The old wearable tech ‘look’ was never good. a big bulky watch that ruins almost every outfit? No thankyou! But, luckily, fashion tech is here to stay!
Gone are the bulky, black plastic smartwatches and in their place are fashionable accessories in a range of sizes, styles and finishes.
When you’re training, it’s nice to have a wearable that is light weight and chic, so here’s our top wearable picks for tech-loving fitness fashionistas.
Withings Steel HR
Hybrid smartwatches have a tendency to be a little light on hardcore fitness features, but not the Withings Steel HR. The top-notch heart rate monitor underneath the stainless steel case keeps tabs on your ticker 24/7 and chucks the data into the award-winning Withings Health Mate app.
And what’s more impressive is that the Steel HR still boasts a 25-day battery life, putting the likes of Fitbit to shame in both the design and longevity departments.
Steps, sleep and calories are all recorded accurately, and with a long press of the button the Steel HR jumps into running watch mode to track distance and heart rate zones – although with no GPS, it’s nowhere near a Garmin replacement.
The OLED screen placed at 12 o’clock can display fitness metrics and offer details on basic notification, and the internal dial at 6 o’clock shows progress towards your step goal. It’s the most fitness focused hybrid we’ve tested and still one of the best looking to wear around your wrist.
This affordable, fitness tracking bracelet blends in nicely with regular jewellery thanks to jewel tones, a sleek, open design and three different sizes to suit all wrists.
The unit itself also pops out to clip onto jackets, belts and pockets and the accompanying iPhone/Android app delivers motivational messages – known as Boosts – throughout the day.
It almost goes without saying that it also handles basics like tracking steps, calories, elevation and distance. Mira is made from stainless steel and is available in five subtle colours with cute names like Hot Chocolate and Polished Rosé All Day.
This has sold a ton already. It may have last year’s sensors and activity tracking features – aside from letting you set hourly micro goals – but the Alta is all about making fitness trackers stylish.
With a small OLED screen, the Luxe models include pink leather, graphite leather and stainless steel plus Tory Burch Alta bands are coming soon, hopefully similar to the lovely Flex accessories we’ve seen before.
Garmin Vivoactive HR
This everyday sports wearable blends fitness and sports features with reliable notifications in a reasonably priced package.
It’s not exactly a looker, but don’t let that put you off – the Vivoactive HR uses GPS to accurately track running, cycling and swimming with live pace and distances.
It’s not perfect – the screen is dull and the heart rate tracking can’t beat a chest strap – but as an easy to live with sports companion with access to Garmin Connect, this is a brilliant buy.
Tag Heuer Connected Watch
Let’s not beat around the bush, the Tag Heuer Connected is a beautiful smartwatch. How that Strava has given its app an update for Android Wear 2.0, letting it work on the watch independently.
For devices like the Tag Heuer Connected, which include built-in GPS and LTE, this means you can now track your runs and biking sessions without your smartphone.
You can buy one or finance online from stores like Peter Jackson the Jeweller if you can’t stomach the price tag all at once!
Finally, some wearables that look as good as they can make you feel! What are you fave wearables and why?
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