.
  • Press and hold: Activates voice assistant when the headphones are on standby mode.

7.0
Design
Portability
L 5.1" (13.0 cm)
W 3.8" (9.7 cm)
H 1.9" (4.7 cm)
Volume 36.17 in³ (592.70 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

The Shokz OpenRun Pro are decently portable. While they have a somewhat rigid headband that can make them difficult to fold up if you want to put them in your pocket, they come with a hard carrying case to help protect them when you're on the go.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 5.9" (15.1 cm)
W 4.9" (12.4 cm)
H 2.3" (5.9 cm)
Volume 67.41 in³ (1,104.70 cm³)

The Shokz OpenRun Pro come with a great carrying case. It's lightweight, and unlike that of the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction, it has a zipper that fully closes the case. There's a space to store the headphones and a small band inside to store the charging cable.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Shokz OpenRun Pro have a good build quality. They're mostly made of a silicone material and have a sturdy, solid design, so they should survive a couple of accidental drops without taking too much damage. That said, their IP55 rating for dust and water resistance is a bit less protective than that of the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction, which are rated IP67.

7.5
Design
Stability

These headphones have good stability. Thanks to their ear hook design, they shouldn't move around much, even during intense physical exercise. However, there's room between your head and the neckband, which can get caught on clothing like a hood or collar.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Shokz OpenRun Pro headphones
  • Hard case
  • Proprietary charging cable
  • Elastic band
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-23.24 dB
Treble Amount
-4 dB

The Shokz OpenRun Pro are bone conduction headphones that use vibrations to produce sound. As a result, our testing rig can't measure their performance and the frequency response graph doesn't portray sound as a human ear hears it. That said, unlike the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction, they have 'TurboPitch Technology', which adds two bass enhancers around the transducers to help out their bass reproduction. However, while these enhancers help add a bit more punch to your mixes compared to other bone conduction headphones like the AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction, they still lack bass, meaning they won't be suitable for more thumpy genres like EDM and hip-hop. Their mid-range is very well-balanced, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear, accurate, and neutral. If you prefer a different sound, they have two EQ presets built-in: 'Standard', which is the default setting, and 'Vocal Booster', which improves vocal clarity.

Note: We normally test headphones at 90dB and 100dB. However, the Shokz OpenRun Pro can't reach these volumes on our dummy head. Even when we use the headphones on our own heads and measure their volume using in-ear microphones, they can't quite reach 90dB. Their max sound is 89dB, so testing was conducted at 79dB and 89dB. That said, their max volume is still very loud, and it's uncomfortable to use them at this volume as they vibrate a lot, which can numb your cheekbones during long listening sessions.

5.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.08 dB

Like the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction, the Shokz OpenRun Pro have sub-par frequency response consistency. They're very prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery as they use vibrations to produce audio. It's important to take the time to adjust their fit and positioning on your skin when you use them. Unfortunately, unlike other Shokz headphones, they don't come in a mini size if you find their fit too big.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
1.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
24.57 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
204.52 Hz
Low-Bass
-40.33 dB
Mid-Bass
-26.44 dB
High-Bass
-6.45 dB

Unlike the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction, these headphones have 'TurboPitch Technology', which adds two bass enhancers around the transducers to help out their bass reproduction. However, they still lack a lot of bass. More bass-heavy songs like Blinding Lights from the Weeknd lack thump, rumble, and punch. While these headphones won't be bassy enough for genres like EDM and hip-hop, they're still suitable for more vocal-centric content like podcasts.

9.1
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.22 dB
Low-Mid
-0.25 dB
Mid-Mid
0.22 dB
High-Mid
-0.47 dB

The Shokz OpenRun Pro have outstanding mid accuracy. Mitski's voice in The Only Heartbreaker is clear, present, and accurate, while the crooning acoustic guitar in Orville Peck's C'mon Baby Cry sounds natural.

4.5
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
7.71 dB
Low-Treble
-2.12 dB
Mid-Treble
-9.67 dB
High-Treble
-18.04 dB

The Shokz OpenRun Pro's treble accuracy is poor. However, the range isn't as recessed as the graph shows. Vocals and lead instruments are a little veiled, but they're still fairly present in mixes. For example, sibilants like Brian Eno's synthesizer in The Big Ship have rounded edges, so they sound gentle, not dull.

5.5
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
3.18 dB
Dips
2.58 dB

The Shokz OpenRun Pro produce sound via vibrations on your bones, and our testing rig can't properly measure their frequency response. That said, as these headphones struggle to reproduce bass, it doesn't appear to be many peaks and dips in this range. However, there's a peak in the treble range, making sibilants like hi-hats sharp and piercing.

