Fitness band review: fitbit surge

surge with bikeI wanted to do a really quick post about my relatively new toy, the fitbit surge. I have tried out a few fitness type apps and gadgets along with my bike over the past few years as I’ve battled with my weight and like all tech geeks whenever a new one appears I get all excited over it and then decide it wasn’t quite what I was expecting.

My most recent acquisition is the fitbit surge. It has GPS tracking so can be used to track bike rides, where as other gadgets I’ve tried haven’t had that option so I’ve tended to use a combination of gadgets and apps to get the overall picture.

So what does the fitbit surge do?

Like most of these wearable tech things it is a pedometer, it also has a built in heart rate monitor so you can track heart rate and zones while you exercise and it all syncs with a phone app so you can see details about how many calories you’ve burned, steps taken, minutes active etc.

It’s a general purpose gadget for encouraging lazy folk like me to make a bit more effort.

I’ve been wearing it everyday for a few months now and using it to track my cycling and so far I’ve been quite impressed. It’s absolutely not a training tool for serious cyclists, more for folk who cycle to try to get fit or lose weight as the stats you get are not super fancy. I’ve found however that not having to use a heart rate monitor to get my calories burned and then plug that into an app with my food diary and then have that all syncing with a cycling app is a good thing. I’m now just using the fitbit app and I’m finding I like the joined up nature of it.

I know that the built in heart rate monitor will not be as accurate as the chest strap but for me the convenience wins out.

I’m happy too with how accurate the GPS seems to be, and the calorie count seem to be on par with most of the other gadgets and apps I’ve tried.

Would I change anything design wise or feature wise?

More of an annoyance than anything else but it’s quite big. I have smallish wrists and hands and this is quite a big smart watch, there’s no way to make it look elegant.

huge surge
Also of I was being really picky, I wanted the tangerine coloured one but couldn’t get one anywhere. But I’m just being super picky.

If there is one feature I think could improve it though, the Garmin version of the fitness band alerts you when you’ve been inactive for too long. The fitbit doesn’t do that which is a shame. I found that a really handy tool for people like me who sit at a desk all day.

Apart from that though, I’m really happy.

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