Author: Sandra Vogel

Acer Liquid Leap review

The Liquid leap is Acer’s first wearable wrist band. It is designed to provide you with the three basics of any wristband these days – activity tracking, sleep monitoring and smartphone notifications. At £79 it is a reasonably affordable choice. Has Acer made a good first stab at this market? Design-wise Acer has not done too bad a job. The Liquid Leap is available in both black and white versions at present with other colours due to come through in the not too distant future. The white one I was sent is pretty nice to look at.  There’s a...

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Suunto Ambit3 Sport Sapphire is designed for women

Suunto has launched the Suunto Ambit3 Sport Sapphire, a premium sports watch in the Suunto Connected Family with Ambit3. The design has been inspired by feedback from hundreds of women. The Ambit3 Sport Sapphire monitors your daily activity, checking how many calories you’ve burned for the day and showing your daily average for the week. With the free Suunto Movescount App (currently available for iPhone, and for Android in March 2015), you can get notifications sent directly to the Ambit3 Sport Sapphire. A glance at your wrist is all it takes to see who is texting or calling. There’s...

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Helly Hansen Active Flow half zip review

I’m a huge fan of Helly Hansen base layers. They’ve seen me through many a sub zero orienteering competition, and I’ve also worn them to keep warm on long walks in rough terrain, and when doing less strenuous activity like gardening. They’re reliable, durable and excellent value for money. The latest line in Helly Hansen base layers is the Active Flow. It includes tops and leggings, and the tops come in a range of styles and designs. They all incorporate Helly’s new Lifa Flow technology – designed to wick moisture away from your body as quickly as possible. There...

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Jawbone UP MOVE takes on Misfit Shine

Jawbone has announced a new entry level activity tracker, the UP MOVE which tracks daily steps and can be worn in bed to track both hours slept and sleep quality. It is designed to be worn in different ways including on the wrist or on clothing such as your belt or bra. Press the face of UP MOVE to see its hidden LED display light up to show progress toward your goals. Press once to display your step progress, twice to display the time, and three times to display your sleep from the previous night. The Jawbone UP MOVE...

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Jawbone UP3 monitors three stages of sleep plus waking activity

Jawbone has announced its most sophisticated wrist worn activity band yet, the UP3. As well as tracking your movements during the day it can also capture information about three stages of sleep – light, deep and REM, to help you understand your sleep patterns better and ensure you get the best quality sleep you can. The features of the UP3 include: Multi-sensor Platform: The advanced multi-sensor platform includes a new tri-axis accelerometer, sophisticated bioimpedance sensors, and skin and ambient temperature sensors. Using this technology, UP3 delivers resting heart rate – a key indicator of your overall heart health. Jawbone...

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Can the Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge revive Fitbit fortunes?

Fitbit has been quiet in recent months, following the withdrawal of its last wrist worn activity monitor the Fitbit Force because its wristband caused skin irritation and rashes for some users. The company that arguably helped set this category of device alight, was in the doldrums. Now Fitbit is back with three devices aimed at different types of user – and hopefully with wrist straps that will be comfortable to wear. The new wrist bands, Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge are aimed at people with different levels of need and include a range of features not seen before...

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Garmin Forerunner 920XT is the most advanced sports watch ever from Garmin

Garmin has announced the Forerunner 920XT, its most advanced high end GPS watch yet, packing in a huge range of functions into a device 15 per cent lighter and 18 per cent thinner than the previous top of the range model. The Forerunner 920XT can be used in standard ‘watch-mode’ to monitor daily activity counting steps and calculating calorie burn. Bluetooth gives the Forerunner 920XT the ability to communicate with your phone and receive notifications such as incoming texts, emails, calls, and calendar reminders. Waterproof to 50 metres the watch gathers a range of metrics for swimmers including drill...

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OverBoard Pro-Light Waterproof Backpack review

Sometimes you need a completely waterproof container for your gear, and at such times there is no room for compromise. A little water getting into your bag is as bad as a lot. OverBoard specialises in waterproof bags and cases, and I’ve been trying the Pro-Light Waterproof Backpack. When you are out and about for multi-day adventures, it is a real downer to find the fresh gear you thought was being kept dry to put on at the end of the day is, in fact, wet. Trust me, I’ve had leaky rucksacks, and slept in leaky tents. It’s not...

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Polar M400 unites activity tracking and sports GPS in one device

Polar has announced a new sports watch that combines advanced GPS functions with activity and sleep tracking. The Polar M400 integrates 24/7 activity tracking with advanced sports features and uses Bluetooth Smart to communicate with smartphone apps. Priced at £134 (or £169 if bought with a heart rate sensor), the Polar M400 could be a great device for someone stepping up from a wrist worn activity tracker into more serious time and distance based monitoring. Features include: Tracks pace, distance and altitude with the built-in GPS Timing features include an interval timer (distance or time based) and an end...

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Misfit Flash launched – a new low cost activity monitor

The Misfit Flash is an ultra low cost wrist band that can keep tabs on your activity and sleep. It comes from the same stable as the Misfit Shine, and is ultra low cost at £49.99. Made from soft-touch plastic, Misfit says the Flash is comfortable, extremely durable, and waterproof to 30 metres. It comes in seven colours including a lemon-lime Zest, funky Fuschia, and minimalist Frost. The Misift Flash is powered by a battery that lasts for months, so you don’t have to remember to charge it regularly. It can be worn in lots of different ways including...

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