The perfect workout companions

 

There’s no going around the fact that wearable tech is now the new fad. From humble beginnings such as simple activity trackers to full on wrist-worn assistants capable of so much more, to fashion accessories too. But let’s go back to their humbler beginnings, when we would use them for the most basic yet important reasons in our day to day activities; Exercise. These days, fitness tracking can be done simply with a turn of the wrist. With all the necessary information you need regarding your workout and state of health available on your wrist. But not all fitness trackers were created equal, and today, we’re gonna take a look at 10 of the best fitness trackers you should have with you for your future workouts, today.

 

GARMIN FORERUNNER 645 GM-010-01863-80 SMARTWATCH

 The Forerunner 645 was the first Garmin to introduce music features, add on a slew of other useful features such as payment support, barometer/altimeter, activity tracking and many more. It is a proper performance smartwatch for runners and it shows in its abilities. Capable of providing data such as height elevation, cadence, stride length, ground contact time and balance, vertical oscillation and vertical ratio too, it packs one hell of a punch for runners. Throw in a convenient music streaming feature which allows you to sync and access your offline playlists from Spotify and it’s the perfect companion for your daily runs. And even if you’re not going for a run, it’s simple and stylish design makes it an incredibly versatile and handsome piece of kit too. Overall, it’s one of the best performance smartwatches money can buy these days and certainly one of the most versatile all-rounders as well.

Key features

  • Black IP stainless-steel case and rubber strap
  • Modern and timeless dive watch design
  • Faux patinated lume
  • Dependable and rugged solar movement
  • Sapphire Crystal

 

GARMIN VIVOACTIVE 4S SLATE & BLACK GM-010-02172-19 SMARTWATCH 

 

 The Vivoactive 4S is a sports focused smartwatch, developed to provide the benefits of quick access notifications and smart features along with a jack-of-all-trades sports tracking that supports up to 20 different activities. It’s also a watch that brings more than fitness smarts to your wrist. A clear upgrade to from the Vivoactive 3 and 4, it boasts a relatively reasonable trans-reflective display that is given a glossy screen, giving it a more stylish look and feel. It supports Garmin Pay, and Spotify and as you’d expect, is capable of having third party apps installed via Connect IQ. You will get a decent fitness tracking, and sleep tracking which is aided by the Pulse OX sensor that will deliver advanced sleep stages and information on your respiration as you sleep. Pretty hardcore stuff there. In terms of sports tracking, you get running, cycling, swimming, golfing, strength, cardio, elliptical, indoor rowing, yoga and many more. Overall, the Vivoactive is a great all-rounder, with better than average specs, especially at this price point and is certainly worthy of your consideration.

Key features

  • Black IP stainless-steel case and rubber strap
  • Modern and timeless dive watch design
  • Faux patinated lume
  • Dependable and rugged solar movement
  • Sapphire Crystal

 

GARMIN FENIX 6X PRO SOLAR TITANIUM GM-010-02157-5F SMARTWATCH

 

 The Fenix range is the pinnacle of Garmin’s line-up and the Fenix 6 series is undoubtedly one of the best sports smartwatches you can buy today. The fitness watch is built to tackle the great outdoors and look good doing it. Featuring modes to track hiking, climbing, cross country skiing, cycling, swimming, running, indoor workouts, triathlons, golf and much, much more. Water resistance rating is up to 10ATM, so it’ll easily survive laps in the pool with you. The model also features tracked metrics to the extreme, offering full insights for VO2 Max, race prediction, stress scores, training effect and training status. You don’t need to be an expert to know that these are seriously useful and meaningful data. Runners will absolutely adore the PacePro feature which uses a library of user generated GPS routes to help you pace your runs, even up and down hills. And for trekkers, the TOPO mapping feature allows you to see what’s around you, including major trails and navigate to points of interests right from your wrist. All in all, if you’re looking to get the best performance outdoors smartwatch, the Fenix 6X is gonna be your best option.

Key features

  • Black IP stainless-steel case and rubber strap
  • Modern and timeless dive watch design
  • Faux patinated lume
  • Dependable and rugged solar movement
  • Sapphire Crystal

 

GARMIN VENU SQ MUSIC GM-010-02426-83 MOSS/SLATE SMARTWATCH

 

 

 There’s no hiding what Garmin has its sights set on when developing the Venu SQ; The Apple Watch. What it essentially is, is a watered down Venu with all the features you’d come to expect but at a much lower price point. You do get (as the name suggests) music compatibility too, as well as a slew of trackers and GPS too. Pretty staple stuff from Garmin, and that’s not even a complaint. Running, cycling, swimming, heart monitors and many, many more are just some of the base features that this smartwatch is capable of. Add that with an incredibly user-friendly UI and what you have is an incredibly capable smartwatch at an ‘Apple-watch’ killing price of well under $400. Really, if you like the aesthetics of the Apple watch but want something a bit more affordable without compromising on the features, then the Garmin Venu SQ Music is certainly for you.  

