Yes, it's your weekly fix of What I'm Wearing, the place where we tell you about the wearable tech we've been rocking this week.
We get new smartwatches, sports watches, fitness trackers, smart clothing and a whole bunch of accessories sent our way every week. Before we get into that rigorous testing, sometimes we like to give you all a little insight into what's next on our review hit list. Other times, we just want to show off a new band or watch face.
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Hugh is wearing the Garmin Vivoactive 3 with azure silicone and leather bands
After a shamefully long stretch of time, I'm back running on the regular, and that of course means strapping on a watch to keep me in check. I've gone for the Garmin Vivoactive 3, because as much as I like the Fenix 5S – one I can often be seen wearing – it's a little thick and heavy for casual wear. The Vivoactive 3 is slimmer and lighter; I'm happy to keep it on when the running shoes come off.
I am pairing it with a couple of new bands too, both of which come from Garmin's own range. It's mostly been the azure silicone band, but I've been swapping it for the brown leather band for work and more formal occasions, and I think it looks great. As for watch faces, I've got the Alpha face by PlayItLoud on there right now, which you can find in the Garmin IQ store. However as you'll spot at the top of this article, it recently came to my attention that someone made a tribute to Jimmy Barnes's giant screaming cowboy from the video for Kirin J Callinan's "Big Enough", and I am very much here for it.
Mike is wearing the Fossil Q Explorist Luggage Leather
I think, (I think) I might have found one of the nicest Wear smartwatches I've worn in a very long time. The Explorist feels like such a different design proposition to the Q Venture or the Q Control because it feels closest to one of Fossil's mechanical watches. It's 12.5mm thick, so I'd definitely like it to be a little slimmer, but it's somewhat masked by the lovely matte blue stainless steel casing and a silver bezel that looks like it should rotate (it doesn't).
The 22mm leather strap is a nice contrast for that metallic, industrial-style body and the perfectly round 454 x 454 pixels resolution touchscreen is nice and bright. It's nice to see more than one physical button here as well, giving you shortcuts to the Google Play Store, while the twisting crown gives you an alternative way to navigate the Wear OS UI. It's definitely a watch made for men, and with the leather band it's a good fit for the casual look. Throw a metal band on it, and I'd happily wear it with something more formal. I just hope its good looks are backed up the performance, as I'm now about to put it to the test.
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