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AURA – Hydration & Axtivity Band [Kickstarter]

I’ve mentioned the AURA Band a few times in passing so here is a little bit more information to whet your appetite. It’s currently a Kickstarter project (£13k raised vs £71k target as of 18/2/18) and has a nice focus on providing some key insights to certain types of people interested in a slightly deeper…

Changing Zones For Running Spartan

Suunto Spartan – HR Zones – New Feature Release

Today’s new SPARTAN firmware release is a combination of ‘meh’ and ‘oooh’. There are some general stability improvements and better connectivity. Some people experience issues when first connecting to the HR belts…that is addressed. So that’s definitely bug-fixed mehness. Then the firmware also introduces HR Zones on to the watch. This is no huge secret…

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Polar M600 HR Swimming ! – vs. Garmin HRM-Tri

Polar’s M600 is one of the few wrist-based oHR devices that will ‘properly’ support HR when swimming. By that I mean that there is a swimming mode AND the optical HR works in that mode. Other watches, such as the Garmin 235 (optical HR), have optical HR DISabled in swim mode. Of course it’s possible…

Garmin 735XT Optical ELEVATE

Apple Has Best Optical HR – err…… no it hasn't

A bizarrely scientific, yet incomplete, study by the Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic published through the American Medical Association  purports to show that the Apple Watch has the best accuracy of wrist-based optical HR. Or at least that is how it is being headlined by various tech publications on the internet. This is the first page:…

Fitbit Surge GPS HR

Review – Fitbit Surge – GPS and Optical HR Fitness Watch

Most reviews are based on the original 2015 unit. Things have moved on with improvements to the device’s software. Let’s see how the improvements stack up approaching Summer 2016. You can find a much more detailed review (here). But first I’ll try to position the product for you so you understand where it really sits.…

*NEW* Garmin Vivoactive HR

After the awful-looking VIVOSMART HR Garmin have just announced the confusingly similarly named VIVOACTIVE HR (not to be confused with the also-announced VIVOFITT 3) Don’t get the two err three (or is it two?) confused. The VIVOACTIVE HR ticks ALL the right boxes. GPS, optical HR (ELEVATE technology), many sports, proper activity tracking and a…