Reviews of Wearable Tech: Bracelets, Socks, Shoes, Pendants and More!

By Kayla Anzalone

Imagine if your clothes could give you powerful tips on how to run faster, de-stress, or improve your active lifestyle. Today, smart technology wearables make this scenario a reality.

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Wearable and fitness technologies are the new craze. Everybody is talking about wrist wearables, clothing wearables, and fitness wearables. These smart gadgets track our activity, sleep, and even mood in some cases. There are socks that can tell you how to correct your running form. Shoes that will guide your workout and tell you what to do next.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), wrist wearables captured 93.2% of the entire wearable market in 2016. But with 2017 in full swing, clothing wearables are gaining more traction with the consumer market.

Wearable companies are turning their attention toward fashion and convenience to please potential buyers. Consumers want their wearable to be stylish enough to wear on a night out, and the experience of wearing it to be effortless. They want a smart piece of clothing or an accessory to simply throw on and be ready to go.

You’re ready to join the club, but it’s tough choosing the right wearable or fitness tracker. Here at Alert1, I had the chance to review some of the most popular wearable technology on the market.

As a complete wearable novice, I found myself paying attention to factors that had never crossed my mind before. Was I walking more than 10,000 steps in one day? Did I heel-strike my foot when running? How much ‘deep sleep’ do I normally get in a night?

With smart wearables and fitness trackers, I feel healthier than ever before, and have the data to prove it!

This tech guide will include a Lumo Run review, BellaBeat Leaf review, Sensoria Fitness socks review, Ringly smart bracelet review, and Under Armour Record-Equipped shoes review.

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Lumo BodyTech Run Review

Who is Lumo BodyTech?

Founded in 2011, Lumo BodyTech is a privately held company headquartered in Mountain View, California. Backed by seven different investor groups, the firm received $16.1M in four rounds of investing to develop their products. In December 2016, Lumo BodyTech was valued at $41 million.

In January 2017, Lumo BodyTech made its proprietary technology available to third parties. This includes the firm’s software, algorithms, applications, and hardware. Lumo BodyTech is hoping to take the company to the next level through third party collaboration with bigger companies. They can then integrate the technology into many everyday wearable products, like glasses and clothing, and healthcare items. 

CEO Monisha Perkash has stated that much of the company’s technology centers on fall detection and fall prevention. She envisions Lumo BodyTech as a big player in the fast-growing senior care market.

Lumo BodyTech currently sells two products: the Lumo Lift posture coach and Lumo Run smart tracker. When I had the opportunity to review Lumo Run and evaluate my running form, I jumped at the chance!

What is Lumo Run?

Lumo Run Review Fitness Technology

Lumo Run is a body sensor clip you align with your spine that acts as a personal running coach. The Lumo Run connects to your smart phone to bring you real-time audio coaching while you’re out for a run. After your run, Lumo Run provides recommendations and exercises that will help improve your form.  

If you want to run without your phone, Lumo Run will save the data for you to view later. The Lumo Run is $99.00, and the collaborating app is a free download.

 

How Does Lumo Run Work?

The Lumo Run sensor clips to the waistband on the back of your running shorts. It evaluates your running form by measuring: 

  • Cadence (steps per minute)
  • Bounce (vertical oscillation)
  • Braking (awkward changes in velocity)
  • Pelvic rotation (side to side rotation of pelvis)
  • Pelvic drop (side to side vertical movement of pelvis)

The Lumo Run sensor then synchronizes with the Lumo Run app to provide a real-time audio coach while running.

A Review of My Experience with Lumo Run

The audio coach was great at describing how to correct my running stride. For cadence, it suggested imagining running through puddles without getting wet. For pelvic rotation, the coach suggested visualizing pushing off on a skateboard and rolling my shoulders down.

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I also set the app to play audio to correct my pace and give posture reminders. The audio tells how far you have run in total, and how much father you have to go to achieve your goals.

