We've got the best wearables of 2016 for marathoners, triathletes, gym rats, CrossFit bros, and everyone in between.
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First, a hard truth: Buying a fitness tracker won’t make you one bit fitter—only using it correctly will. A tracker is merely an unusually powerful tool that can help you better understand your body so you can crush your workouts and max your recovery. Therefore, as with any tool, you need the right one to handle the job. Think of it this way: The wrong tracker won’t improve your 5K time or up your PR any more than a screwdriver will drive nails.
Measures heart rate, heart-rate variability, accelerometry, skin conductivity, and temperature up to 100 times per second and tells you how much you’ve strained yourself and how well you’ve recovered from each effort. Though it arrives this fall, NBA superstar LeBron James used the Whoop last season.
It comes with a wealth of tools for recording and analyzing training sessions—including a Training Load feature that helps you compare workout strain from running versus swimming versus biking. It also sports a robust suite of recovery tools that keeps it all in check until you hit the starting line fresh.
This hiking watch keeps track of your wildest treks and offers 24-hour activity tracking. The Traverse’s superaccurate altimeter and pinpoint GPS (with a staggering 100 hours of battery life) should keep you safe. If you do get lost, you can follow the digital “breadcrumb trail” back home.
This little lifting partner guides you step-by-step through a workout (even counting reps) and recognizes 50-plus of your favorite lifts and body-weight exercises if you’re freestyling. It then analyzes your form and tracks progress toward getting big. The only thing it won’t do is spot you.
With its notifications and productivity tools, you can schmooze clients on the squash court without missing notes from HQ. Plus, it has the Stand Reminder. The Watch’s overreliance on a nearby iPhone makes it hugely useful for upwardly mobile execs.
Fitbit’s massive popularity means you’ll be able to compete with friends to be more active the moment you strap on the Charge HR. Soon you’ll be doubling up on workouts and, with activity detecting and 24/7 heart rate, capturing every last step and calorie. For its price, it might be the best all-around fitness tracker.
The Gear Fit2 has GPS for endurance athletes, a barometer for counting stairs climbed, 24-hour heart-rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and smartwatch-style notifications. But what really sets it apart from the field is 4GB of internal storage for your favorite jams. Pair it with Bluetooth earbuds and no more iPhone armbands.
Weight weenies will love the 735XT, whose diminutive size belies its powerful running feature set. It tracks cadence, ground contact time, and vertical oscillation and has a VO2 max estimator and race predictor. Plus, its 24-hour activity tracking analyzes your entire life.