I like to be fashionable, plain and simple. And when it comes too accessories, especially fitness trackers there are a few guidelines you need to follow in order to make the right purchase and not just another impulse buy. It needs to be perfect for you. You want something that looks aesthetically pleasing, yet user-friendly and affordable. But you also want a fitness tracker that gives you relevant information based on your fitness needs, goals and active lifestyle. So what fitness tracker should you get?
A large part of CrossFit is metrics. Accurately being able to track your WODs and staying on pace for an EMOM is crucial to be a competitive athlete and can be difficult without the right fitness tracker. These days, there’s more than just the basic step tracker. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite fitness trackers, to find the perfect fit for you.
GARMIN - tactix Bravo
The Garmin tactix Bravo, is badass. If you're looking for an adventure full of adrenaline, love the outdoors, or you're working in the field then this Fitness tracker is exactly what you've been looking for. With a super rugged and durable design, the tactix Bravo includes jumpmaster activity, projected waypoints and a dual-format position format GPS Coordinate Data Page that supports MGRS, Degrees Minutes Seconds and more.
It records a GPS track log, creating a “bread crumb trail” as you move. It also allows you to mark locations, such as a start/finish line, course checkpoint or a campsite, vehicle or other points of interest. With tactix Bravo, you can create and follow courses as well.
Not only can you track advanced and basic fitness metrics such as VO2 Max and heart rate, but its multi-sport functionality includes an altimeter, barometer, and compass. Not to mention it's custom design face, where you can use any photo from your smartphone as the background. Whether it's a scenic view from your last epic hike, or you and your new kitten.BATTERY LIFE - up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 20 hours in GPS mode or up to 50 hours in UltraTrac™ battery saver mode
PRICE - $599
FITBIT - Alta
If you want accuracy and simplicity for a fair price, then the Fitbit Alta is the perfect complimentary piece.
With a comfortable and minimalist design the Fitbit Alta gives you the basic information you need; all day activity tracking, sleep metrics and built in call, text, and calendar alerts. Plus, you won't have to miss your rent payment with this one. If you want heart rate capabilities, you can upgrade for just an additional $20 to the Fitbit Alta HR
One of the biggest appeals to Alta, is the wide range of interchangeable straps, which can compliment any outfit for any occasion. But if you need more than just activity tracking, like GPS mapping for your neighborhood runs, or weekend hikes, you should probably go with something more robust.
BATTERY LIFE- Wear your wristband up to 5 full days and nights without needing a charge. PRICE - $129.95
NOKIA Steel HR
The Nokia Steel HR combines in depth analytics with a beautiful sleek design. Set to release Fall of 2017, Nokia's newest masterpiece has round the clock comprehensive activity tracking, which automatically recognizes walk, runs, swim, and sleep and delivers in-depth reporting right to your smartphone.
Not only does this beauty come packed with streamlined technology, but it also has a battery that lasts up to 25 days, and is water resistant up to a depth of 50m. For the price beautiful craftsmanship and fitness analytics, the Nokia Steel HR has my vote.
BATTERY LIFE: 25 Days
The Misfit Ray combines high tech, with hipster/outdoorsy street style, for the price of a pizza, beer and wings. And if you feel like the band just isn't your jam, it's completely interchangeable so you can design it to your own style and personality.
Besides having activity tracking basics like tracking steps, distance, calories, and sleep the coolest thing about the Misfit Ray, is that it has a smart button that can control household devices through Nest, and can even perform programmable IFTTT actions. Is the functionality really that valuable? I can't say. But based on looks alone, Misfit Ray is a great accessory piece.
BATTERY LIFE: Non-rechargeable 4 months
GARMIN - vívoactive® HR
If you want in-depth tracking for each and every activity that goes into your Metcon, the Garmin Vívoactive HR is one of the best fitness trackers on the market. Vívoactive displays comprehensive fitness metrics with built in multi-sport detection, including running, skiing, golfing, walking, swimming, and a GPS enabled cycling app. The golfing app includes access to over 40,000 course maps, while the GPS-enabled cycling app measures time, distance, speed and calories. It’s compatible with sensors, such as speed and cadence, to measure your progress on training rides as well as daily commutes.
The Garmin vívoactive HR, also helps you stay connected with calls, texts, and social media alerts and notifications. Additionally, it lets you control music on your phone, locate and control your camera. It's like an Apple Watch on steroids.
BATTERY LIFE: up to 8 days' battery life² in watch/activity tracking³ mode or up to 13 hours using GPS
SKAGEN - allsund
The Skagen Allsund is a bare bones beauty. Sleek and sexy, Allsund gives you Swedish design, with fitness functionality. If you want a fitness tracker, that provides activity basics and sleep monitoring, this is it. It doesn't come with all of the bells and whistles, but it's definitely the most fashionable for the price.
BATTERY LIFE - Replaceable
PRICE - $66.50