Can you recommend a fitness tracker/watch

andrewwillans49
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Re: Can you recommend a fitness tracker/watch

Postby andrewwillans49 » 22 Sep 2020, 6:14am

+1for Garmin Forerunner 45. £130 and excellent for recording heart rate, speed, distance, topography. Wireless synch to Garmin connect and Strava if you want that as well. I use mine ror walking, running, cycling and treadmill. Not keen on phone notifications whilst exercise ING as in the mode of the activity.

PaulS
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Re: Can you recommend a fitness tracker/watch

Postby PaulS » 25 Nov 2020, 3:16pm

I have a Polar M200. Battery only lasts about 4 hours so no good for those longer rides. Down to 3.5 hours in the cold. It is a good watch otherwise, and links with Polar and Strava on the computer easily.

ChrisP100
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Re: Can you recommend a fitness tracker/watch

Postby ChrisP100 » 25 Nov 2020, 3:42pm

Fitbit Inspire 2 HR are currently on sale on the Fitbit site for £59.99 https://www.fitbit.com/global/uk/products/trackers/inspire?sku=413LVLV

It has activity tracking and heart rate, plus sleep tracking and step counting. Easy set up with Android or IoS. Up to 5 day battery life.

Can be linked to your phones GPS also for distance tracking.

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Re: Can you recommend a fitness tracker/watch

Postby Bonefishblues » 25 Nov 2020, 4:39pm

PaulS wrote:I have a Polar M200. Battery only lasts about 4 hours so no good for those longer rides. Down to 3.5 hours in the cold.

That's a bit rubbish, surely?

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Re: Can you recommend a fitness tracker/watch

Postby Ride-sleep-repeat » 25 Nov 2020, 9:58pm

Garmin Forerunner 45 here too.Big improvement on my old Fitbit.For your money I think Garmin are a better bet throughout the range.I was one of those unlucky enough to purchase a Fitbit Ionic.The GPS at best is poor but usually nonexistent!This has been an ongoing issue since February and Fitbit seem to have washed their hands of it. For features and value for money Garmin win every time IMO!

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Re: Can you recommend a fitness tracker/watch

Postby PaulS » 27 Nov 2020, 11:36am

Bonefishblues wrote:That's a bit rubbish, surely?


I thought so too. I checked the manual (after I bought it) and it claims 6 hours, which is still not really enough. And those 6 hours will be with a new battery, in warm conditions. I should have done more homework. Shame, it is a good watch otherwise.

I checked the Garmin Forerunner 45, which claims up to 13 hours. That is better.
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Re: Can you recommend a fitness tracker/watch

Postby Bonefishblues » 27 Nov 2020, 11:43am

I think I am developing a bit of a thing about the lack of battery life on many (most?) so-called 'smart' devices!

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Re: Can you recommend a fitness tracker/watch

Postby PaulS » 27 Nov 2020, 6:18pm

Bonefishblues wrote:I think I am developing a bit of a thing about the lack of battery life on many (most?) so-called 'smart' devices!


Don't forget that the batteries deteriorate too. After 18 months they can be down to 60% capacity.

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Re: Can you recommend a fitness tracker/watch

Postby Bonefishblues » 27 Nov 2020, 6:45pm

PaulS wrote:
Bonefishblues wrote:I think I am developing a bit of a thing about the lack of battery life on many (most?) so-called 'smart' devices!


Don't forget that the batteries deteriorate too. After 18 months they can be down to 60% capacity.

That too is a bit rubbish :D