I wrote in a previous blog about my use of multiple devices that reside on my wrist to track multiple things. I noted that one was close to winning my wrist and that was the Fitbit Surge, but they wouldn’t get that award until they linked with Strava and tracked my cycling. Well…Fitbit has done it. They gave me cycling tracking and earlier this month linked to Strava.
I tested going with one watch all week. I ran a total of 5 times for 20 miles (including one race) and got in a 20 mile ride today. The Fitbit Surge gets a solid A in my book. I get all my usual metrics like steps and stairs (which are a must), but now I don’t have to throw on a new device to get everything else. The first sync with Strava had a hiccup after my first run, but once I connected again everything ran smoothly. All I have to do is open the Fitbit app after working out and the sync takes care of everything. It’s fast and accurate linking with Strava.
The cycling today worked very well. I got 20 miles in and the stats were dead on. I liked being able to swipe and see all my stats easily while riding (same with running). Again, the sync after riding was easy and everything happened when I entered the app.
Three things I’d like to see improved. When running I like getting alerts when I hit my mile marks with my average. The Surge doesn’t do this and the lap function won’t work for me as I’m not going to hit the button on every mile. Overall not a big issue as I can swipe to average. Just would be a nice add down the road. My biggest concern is battery life when using GPS. This is an issue with all the watches as they will only last so long. With a full battery both times I did a run and a ride. After an hour the battery was at 50%. For training this is fine, but I’m concerned what will happen during a half marathon or a duathlon. I’ll have to test during training to see how far I can push it. The last thing would be making it waterproof. I’m not a big swimmer, yet, but I see the day coming where I’ll be in the water more.
In my book the Surge wins for what I need right now. I still love my TomTom, but it is now sitting on my desk as a solid backup because I never have to take my Fitbit Surge off…other than to charge it.
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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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