By Jeff Hahn
I’m a bit of a junkie for tracking workouts, and have read several blogs put out by big companies reviewing their capabilities. The funny thing is, most of them are simply glorified pedometers with an app that displays some information. Here is how they differ and why we sell the Polar Loop!
FitBit – at the time of writing this, there are 3 models available. FitBit Flex (wrist) $99.95, FitBit One (flash drive size for in pocket) $99.95 and FitBit Zip (belt clip on) $59.95. Here is a handy comparison page on their website: http://www.fitbit.com/comparison/trackers FitBit does a fine job of tracking steps and sending that info on to their website or app. The problem is it doesn’t do much for in-depth analysis of specific workouts, and is at best a guesstimate on actual calories burned. You can use their website to track other things like diet, but many features you need to pay an annual subscription for of $49.95/year. http://www.fitbit.com/premium/about FitBit is water resistant, not waterproof. If you plan on swimming, you should probably look for another product. https://help.fitbit.com/customer/portal/articles/1083828-i-washed-my-tracker Overall, the FitBit is one of the leaders in the category, but is somewhat limited if you want more detail such as heart rate! The best thing about FitBit is the ability to sync to most mobile devices, connect and compete with friends, and it plays well with other fitness apps.
Nike FuelBand – $169.95 or $149.95 depending on color – the best thing about this unit is it looks cool. These are unfortunately overpriced, need frequent charging, and talk in “Fuel Points” which is Nike’s own calculation – not a well known means of work like calories. It also is only water resistant, not waterproof – so swimming is not an option. http://support-en-us.nikeplus.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/20771/p/3169,3180 It also does not pair with a heart rate monitor for detailed workout tracking. If you want more from your workout tracker, there are better options out there.
Polar Loop – $109.95 – this is the one we carry in our store. Why? 1. It pairs with a bluetooth heart rate monitor (we sell the Polar H-7 strap). This gives you much more detail on the app and website so you can do a much better job getting accurate information into the database. 2. It is waterproof – so swim, shower, and wakeboard while wearing it. 3. Polar Flow app offers detailed information and links to your polar account for viewing online as well as social and friend competition options. https://flow.polar.com/#home If you just want the step tracking, $109.95 gets you started, and if you want to take it to the next level, add the H-7 strap for the ultimate package at just under $200.
Want to see it live before you buy? Drop by the store. I will show you my app, detailed info and help you get started!