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Fitness trackers


Postby Veryhappybunny » Thu Jul 15, 2021 9:27 am

Hi
Can anyone recommend a fitness tracker that measures distance and height climbed?

I have a Fitbit Charge 3, which has been great, but recently the display has become so dim to be barely readable, even inside, and impossible out in the sun. I bought it 2.5 years ago, so it is out of warranty and Fitbit have offered 30% off a new one, which would still mean spending about £80. (I have tried all the fixes Fitbit suggest can sometimes help with this).

Is there anything else worth getting instead, with decent battery and not costing more than about £80? I have an iPhone, but may change that to Android, so ideally something that works with either.
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Re: Fitness trackers

Postby ScotFinn65 » Thu Jul 15, 2021 12:34 pm

To be honest, for distance and altitude etc. I would recommend to forget fitness trackers and go with a Garmin or Suunto Sports watch.

I recently got a Garmin Instinct Solar and very happy with it. The solar version does not add functionality, so you can save about 100 by getting the non-solar version.

It will have all the functions you need and is compatible with the phones.
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Re: Fitness trackers

Postby davekeiller » Thu Jul 15, 2021 7:00 pm

Distance and altitude is the difficult bit.
Distance can be crudely estimated from number of steps, but to be accurate requires GPS which both increases cost and shortens battery life.
Height gained can be calculated from GPS, but barometric altimeters are probably more accurate, further increasing costs.

In short, I don't think you'll find what you're looking for in the £80 price bracket.
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Re: Fitness trackers

Postby AyrshireAlps » Thu Jul 15, 2021 9:44 pm

Look out for a second hand Garmin forerunner 45, or vivoactive 3.
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Re: Fitness trackers

Postby jupe1407 » Thu Jul 15, 2021 11:53 pm

I got a Polar Vantage watch last year and I've found it to be pretty accurate (the first few walks I used the mapping on here to check distance and ascent and it was pretty much spot on). I spent about £100 on it. I haven't trusted Fitbits since my old one used to say I'd burned 500 cals walking 0.7 miles to work.

If you end up using the your phone to track using Strava, don't rely on it. Weirdly Strava tracks cycling almost perfectly, but massively over and underestimates walking distances.
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Re: Fitness trackers

Postby Veryhappybunny » Sat Jul 17, 2021 2:34 pm

Many thanks all, I guessed I might be looking for the impossible as a new buy!
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Re: Fitness trackers

Postby cruachan06 » Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:57 pm

I've got a TomTom Runner 2 (discontinued, TomTom have exited the market) and whilst it's great for running/cycling/gym it's not ideal for walking in my (admittedly limited) experience. Battery life just makes a 3-4hour walk, although could probably last a day if I didn't use the bluetooth headphones for music, and it would be a lot better if there were seperate modes for running and walking in my opinion.
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Re: Fitness trackers

Postby beany_bot » Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:07 am

I just record my walk on my phone to Strava. Gives me all that info and doesnt kill the battery to be fair.
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Re: Fitness trackers

Postby jaykayemm » Thu Jul 22, 2021 4:54 pm

I have a Garmin Instinct (not Solar) and it does everything I need or ever wanted, the Solar version was just selected by TGO magazine as the best GPS watch.
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Re: Fitness trackers

Postby iain_atkinson_1986 » Thu Jul 22, 2021 10:20 pm

jaykayemm wrote:I have a Garmin Instinct (not Solar) and it does everything I need or ever wanted, the Solar version was just selected by TGO magazine as the best GPS watch.


+1 for the Garmin Instinct. I would buy the Solar version if I had to get a new one.
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Re: Fitness trackers

Postby WalkWithWallace » Fri Jul 23, 2021 7:48 am

iain_atkinson_1986 wrote:
jaykayemm wrote:I have a Garmin Instinct (not Solar) and it does everything I need or ever wanted, the Solar version was just selected by TGO magazine as the best GPS watch.


+1 for the Garmin Instinct. I would buy the Solar version if I had to get a new one.


+2. I've got the Solar version. It's a cracking watch, does everything I want it to do. 8)
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