Whether this person loves to work out at the gym, cycle, go for a morning run, or play an organized sport, there are plenty of tech gadget gifts that they will appreciate. Some of these items can help them perform better, others simply enhance the experience.
Check out some tech gift options for sports and fitness buffs, or simply for those looking to live a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Apple Watch Smartwatch
The latest Apple Watch has tons of improvements that will make it an ideal gift for the new user, or someone looking to upgrade. While you won't get the electrocardiogram (ECG) feature in Canada, it has tons of cool functions. The accelerometer and gyroscope that can detect hard falls in watchOS 5, and the 30% larger display that's easier to read with larger text, and 50% louder speaker, will be especially appreciated by older users who might have sight or hearing issues. A relocated microphone also helps reduce echo. With the next-generation S4 chip and custom 64-bit dual-core processor, it maintains the same all-day battery life, which is necessary for power users. The Digital Crown includes haptic feedback, and the black ceramic and sapphire crystal back allows radio waves to more easily pass through, affording better cell service, says Apple. Enjoy dedicated workouts, and Walkie-Talkie functions between Watch users, over Wi-Fi or cellular. Starts at $519 for the GPS version, $649 for the GPS Cellular.
GoPro Hero 7 Black Action Camera
Those involved in extreme sports, or any kind of action-packed sports or fitness activity, will love being able to capture the action with this camera (shown in the middle), which can record 4K videos and 12MP stills at up to 60-frames-per-second (fps) with HyperSmooth digital imagine stabilization, 2.7K resolution video at 120fps, and 1,080p video at 240 fps for super slow-motion playback. It comes in a chassis that is waterproof up to 33 feet, with an intuitive 2" LCD with touch zoom framing, so you can even use it while swimming or skiing, with an optional mount. Additional features include face, smile, and scene detection and voice control; as well as a vertical capture feature for easier integration with social media. Turn the camera to the side and shoot portrait photos that can be uploaded seamlessly to Snapchat, Instagram, and other online social destinations. It captures stereo and raw audio and supports an external microphone via an optional adapter. There's an HDMI video output, live streaming capabilities, TimeWarp video, and a removable battery. US$400.
Piq Robot Blue Boxing Device
Developed in partnership with Everlast, this wearable AI sports sensor delivers actionable information to boxers, allowing them to improve their punches by identifying key strengths, so you know what areas to work on. It measures the speed of the punch, G-force at impact, and retraction time via a device that straps to your wrist. Relive sessions, track progress with performance metrics, and see how you measure up to friends and the community through the accompanying app. US$99
Beryl Lasterlight Bicycle Light
For cyclists, especially those who live in busy cities and like to ride at night, the Beryl Laserlight bicycle light is a great safety gadget. It projects a green laser image in the shape of a bicycle on the road, up to more than five metres away, to give cyclists a better chance of being seen at junctions and busy streets. The bright white LEDs operate at three levels of brightness up to 300 lumens, and in flashing and constant modes. The tapered, sandblasted anodized aluminum light has diamond-cut edges, and a control panel features two buttons to operate the light and laser, as well as magnetic pins for connecting the USB charging cable. The light is backlit with green, blue and red LEDs that work as battery level indicators. It can withstand vibrations from the road. On the underside of the Laserlight, a trigger-style clasp makes uncoupling with one hand easy. The entire unit is sealed and fully waterproof up to 1 metre. US$135
Fitbit Charge 3 Activity Tracker
Fitness trackers are all the rage, not only for active individuals and sports enthusiasts, but for average individuals who just want to keep track of how many steps they take per day, their heart rate, and sleep patterns. But sports and fitness enthusiasts, in particular, will get good use out of one like the Fitbit Charge 3. It contains advanced sensor and algorithm technology, can run for up to seven days, and employs a swimproof design: it's water-resistant up to 50 metres. Get greater accuracy with the 24/7 PurePulse heart rate technology, along with a better measure of calorie burn and resting heart rate. The SpO2 sensor estimates changes in blood oxygen levels, and track health issues like sleep apnea. It has a touchscreen OLED display, more than 15 goal-based exercise modes, connected GPS along with Run Detect with auto pause and auto stop (coming soon), female health tracking, a new personalized, on-device dashboard for viewing daily stats and activity, and personalized insights about data like nutrition, sleep, and heart rate. Connect to more than 25 million active users; and get smartphone notifications, including quick replies for Android (coming soon). $199.95; special edition with NFC is $219.95.
Beem United BeActive S100 Wireless Fitness Earphones
Listening to music is a big part of working out for many, whether it's at the gym or going for a nightly run. But you want to make sure they include sports-friendly features, like a secure and comfortable in-ear fit, and sweat-resistance. These earphones add another interesting element: in-ear heart rate sensors for continuous heart rate tracking. Sitting behind your neck, you can remove them from your ears and leave them around your neck in between sets. Use Bluetooth 4.1 technology for real-time streaming of heart rate and voice updates. Operating for up to eight hours, they can be back up and running after just an hour and-a-half charge. They sport a 9.2mm dynamic speaker, and comfortable ear wings that fit securely and won't fall out as you shake your head. Use the Beem Sport app to select a preferred workout, including running, jogging, indoor or outdoor cycling, and more, and receive real-time heart rate data. Keep a log of workout history to track personal progress; and use the waterproof earphones for hands-free calling with both Android and iOS devices. US$159
Peloton Home-Connected Exercise Bike
I'll bet you know someone who really wants to work out, but just doesn't have the time to head out to a gym. And they might have exercise equipment at home, but lack the motivation to work out on their own, or pop in a workout DVD to get their Jane Fonda on. This home exercise bike combines the ability to work out at home with the motivation of a class. How? Each bike includes a display on which you can access a variety of live and on-demand exercise classes, all produced in Peloton's New York City studio. The company was founded and concept devised by John Foley and his wife Jill, who are fitness enthusiasts, but found it difficult to find time to attend classes after becoming parents. You can stream 14 daily live and 10,000 on-demand immersive cycling classes. The Peloton Bike retails in Canada for $2,950 (including delivery and setup) plus $49/mo. for access to Peloton Digital's unlimited class subscription, which includes cycling, as well as "Floor" workouts, such as running, bootcamp, strength, stretching, and yoga. You can try out one of the bikes for yourself at a new showroom
in Toronto, at 130 Bloor St. W. There are also plans to open a store in Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, and two in Western Canada: one in the West Edmonton Mall in November, and another in CF Chinook Centre in Calgary. They might very well be open already by the time you read this.
