Author: Sandra Vogel

Overboard Urban Safe Dry Bag 20 litre review

During last year my kayaking adventures included taking a dunking in the Grand Union Canal. I won’t regale you with the exact circumstances, but will report that I learned first hand the importance of keeping all your important gear completely dry. I was a fan of Overboard’s kit before that incident, and use its Waterproof Waistpack constantly. The Pro-light Waterproof Backpack has also proved its worth. And I’ve found a new friend in the shape of the Overboard Urban Safe Dry Bag. Its 20 litre capacity is just the right size to accommodate what’s needed on a day kayak –...

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Garmin Vivofit 2 review

I’ve been using Garmin’s Vivofit 2 for about a month now, and so it is time to write up a review. The Vivofit 2 is the second in the line from Garmin, and it has been available since the spring. You can buy it today for around £90. The main unit detaches from its rubbery wristband and there’s a whole host of replacement bands available so you can kit yourself out in whatever colour takes your fancy. The sensor pops in and out of wristbands easily, so if you want to it can be carried in a pocket if...

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Garmin announces Forerunner 630, Forerunner 230, Forerunner 235, updates Garmin Connect Mobile

Garmin has announced three new Forerunner watches and an update of its Garmin Connect software. Garmin Forerunner 630 Garmin’s most advanced GPS watch the Forerunner 630 has more running dynamics than its predecessor, and additional physiological measurements so runners can be more aware of their bodies before, during and after a run. Runners can stay connected and motivated throughout and in-between workouts with smart notifications and audio prompts via a compatible smartphone2 and daily activity tracking features. The 630 is also compatible with the Connect IQ™ smartwatch platform. With Connect IQ, users are able to customize their watch with additional...

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Misfit Shine 2 – more features and fully redesigned

Misfit has announced the Shine 2. Fully redesigned and enhanced, Shine 2 builds on the original Misfit Shine and introduces new functionality. Shine 2 tracks activity and sleep more accurately with a 3-axis accelerometer and newly added 3-axis magnetometer. Users can now easily see progress and tell time in a halo of rainbow-coloured lights, or get motivated with Misfit Move —a feature that encourages you to be active with a vibrational nudge. Text and call notifications and a silent vibrating alarm are also new with Shine 2. Shine 2 incorporates more advanced hardware and firmware—which means dramatically improved touch responsiveness...

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Polar A360 wrist worn fitness tracker with heart rate monitor

Polar has launched the Polar A360 with wrist-based heart rate monitoring. The wrist band includes heart rate measurement based training guidance alongside 24/7 activity tracking. Information is displayed on a high-resolution colour touchscreen. The A360 is water-resistant and tracks daily activity, steps, calories, workouts, and sleep. Designed to encompass a 360-degree lifestyle and encourage activity, Polar A360 vibrates to inform users of incoming calls, messages, calendar alerts, and social media notifications, and also to provide gentle reminders when they have been sitting still for too long. Fully charged, the A360 will track for two weeks with 24/7 activity tracking,...

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Philips Viva Collection Juicer HR1857 Review

An important part of keeping fit is healthy eating. So, when Philips offered me the chance to try a juicer, offering a collection of healthy juice recipes and a whole host of food to juice too, I decided to give it a go. I’ll come completely clean at the outset and say that the deal from Philips was that if I wrote about the juicer I could keep it. Now, that doesn’t mean I agreed to write in any particular way, so what you are getting here are my honest views as a first time user of any kind...

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Garmin Forerunner 225 review

  I had quite a wait for my review sample of the Garmin Forerunner 225 – and I was counting the days, mostly because this is the first Garmin running watch with a built in heart rate monitor. I remember the days when I had to strap a GPS unit to my arm as well as a HRM to my chest, so having everything in one package is a real treat. Roll on the future! The Forerunner 225 is not a multisports watch, but it does have great potential for anyone who wants to move up to running from a...

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Overboard Waterproof Waistpack

For the past year I’ve been getting into kayaking. Not the white water competitive kind, the leisurely rivers and canals kind. It is a fantastic outdoor pursuit – it has taken me to places I’d never have gone to unless it was to kayak, and allowed me to see places I’m familiar with through fresh eyes. It is really important to have reliable waterproof gear when you’re kayaking whether for competition or for leisure. The Overboard Pro-Light Waterproof Backpack  does a fantastic job of keeping my day gear dry from lunch to spare clothes. But there is stuff that...

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Fitbit Charge review

Fitbit arguably played a key role in starting to get wearable tech popular. Its original pocket friendly Fitbit, followed by the lovely One and the less lovely but more affordable Zip has been followed by a range of wrist worn options including the Flex and more recent GPS toting Surge as well as the Charge HR with its built in heart rate monitor, and the Charge. I’ve been wearing the Charge for some months now, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s my favourite wrist worn activity monitor to date. I’ll be trying the Charge HR and Surge...

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Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge now available to buy

The Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge are now available to buy in the UK. They add complexity to the Fitbit lineup which also includes the Fitbit Charge, Flex, One and Zip. The new Fitbit Charge HR includes optical heart rate technology for automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking all day (not just when you wake up) and during workouts to give a more complete picture of your health and fitness, and it includes heart rate zones to help you hit specific targets. An Exercise Mode records workouts with the press of a button and provides real-time exercise stats on the...

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