Overall, the audio feedback was well done and nicely timed. The Lumo Run connected to the app on my phone through Bluetooth and was easy to navigate. The Lumo Run app has an activity log that displays the stats for each run like pace, miles ran, and the date the run was completed. When you click on a past run, it goes into details of your cadence, bounce, braking, pelvic rotation, and pelvic drop during that run.  

In addition, a visual ‘Coach’ recommendation tab reports on trends in your running and personal best records. This tab also gives personalized exercise recommendations to improve your best time.

These recommendations are especially useful. With them, I didn’t need to search the internet for exercises that match my needs. With the app, everything was in one place where I could easily see what to do next.

I didn’t even notice the sensor while I was running. It is small, comfortable and discreet. Just don’t try to lay down to do crunches at the end of your run—ouch!

The battery in the sensor lasted 5 days. I was pleased with how easy the app was to use and navigate. Lumo Run advertises the sensor as both waterproof and machine washable. After running in the rain, I can attest that it really is waterproof.

Pros:

  • Small and lightweight
  • Corrects running form with real-time audio coaching and gives specific goals
  •  App is easy to use and navigate
  • Waterproof 

Cons:

  •   iOS devices only
  • No GPS or real-time coaching if you run without phone
  • No ability to pair to a heart rate monitor  

Bottom line: Overall, I enjoyed reviewing Lumo Run. The specific goals to focus on during each run helped me evaluate my form and work to improve it.

If you are looking to take your running to the next level, this fitness device is for you!

Lumo Run for Seniors?

Lumo Run is a product for anyone who wants to improve running their form, regardless of age. Seniors in their golden years are more active today than ever before. But before you start running, get a checkup with your doctor, especially if you have a chronic condition. You doctor can tell you if there are certain exercises you need to avoid, or any warning signs to watch out for.

Lumo Run is a great senior fitness wearable, because it will still track data if you prefer to jog instead of keeping up a running pace. Not only will you learn how you run, these tips will help prevent injuries as you correct your running form.

What Can We Expect From Lumo BodyTech in the Future?

Lumo BodyTech shows no signs of slowing down. With the firms’ last round of funding complete, we can expect to see some big name companies stepping up to the plate to partner with Lumo BodyTech. CEO Perkash wishes to use bigger companies’ customer bases and marketing power to advance the company to the next level.

We can expect to see some upcoming changes in the world of medical alert systems with technology like Lumo Run. Lumo Run is built with technology that can be used for fall detection, all in a discreet, small pendant.

As CEO Perkash envisions, this technology may monitor seniors aging in place in the near future. 

·         Corrects running form with real-time audio coaching and gives specific goals

·         App is easy to use and navigate

·         Waterproof

Bellabeat Leaf Review

Who is Bellabeat?

Founded in 2014, Bellabeat headquarters are in Mountain View, California. A privately held company backed by 18 investor groups, Bellabeat pulled $4.5 million in funding to launch their products.  

Bellabeat’s first product was Shell, a fetal heartbeat monitor. Founders Urska Srsen and Sando Mur discovered that although families bought the device, they weren’t interested in the data. They were invested in the emotional security of hearing their baby’s heartbeat.

The founders wanted the technology used in the Shell to be available for all women. In 2015, they launched the Leaf to meet that goal.

Currently, Bellabeat offers three products:  Leaf Urban, Leaf Nature, and Shell. I had a chance to review the Leaf Nature.

What is the Leaf?

Wearable tech Leaf review

Unlike other health trackers, the Leaf is a health tracker made specifically for women. A beautiful piece of jewelry, the Leaf is made of stainless steel and natural wood. As its name implies, the pendant is shaped as a leaf! When ordering, you have the option to choose the ‘nature’ light-colored wood with silver accents or ‘urban’ dark wood with gold accents. The Leaf goes for $119.00.

This stylish smart jewelry monitors your activity level, sleep quality, stress levels and reproductive cycle. Since its launch in May 2015 the Leaf has been gaining popularity with women across the nation.

How Does the Leaf Work?

