It has become a social standard to wear smartwatches, fitness trackers or other apparel. Matthew Herbst scours the market to help you separate the good from the not-so-good.
If anything, you’re probably just as bored with Fitbits and fitness watches that curb your style. Why not take a different approach and invest in a pair of Under Armour Gemini 3 RE smart shoes. The sports apparel company has integrated a fitness tracker right into the soles of the shoes, meaning no more odd-looking fitness watches to record your fitness data. Being the most intelligent, if not the first Fitbit style trainers you’ll ever slip your feet into, they also boast an accelerometer to record running metrics and Bluetooth connectivity that saves it all to an app afterwards. Hit me up with a pair. At www.underarmour.co.uk from RO67.50.
HEAR ME OUT
Under Armour created a nifty bit of tech with audio experts JBL to build a set of in-ear Bluetooth headphones with a little twist. Together they created a heart rate monitor built-in with your tunes. And according to the public it’s all the rave right now. While we have seen this done before (Bose and Jabra also make in-ear sports headphones with an integrated heart-rate sensors) we can leave unto you to decide which is best, of course. Just bear in mind that this pair of UA Sport Wireless Heart Rate Headphones is able to connect to the company’s completely free Record platform through an app that lets you track workouts with exceptional detail. That’s not all, it also gives you audio updates for things like pace, distance, heart rate and heart-rate zones so you can improve on previous workouts. Enjoy. At www.jbl.com from RO67.50.
ON THE HEAD
Meet the Coros smart bicycle helmet, it’s pretty much everything a cyclist could possibly ever want from a bicycle helmet. Long gone are the days of risking your life wearing earphones while cruising the streets, because this bicycle helmet has bone-conducting earphones built in so that you can safely listen to music or GPS directions while on the road without blocking out background sounds. Even better, it tracks your mileage and if you have an accident, the built-in collision detection automatically sends your next of kin a message to alert them. Talk about safe. At www.coros.com from RO76.90.
There is no denying that the price might be a bit excessive for a pair of gym shorts, but Myontec aren’t just any shorts to be fair. It offers “the most comprehensive and advanced training system available” with its Mbody fitness-tracking hip-huggers. It’s specifically designed for cyclists, duathletes and triathletes, and collects combined muscle load with heart rate data, such as cadence, speed and distance, via its MCell Smart measuring tech. This tech measures the electrical activity of the muscles and is apparently the first of its kind to do so in real-time sports performance analysis. At shop.mbody.fi from RO365.74