The best wearables for a water workout, from swimming watches to swimming headphones
Aug18

The best wearables for a water workout, from swimming watches to swimming headphones

The dog days of summer are in full swing, and with scorching temperatures on the rise, a dip in a pool or a swim in the ocean sounds downright appealing. Whether you’re a rugged survivalist or just want some casual wearable tech that will survive a rainy day, getting a waterproof device is a solid investment.   We’ve gone through the best devices for navigating the day, finding out where you’re going, and keeping an eye on the heart, but what about when you just need to jump in for a swim to get that workout done? We f0und the seven best swimming wearables to cool off with — and the findings are pretty affordable. Swimovate PoolMate HR If your workout is primarily water-based, then the PoolMate HR by Swimovate is the perfect accessory. This swimming device allows you to monitor your heart rate in and out of the pool, automatically track and record each stroke and lap you make, and set alarms to help you beat a personal best. The wearable comes with software for your computer that can help you track your progress. With its understated design, this device looks just as good as casual accessory as it does being a workout enhancer. You can order the swimming watch online for around $175. Instabeat A heads-up display for swimming might seem a little far fetched, but that’s actually not the case. Instabeat has developed a swimming wearable that you can attach onto swimming goggles so you can optimize your performance. The display is pretty rudimentary, but that’s important since you need to be focused on your workout. The attachment monitors your heart rhythm, calorie counter, and breathing patterns. The built in sensors also track your strokes, laps, and flip-turns. The wearable is priced at $140, but you are going to have to keep an eye on this one. They seem to seem to sell out pretty quickly. Finis Neptune V2 Bone conductor technology became widely popularized when Google Glass was introduced in 2013. Since then, the application of this technology is astounding. The Neptune V2 by Finis implements this technology so you can experience one of the best underwater MP3 players out there today. With 4 GB of data storage, waterbabies can use these swimming headphones to listen to music, podcasts, and audiobooks without having pesky earbuds pop out of their ears. The lithium ion battery lasts up to eight hours on a single charge. Considering all the things that the Neptune V2 can do, its price of $159.99 is pretty reasonable. Sony Walkman Sport MP3 Player The Walkman is still a thing. This device, however, can actually be pretty beneficial to those that...

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Just in time for summer, the ultimate swimming smartwatch
Apr23

Just in time for summer, the ultimate swimming smartwatch

If you’re a swimmer, you already know how important it is to keep track of your pace, number of laps, and other statistics. And you also probably know that wearable technology companies haven’t exactly come to your rescue with an easy way to collect all of this information — until now. To swimmers’ delight across the world, startup Swimmo hopes to mass-produce the first smartwatch made with the aquatic sport in mind. The swimming smartwatch the company has designed is completely waterproof and comes with a heart rate monitor and a color OLED display. Other features include Bluetooth Smart connectivity and compatibility with fitness apps like Strava, RunKeeper, and HealthKit. Swimmo also has its own app, which is free. Swimmo comes with exclusive features bound to be exciting for swimmers. IntensityCoach is designed to keep track of your heart rate and keep you in the best heart rate zone for you, while PaceKeeper vibrates if you’re moving slower than a certain pace range. Swimmo is connected to a smartphone app that serves as a swim log to set personal goals, like calories burned, swimming distance, or time in the water. The watch will vibrate when you’ve met the goals you’ve set. For the competitors out there, the app is outfitted with a social sharing component and a Leaderboard where swimmers can see where they rank among their friends. However, if you want to use another app to track your swimming progress, you can. Swimmo can sync to apps like Strava, RunKeeper, MapMyFitness, and more thanks to Bluetooth connectivity. Swimmo reached its Kickstarter goal of $39,000 mid-campaign, and the startup is well on its way to doubling that amount before the campaign ends on May 20th. Those who pledge enough money can receive a Swimmo watch all their...

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