What is a Fitbit Surge? – FitBit Surge Review 2016

What is a Fitbit Surge? – FitBit Surge Review 2016

Product: FitBit Surge
Price: $235.98 = large, $199.89 = small
Where to buy the Fitbit Surge: Amazon.com
Warranty: 2-years
My Rating: 8.5/10

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FitBit Surge Review 2016


The FitBit surge is the newest addition to the FitBit family. I personally am a fitness geek and always love trying out the latest/newest fitness devices so I had to get one to see what all they hype was about.

The fitness surge offers a ton of different features. Check out the Pros and the Cons of each listed below:

 

1. Heart – Rate Monitor
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Pros:

  • Very accurate readings when worn correctly (tightly snug).
  • Very useful when engaging in high intensity workouts – allows you to see where your heart rate is at.
  • Measures your HR through something called optical recognition – fancy term for measuring your blood flow by emitting a green light that penetrates your capillaries. This gives a very precise reading.
  • Gives you a 24/7 reading of your heart rate so you can compare it to previous days.

Cons:

  • Takes a few minutes for the reading to stabilize – which isn’t bad at all. If jumping around/ doing exercises of that nature you wont get the most accurate reading.
  • Need to make sure its tight all the time or else you get a very inaccurate reading (if worn casually, it won’t give you the correct reading) 


2. Step Counter

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Pros:

  • Gives very accurate numbers –  tracks your steps accurately (give or take 200 steps).
  • If you are interested in stair climbing – tracks the amount of stairs you’ve climbed.
  • it makes you get off your but and MOVE – it motivates you to get away from your normal sedentary life.

    Cons:

  • The odd time steps will be recorded while your taking a shower, in the car, etc.. No step counter is perfect


3. Sleep Monitor
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Pros:

  • Unlike other fitness trackers (i.e. Garmin) the FitBit Surge doesn’t require you to manually tell it that you are going to bed. It automatically does this for you!
  • When using it, it seemed to work perfectly, it’s tracking accuracy was within a few minutes of falling asleep and waking up. I usually have problem with sleep trackers, but this one seemed to do the job.


4. GPS + Activity Tracker
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Pros:

  •  Records your pace, distance, and elevation climbed and lets you review your routes and split times. You can see all of your recordings when you install the FitBit app.
  • Can track yourself while your running and also while your cycling! Allows you to also track yourself while doing weights or different activities such as yoga, pilates, etc.

Cons:

  • I’ve had some issues near buildings where the FitBit wouldn’t record my running routes.


5. Battery Life
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Pros:

  • The battery lasts longer than the FitBit charge that I previously owned. I don’t usually have to charge it until 5 or 7 days later.

Cons:

  • The GPS burns up a lot of the battery life.. When I am using the GPS to track my routes –  the battery life lasts about 2 or 3 days maybe.

Would I Recommend?


Yes, I would recommend it, especially if you work at an office desk for most of the day. I use it more as a motivator, it motivates me to get up and be active throughout the day. A lot of people wanna know of ways on how to get fit and healthy at work – well this is one of them!

Although this being said, the FitBit isn’t for everyone. It does have some flaws that need to be fixed and it is decently pricey.

Let me know what you think about the FitBit Surge? Is it worth buying? How do you like your FitBit surge?

Check it out for yourself here!

Comment Below!

8 Comments

  • Juan

    Reply Reply January 12, 2016

    I used to own the FitBit charge until I lost it. It used to motivate me so much and I loved being able to track my calories and steps. I am in the market looking for the next best thing.

    Your review of the Fitbit Surge is very comprehensive. I love the fact that the battery lasts for so long. That is a huge plus for me.

    • Dylan

      Reply Reply January 12, 2016

      Hey Juan thanks for the comment, I use the FitBit for the exact same thing, but there are a lot of other accessories that come along with it. Helps keep me motivated to be active! If you have any questions about it i’d love to help!

      Cheers

  • David

    Reply Reply January 12, 2016

    Thanks, Dylan for your review of the Fitbit Surge. This was very timely because we recently purchased a fitbit scale, and I have been considering a product to wear that can communicate with my scale. Do know if the surge is compatible? You mention it is pricey. How does it compare to other trackers?

    • admin

      Reply Reply January 12, 2016

      Hey David no problem, happy to help. Unfortunately the scale does not communicate with the FitBit surge. The scale (like the FitBit Surge) can be hooked up to your computer or another device (iPad/mobile device) via the FitBit app. It is pretty pricey, 250 for the large display and 200 for the small. The prices don’t vary too much between products – the FitBit surge is very similar to the FitBit blaze, and FitBit charge. Thanks for the comment!

  • Dara

    Reply Reply January 12, 2016

    I’ve been curious about the Fitbit for awhile now. The price tag has been the most off-putting to me, but since this is a new one perhaps the older versions will become a bit more affordable for me. I’l have to look into it.
    Can you tell me what the benefit of tracking your sleep would be? see it recorded restless periods and one awake time. How is this information beneficial? Or is it more just to have the information?

    • Dylan

      Reply Reply January 12, 2016

      Hey Dara, It is very pricey (which is a big turn-off for sure). With that being said the older versions are great aswell, they do most of the things that the FitBit surge can do.

      It is more about the information that you obtain while sleeping. First of all, on average, people should be getting around 8 – 9 hours of sleep. The device allows you to track the amount hours – and helps you adjust your sleep schedule so that you can get enough/

      It also tells you if you are having restless sleeps, and how many times you wake up during your sleep. It does this by tracking the amount of movement throughout the night (you can set the sensitivity).This is beneficial for detecting sleep disorders.

      But in short, it is more about tracking the amount of hours you sleep at night – and how restless you are!

      Thanks for the comment, if you have anymore feel free to ask!

      Cheers

  • DeAndray

    Reply Reply January 12, 2016

    Oh Lordy, Just by gazing at you’re site I have more knowledge on sitting and the side effects. I never really wondered why the butt was soft and hands and feet are so tough. What happens when we sit especially for to long. Man, makes me want to stand up. you’re sit is educational and to let us all know that we need to keep an active lifestyle because of how long we sit each day. great site bro. keep doing what you’re doing.

    • Dylan

      Reply Reply January 12, 2016

      Thanks a ton man I appreciate the comment! If you have any questions about the side effects or anything dealing with ways to be more active and healthy at the workplace, feel free to ask!

      Cheers

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