Waterproof iPhone 7
It may have new colours, a faster processor and a longer battery life than its predecessors, but what we really love about the iPhone 7 is that it’s waterproof, and in lieu of a headphone jack, the tech gurus have introduced a Lightning port which is commonly used for power and file transfers, for audio, or wireless headphones such as those made by Apple’s Beats headphones brand. Lightning connector headphones and a Lightning-to-analogue adapter will be included with the new iPhone. Apple also announced a new set of its EarPod in-ear buds, this time without the cable, called AirPods, which it hopes will ease the transition from the headphones port. From a sports point of view – less faff, much easier to get along with and not likely to be destroyed in a downpour.
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
When it comes to fitness trackers, the market it getting evermore complicated to navigate, but the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ won Fitness Tracker of the Year at the Wareable Tech Awards 2016 for its range of features and high performance. It offers a great mix of activity, heart rate and GPS tracking, although run stats are limited to pace, distance and basic HR, it’s an ideal all-rounder.
Tickr X Workout Tracker
Providing you with a seven minute reps based workout tracker that uses bodyweight exercises to get fit, the Tickr X combined with a free app on iTunes gives you a bit of guidance when it comes to strength training exercises in the park on those cold, brighter winter days. The beauty of it is that it can turn your run/cycle around town into a complete workout, or it means you can put a spare seven minutes here and there to good use!
Jabra Sport Pulse
If you don’t go down the iPhone 7 AirPod route, then try out the Jabra Sport Pulse Bluetooth headphones with heart-rate tracking built in. The carbon encased earphones place the heart rate tracker right in the inner-ear. They also team up with a companion app to offer voice guided zone and interval training if you fancy it.
Taking the meaning of wearable tech to a whole new level, Athos combines snug-fitting, biosignal monitoring sensor-loaded garments and a Bluetooth enabled wearable core chip allows you to harness some of the most precise and in-depth workout data, the combined result of which records the entire body in motion and transmits it back to an app in real time.