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Garmin Vivofit and Polar Loop are the best new activity bands for 2014 according to the test team at the Heart Rate Watch Company.
Bozeman, MT (PRWEB) February 18, 2014
Polar Loop and Garmin Vivofit are the best activity bands on the market for 2014 according to the Heart Rate Watch Company.
"I've talked to a bunch of personal trainers who are very dissatisfied with how the non-heart rate activity bands measure activities like spin class and cycling", says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company. He adds, "They are not happy because accelerometer technology only measures activity when your wrist is moving".
Vivofit Versus Loop
The Vivofit has the big advantage of operating on lithium coin cell batteries and therefore only requiring new batteries once every 9 months. "They can do this because they didn't use LED lights for a display but that is a bit of a disadvantage for people that enjoy how easy an LED display is to read, especially older people", says Squire.
Both the Vivofit and Polar Loop get heart rate data with Polar using Bluetooth where Garmin uses ANT+. "Vivofit also requires no cutting to fit, which is a plus, but Polar looks a little cooler with the steel clasp so that would be a user preference", says Squire.
Polar Loop uses the Polar Flow app which, as Squire points out, is about to become the app system for Polar's new high-end Polar V800 triathlon watch and V650 bike computer. "You can have a lot of confidence there because Polar is not going to put its flagship products on an app that doesn't function at the highest level", says Squire.
"The same is true for Garmin as the new Garmin Vivofit will integrate with Garmin Connect software fro tracking data", says Squire.
Why They Are Better
"Aside from measuring heart rate data, which only Polar and Garmin do, these two activity monitors are better than the rest of the crowd because the two companies, Polar and Garmin, have decades more experience in fitness monitors than the rest of the field", says Squire. He adds, "I know Polar and Garmin have gone to the Human Performance Labs for decades so they have a lot of data the upstarts, like FitBit, don't have".
"If you'd like to get some real expert advice regarding which activity band solution is right for you then simply call us at 866-586-7129", says Squire. He adds, "It pays to talk to a real expert that tests and uses the product".
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