Garmin fenix 5 Pls GPS Multisport Watch Series
The Garmin fenix 5 Plus GPS multisport watch series include routable topographical maps, storage for music playlists, the Garmin Pay contactless payment solution, and wrist-based Pulse Oximeter 1 for altitude acclimation awareness. The rugged watches range in size from 42-51mm and all boast a bright, sunlight readable display. They feature a 1.2-inch display, and offer a wrist-based Pulse Oximeter, which is useful for higher altitude activities. There's also wrist-based heart rate, multisport and smart connectivity features, built-in map data optimized for at-a-glance navigation and location tracking, and the Trendline popularity routing feature that uses Garmin Connect data to help users find and follow the best trails and running routes based on billions of miles logged by previous Garmin users. They can store up to 500 songs, and get up to 10 days of battery life in smartwatch mode. US$700-US$1,150
Garmin Approach Z80 Integrated Laser Range Finger With GPS
Another entry from Garmin on this list, this device is designed specifically for golfers, helping you measure precise distance to the flag from up to 350 yards away. , features overload maps from more than 41,000 courses around the world, and provides 2-D overlays for both Course and Green Views. Lock the flag finder to get a precise distance, or draw a Laser Range Arc on the green to see if the pin is in the front, middle, or back, and to see what else is in play when ranging other targets on the course. PlaysLike Distance adjusts distances based on an uphill or downhill slope, so you can select the best club for the situation. With a blind shot, use Pin Pointer to get the direction and distance to the centre of the green. Turn tournament mode on to make the device tournament legal, or off to enable PlaysLike and Pin Pointer. Q2, MSRP $600
Scosche BaseClamp Powersports
Designed for outdoor enthusiasts who participate in activities that involve ATV/UTV/SxS vehicles, motorcycles, PWCs, boats, and other vehicles, these clamping accessories help keep your gear secure. All BaseClamp products feature a high-performance resin coating and stainless-steel hardware. They fit perfectly on popular sizes of bars from 1.5-inch to 2-inch diameters, as well as a slew of base attachments to secure various accessories, including mobile devices, mirrors, whips, fire extinguishers, BoomBottle waterproof wireless speakers, additional handles, lighting, and others. The Panoramic Mirror helps riders keep an eye on the surroundings via its wide-angle convex curved lens, whether hitting the trails, the dunes, or the ocean. It is fully adjustable while mounted, providing the perfect personal viewpoint. MSRP US$100
Misfit Vapor 2 Smartwatch
This touchscreen smartwatch works with both iOS and Android devices, and is powered by Wear OS by Google. You get standalone GPS, and NFC support, and Wear OS by Google provides users with a variety of features, including the Google Assistant, hundreds of apps on the Google Play, notification alerts, and Google Fit. Like its predecessor, Misfit Vapor 2 features a built-in music player, 4GB of storage, an upgraded and redesigned optical heart rate sensor, swim-proof design and all-day battery life. Choose between a 41mm and 46mm satin-finished stainless steel case option in eight colours, different band options, and customize the watch face, including the colour, background image, and even font. Leave your phone at home when you go for a run, and track distance traveled using standalone GPS, calories burned, and steps taken using Wear OS by Google and other downloadable third-party apps. View and track resting and active heart rate with an improved built-in heart sensor. Select from various music apps on the go, and pair Bluetooth headphones for a full wireless experience. NFC-enabled payments, available in select countries, lets you make secure payments right from their watch. The Vapor 2 has a round AMOLED touchscreen display offering 328 pixels per inch, Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Platform, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. It uses standard USB port charging that connects to a magnetic charging cradle, and is compatible with phones running iOS 9.3 and Android 4.4 (excluding Go edition). Starts at US$250.
Fitness Boxing Game for Nintendo Switch
Keep the activity going inside the home as well, with this new Fitness Boxing game that features boxing-based workouts combined with instrumental versions of popular music hits. While gripping the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers, you will be punching, weaving, and squatting using the built-in motion controls to get your whole body moving. The gam does not require any special gym equipment. Daily training in Fitness Boxing offers both low- and high-intensity options. After selecting from a diverse group of trainers, you can customize their looks with unlockable trainer outfits. The game estimates your approximate body mass index (BMI) and daily calories burned so you can track your progress. As you move toward reaching your goals, you can earn more songs and can engage with more challenging training circuits. With two-player mode, you can team up with a friend or family member to play in tandem or face off in a virtual boxing ring. It won't ship until January 4, 2019, but you can give the person an IOU to help them keep that New Year's Resolution.
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