Nike Fuel Band Review. A Useful Training Tool In a Compact Package.
Overview: Well, the lady surprised me with an early anniversary gift in the Nike Fuelband. As per usual, Nike has come through in spades when it comes to packaging, marketing and development. The company went hard at SXSW and encouraged users to hoof it everywhere for some extra points. Gotta love the packaging. Of course Nike could have went the Apple route and gone absolutely minimalist, but I like the larger box. The matte feel is always welcomed as shiny/glossy surfaces kind of remind me of sh*tty business cards you pay like $10 per 35328957037245 for. Inside the box is a charger, stand, and attachment/tool to adjust the size of your band. Unless you’ve got huge wrists, most dudes will probably fall into the medium range, and most women into the small. Using the tool to adjust length was a bit tricky but after a few tries it’s easy to add/subtract length. Just make sure the attachment is fully in place or you might lose a link during tough workouts.
Construction: The Fuelband itself is mostly covered in a polypropylene compound and is pretty sturdy. I haven’t had any troubles thus far with wear and tear on the button or finish of the band, and the locking mechanism seems to be holding up just fine. There are a few nicks fro hard use but nothing that would really expose the delicate inner workings of the band. I’ve taken more than a few tumbles off of my bike with it and aside from a small scratch, the band works great. You’d either have to directly impact the band on a hard surface to actually damage it.
Technology: The Fuelband measures three metrics specific to working out: Nike Fuel (which is an arbitrary number to let you know how much energy you’re burning), calories burned, and steps taken. There’s tiny accelerometers in the band to measure all of them, although they won’t be as good an indicator of pure calories burned as a heart rate monitor. All of your statistics are flashed across a screen consisting of tiny LED lights, which adjust according to the amount of light in the environment. While the formula used to calculate Fuel points can’t be directly correlated to the amount of calories you burn, it’s a great index for people who live a sedentary lifestyle.While the concept behind the Fuel Band isn’t revolutionary, it gives you a whole lot of info in a small package. And when you’re working out, smaller is better. Unlike shrinkage. You charge the band via USB, and it takes roughly two hours max for a full charge. I’ve gone four days without a charge and my battery was down to about 25%, so I applaud the battery life on the Fuel Band.
Aside from working out, I’m at my desk for literally half the day. So ever so often it’s nice to see how I’m doing fuel-wise. If you’re a workout freak, chances are you won’t need the Fuel Band. If you love gadgets and need reminders to get up and move around when you’re at your desk, buy it.
Performance: The Fuel Band is definitely a nice tool to have around if you want to live more of an active lifestyle. I mean, you don’t want to drop $150 for a nice looking watch. You actually want to use it for what it was intended to be used for. To get out and make activities count toward the universal currency we all call Nike Fuel. This product isn’t necessarily something you’d use to replace a heart rate monitor but more of a supplement. It’s easier to carry on your person and serves as a constant reminder to be more active. Unfortunately, if you love doing pushups and pull ups, the Fuel Band won’t measure those accurately. Neither will wit measure bicycling very well. But you can either slap the band on your ankle or throw it in a pocket and get paid with some Nike Fuel for your efforts. I’m not really one who gets motivated by others since a lot of my friends either don’t live by me or just don’t like doing the same physical activities, so this product is a welcome addition to give me a little extra motivation when I’m tired during the day. When my goal is 3000 and I hit 4300, it’s definitely gratifying and makes me keep striving for more points.
If you can, cop a Nike Fuel Band when they drop again. I’m a gadget lover and it just so happens that this one comes in a neat package and helps give me that extra push to be more active when I leave
prison the office for the day which definitely helps given my long daily commute.