Roll up, roll up, it's time once again for What I'm Wearing, the place where we detail the smartwatches, accessories and wearables we're rocking this week.
Here at Wareable HQ, we like to share the wearable tech love, that way we can all come to an agreement (sometimes) on what we like, really like and what we probably won't wear again.
This week, we've got something new from Fitbit, a Wear (not Android Wear) favourite with a new look and a different kind of smart garment to talk about.
Got an accessory, watch face or wearable that we should check out then drop? Oh, do you now? Well, drop us a line at [email protected] and you could see it donned in a future edition of What I'm Wearing.
Mike is wearing the Fitbit Ionic: Adidas Edition
Now that our executive editor James has finished up his Fitbit Ionic Adidas Edition review, I was keen to give it a spin and see if it was all that different from the standard Ionic. It's not, but there's something I really like about it.
The Ionic's design has grown on me over time and while the Adidas version isn't all that different, I'm definitely more drawn to the combination of the new navy blue perforated band with the silver watch case. It's still sporty, but it just feels a bit more polished. The perforated band is more fiddly to secure than the standard Ionic band, but like the one on Apple's Nike+ edition of the Apple Watch, it does look the part. The Adidas-themed watch face with its big bold look is a great addition to Fitbit's growing number of watch faces you'd actually want to use. It's just a shame that Adidas didn't put more of them on the Ionic.
I'm planning to put this Ionic through a rigorous running test, but as far as first impressions go, I think I'm going to enjoy wearing this smartwatch for the next few weeks.
Conor is wearing the Skagen Falster with steel-mesh strap
We've seen plenty of emphasis on fashion-first smartwatches from Fossil Group over the past 12 months, and Skagen's introduction to the world of Wear OS is perhaps the most attractive we've seen yet.
When we reviewed the Skagen Falster last month, we praised the slim, elegant design of this Wear device, despite its lack of hardcore tech features. And while US editor Hugh repped the Falster with the brown leather strap, I've instead been getting familiar with the silver, steel-mesh equivalent.
Unlike many metal loop designs, this features a clasp mechanism to lock things in place. And, crucially, the bezel is light enough to ensure there's no slippage. It's also not an uncomfortable strap, when compared to rubber or leather options I'm rotating between, meaning that it's easy to keep on all day and not just keep in the drawer for formal occasions.
‚Ä¶and the Komodo AIO smart sleeve
We've long lamented the limitations of wrist-based heart rate monitors and the optical sensor technology they employ, and slowly but surely we're seeing more wearables raising the bar.
The AIO smart sleeve is one of the latest, bypassing light-based heart tracking and instead using an ECG sensor, which slips underneath the sleeve and aims to pick up more accurate data, as well as helping provide real-time heart rate variability readings, activity stats and sleep tracking.
I'll be putting the tech to the test in the gym over the next couple of weeks and offering a full review, but for now let's offer a quick note on design. As with any compression top/sleeve, this is perfectly able to slip underneath a regular gym tee, and with this particular design being, well, a little loud, I'll likely be keeping it under the wraps of a long sleeve option unless I can find something to help pull this off.
Thankfully, if you're for something a little more discreet, Komodo also offers the AIO in black and white colour options.