So my FitBit Surge turned up a while ago and whilst it may have been the middle of April, it felt like Christmas! I don’t think I have ever been so excited to go for a run and now that I have purchased some Inov 8’s, I am all kitted out and have no excuses, not that I did before.
After merely 10 minutes of playing around with this wonderful bit of kit, it was clear that the user interface is incredibly easy to use and to navigate. To see any real time stat you simply slide right or left from your clock and continue to scroll to flick through all possible stats, of which there are 5. Steps, heart rate, distance covered, calories burned and floors climbed. To start recording any workout data just click your home button on the left of the watch, select your workout type and hit start, that’s it! I was now sufficiently familiarised with the watch and I had downloaded the app to both my phone and my laptop. Time to get on a plane and head to Australia to put this thing through its paces.
Some of you may know that I play Touch Rugby for England, I recently played at the 2015 Touch Rugby World Cup in Coff’s Harbour and used my 8 day acclimatisation period in Sydney to test my Surge. During this time the team had a series of trial games and training sessions, the perfect opportunity to test the Surge, hopefully not to destruction.
First training session down and the watch held its own. I used the real time feedback to monitor my heart rate and distance covered; this helped me quantify my effort levels during the training session. When I returned to our hotel I used the workout summary to review my stats in more detail. Some of the capabilities and presentable data include;
- GPS tracking
- Heart rate monitoring
- All day activity tracker
- Multi-sport summaries
- Text & call notifications
- Control music played from your phone
- Sleep monitoring & alarm
- Wireless syncing
- Food logging
- Share & compete with friends
Data Displayed During Workout:
- Heart rate
- Calorie burn
All this is presented in tables, graphs & charts to make the data easy to interpret. It can also be displayed over a period of time so that you can see your progression and improvement.
Transferring data is easy, just install the app to your phone and laptop, then whenever you have Bluetooth active and you are within a 20m radius, your watch and devices will automatically sync. Brilliant aye!
Price, it does cost £199.99 making it a reasonably substantial purchase, that being said what wearable tech isn’t.
But one thing you can definitely get on board with is the comfort. It is incredibly light and feels like silk. Before I had seen it in the flesh I thought it was made out of some sort of semi rigid plastic, but it is actually a very flexible rubber. The surface is smooth and very nice against your skin. The slots on the wrist band are also very close together allowing you to find the perfect tightness for your wrist. One thing I do not like however is the height that it stands off your wrist. It creates a catch which makes putting on and taking off upper body garments slightly difficult. It really is quite a pain. However it is a small price to pay for a wonderful insight into your daily activities, health and fitness levels. I’m just waiting for the day we can get this data by injecting a device under our skin. Some real Minority Report shit! Anyway a great bit of kit, I absolutely love it! I don’t want to say go out and buy it, as I haven’t tried any of the other fitness trackers out there but the Surge is pretty darn nifty!
If you have tried the FitBit or any of its competitors I would love to hear what you thought!
Get out there, get running and follow me, @HealthyJon
See you soon.
(Definitely tensing there)