3.5
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
2.73
Weighted Phase Mismatch
240.9
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.89
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
3.77

The Shokz OpenRun Pro are bone-conducting headphones, and our testing rig isn't designed to test them. Since they use vibrations to reproduce sound, fit has a major impact on how to perceive their imaging performance. Overall, the L/R drivers seem to be well-matched in frequency. However, like the Shokz OpenRun Bone Conduction, the left driver outputs a slightly higher volume than the right. However, this can be hard to hear in real-life content. Imaging can vary between units and can indicate a manufacturer's quality control and ergonomics.

8.0
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
1.99 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.71 dB
PRTF Distance
21.08 dB
Openness
9.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.8

Our testing rig can't accurately measure the Shokz OpenRun Pro's passive soundstage. They produce sound via vibrations that travel along your cheekbones to your inner ear. Their transducers also sit outside and away from your ear. As a result, their soundstage seems open. Although the measurements suggest an out-of-head soundstage, subjectively, audio is perceived as coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
4.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
2.238
WHD @ 100
0.839

The Shokz OpenRun Pro have a poor weighted harmonic distortion performance. If you like to crank up the volume to your favorite tunes, the transducers vibrate a lot, which becomes uncomfortable as it numbs your cheekbones. However, they aren't meant to be used at very high volumes as they add background audio to your normal sound environment. It's unlikely that you'll use these headphones at a high volume like this.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
v4.07
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 44.1kHz
EQ
Standard
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the Shokz OpenRun Pro. Our results are only valid when using these settings.

Isolation
0.8
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-0.79 dB
Noise Cancelling No
Bass
-0.17 dB
Mid
-0.87 dB
Treble
-1.41 dB

The Shokz OpenRun Pro have a bad noise isolation performance. Since they don't cover your ear, they won't block out any sound. You may even prefer this design if you're exercising outside and want to stay aware of your surroundings. However, they won't block out any of the low rumble of bus engines, ambient chatter, or more high-pitched noise like the hum of an AC unit.

5.8
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
46 dB

The leakage performance of these headphones is sub-par. They leak a lot of audio at high volumes, so if you're using them in a quiet space, people around you can hear it.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
Mic Yes
7.3
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
160 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.26 dB
HFE
4,902.93 Hz
Weighted THD
0.47
Gain
1.6 dB

The Shokz OpenRun Pro's integrated mic has a decent recording quality. Your voice sounds clear and natural. However, your voice lacks depth and body. When you're connected via your phone, the mic's recording quality is also similar.

6.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
22.81 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
6.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
6.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The integrated mic has mediocre noise handling. When connected via PC, your voice can be drowned out by moderate noise like traffic from an open window. If you're using your phone, the mic does a similarly passable job of separating your voice from pink noise and a marginally better job when it comes to subway noise.

Active Features
7.4
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
14.2 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
14.2 hrs
Charge Time
0.8 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port Proprietary

The Shokz OpenRun Pro have a decent battery performance. They're advertised to last 10 hours continuously, and we measured over 14 hours, which is common in other Shokz headphones we've tested. That said, battery life can vary depending on how you use the headphones and what volume you listen to audio. They have a standby mode to help conserve battery life when you're not using them. On the downside, they use a proprietary charging cable, so if you lose or misplace it, you'll need to buy a new one.

7.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Shokz
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
Yes
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The Shokz app is decent. It has two EQ presets that you can use to adjust their sound: 'Standard', which is the default setting, and 'Vocal EQ', which improves vocal clarity. Using the app, you can see the battery life, control media playback alongside volume, switch the voice prompt language, and turn on and off multi-point pairing. You can also update the firmware and switch the app language.

Connectivity
8.5
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.1
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
290.35 ft (88.50 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
229 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
59 ms
Android Latency
107 ms

The Shokz OpenRun Pro have excellent Bluetooth connectivity. You can pair them with your smartphone and PC at the same time. They also have low latency on iOS and Android devices, which is great if you're streaming video. However, they have much higher latency on iOS devices, so your audio and visuals are not completely in sync. Some apps and devices compensate for latency, though.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These headphones are Bluetooth-only. You can't use them wired, and they come with a proprietary cable to charge the headphones.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

The Shokz Open Run Pro have full audio and visual compatibility when wirelessly connected to Bluetooth-enabled PCs. However, they can't connect to PCs in any other way.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

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