Key features

  • Black IP stainless-steel case and rubber strap
  • Modern and timeless dive watch design
  • Faux patinated lume
  • Dependable and rugged solar movement
  • Sapphire Crystal

 

GARMIN FENIX 6S SAPPHIRE SHALE GRAY GM-010-02159-8P SMARTWATCH

 

 The Garmin Fenix 6a is part of the very strong line-up of flagship smartwatches from the brand and for good reason. It has an extremely premium finish to its materials; from the brushed bezel to the matte finished case, polished buttons and sapphire crystal screen, it also packs a punch with its wide array of features. Equipped with a heart-rate and pulse monitor, GPS, ABC Sensors, smart notifications, Garmin pay services, multi-satellite support and multi-sport watch OS, there will be almost no situation in your life where you won’t find this watch useful for. Of course, the design plays an equally significant factor in choosing this watch, it’s a proper good-looking piece of kit. With a shale gray vintage style leather strap paired against a gray case with a brushed gold bezel and sleek, unobtrusive buttons. The Fenix 6S  certainly looks the part of a flagship model, and with its features, it goes like one too. If you’re in the market for a high-performance smartwatch that not only packs a punch in its features, but looks fantastic too, then the Fenix 6S in shale gray is surely for you.

Key features

  • Black IP stainless-steel case and rubber strap
  • Modern and timeless dive watch design
  • Faux patinated lume
  • Dependable and rugged solar movement
  • Sapphire Crystal

 

GARMIN INSTINCT SOLAR CAMO EDITION GM-010-02293-56 LICHEN CAMO SMARTWATCH

 

 The Garmin Instinct Solar is a rugged sports smartwatch that shares a similar DNA with the Fenix range. Though the current Instinct has been given an update to be solar powered, that only means better news for hikers and outdoors types in terms of a more significant battery life and performance. The Instinct already provides many of the power-saving modes featured on the Fenix as well, making it an even more indispensable companion on your adventures. The Instinct is capable of tracking hiking, running, swimming, cycling, climbing, skiing and even boating along with other types of outdoor pursuits. Built to withstand the toughest of elements, the Instinct has all the usual functions you would come to expect from a high-end Garmin smartwatch. A GPS for plenty of mapping coverage, barometric altimeter to measure elevation when you’re climbing up mountains as well as a heart rate monitor and an oximeter. Which can be used to check elevation against blood oxygen on its new Acclimatisation widget. It should come as no surprise that this tough as nails outdoor smartwatch places a large emphasis on features that will come in incredibly handy when you’re trekking or hiking. If you’re looking for a rugged and dependable outdoors smartwatch, it’s hard to do better than the Instinct Solar.

Key features

  • Black IP stainless-steel case and rubber strap
  • Modern and timeless dive watch design
  • Faux patinated lume
  • Dependable and rugged solar movement
  • Sapphire Crystal

 

FITBIT VERSA 3 FB511GLNV-FRCJK MIDNIGHT/SOFT GOLD SMARTWATCH

 

 The Fitbit Versa 3, the latest of the Versa line-up is one of the best devices that the brand has to offer today. Parked in between the Versa 2 and the higher end Sense, it delivers all the useful features and functionalities of the Sense, less certain more advanced heart health and stress monitoring features. But at over $100, that’s not exactly a complaint. It’s certainly a strong value proposition, especially for android users, and with its strikingly good looks, is an incredibly versatile piece of kit too. The Versa 3 adds an integrated GPS as well as an SpO2 sensor to measure your blood oxygen level while you sleep and supports Fitbit’s Active Zone Minutes metric; Which accumulates the time you spent working out. Fully charged, the Versa 3 can last over 6 days, though this of course varies entirely based on your usage and settings. Overall, if you’re in the market for an affordable, functional and overall good looking fitness tracker that can be worn in most environments and situations, then the Fitbit Versa is definitely for you.

