Australian T3 - - STATE OF THE ART -

Which of th­ese three track­ers is the best com­pan­ion for climb­ing and swim­ming?

Made from plas­tic en­cased in a rub­ber strap and body, the Garmin Vivos­mart HR+ is more rugged and durable than its two ri­vals here, both of which you would worry about if scram­bling up a moun­tain – es­pe­cially the del­i­cate Sam­sung.

But not the Garmin. It eas­ily sur­vives knocks, scratches and drops to the floor by clumsy jour­nal­ists. It’s also water-re­sis­tant to 50m, so few wor­ries in rain or the post-run shower. The Sam­sung is only good up to 1.5m for up to 30 min­utes, which is fine for short swim­ming ses­sions.

This isn’t the case with the Fit­bit. It’s not of­fi­cially water-re­sis­tant, although it did sur­vive when we for­got to take it off in the shower a few times.

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