Fitbit Blaze: the perfect smart watch for cyclists?

The Fitbit Blaze could be the watch we've been waiting for

If you’re after a single product that can act as a cycling computer, while still monitoring other aspects of your lifestyle such as sleep quality and number of steps, then the new Fitbit Blaze could be a good option.

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Launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, the Blaze is the second Fitbit device to incorporate features after the Surge which was released back in 2014. However the Blaze is much more in the smart watch mold, with a larger colour screen similar to the one seen on the Apple Watch.

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But back to those fitness features. The Fitbit Blaze includes a heart rate monitor in the strap which means you don’t have to wear a heart rate monitor around your chest, as well as a number of pre-planned workouts which can be downloaded. It also has the ability to recognise your activity (whether it be cycling, running, walking etc.) without you having to tell it what your doing.

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However, there are a few downsides which might make you think twice before making a purchase. Firstly, it is water-resistant not waterproof, so be sure to keep it clear of heavy rain, and it lacks its own GPS, meaning it has to use your phone in order to use GPS tracking.

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The possible reason for these omissions is that the Fitbit Blaze tries to pack in an awful lot of other features for its £159.99 price. It will connect with your phone to give smart notifications of calls and texts and let you control your music. As you’d expect from Fitbit, it will also monitor your daily activity, and analyse your sleep time and quality.

The claimed battery of five days is also half-decent compared to its competitors, while there is also a choice of straps so it should look as good off the bike as on it.

Availability is set for March 2016, but you can pre-order one now.

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