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Which fitness tracker should I get DP?

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Rufus27 Sat 15-Apr-17 20:10:37

Am hoping to get DP a fitness tracker for a special birthday, but am at a loss as to which to buy. If I give you a bit of context, please could you advise?

- Main sport is squash, but also likes swimming (indoors) and sometimes cycles
- Would like one that records data for swimming (lap times etc)
- I want it to have GPS and a built in heart rate monitor (not a chest strap)
- Unlike me, he's v tech savvy
- He has quite large wrists
- Wants to improve/monitor his general fitness.

Would really appreciate any must buys (or must not buys). Two that seem to have good reviews are the Garmin Vivo Active HR and the
Tom Tom Spark Cardio. Any comments on these? Are they worth the money?


Freshprincess Sat 15-Apr-17 20:12:22

No advice, but I'm currently mulling over the same thing, but for running, so I'm marking place for info.

Rufus27 Sun 16-Apr-17 19:05:06

Can anyone help me and Princess (I dont feel so guilty bumping now I know someone else is watching the thread as well!). If no one answers our call, I will have to think of some clever way to turn this into an AIBU grin

I'm in a fitness group on FB and the swimmers all tend to use the Garmin. I've got a Fitbit as I rarely swim.

InMemoryOfSleep Sun 16-Apr-17 19:16:45

I got my DH the Garmin Vivoactive for Christmas and he absolutely loves it. He never wore a watch previously and this has converted him, looks pretty smart and not too bulky (especially if your DP has got big wrists). He uses it for running, cycling, and indoor swimming, and it's great for all. I looked at loads, and yes this is one of the most expensive but I chose it because of the GPS and also that it can be used in the water. Definitely recommend!

BigBlockofCheese Sun 16-Apr-17 19:17:41

I've currently got the garmin which was a replacement for a tomtom touch so this won't be an exact comparison but I much prefer the garmin. It's one of the few to be fully waterproof not just splash proof and basic things like it has an alarm so I can be woken just by a discrete vibration on my wrist so it doesn't disturb my baby/dh. With the Tom Tom I had it kept needing to be plugged into the computer for system updates whereas the garmin can be fully run through an app on your phone. Neither gets my sleep spot on, but on the garmin I can easily adjust the sleep/wake time (so it doesnt record me mooching on the sofa in the evening as sleep) which I couldn't do on the TT. Garmin is pretty bulky for me but on a big bloke will look fine.

BigBlockofCheese Sun 16-Apr-17 19:19:11

Sorry for lack of paras etc. Typing one handed while feeding

Rufus27 Sun 16-Apr-17 19:38:56

The Garmin it will be - thanks so much all three of you. BigBlock impressed you even responded. I'm still at the stage of being covered in milk/hair yanked even when I use two hands to feed, let alone one!

BareFacedKitty Mon 17-Apr-17 18:44:31

Depending on how much you want to spend, the garmin fenix 3 would fit the bill perfectly. I can highly recommend!

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