Few partnerships have been pursued as feverishly as the one between the tech crowd and the fitness crowd. Scores of products are out there and ready to get you motivated. For the runners, bikers, and general lovers of the great outdoors, these are the devices to watch this holiday season.
Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 Wireless Headphones
Wires don’t mix well with exercise. Music does. It’s a problem easily solved by wireless earphones, of which there are many. The $80 BackBeat GO 2 earphones, from Plantronics, are some of the best you’ll find, with built-in Bluetooth and a microphone for taking calls.
Monster iSport Intensity Earbud Headphones
But, if you’re sick of any kind of earphones popping out while you’re exercising (an even more dire concern if you’re going wireless), go with the iSport Intensity earphones. You’ll get a water-resistant build with secure SportClips that keep your earphones comfortably in your ears. Comes with a $150 price tag, too.
Speck HandyShell Case for iPad
Yeah, that’s an ‘H’. Speck is selling a twist off their usual CandyShell cases with this offering for the iPad. Why is an iPad case on this list? Because the stand on this case isn’t just a stand – you can use it as a mount or to hang your iPad from anywhere. Great for tablet users on the go or for just propping up the iPad when you’re on the treadmill. The HandyShell case in on sale now for about $38.
If you’re going to get an outdoor enthusiast a portable Bluetooth speaker this year, make it the $105 Philips Shoqbox. It’s built to take a beating, with a weather-resistant and shock-proof rubber exterior. Motion sensing controls make switching tracks as easy as a wave of the hand.
One of the most fashionable fitness trackers out there, the wrist-worn UP tracks the basics like steps taken and distance traveled, and stores the data in a companion app. Sleep tracking makes this $150 device a true 24/7 companion.
Fitbit Force Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband
The Fitbit Force is a larger fitness tracker that doubles as a digital watch. The LED display can also show current fitness information while the data collected is synced to your mobile device over Bluetooth without you needing to do anything. Selling now for $130.
Polar Loop Activity Tracker
It’s tough for fitness trackers to differentiate themselves. The $100 Polar Loop manages, adding a waterproof coating for swimmers and a Knight Rider-style red LED display to the standard array of activity tracking sensors. This one can also be paired with an app to monitor your performance over time.