Wearable tech Leaf bracelet review

With the Leaf pendant and app, you’re able to track important areas of your life each and every day. The Leaf also acts as an alarm to wake you up with vibrations, and as a reminder to keep you notified throughout the day.

This stylish smart jewelry monitors your activity level, sleep quality, stress levels and reproductive cycle.

In my review, I found the Leaf to be a versatile activity tracker with three different ways to wear. Whether you clip the Leaf to your shirt, wear as a bracelet or a necklace, it will provide the same monitoring service.

A Review of My Experience with Leaf

Unlike other wearables, the Leaf separates tracking into five distinct areas of your life:

  • Activity Tracking. During set up, you manually enter your height and weight so the Leaf can estimate how many calories you burn. You can even set the Leaf to vibrate when you have been inactive too long, like during Netflix binges! I found the tracking to be very accurate.
  • Sleep Tracking. The Leaf was decent in telling me when I fell asleep and woke up for the day. I also had the ability to manually enter information. The data did not track my sleeping patterns as accurately as I would have liked. I woke up at 5am one morning and the app said that I was in “deep sleep.”
  • Period Tracking. The Leaf app has period tracking, a birth control reminder, and can even show you which day you are ovulating if you are planning for a family. (You can also turn this feature off.) The light vibration reminder was nice as I

    Yoga with Leaf wearable fitness tracker
    nearly forget to take my birth control every day!
  • Mediation Guide. Mediation was something I have never attempted before. When you clip the pendant to your waist, it begins tracking your breathing. Leaf acts as a mediation coach guiding you through the process and even had audio cues to help relax.
  • Stress Levels. This tracker determines your levels of stress from all other inputs that it tracks throughout the day like exercise, sleep, and meditation. While I didn’t necessarily disagree with the level of stress, (and how can anyone know their stress level for sure), the feature wasn’t useful or meaningful to me.

Below are important aspects of the Leaf.

  • Synchronizing. To sync the pendant to the app, all that’s needed is a double-tap on the face of the Leaf. The pendant itself comes with a two-week memory drive to store information within the device. The app is easy to navigate. Each tab is clearly displayed and easy to understand for set up and daily use.
  • Battery Life. The battery life for the Leaf is 6 months, so you don’t need to worry about charging. When the Leaf eventually runs out of juice, all you do is swap out the old battery with a coin battery using the provided tool. You never need to charge this pendant.
  • Versatility. The leaf comes with a necklace and bracelet, and it is very easy to slide on and off the necklace chain. While I love the versatility of the pendant, I thought wearing it as a bracelet was bulky. The leather strap was irritating, so overall I did not enjoy wearing the pendant as a bracelet.
  • The App. The app is easy to navigate. Each tab is clearly displayed and easy to understand for set up and daily use. Personally, I was not partial to the calendar view. There is no ability to change the view, so I had to scroll through one day at a time to see my results.
Wearable tech Leaf pendant review

I also thought the necklace was a bit too bulky, but more wearable that way. It is certainly a statement piece of jewelry. By far, the clip was my favorite way to wear it. I just had to be sure I was not wearing something with too tight of a collar, or flimsy fabric that the pendant could weigh down.  

A nice part of the design is that you don’t need to add a bunch of different accessories. The Leaf is a bold enough statement piece to wear on its own. Plus, no one will know that it also doubles as a fitness tracker! 

Pros:

  • Battery Life
  • Visual design
  • Versatility 

Cons:

  • Bulky as a piece of jewelry
  • Calendar view
  • Stress level data 

Bottom line: Overall, I didn’t enjoy reviewing the Leaf. While it’s style and design is pretty, it didn’t do much for me with the technology.

Would Grandma Like the Leaf?

The Leaf is a pendant for any age. With the mediation guide, sleep and activity tracking, I would recommend the Leaf to any senior who wants to manage their own health.

The leaf was great at tracking any type of activity I did, meaning seniors can track light exercise and walking.

