Review – Naenka Runner Diver2 Bone Conduction Open Ear Headphones

Naenka Runner Diver2 Bone Conduction Headphones
Bone conduction headphones are a game-changer for cyclists and runners; allowing you to listen to your tunes or podcast, while still being aware of your surroundings and ambient warning sounds. The technology also allows you to use the headphones for swimming; so you can listen to music underwater as you tackle your pool set or open water swim.

I have used a variety of bone conduction headphones over the last ten years, but the Naenka Runner Diver2 offers a unique combination approach: with a Bluetooth connection to your phone and the ability to use the headphones as a standalone MP3 player with 32GB of storage; this is ideal for times when you don’t want to take your phone with you on a run, or when you are swimming and you cannot have your phone nearby.

The build quality and presentation of the Naenka Runner Diver2 headphones is instantly impressive; with a soft silicone outer, three-layer waterproof construction, and a neat magnetic transfer/charging cable connection. Battery credentials are also impressive: with a 180mAh battery promising 10 hours of usage at 60% volume; recharging in just 1.5 hours using the supplied USB cable.

The Naenka Runner Diver2 are also comfortable to wear and listen to. The wrap-around band holds everything firmly in place, and the soft silicone sits against the cheekbone to transmit the micro-vibrations that allow you to listen to your music. A 16mm dynamic vibrator speaker pumps out a good volume, bass and treble; allowing you to enjoy a variety of music at a high quality level.

Sound leakage is a significant problem with bone conduction headphones, but the Naenka seems to perform okay in this regard, with a relatively low level of noise loss except at the highest volumes.

In use, the Naenka is a strong performer. The three function buttons allow you to do all the usual switching between tracks, adjusting volume, answering calls, etc. Then, a triple click on the function button allows you to change to MP3 mode and leave your phone behind. It's worth noting that Bluetooth connection rarely works underwater, so you need to switch to MP3-only mode for swimming and switch off the Bluetooth on your phone; otherwise, you will get frequent connection drops. 32GB is a vast number of songs, and transferring to the unit is easy; simply drag and drop them across to the device on your laptop.

Robust, well-designed and strong performing; the Naenka Runner Diver2 is a great combination approach of Bluetooth bone conduction headphones and MP3 swimming headphones in one.

>> Use the code 'Headphones' to get 15% off at naenka.com

Naenka Runner Diver2 Bone Conduction Headphones

Naenka Runner Diver2 Bone Conduction Headphones

Disclaimer: Naenka provided a pair of headphones for test and review


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