Fitbit Surge Fitness tracker with continuous heart rate monitoring

Previously when my wife took up running and regular exercise and wanted to get a fitness tracker, I did suggest getting one of the more expensive models. But as she was not sure whether she would have a sustained interest in this, she decided that getting the less expensive Riversong fitness tracker would suffice. But now that she is really getting into running and exercise, she finally decided that there were some features that were essential to have in such a tracker. Hence she decided to buy the Fitbit Surge.

The Fitbit Surge is very different to what my wife had initially wanted in a fitness tracker. For one, it is much bigger and looks more like a watch. Next factor in the cost of £147.99 from Amazon, which is a fair bit of money. But ultimately it was the features and the even better App from Fitbit that swung it for her.

Fitbit Surge
Fitbit Surge

It definitely looks larger than her previous fitness tracker, which has now been passed on to my youngest daughter who also does exercises with my wife and is actually probably the most physically fit in our house.

Fitbit Surge with charging cable and USB dongle
Fitbit Surge with charging cable and USB dongle

The different between Fitbit Surge and other fitness trackers is that it has continuous heart rate monitoring, which can be helpful particularly if trying to monitor this for cardio workouts where hitting a certain percentage of maximum heart rate is important. The Riversong Fitness tracker and many others only monitor this every so often (10-20 minute intervals), so is not often enough to be helpful for monitoring progress during such exercises.

Rear of Fitbit surge with heart rate sensor and the charging port
Rear of Fitbit surge with heart rate sensor and the charging port

There is a port for plugging the charger in. Hence the Fitbit Surge should not be immersed in water.

Charging cable plugged in
Charging cable plugged in

It rather looks like a smart watch rather than a fitness tracker.

My wife wearing the Fitbit Surge
My wife wearing the Fitbit Surge

The syncing was straight forward, as my oldest daughter helped my wife with this. But this does involve downloading the Fitbit App.

Backlit screen
Backlit screen

The free Fitbit App is an excellent app and very useful indeed. My wife certainly likes this more than the one from Riversong.

Fitbit App
Fitbit App

She even sent me pics of what she managed to achieve on one of the days following the purchase of the Fitbit Surge. Clearly it gives plenty of details of what she has done, and seems to be more accurate than the Riversong fitness tracker.

My wife's stats for one of the days
My wife’s stats for one of the days

This is the main feature that made my wife get the Fitbit Surge – the continuous heart rate monitoring. It tells her if she has been pushing herself enough when doing certain exercises, so she can improve on this the next time she does it again.

Heart rate continuous monitoring
Heart rate continuous monitoring

What is good about the Fitbit Surge?

  1. Continuouse heart rate monitoring, as that can be so useful when analysing your performance after the exercise session.
  2. The GUI of the Fitbit App is well laid out and contains plenty of useful information.
  3. The backlit screen is visible even in the sun – something the Riversong fitness tracker cannot do.
  4. My wife likes the calorie input data with a large selection of food and their calorie content, as it helps her keep track of what she is eating and what she is burning off from exercise.
  5. The syncing with iPhone is instantaneous.

What could be improved?

  1. This is not a cheap fitness tracker by any means, and is likely to be bought by someone who is really into fitness and running.

My wife is very pleased with the Fitbit Surge, and I can see that she enjoys using it while she goes about her work and also at the end of the day. Clearly Fitbit know what they are doing, which is why they have become the brand synonymous with fitness trackers.

Verdict: Recommended.

Boon