The sleep tracking would be especially useful to senior individuals who feel they cannot get a deep sleep throughout the night. Combat restless nights with the Leaf’s meditation guide. Daily mediation has been proven to improve sleeping habits.

What Can We Expect From Bellabeat in the Future?

Bellabeat thanks its loyal fan base for how quickly the Leaf Urban went to market and has continually gained traction in the wearables industry. Co-founder and CPO Urska Srsen envisions the future of healthcare lying primarily in prevention.

The problem the company currently faces is developing automatic tracking. Srsen states, "I see a shift of the whole experience of quantified self-products to less conscious use of a device and more natural consumption of information." Srsen believes the company has potentially solved this problem by developing food and water tracking.

Bellabeats’ overall vision is to create a system that automatically tracks every aspect of women’s health within one app. The company has plans to mix human interaction, like caregivers, with artificial intelligence. 

Sensoria Fitness Smart Socks Review

Who is Sensoria Fitness?

Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, Sensoria Fitness launched in 2010. Founded by CEO Davide Vigano, CTO Maurizio Macagno, and Innovation Advisor Mario Esposito, Sensoria Fitness received $5.56 million in funding to create their products. Sensoria Fitness designs and produces body scanning wearable devices.

In January 2016, Sensoria Fitness released their development kit. The Sensoria development kit allows companies to harness the same technology components used in Sensoria’s smart garment running system.

In January 2017, Sensoria Fitness unveiled their new smart sock, the Sensoria Sock 2.0.

What Are Smart Socks?

Sensoria Fitness Socks Review

Sensoria Smart Socks are fitness socks worn with a Bluetooth enabled ankle sensor to learn about your running style and improve your running form.

They are a light, durable, and accurate smart socks. Compatible with a new app, the socks give runners actionable information from artificial intelligence coach, Mara. This tech coaches athletes on how to run farther, faster, and healthier.

A pair of socks and one ankle sensor go for $199, and the app is free to download.

 

 

How Do Sensoria Fitness Socks Work?

Each sock has three textile sensors, two in the ball of the foot and one in the heel. Sensoria states the socks are made of conductive fibers, which function as “textile circuit boards.” These send data to the Bluetooth ankle sensor.

Sensoria Fitness Socks Review

The anklet has an accelerometer to detect your movement, which then communicates to the Sensoria iPhone app. The anklet is also splash proof so you don’t have to worry about splashing through puddles or running in the rain. Magnetic snaps hold the anklet in place, and it will turn on automatically when attached.

The phone app shows measurements of your cadence, foot landing, pace, and heart rate. The app tracks each run with these stats, with a map of the area you ran. A virtual coach gives feedback about how you’re doing while you’re running. You’re able to adjust the coach to only give feedback in certain areas.

A Review of My Experience with Sensoria Smart Socks

As an avid runner, the Smart Socks were very usable during my review. When I went on my test run, I enjoyed having the feedback coach played over my earbuds. The frequency of the suggestions were good, and I didn’t feel like there were too many notifications interrupting my music.  The foot landing notification was especially helpful, as I was heel striking frequently throughout my run.

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The anklet stayed in place perfectly. I didn’t feel the sensor at all during my run. The socks correctly analyzed my foot landing technique, and relayed the data accurately to the app. The app provided a live heat map, tracking my foot as it moved. I was able to see how the pressure in my stride changed over the course of my run.

However, I wasn’t able to watch the heat map while I was running. It might be easier to use while on a treadmill where you can set your phone down. But staring at your phone screen while running is distracting and dangerous.

The other downside is the price. Starting at $199.00, the Smart Socks are pricey. Only one ankle monitor comes per kit, so you’re only able to monitor one foot at a time. If you want to have data for both feet, you’d need to buy two kits. The battery life is only two days, so you have to remember to charge the device almost every day.

Sensoria is making a great attempt to help runners learn more about their form and prevent injury. But, for $199.00, it’s hardly worth the price tag. There’s more useful running tech that you can wear all the time instead of having to remember to wash your socks. After a couple runs, I didn’t feel the need to use the socks anymore. Instead of a daily staple, the socks became a novelty item to check in on form once a month.

