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Mojawa Run Plus bone conduction headphones review

With Bluetooth, built-in MP3 and waterproofing, these easy-to-wear earphones are ideal for land or water

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With many thinking traditional in-ear headphones are uncomfortable and unsafe when running, open-ear Bluetooth bone conduction headphones have emerged as a popular alternative in recent years. The new Mojawa Run Plus are a good example, with speakers sitting just in front of the ears and sending bass down cheekbones to the inner ear. However, the Mojawa Run Plus have something else that’s different about them – they can also be worn while swimming.

Mojawa Run Plus bone conduction headphones: design

Launched in July 2023 and priced at $139.99, these two-tone black, white, blue, or orange headphones have an IP68 rating, making them waterproof. They can safely be used 2m underwater for 2 hours. 

Designed with a flexible metal frame, the headphones house two downward-pointing transducers, offering a neckband-style fit. At a mere 28.6g, they’re as small and light as any on the market despite having a 150mAh battery (lasting eight hours) and a 32GB flash drive. Attach the Mojawa Run Plus to a USB slot via its proprietary magnetic induction cable, and it will recharge, but attach to a computer, and it will appear as a drive. You can then drag and drop MP3s – most likely podcasts – onto it. It also supports WAV, AAC, FLAC, M4A, and APE audio files. 

So, as well as playing music via Bluetooth from a smartphone, the Mojawa Run Plus can be pre-loaded with audio files for swimming (or for runs when you don’t want to take your phone). 

Mojawa Run Plus bone conduction headphones: performance

The Mojawa Run Plus Bone Conduction Headphones deliver excellent results, particularly in the bass department. Better still, the low-frequency sound doesn’t come with vibrations and the overall sound is rounded. In the pool, the Mojawa Run Plus work well, though you do have to use the included earbuds – simple corkscrew-style – to create a stable environment. Otherwise, the splashes of water in your ears ruin everything.

A button on one of the transducers can be used to do almost everything on the Mojawa Run Plus. It takes a while to learn a new language of single double and triple taps and holds, but it’s fairly intuitive, and we were able to operate the base functions within a few minutes. Our only issue was volume, which must be adjusted using a touchpad on the right-hand side. As well as being a little insensitive to touch, it maxes out too early. Why should a speaker that sits outside of your ears even have a volume limiter?

Mojawa Run Plus bone conduction headphones: verdict

The Mojawa Run Plus present a compelling option for active individuals seeking a safe and comfortable audio solution. With a long battery life, impressive bass performance, and waterproof design, the Mojawa Run Plus are an impressive all-rounder. We’re not too keen on the volume limitation and nor do we care for the proprietary charging cable – a nightmare for travelers – but for anyone who loves to listen to music and podcasts in safety while keeping active, and particularly when swimming – the Mojawa Run Plus are an excellent choice.