Nike FuelBand SE (2nd Generation) - REVIEW
Keeping the Count — Troubles, Tips, & Takeaways
After two weeks of fueling around town and comparing notes with other Nike+ friends, it’s clear the wristband isn’t perfect. Some potential downsides to consider are listed below (just remember that these observations are by no means scientific, and users’ experiences can always differ).
- Legs get less love. Since the FuelBand is worn on the wrist, lower body movements from lunging and squatting to kicking a soccer ball aren't rewarded as highly as exercises that involve the arms. (Trust me: I tried snapping the band on my not-skinny-enough ankle for leg day last week — consider that a no-go.)
- There’s no need for speed. While we have no doubt Usain Bolt would hit his daily target, it seems speed — and force — aren't directly factored into the fuel formula. Based on my (highly unsophisticated) tests, 20 strides at 50 percent speed earned approximately the same amount of fuel as 20 strides at 80 percent.
- Cold weather keeps us down.With temperatures in the 30s, it’s tempting to keep those hands in pockets. But he lack of arm motion appears to keep fuel points from racking up as quickly. Try packing gloves to have brisk walks count — or just look forward to higher numbers come springtime.
- Transportation shakes things up.While a smooth ride should be fuel-free, rockier modes of transportation can tack on some unwarranted NikeFuel. Thanks, potholes!
- Not all sports get to shine. Because of the FuelBand’s current limitations, a speed skater won't clock as much fuel as a tennis player, and a cyclist can't compete with a boxer. And swimming — not happening. At least not yet…
At the end of the day, it’s clear the technology still has a long way to go — and Nike’s sure to raise the bar whenever the next generation of FuelBands hit stores. In the meantime, users like me will continue to enjoy their fun new toy — and maybe walk those few extra blocks, do a few extra sets, and end their day having accomplished yet another healthy goal. To learn more about the Nike+FuelBand visit www.nike.com/fuelband, available for purchase in stores and online (although don’t blame us if it’s still sold out!).
Video: Review: Nike+ Fuelband
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