The Apple Watch Series 8 provides an affordable fitness tracking experience. Its comprehensive fitness tracking capabilities include daily activity monitoring, sleep and recovery insights as well as an ECG app designed to monitor atrial fibrillation.
The Coros Apex is an ideal multisport athlete companion, offering comprehensive support for an array of activities and an impressive battery life. However, its use requires a monthly subscription.
1. Garmin Forerunner 745
Garmin Forerunner 745 was created for runners and triathletes who require comprehensive training functions on-the-go, like GPS tracking, on-device music playback and contactless payments along with preloaded activity profiles for cycling and pool swimming. A polymer case offers sleek form factor while five physical buttons offer one of the easiest user interfaces for controlling its extensive feature set.
The watch uses GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellite networks to track distance, pace and time. A wrist-based heart rate monitor provides more comfortable running experiences; swim workouts are now also supported; advanced features like Body Battery Metric and Stress Tracking complete its offerings; additionally it estimates your VO2 max – an important metric of fitness levels.
2. Garmin Fenix 7
Garmin’s Fenix 7 range made its long-awaited return at the start of this year after what seemed like an eternity (in reality it had only been less than three years), offering runners both advanced training features and day-to-day tools for running. There are cycling profiles for road, mountain and cyclocross cycling and GPS tracking that takes into account terrain incline/decline for more accurate exertion estimates; sleep monitoring functions as well as stress scores are provided – plus Sapphire edition watches provide additional space for music storage!
Upgrades include a Visual Race Predictor that generates trending graphs of predicted 5K, 10K and half marathon times using data from your history and fitness level. There are also upgraded training tools that make recovery simpler to comprehend such as Real-Time Stamina and Training Load Estimator.
3. Fitbit Charge 3
The Charge 3 fitness tracker is an exceptional fitness tracker that seamlessly bridges the gap between basic tracking features and full smartwatch features. Incorporating guided breathing sessions, NFC support for Fitbit Pay, 5ATM water resistance that records swims and women’s health dashboard that helps track menstrual cycles – this device offers all-round fitness tracking excellence!
OLED display is larger than its counterpart on the Charge 2, providing time, steps, heart rate and distance traveled on most selectable watch faces. When swiped up you can view daily fitness goals including sleep hours, active minutes and stairs climbed.
Battery life was excellent; I managed to achieve approximately one week of fitness-tracking and notifications on one charge. Furthermore, this device features sleep and alarm modes and works with numerous accessories, such as classic bands available in black, periwinkle, blue and gray for $30 each.
4. Withings Steel HR Sport
The Steel HR Sport from Withings is among the first fitness trackers since Nokia abandoned them earlier this year and gave the business back under co-founder Eric Carreel’s control. Packed full of new features – from connected GPS to VO2 Max estimation – this fitness tracker serves as an indicator for one’s level of fitness and can serve as a benchmark against which one measures progress over time.
The Sport features an analog watch face with a circular alert screen indicating your step goal progress and a secondary dial displaying activity progress towards set activity targets. When starting activities by long pressing one of its single buttons, five predefined activities and an “other” option can be selected before being customized in the app are offered as options to get moving.
5. Huawei Watch Fit 2
Huawei has packed many features into this nimble fitness tracker from Huawei, such as 97 training modes such as outdoor walk, indoor run and pool swim – plus customizable main workout screen displays to your specifications.
It also integrates training plans from its GT Runner watch, provides animated pre-run and post-run warm ups/stretches, as well as a route back feature which uses GPS mapping technology to map out your route back home.
Huawei Health app also lets you upload data to third-party applications like Strava for sharing of data between devices, so it can track heart rate, SpO2 levels, stress and skin temperature monitoring as well as reading it out directly from skin temperature sensor.