We've been lucky with Garmin. DW has a Vivofit and I've had a couple of those as well. The big attraction with them is the long battery life and no charging. Having said that, I currently wear a Fenix 3 HR and am well satisfied with it. I never take it off and with very little GPS use I normally get a over a week from a charge. Garmin just released a new group of the pricier ones like mine as well.. It all depends on what you want them to do. For some folks, a $10 pedometer would be fine, but gear heads like me are just compelled to spend money, so read the reviews and pick the features you want/need and have fun within your budget because you can spend just about as much or little as you want. Good luck!
Edited by: NITEMAN3D at: 5/25/2019 (02:54)
Dave A.- South Central PA, USA
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. - John Burroughs
Pounds lost: 93.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,318)
5/24/19 8:44 P
Many thanks for your insights! And good luck on your next race! (Long ago, I used to do marathons. My total lack of ability in the water pretty much ruled out Triathlons.) I'll have to research the Fitbit line of products...
I have a Fitbit Charge 3. I train for triathlons, so swim, bike, run, spin, walk, and lift weights.
After searching around for quite a while, that's the one I landed on for two main reasons: 1. It can handle swimming (in a general sort of way) 2. Price
It's reasonably priced compared to most of what's available for swimmers. It doesn't provide a lot of feedback in the moment beyond total time spent swimming, but it is reasonably accurate for tracking laps after the fact. I've never had a device before, so I'm used to keeping track of laps in my head, but other users have complained about this feature lack. As far as I know, it doesn't track open water swimming well at all.
It can handle tracking distance when running/biking as long as you are also carrying your phone (it links to the phone's gps), and agrees with my Strava to within 0.01 miles, typically. The nice part is you don't have to be able to interact with the phone, just have it on you physically, so I just put mine in a little waist pouch when I'm out running or biking.
I really like that it can get wet - I never have to worry about damaging it if I get caught in the rain or am sweating really heavily in spin class.
It seems to do a decent job tracking heart rate - it aligns with my chest strap heart rate monitor to within a few beats per minute. It doesn't interact with the spin bikes in my spin class, though, so I still have to wear a chest strap during class if I don't want to be constantly looking at my wrist. It can't track heart rate when swimming.
I haven't tried doing anything with the "Weights" activity tracking option, but taking a quick look, it seems to track time and heart rate.
I've really enjoyed my Fitbit for the last two months that I've had it, and found it to be a useful addition to tracking daily and intentional activity. I take it off at night because I did not find tracking sleep to be useful or helpful - the bright light of the display would wake me up at night, and I don't need a device to tell me whether I got a good night's sleep. I did track my sleep for a few weeks, just to baseline and see what it looked like, and it was pretty much what I expected (no sleep disorders, I go to sleep pretty easily and generally wake on my own before my alarm).
Edited by: ENGINEERMOM at: 5/24/2019 (14:46)
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My last tracker was a Garmin Forerunner purchased close to 10 years ago. It was optimized for running with its HR monitor and ability to track distance outdoors.
Currently not running due to weight. I walk, spin, and go to the gym to do weights. In the age of the SmartWatch (I've never had one of those), is there a tracker more suited to my situation? Fitbit? (Never had one of those either and don't know what they can do.)