Pros:

  • Real-time audio coaching to correct running form
  • Comfortable and goes unnoticed when running 
  • Water resistant

 Cons:

  • Need to wash socks before each run
  • Battery life
  • High price
  • Only shows data for one foot at a time, unless you want to buy two sensors 

Bottom line: For $199.00, this wearable requires too much effort on the user’s part. 

Sensoria Socks for Seniors?

A pair of Sensoria Fitness Socks is wearable technology seniors can use to start running and evade injuries. The anklet will tell you if you need to avoid heel striking or ball striking to help avoid injuries.

However, the best way to see if you are headed for injuries is to purchase two anklets. With two, you are able to see what one foot does versus the other. Your app is able to show you if you are imbalanced and headed towards an injury. You will not see this information with only one anklet.

What Can We Expect From Sensoria in the Future?

Sensoria Fitness is now expanding their tech for sports. They collaborated with Renault Innovation to synchronize its smart garments with the Renault’s Sport Motor app to help racecar pilots track their heart rate during both the race and training. For Sensoria Fitness, this is only the beginning. Their goal is to use their tech for more types of athletics. 

Ringly Smart Bracelet Review

Who is Ringly?

Founded in 2013 by Christina Mercando and Logan Munro, Ringly is a privately held company headquartered in New York, New York. During the first rounds of funding, Ringly received $6.8 million from 12 investors to develop their products. Ringly creates smart jewelry that is stylish and functional. Their goal is to merge jewelry with current technology. Ringly started towards that goal with the launch of their smart ring.

In 2015, CEO Christina Mercando announced that they would be expanding their collection, after developing partnerships with fashion brands and designers to create a wider variety of new products.

After this announcement, Ringly released their second product in 2016. Like the smart ring, the smart bracelet connect with your phone to track steps, distance, and calories burned—without sacrificing your style. Both pieces of jewelry come in a variety of semi-precious gemstones and metal finishes, and there are several versions with 18K gold plating.

What is a Ringly Smart Bracelet?

The Ringly smart bracelet synchronizes with your smartphone to keep you connected without checking your phone. Ringly looks like a sophisticated bracelet, with a large center stone set on a gold colored band. (There are other color options available.) The smart bracelet is essentially a fashionable pager for your wrist.

How Does Ringly’s Smart Bracelet Work?

Ringly Smart Bracelet Review

The Ringly bracelet will vibrate a set amount of times (1,2,3 or 4) for any social alert you set it for. Ringly integrates with over 100 apps, so you will never miss a thing. You set the stone to flash a different color (6 options) for different alerts.

  • Ringly Setup. Setting up Ringly took some time, but it was simple. First, download the free Ringly App. Place Ringly on its charging stand and plug in to charge for about 3-4 hours. Then, the bracelet connects instantly through Bluetooth.
  • Contact Alerts. Next, I set up my alerts on the ‘Alerts’ tab. I set Ringly to vibrate 4 times while flashing blue to let me know I have a phone call. If it was call from one of my favorites, like my mom, I set Ringly to flash purple.
  • Bluetooth Connection. The ‘Connect’ tab allows you to see battery life, add more devices, and update your Ringly. The updates included improved connection, longer battery life, and easier updates.
  • Activity. The ‘Activity’ tab synced to my health app already downloaded on my phone. I was able to see data from my health app on distance walked, how many steps I’d taken, and how many calories I’d burned. I was disappointed to discover the Ringly bracelet cannot track steps on its own, but pulls this information from my iPhone.
  • Settings. The ‘Settings’ tab let me add a profile picture, and update my personal settings. The Battery settings had a ‘low battery alert’ and ‘sleep mode’ signals.

The Connection settings offered ‘out of range alerts’ and ‘connections taps.’ Connection taps allowed me to tap the bracelet twice and make sure it was connect it to my phone. When Ringly flashes blue, it is connected to my phone. When it flashes pink, it is disconnected.    

