I’m a geek and I’m a runner…both can be rewarding and expensive. I’ve had a number of watches and trackers over the past two years. All seem to work well, but don’t do everything you need them to do. On Saturday my Fitbit Surge arrived and I’ve been putting it through the paces (literally).
I’ll cut to the chase…this watch is great. As a loyal Fitbit user (helped me to lose 70+ pounds) it gives me something the other watches haven’t been able to in my step counts. It has the cool factor with the touch screen and it is very easy to use. It’s interesting to get alerts for texts and calls on your wrist. The GPS worked nicely on a 5 mile run on Sunday…I know for a fact it did as I wore two watches to make sure. Not only was the GPS dead on, but so was the heart rate…again two watches proved that. I ran on the gym track today and it did well there on the treadmill setting. I also like that it knows when I fall to sleep and when I wake up, no more setting or guessing. The changes to the app have been great also with the heart rate and activity added. The activity was important to me as a runner so I can get my stats. Everything I needed was right there and it was presented in a very user friendly way.
The one draw back is that it doesn’t sync with Strava yet. While I understand that Fitbit has their own app they need to share with running apps and it is my hope they will. I’m a power user of the Fitbit app and I’ll continue to be, but I don’t want to lose my Strava capabilities and as with other watches I’ve continued to use both apps all the time. I’ll continue to use two watches until there is integration with Strava…so if Fitbit wants to own my arm I hope they listen as I’ve got a really strong watch from TomTom that I like.
The Surge is a good watch, but could be a bit much for people that don’t run religiously or are going to go do hardcore activities they want all the stats for. The $250 mark is pricey, but for what you get it is well in line with the other running watches. The beauty of what Fitbit has done is they have models like the Charge and others that allow you to get what you want out of them at the price mark that makes sense.
Two thumbs up Fitbit…you’ve it a home run in my book. Now make it a grand slam and integrate it with Strava.
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