By now, you may have tuned out the fitness tracker phenomenon that has taken over the active community. Traditional fitness trackers aside, we’ve put together a list of some of the latest, greatest, and upcoming fitness trackers that are worth considering.
Flyfit Smart Ankle Tracker
Wrist-based fitness trackers are over. At least, that’s the trend that Flyfit is hoping to disrupt with their ankle band fitness tracker. Flyfit claims that wearing the tracker on your ankle allows for greater accuracy by tracking your leg movement which allows it to differentiate between steps, stairs, cycling and swimming activities. If you enjoy competing against your friends (we know; you do), there’s also an option to sync workouts with them even if you’re not physically with them.
Zoom Waterproof HR Wearable
Perhaps one of the most versatile fitness trackers out there, Zoom is a small pod that can be worn in a variety of ways depending on your activity, tracking your heart rate throughout the day. Rather than simply giving you a summary of data, Zoom actively tracks your HR and vibrates to let you know if you’ve gone outside your prescribed zone. There are at least four options for wearing the zoom pod—in your swimming cap (they claim it’s the most accurate way to track your HR in the pool), on your smartphone armband, on your forearm, or on your wrist. Interested? Check them out on Kickstarter to become a backer for this project.
Moov is more than a fitness tracker that tells you how many steps you’ve taken or calories you’ve burned. Moov tracks your body’s movement in 3D and also coaches you in real time for a variety of sports and activities to help you reach your goals. For example, the Moov coach may tell you to switch the gear on your bike while riding up a particularly challenging hill, or it might tell you to lengthen your stride while you’re running. It is also waterproof which means it can track your activity in the pool as well. Moov can be worn on your wrist or your ankle.
The highly anticipated Microsoft Band has the look and feel of a classic fitness tracker, with the power of a smartwatch (when paired with your smartphone). In terms of fitness, it tracks your heart rate and daily activities like steps, calories burned and sleep quality. Its generous (for its size) colour touch screen also allows you to receive text, calendar reminders, Facebook and Twitter notifications. The latest Microsoft Band is available for pre-order on their website.
Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smartwatch
Leave it to the Swiss to create a sexy smart watch that is exponentially more expensive than the majority of other fitness trackers out there. The watch face features—wait for it—Helvetica as a nod to the iconic font that can be seen everywhere in Switzerland. It also looks much more like a traditional watch than it does an activity tracker. Smart technology built inside the watch allows it to do the important things like track your daily activity and monitor your sleep. You can even use the watch as an alarm in the morning that will wake you up during the lightest phase of sleep. If exclusivity is your thing, only 1957 (the year the Helvetica font was introduced) watches will be produced, and each watch comes with its unique number engraved on the side.
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