Fitbit HR Review

Fitbit HR Review

Fitbit HRFirst off let me say, if you have an addictive personality, this device is dangerous.  I have been wearing my Fitbit HR for about 6 weeks now and I’m sore as hell.  I can’t stop walking, yesterday I walked for over 7 hours, trying to attain a new “step” record or some new virtual badge.  I’m not sure if this thing is healthy for me or if it’s killing my work productivity but I love it.  I am training to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro this June and having my Fitbit HR is just the tool I need to stay motivated in my training.  I’m not sure how accurate the mileage or “floors” count is but it really doesn’t matter, the step count is very accurate and that alone gives me the benchmark of how I’m doing in my training.  If you have a goal oriented personality, this device will keep you motivated.  Sometimes (like today) I don’t feel like going hiking, but with this damn piece of plastic strapped to my wrist, I feel compelled to just get it done.  I went out early to get my “steps” out of the way so I could spend the remainder of my day catching up on other tasks.  Overall I love this little thing and I plan to take it with me to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in June.  I often wonder how many steps a day I will take while trekking up the side of that overblown hill.  I can’t wait to find out.  In all fairness of an honest review, one I was given nothing to generate, let me tell you a few things I don’t like about my Fitbit HR.  First, it’s not waterproof, WTF???  When I end up hiking in heavy rain I take it off and put it in a plastic bag.  Again WTF a cheap $10 watch from Walmart is waterproof, how difficult would it have been to make this thing waterproof?  I’ve seen videos of a guy Moonriseswimming in his but I don’t have another $150 to risk on taking my swimming in hopes that it can stand up to the abuse.  My second complaint is that it’s not particularly small, it’s skinny width wise but it stands up a bit and I seem to hit it on everything.  The screen is getting tough to read it has so many scratches and I’ve only been wearing it for 6 weeks.  Soon I’ll have to depend on syncing it with my phone to know where I stand on my steps because I won’t be able to see anything on the screen.  Finally, it would be nice to have the ability, either through the app or directly on the device, to pause the step counting.  I don’t live within 60 miles of a paved road and it counts steps like crazy on these bumpy roads.  I will often leave my fitbit at home and go for a hike to make up for the steps it counted while I was driving to the airstrip or something.  Maybe I’m the only one in the world with this issue but I used to live in Los Angeles and the roads there were rough as hell, I can’t help but to think people wearing it there are counting steps down every bumpy road.

All in, I do love my Fitbit HR and I strongly recommend it to anyone who needs a physical reminder to get off their ass.  Sometimes I hate the reminder but I always feel better at about the 10,000 step and above mark.


Pilot Michael
Pilot Michael