TECH FOR FITNESS FREAKS
These fitness gadgets will help you monitor your workouts and keep you on track, write Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson and Rod Chester
CHARGE 2 FITBIT
Revamping your best-selling device can be a dangerous task but Fitbit has added useful features to its second Charge fitness tracker. For starters, the OLED screen on the Charge 2 is significantly bigger and more useful, letting users see several vital statistics at a glance and read incoming text messages. It also delivers enough room for guided breathing sessions, two or five minutes in length, to lower your heart rate and stress level. The second Charge will also rate your VO2 Max as a more accurate fitness measurement, though you have to delve into the app to find it. Sleep, staircase, and automatic exercise tracking also feature.
$248 / HARVEYNORMAN.COM.AU VIVOACTIVE HR GARMIN
This sits somewhere in the middle ground between an advanced running watch and a basic activity tracker. It has GPS to measure your pace and distance on a run, cycle, swim or a host of other sports, but you can’t program interval runs or get advance running data. It’s water-resistant to 50m and has 13 hours of battery life with GPS on.
$399 / GARMIN.COM.AU SERIES 2 APPLE
The second-generation Apple Watch has built-in GPS and is water-resistant to 50m, making it a more complete exercise watch. The combination of the new operating system and faster chip means you no longer have to wait long for apps to open. You can expect about five hours of battery life when using GPS, and the Watch uses a combination of stored data and surrounding Wi-Fi networks to identify its position, eliminating GPS delay.
FROM $539 / APPLE.COM/AU SPARTAN ULTRA SUUNTO
Suunto watches have always been powerful and robust, but with this range Suunto has improved the way you navigate through menus with both buttons and a touchscreen, got rid of the satellite antenna bump that is in the Ambit range and added a “heat map” in the app to help you discover new routes. It doesn’t have a wrist-based heart-rate sensor but it is water-resistant to 100m, designed to work with more than 80 sports, and has a battery life of up to 26 hours in training mode. Suunto has already added a few features through software updates with more updates to come. It’s modern, powerful and shows a lot of promise.
$930 / SUUNTO.COM/SPARTAN
BIGGER OLED SCREEN, AUTOMATIC EXERCISE TRACKING