BATTLE! – Fitbit Surge vs Garmin Vívoactive vs Polar M400

Have you decided to make 2015 the year that you train for that 5K?  Are you an avid cyclist and finally want to add an Activity Tracker to your arsenal of cycle computers and pedal sensors?  Or are you just an average person who wants to get a bit more serious about your fitness program?  In this comparative review I’ll look deeper into the pros/cons of three different devices for a wide spectrum of potential users. Time for another epic BATTLE, and in this go-round we’re testing the Fitbit Surge versus Garmin Vìvoactive versus Polar M400.

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QUICK COMPARISON: Fitbit Surge versus Polar M400

Here is my quick take comparison on the Fitbit Surge versus Polar M400 fitness tracking devices.

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BATTLE! – Wahoo Fitness TICKR RUN Heart Rate Monitor vs Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor + Polar Stride Sensor

There was a time before smart phones where you had to carry around your address book, your daily planner, and if you needed it, your camera.  Now you can have all of that and more in the palm of your hand, thanks to a desire by consumers for converged devices which we rightfully call smart phones.

This same evolution is quickly happening in the health & fitness technology sub-sector.  Not only do we expect our existing smart phones to work as health-recording devices, we’re also beginning to expect more from the more basic sensors that have been around for years.  But is it possible for something as simple as the good ol’ chest-strap heart rate monitor to accurately record extra data, such as stride and running form?  Let’s find out!

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Making SENSE of my workout SENSORS (Activity, Speed, Cadence, and Heart Rate)

Last installment I wrote an article that compared data collected by heart rate monitors to activity tracking devices.  This time on the soap box I shift gears slightly, and take a look at how all of these various devices that I’ve been adding to my workout can help monitor and improve my health.  Let’s try to make sense of all these sensors!

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BATTLE! – Fitbit Force vs Polar Loop

New gadgets typically arrive just in time for  holiday season shoppers.  This benefited me nicely during my recent purchase of the Fitbit Force, which came to market around the same time as the  JAWBONE UP24.  While those two companies have had wristband activity trackers for some time, there is a new guy in town who wants a piece of the action.  Say hello to the Polar Loop Activity Tracker.  Let’s put it into BATTLE with my Fitbit Force and see how it does!

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