What I Wear: Our favourite wearable tech

The Wareable editorial team picks the wearables we actually wear day in day out
What I Wear: Our favourite wearables

There's wearable tech that's practical, wearable tech that's bonkers and everything in between. This is a list of the tech we actually wear.

At Wareable, we have one (or two or three) fitness bands, smart headphones, hidden trackers, smartwatches and pieces of smart jewellery on our persons at any one time. We test them out, compare them to rivals, leave the worst of them in dusty drawers.

But there's certain devices that are sticky. Because they're useful. Or fun. Or pretty. Or gawp-inducing. Maybe they don't need charging so much. Or the companion app is brilliant. Whatever the reason, these wearables are here to stay.

Paul Lamkin - Editor-in-chief

It's old. The battery life is pretty poor. And it's not likely to win any prizes in the style stakes. Still, the wearable that I can't stop wearing is the Adidas miCoach Smart Run. It's the GPS running watch that I've got used to and, even though there are more competent and feature-rich rivals on the market, I can't seem to escape it.

For day to day tracking, I've had the Withings Activité Pop continuously strapped to my wrist ever since I put it on at CES. However, I've recently returned to Android (I chop and change between Google's platform and iOS) and, shock horror, the Pop isn't supported yet … although we hear it will by the end of the month.

James Stables - Senior editor

After testing all manner of running gear, the Garmin Fenix 2 is still the king of my wrist. It's big, bulky and requires a chest strap for heart rate sensing, but it's accurate and I trust it – and that's hugely important.

When I ran Reigate Half Marathon in 2014, I wasn't using the Fenix that much, opting for RunKeeper for training. In the race I used both, yet to my dismay found that RunKeeper had tracked my run a mile too generously, which ruined my pace and with it my target time. The Garmin was bulletproof, and is now the only watch I trust. Plus, with support for hiking and biking, it's got all my needs covered.

For everyday, it's the LG G Watch R that I keep coming back to. I love the styling, and it gets loads of admiring comments from non-tech friends, who generally don't notice it until I start swiping through my cards. The stock strap is terrible and in bad need of an upgrade, so maybe the LG Watch Urbane is the one to turn my eye.

Dan Sung - Features editor

It's watches for me. I'd be well up for some kind of AR or VR wearable in my life but we're a long way off any of that right now. So, for the time being, it's my sports and style centres that feel the call.

My most precious - and yet fairly inexpensive - wearable is my Garmin Swim. It tells me how much time I'm taking, how far I've gone, how much energy I'm using up and that I'm consistently bad at front crawl. What I dearly love, though, is that it counts my lengths, so that I don't have to bore myself with numbers when I should be focusing on thinking about the technique that I'm so tragically unable to apply.

My other wristwear of choice is the Moto 360. I'm not overly impressed with Android Wear. I do like knowing that someone's calling me but it's really the aesthetics of thing thing that I love. I'll forgive its unthinkably bad blank patch at the bottom because it's so satisfyingly round and chunky like some kind futuristic coin.

Best of all, though, I can turn it into a Rolex Submariner, a Mondaine Helvetica or whatever I fancy depending on my mood - at least until the authorities catch up with me.

Sophie Charara - Contributing editor

For months, it was the Moto 360 that graced my wrists but since I've been doing my Couch to 5K with wearable tech challenge though, I've switched to the Fitbit Charge HR which also happens to be Wareable's best fitness tracker pick. Sorry for not being more imaginative.

It's annoying it doesn't link up to other apps yet, via Google Fit or the like, but I get on really well with Fitbit's app - my resting heart rate is going down in a pleasing manner despite this pic. Plus it's comfortable and crucially, I only need to charge it once a week usually. That I can deal with. My other fave so far for running is the Jabra Sport Pulse which I've worn on every run since I first tried them out.

This list is very fitness heavy so I've got to mention the Samsung Gear VR. Until we get a proper Oculus Rift to play with, this is the wearable I've kept going back to just for the sheer fun of it. I hope Samsung and Oculus keep the momentum going with longer and better apps and games because this has been the most popular bit of tech I've taken home to show friends and family since I joined Wareable.

Kieran Alger - Fitness editor

The one wearable that's earned a permanent place on my wrist is the Polar M400. I love the fact it combines general daily activity tracking with some very competent GPS and heart rate smarts for running, cycling and strength training.

It makes the M400 the ideal fitness wearable for a semi serious amateur runner or cyclist. It's really easy to use and the battery life lasts and lasts. All-in-all it's quite hard to find fault in this mid-range sportswatch.

Check out Kieran's 8 marathons on 3 continents in 20 days charity challenge on Manvmiles.com.

Chloe Atkins - PR manager

I'm fairly new to the wearable tech scene so I've started with the basic Misfit Flash. It's a great price, I love the colour and it's easy to use. It doesn't track my gym activity, which is my main source of exercise, but the point system really motivates me to get off my backside and go for a walk. Handy when I've been sat at my desk all day.

I also feel pretty good about myself when I've reached my goals and it's interesting to learn how many calories my body actually uses in a day. I know it's not 100% accurate but it's still comforting when I haven't been able to resist that Crunchie.

I'm looking to upgrade my fitness tracker soon to one that monitors gym workouts, such as the Jawbone UP Move, but as a starter the Flash has been great – it's a great gift idea as well.

What wearables do you wear every day? Let us know using the comments below...

1 Comment

  • Livia says:

    The misfit shine is fulfilling my goals of counting my steps and my sleep. I also like how it doesn't look like a fitness tracker: it can also look like a high-end watch with a metal mesh or a leather band option, or like a fancy piece of jewelry with an optional pendant holder. I don't worry about tracking in the fitness data besides my steps, although it can accommodate running and swimming with its point system. Ten steps of walking counts as one point and it counts my bounces on the rebound as steps. You can set whatever goal you want within that point framework. Much better than the Garmin product I tried that did not allow me to set my own goal. I really like how unobtrusive the misfit product is, and it has survived going through the laundry. Now I won't be afraid to go swimming with it! I would say that the only down side to this product is that it can pop out of the (not-so-attractive neoprene) wristband, and is therefore easy to lose. Fortunately, when it chose to fall out of my wristband, it did so at home while I was in bed. Now I mostly wear it clipped onto a silver choker (As is, you don't actually need the pendant accessory to hang it on a chain or choker. The set I got came with a loop with a magnet that turns the shine into a pendant or a clip-on.)

    If you have not yet heard about the once a week work out, you might enjoy reading a book called "Body by Science."

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