Key features

  • Black IP stainless-steel case and rubber strap
  • Modern and timeless dive watch design
  • Faux patinated lume
  • Dependable and rugged solar movement
  • Sapphire Crystal

 

FOSSIL CARLYLE FTW4025 GEN 5 SMARTWATCH

 

If you’re looking for a fitness smartwatch that is good looking and functional enough for you to use daily, then the Fossil Q Carlyle  is definitely for you. You’ll be getting the essentials that you’d expect from a device of this price, with Google Fit being the main app here. You’ll get a pedometer (step counter), movement minutes, and heart points too. It’ll also monitor your heart-rate in the background too and when sensing that you’re stressed, will guide you through breathing to destress yourself. It can track a lot of work outs too, though it will consume the battery life of the device if you do so, so that’s something you’ll want to take note off. Third party apps are available as well, if you want something more customizable. And apps like Nike Run Club, and Cardiogram do come pre-installed. Overall, it offers the essential health and fitness monitoring that any average consumer needs. Oh, and it also comes with quick release strap pins for ease of change, allowing you to easily swap the straps to match the activity/occasion. All in all, if you’re looking for a modern smartwatch that operates well and ticks enough boxes to be a stylish alternative to a traditional fitness tracker, then the Fossil Q Carlyle is certainly a strong contender.

Key features

  • Black IP stainless-steel case and rubber strap
  • Modern and timeless dive watch design
  • Faux patinated lume
  • Dependable and rugged solar movement
  • Sapphire Crystal

 

FITBIT INSPIRE 2 FB418BKBK-FRCJK BLACK FITNESS TRACKER

  

 The Fitbit Inspire 2 is a welcome upgrade to the Inspire; Fitbit's most affordable tracker. It’s a replacement to the Inspire and Inspire HR trackers that sticks to the formula and adds a handful of new features. It’s meant to be a 24/7 activity tracker with an added heart rate monitor to provide much more comprehensive sleep, workout stats and insights. It comes with an improved display which was the bane of previous models, and provides arguably the best battery life of any Fitbit device in the market currently. With a water resistance of up to 50m, it’s easily capable of accompanying you to a swim or a shower. Though it’s the features that you’ll be most interested in when it comes to a fitness tracker and for something this compact, it certainly doesn’t lack in that department. There’s a 3-axis accelerometer to track indoor and outdoor activities and an optical heartrate monitor too, allowing you to continuously monitor your heart rate during your work outs or sleep. There’s a connected GPS support available too, which allows you to use your phone’s GPS to accurately track your outdoor activities. You can also access your individual daily stats too, which includes things that you can manually enter too such as water intake and food tracking. Overall, the Inspire 2 is an incredibly well-rounded tracker that, justifies its slightly higher price well. And if that’s what you’re looking for, then its hard to do better than this.

Key features

  • Black IP stainless-steel case and rubber strap
  • Modern and timeless dive watch design
  • Faux patinated lume
  • Dependable and rugged solar movement
  • Sapphire Crystal

 

FITBIT CHARGE 4 SPECIAL EDITION GRANITE REFLECTIVE FB417BKGY WOVEN TRACKER

 Let us start by saying that the Fitbit Charge 4  is the most advanced fitness tracking band that the company makes. It possesses a potent mix of features that makes it an incredibly unique fitness tracker. The hardware is similar to the previous Charge 3, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s still a good-looking device that’s comfortable to wear, and there’re tons of aftermarket bands available too if you want to swap it out. The Charge 4 comes with an in-built GPS, step-counter and sleep tracker, blood oxygen tracker, Spotify controller for ease of controlling your music while you’re working out, work out tracking modes, oh and a hefty 7-day battery life too. The in-built GPS allows you to get your distance, speed, pace, time and heart rate too. Oh, and its worth pointing out that the previous Charge 3 required a phone with you for the GPS tracking, but for this, its good to go on its own. The accuracy of the heart rate monitor is solid as well, though at the highest intensity, like most optical monitors will as well; it’ll let you down on that department. Overall, it’s still a great tracker and a high performance one at that too, and if you’re looking for a specialized running tracker, then the Fitbit Charge 4 is certainly for you.

Key features

  • Black IP stainless-steel case and rubber strap
  • Modern and timeless dive watch design
  • Faux patinated lume
  • Dependable and rugged solar movement
  • Sapphire Crystal

 

Indispensable tools

Smartwatches and fitness trackers have become more than just an accessory to have whether you’re out and about or out for a run. They’re an incredibly useful devices that anyone who exercises should invest in. The information that they provide will allow you to keep track of your workouts, your health and also your fitness goals too. And it they can also make your workouts more productive too by allowing you to keep track of each session. As a whole, if you’re looking to up your fitness level, you should definitely look into one of these before you do.