On the ‘Settings’ tab, you also have the ability to update Activity settings. I could decide what my daily steps goal was, and also input my height and weight for more accuracy.

A Review of My Experience with Ringly

Ringly Smart Bracelet Review

Ringly is great if you use the notifications minimally. In the beginning, I had the bracelet set to notify me for the 5 apps I thought I used the most. Ringly would vibrate 4 times and flash blue, then another color depending on who was calling. The bracelet would vibrate 3 times and flash green for text messages. Vibrate once and flash red for calendar events. Vibrate once with no light for a Lyft pickup. Flash purple with no vibration for Snapchat.

In my review, I soon discovered this was overkill. Not only could I not remember what was what, or who was what color, I found I didn’t need to know every Snapchat I got.

The bracelet seemed very sturdy and well made. To wear, you pull the bracelet apart and it clasps back together with a magnet. I loved this design much more than many bracelets I own that I need to manually clasp. However, within a few weeks of wear, a small gemstone set beside the larger one popped out.

After contacting Ringly’s customer service about the missing gemstone, they immediately set me up with a pre-paid shipping label for an exchange. I was thoroughly impressed with the response time and how the company handle my inquiry! I exchanged my bracelet and got my perfect new one in no time, at no cost to me.

The app is simple to set up and customize. While it is easy to view the data, you can’t see more than  a week’s worth of data at a time. Ringly had a range of 20-30 feet from my phone. While it’s great to not be looking at my phone all the time, Ringly wasn’t helpful when I walked into different room away from my phone. Sadly, after a few weeks, it also didn’t last through a day on a single charge.

The packaging was sleek and elegant. Ringly’s charging station is a jewelry box you just set the bracelet down it. Ringly definitely looks like a classy designer piece. And it comes with a designer price tag—Ringly is $245.00 and upwards. 

Pros:

  • Beautiful design
  • Stay securely on wrist
  • Activity tracking
  • Customer service 

Cons:

  • Small jewel popped out
  • Too connected to phone 

 

Bottom line: The best thing about Ringly is the design. I want to wear this everyday just because it is a pretty bracelet. 

Ringly for Grandma?

As a senior, constant notifications on your phone may be too much. Staying connected to friends and family as a senior is very important, but ‘you’ time is too.

With Ringly, you can enjoy hobbies around the house interruption free! It’s tempting to check our phones every time we get a notification, but Ringly allows you to choose what moments are for others and which are for you in retirement.

What Can We Expect From Ringly in the Future?

Above all, Ringly proves the future of wearable tech can be fashionable.

CEO Christina d’Avignon states her background in art and computer science programs helped lead her to a functional product that is effortless to wear. As for up and coming projects, d’Avignon mentions there are many exciting project underway. In 2017, she predicts new features and functionality will be added to the mobile app. The company is also working on new bracelet and ring designs with fashion brands. 

Under Armour® Record-Equipped Shoes Review

Who is Under Armour®?

Founded in 1996 by Kevin A. Plank, Under Armour®, Inc. is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Under Armour is a publicly traded company and as of August 2016 they are worth $16.2 Billion.  

Under Armour engages in the development, marketing and distribution of branded performance apparel, footwear and accessories for men, women and youth.

According to CEO Kevin Plank, there will be 50 billion retail items with a connected technological chip by 2020. Plank wants Under Armour to be at the forefront of the apparel side of that trend— a leader in apparel that can read biometrics.

Under Armour has gotten off to a good start with their record-equipped running shoes.

What are Under Armour Record-Equipped Running Shoes?

Record-Equipped Under Armour Fitness Tracking Shoes

Under Armour’s record-equipped running shoes, the UA SpeedForm® Gemini 3, allows you to track, analyze and store virtually every running metric so you know what you need to do to become a better runner. The right shoe has a record-keeping chip built into the middle. Unlike Nike’s past version of Foot Pods you attached to the shoe, you cannot access the UA chip for re-use.

A pair of record-equipped Under Armour shoes goes for $149.99.

