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.

Read this:The best fitness trackers to work out with

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

What I Wear: Our favourite wearable tech

I'm currently going through a Polar phase. I gave up on Adidas' miCoach platform once the German giant admitted it wasn't going to make any more GPS running watches any longer and decided to go all-in with Polar. The M600 had already won me over and is obviously a much better device now it's running Android Wear 2.0.

Trouble is, as good as the M600 is, you can't really rely on any smartwatch as a regular running watch without being a dedicated charger. So I back up the M600 with an M400, which I always have in my bag in case I fancy a spur-of-the-moment run.

Down the pub both the M400 and M600 are a touch sporty for my 'look' so I usually pull out a smart hybrid – either an ageing Mondaine Helvetica No.1 Smart or an (even more) ageing Withings Activité Pop. On the golf course I'm a TomTom guy – but I'm sticking with the original Golfer for now as I wasn't won over by the sequel.

James Stables - Executive 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.

Michael Sawh - Editor

What I Wear: Our favourite wearable tech

I've been using TomTom running watches since the first Runner and while I know there's more feature-packed watches out there, this is the one I always go back to. I love going random runs in new places and while I know route exploration is not new for running watches, it just works so well on the Spark 3. As a swim tracker it's brilliant too and after months of biggin' up by our executive editor James, I've finally become a bit of a Strava convert and started to send my data to the app in the quest to rise up the Wareable Run Club leaderboard.

I basically can't live without music so I've been switching between the Bragi Dash and Jabra Sport Elite smart earbuds for training and commuting. I'll hold my hands up and admit I don't really take advantage of the fitness tracking features all that much, but it definitely feels weird reverting back to a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones. I do though still need to keep a reserve pair of wired one because battery life on smart earbuds still suck.

A couple of devices I've stuck with that I didn't think I would is the Fitbit Charge 2 and the Apple Watch Series 2, specifically the Nike+ edition. It's amazing what a nice Nike watch face and strap can do to make it a more desirable smartwatch. The notification support is some of the best out there as well. I've taken a lot longer to warm to the Charge 2, but it does exactly what you want from a fitness tracker and that's key here.

My favourite wearable right now though, once I can retrieve it back from regular Wareable contributor Kieran Alger, is the Lumo Run. This running coach you wear on your shorts represents everything that I feel makes wearables such an exciting place to be right now. It's a device that has really made a difference in my life, specifically helping me become a better runner. The real-time coaching has had such a unexpected impact on helping me get faster and I'll never forget that first moment it really felt like it was making a difference. Keep up the good work Lumo.

Sophie Charara - Features 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.

Conor Alison - Reporter

What I Wear: Our favourite wearable tech

Since it dropped late last year, the Apple Watch Series 2 has been my loyal wrist companion for all occasions. As an iPhone user, workouts and general activity sync without effort, notification support is as good as it gets and the battery is just strong enough to get me through two relatively heavy days of use. It's also managed to handily replace my wallet thanks to the NFC support.

But while it's got some strong aspects, I've been tampering with sworn enemy Samsung in recent times, too. Its Gear S3 brings much of the same to the fore, but getting around the device is a nicer experience. I've also been testing out its predecessor, the Gear S2 as well, which offers the same positive user interface in a smaller body. Whether either will take over full time remains to be seen.

Thankfully, no matter which of these smartwatches is sitting on my wrist, they're all able to pair nicely with the Polar H7 chest strap and Jabra Sport Pulse headphones for when I need to hit the treadmill or trail.

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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