The Best Wearable Tech And Fitness Gadgets Of 2017
Sheena Lin | Jun 13, 2017
Topic category: Lifestyle

As technology becomes smaller, smarter and integrated into everything, wearing it has become a social standard. Whether it's smartwatches, fitness trackers or even apparel, the tech you can wear to keep tabs on your fitness levels is more popular than ever. Here are the best health and fitness gadgets you should consider adorning yourself with to help you stay fit, healthy and as techy as possible.

Withings Steel HR

Available for $179.95 (US) or £169.95 (UK), from Withings


The Steel HR is the ideal activity tracker for those that don't want to wear an obvious-looking smartwatch

If you want something that looks a little classier than your bog standard smartwatch, that also doesn't look like a smartwatch, then Withings is the company to check out. The firm specialises in smart devices that don’t necessarily look smart, but that’s the smart thing about them.

The Activité Steel HR edition is an elegant piece of wrist wear tracks steps, running, swimming, and sleep — automatically. It features an analog activity dial and synchronises with your smartphone, be it iOS or Android, for in-depth metrics that help you stay motivated. And with an up to one-month battery and water-resistance, you’ll feel like you never need to take it off to charge. A great, sophisticated wearable for those that want a little more elegant fitness tracker.

Fitbit Alta HR

Available from $149.95 (US) and £129.95 (UK), at FitBit


The FitBit Alta HR can not only measure your sleep but tell you what you need to do to improve it

Fitbit’s latest wrist-wear offering welcomes some impressive updates, such as a much slimmer design when compared to the Fitbit Charge 2, for example. However, the Alta HR isn’t just about measuring daily exercise. Its primary focus is measuring and improving sleep,working alongside fresh innovations called Sleep Stages and Sleep Insight, which the firm touts as “a new advance in sleep tracking tech”.

Developed with leading sleep experts from Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University and the University of Arizona, Sleep Stages is powered by Fitbit’s PurePulse heart rate technology, which analyses heart rate variability to estimate the amount of time you spend in light, deep and REM sleep, as well as time awake each night, to better understand your sleep quality. Sleep Insights then uses this data to provide personalized guidance on how to improve your sleep for better overall health.

JBL UA Sport Wireless Heart Rate Headphones

Available for $200 from JBL (US) or £169.99 from Currys (UK)

JBL Audio

The UA Sport Wireless Heart Rate Headphones connect to the company's completely free Record platform, an app that lets you track workouts with exceptional detail

Gym apparel brand Under Armour have enlisted the help of audio experts JBL to build a set of in-ear Bluetooth headphones with a twist: they have a heart rate monitor built-in, too. And guess what, they are absolutely fantastic.

While this is not a completely unique idea (Bose and Jabra also make in-ear sports headphones with an integrated heart-rate sensors), few sports headphones offer this feature, and even fewer do it well. However, the UA Sport Wireless Heart Rate Headphones can connect to the company's completely free Record platform, an app that lets you track workouts with exceptional detail. It also gives you audio updates for things like pace, distance, heart rate and heart-rate zones so you can improve on previous workouts. But best of all, the phones actually stay in your ear while you’re working out. Something I’ve had trouble with in the past with sports headphones. These buds are definitely worth paying the little extra for.

Myontec Mbody connected shorts

Available from €820.88 ($885, £711) at Myontech


Mbody is designed especially cyclists, duathletes and triathletes

Okay so the price might be a bit excessive for some gym shorts, but Myontec claims to offer “the most comprehensive and advanced training system available” with its Mbody fitness-tracking hip-huggers. These shorts aren’t just a run of the mill wearable, Mbody is designed especially cyclists, duathletes and triathletes by collecting combined muscle load with heart rate data, such as cadence, speed and distance, via its MCell Smart measuring tech.Available for iOS and Android devices, the Mbody shorts connect to the Mbody Live app on your mobile device via Bluetooth to give you your vitals but at the same time help you forget you’re wearing them thanks to their 3D elastic compression textile by Carvico Revolutional, which gives athletes comfort and freedom when in use.

Coros smart bicycle helmet

Available for $200 (£180) at Coros


The Linx helmet is the One For All remote of cycling helmets

Everything that a cyclist could possibly ever want from a bicycle helmet has been built into the Coros smart helmet. No longer do you have to risk your life wearing earphones while riding the streets, this bicycle helmet has bone-conducting earphones built in so you can safely listen to music or GPS directions while on the road without not blocking out background sounds. Better yet, it tracks your mileage and if you have an accident, the built-in collision detection automatically sends a loved one a message to alert them to a possible accident. A smart helmet that looks pretty smart, too.


Available from $99.99 at Zepp US or £99 at Zepp GB

Zepp Tech

Zepp creates wearables for your tennis racket or baseball bat

Zepp is a digital sports training device that is not worn by you but is instead worn by the sports instrument you are holding, or kicking. Each sensor specifically tracks stats in the game their playing, so for example, for the recently launched football sensor, it will track total kicks, sprints, distance, top speed and more.

The sensor also uses auto-clip technology to capture 10 second video highlights to provide overall insights into performance on the pitch. With the sensor, the user can see information about their game that was previously only available to the professionals. The sports tracker is available for tennis rackets, golf clubs, baseball bats and footballs.

Tom Tom Spark 3

Available from $129 at TomTom US or £119.99 at TomTom GB


The TomTom Spark's music storage feature means you don't need to bring your smartphone to the gym floor

With GPS, heart rate monitoring and timing tools all in one fitness tracker, the TomTom Spark 3 is an ideal wearable for those that don't want to fork out for an Apple Watch but are still looking to monitoring back in shape. Aimed at runners, cyclists and gym-goers fed up with taking their smartphones on the gym floor, the Spark 3 lets users track activity every sprint, stroll and step as well as see the total time, distance and the calories burned. But best of all, the Spark monitoring 3 features built in storage for songs and uses Bluetooth to sync to wireless earphones (included) so you don't have to take your phone with you when working out, giving you more freedom to move.

Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT

Available for £249.99 ($310) at Wahoo Fitness


Track everything about your two-wheeled ride with Wahoo

If you’re serious about cycling and want to keep a dedicated track your rides, Wahoo Fitness’ ELMENT is an ideal companion. It sits on your handlebars and thanks to built-in GPS, doesn’t rely on your phone to tell you where you are or which way to go. Like a satnav for bikes. It also features Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ dual-band technology to pair with various cycling sensors and heart rate monitors. A free companion app brings all this together, allowing you to set up your data fields, customise profiles, track performance, and share ride data.

Apple Watch (Series 2)

Available from $269 at Apple Store US or £269 at Apple Store UK


Apple's Watch Series 2 is one of the best all-rounders when it comes to wearable tech

Quite the obvious one, the Apple Watch (Series 2) is by far the most popular wearable out there right now. I mean come on, it's Apple. Of course it is. But that's not the only reason why it's in my best fitness gadgets list. The second edition of the Apple Watch is actually one of the best fitness trackers you can get your hands on today thanks to its updated features such as being completely waterproof up to 50 meters, ideal for tracking your swimming. It also has Built-in GPS, and a display that’s two times brighter than the last iteration. Full of features that help you stay active, motivated and connected, the Apple Watch is set to make anyone with an iPhone that more inclined to hit the pool or treadmill -even if it’s just to put its features to the test.

Lee Bell |Apr 3, 2017
FROM: Forbes
Tags: wearable, tech, fitbit, JBL, fitness, Apple, Apple watch
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