 

How Do Under Armour Record-Equipped Running Shoes Work?

First step for using Under Amour Record-Equipped shoes is downloading the collaborating MapMyRun app.

Next, pairing. The lightweight chip that records all your data is within the shoe, so it ‘wakes’ when shoe senses movement. The app instantly recognizes the shoe and pairs seamlessly.

Record-Equipped Under Armour Fitness Tracking Shoes

The app will display data from your run including pace, distance, cadence, duration, calories burned, and cadence. The shoe ends the workout after it senses a complete stop for three minutes, and starts a new workout if you get going again. After your run, the app displays a map of your route.

The smart chip does not have GPS, so when you run without your phone there is no map of your course displayed. But the shoe will save up to five runs before overwriting them if you don’t sync after running without your phone.

The chip also keeps tracks of the miles on the shoe. Under Armour has set 400 miles as the suggested limit. The battery life supposedly outlives the life of the shoes and last three years.

A Review of My Experience with Record-Equipped Running Shoes

The app has many capabilities, so I took some time going through the tutorials to learn what I could do. There are community challenges, suggested running routes in your area, goals you can define and more. MapMyRun has a great FAQ page with everything you need to know.

After the incredibly easy pairing, I was ready for my run! Before the end of the block, the app started sensing my run. You have the option to manually start a run, or auto-tracking kicks in when you are running at a pace over 11 minutes per mile. I was impressed when the shoes even captured data as I ran for the light rail!

Record-Equipped Under Armour Fitness Tracking Shoes Review

In my review, running with these shoes was a breeze. Under Armour has achieved making an effortless wearable. It is nice to not wear a band, another wearable or even need to bring my phone and still capture my steps.

The auto-record feature allows me to throw on my shoes and start running. No other fuss is necessary. Since the app has the feature to manually start and add workouts, this opens up new options other than just running. In the workout log you can add activities such as walks, cycling, swimming and treadmill runs.

The data is presented in an easy-to-read format. It took me a bit of time to learn all the app could do, but it became very user-friendly once I got the hang of it.

One downside is the shoes only work with the MapMyRun app. If you already have been using a different fitness app, there is no way to connect the two. I also wish the shoes could auto-track walking or jogging under 11 minutes per mile. While there is the ability to manually enter, this is just one more step.

The best part of Under Armour’s smart shoes was the how effortless they are. You don’t need to carry, attach anything to yourself, or charge a piece of tech to bring with you beforehand. You put on your shoes and you are good to go.

In addition to being effortless, the shoes are extremely comfortable and stylish. They have ended up being my favorite running shoes. 

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Stylish
  • Effortless
  • Automatic tracking

Cons:

  • No GPS when you run without phone

 

Bottom line: Considering standard running shoes can go for just as much money, these are a steal. Under Armour Record-Equipped shoes’ comfort, design and technology makes them the ultimate buy. 

Should Seniors Buy Record-Equipped Shoes?

My Grandma would laugh at me if I asked her to go for a run. Since these shoes require a pace of 11 minutes a mile or faster, I would not recommend to seniors with no running experience. I love these shoes, but if they tracked walking too, that would be ideal!

If you have running experience, give the Record-Equipped shoes a try. If not, I would stick to a simple activity tracker.

What Can We Expect from Under Armour in the Future?

Under Armour hopes to become a front-runner in the fitness wearable market. The company has been expanding and integrating with many new partners. For example, in February 2017, Under Armour bought MyFitnessPal (nutrition tracking) and Endomondo (a run and walk app). They have also have partnered with major brands like Garmin, Fitbit and many more.

CEO Kevin Plank sees the connected fitness market as potential for real growth, and continues to drive the company in that direction. 

The World of Wearables

Each wearable caters to different needs and circumstances. Yet, a clear winner stood out to me. Above all, the convenience and effortlessness of the Under Armour® Record-Equipped shoes takes the gold. With the future of wearables turning to style and easy use, Under Armour is one-step ahead of the game. 

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