Fitbit Zip Outdoor Gear: Reviewed And Compared

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Fitness trackers not only track your activity, but they are designed to motivate you to be more active. They usually offer ways to form customizable schedules and healthier habits. The awareness of a device tracking your every move inspires you to get up and move when you become too idle.

Fitbit has been a company dedicated to promoting fitness through several gadgets. From trackers to smartwatches, Fitbit has been in the game for a long time. There are more fitness trackers on the market than can possibly be counted. New technology comes out every year. Some are simple, while others offer more features than anyone could ever want. The Fitbit Zip has been around for a while and is still a go-to fitness tracker for athletes and non-athletes alike.

Overview

The Fitbit Zip is an inexpensive fitness tracker released in 2012, yet it still is one of Fitbit’s best-selling trackers. It’s ideal for those who desire basic, simple functionality or those who want something small and discreet. In a nutshell, it tracks your steps, calories and distance. To see each of them, you simply touch the small LCD screen. The Zip has a clip to hook onto your pocket, belt, bra or wherever seems best.

Connectivity

Battery

Setup

Performance

Fitbit App

Initial Thoughts

Specifications

The Zip features a very easy-to-use screen and no buttons. Changing between activities happens with just a tap of the screen. With each tap, you can scroll through steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, current activity level (smiley face or mocking emoticon with tongue sticking out), and a clock. It’s lightweight and about an inch in size, so it can discreetly be placed on your clothing. It’s comfortable enough to be worn all day. It connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone and has a long-lasting battery. It is compatible with several other third-party apps as well, which is a big plus for many. It works best with iOS. Its Android compatibility is fairly new and only works with the latest Android operating systems.

  • 2 x 1.2 x 1.8 inches
  • 32 ounces
  • Comes in black, white, pink, blue or green
  • Clip on
  • Tracks steps, distance and calories
  • LCD screen
  • Touchscreen
  • No media playback
  • Analytics available via smartphone connection
  • Battery lasts up to six months
  • Water resistant up to 3 feet
  • Released in 2012
  • Pricing

    The Zip can be bought directly from the Fitbit website for $59.95. If you’re an avid Amazon Prime buyer, you’ll be paying a little more. It’s currently listed for $78.99. If you want to save a few bucks, you can check eBay. There are usually some good ones for roughly $40.

    Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker, Charcoal
    • Tracks steps, distance and calories burned
    • Syncs automatically to your computer or select bluetooth 4.0 smartphones or tablets
    • Set goals, view progress and earn badges; Battery type: 3 volt coin battery

    How It Compares

    The Fitbit Zip isn’t the only tracker on the market, so it’s important to compare it to similar products. To keep comparisons as fair as possible, the Zip will only be compared to other non-wearable, clip-on trackers. Various aspects are considered to see how the Zip compares to the Spire Stone, the high-end option; and the Garmin vívofit 2 Belt Clip and Fitbug Orb, which are the inexpensive options.

    Price

    Product

    Price

    Fitbit Zip

    $60

    Spire Stone

    $110-$130

    Garmin vĂ­vofit 2 Belt Clip

    $20

    Fitbug Orb

    $15-$20

    The Spire Stone is the most expensive because it offers more features and focuses on both mind and body. The vívofit and Fitbug are similar in price, with the Zip costing about $40 more.​​​​

    Ease of Use

    Product

    Price

    Fitbit Zip

    Spire Stone

    Garmin vĂ­vofit 2 Belt Clip

    Fitbug Orb

    The Zip comes out on top with usability. It’s incredibly straightforward and user friendly. The Spire Stone is a little more complicated and only compatible with a certain app on iOS. The vívofit is a close second, with its constant changes and updates holding it back from first place. The Fitbug Orb app takes some getting used to, but once you take a few minutes to run through it, it is easy to understand.

    Assembly Time

    Product

    Price

    Fitbit Zip

    Spire Stone

    Garmin vĂ­vofit 2 Belt Clip

    Fitbug Orb

    The vĂ­vofit comes ready to clip on. The Stone is very quick to assemble; simply place the clip on the Stone, and the Fitbug is similar. The Zip is still very easy to assemble as well, but there are three to four different pieces you have to put together.

    Build Quality

    Product

    Price

    Fitbit Zip

    Spire Stone

    Garmin vĂ­vofit 2 Belt Clip

    Fitbug Orb

    The Spire Stone is incredibly durable and is built of high-quality materials. It’s the only one on the list that is washing machine proof. Wearers have complained, however, that it is uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. The vívofit is cheap, and its build shows it. Though the Fitbug Orb is cheap, it has a very sturdy build. The Zip has proved to be of great quality and very durable compared to others.

    Warranty

    Product

    Price

    Fitbit Zip

    Spire Stone

    Garmin vĂ­vofit 2 Belt Clip

    Fitbug Orb

    The Fitbit Zip offers a 40-day free return warranty and a one-year limited warranty. The Spire Stone is close behind with a 30-day return policy and one-year limited warranty. Garmin offers a 14-day return policy and a one-year limited warranty for the vĂ­vofit. The Fitbug only offers a one- week return policy along with its one-year limited warranty.

    Pros

    • Accurate tracking
    • Affordable
    • Incredibly easy to use
    • Long lasting battery, and only $3 to replace
    • Small and discreet
    • Accompanying app works well
    • Works with other third-party apps as well

    Cons

    • Doesn’t track sleep
    • No altimeter to track stairs climbed
    • App only available on iOS and latest Android platforms
    • Must remember to put it on and take it off
    • Mixed reviews when syncing
    • Not washing machine proof
    Spire Stone: Stress Management and Activity Tracker for iOS & Android
    • Stress Control: Spire's patented respiration sensor measures your breathing patterns all-day to help you keep control...
    • When You Need It: If your breathing becomes tense or erratic, a gentle notification gives you actions you can take to...
    • Calm Down: Unlock the calming power of your own breath with visual exercises and guided meditations
    Garmin USA 010-12411-00 Vivofit 2 Belt Clip
    • Vivofit 2 Belt Clip Accessory
    • Design that delivers high availability, scalability, and for maximum flexibility and price/performance
    • Manufactured In China

    Fitbug ORB Activity Tracker - Retail Packaging - Black
    • The Fitbug Orb tracks your steps, distance walked, calories burned and sleep and Compatible with iPhone 4s/5/5s/5c,iPod...
    • Send your steps and sleep data wirelessly to a compatible smartphone or tablet, or via an optional dongle(sold...
    • The Fitbug Orb comes with your personal digital coach, which motivates you to move more, sleep better and eat well
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    Verdict

    Overall, the Fitbit Zip is a great little tracker for basic analysis. It would also work well for entry-level fitness trackers getting their feet wet. It is simple to use and inexpensive. The app allows for more in-depth analysis of your fitness results and customizable goals. It terms of fitness motivation, it doesn’t have a lot going for it. However, the build quality is very sturdy and lasts a long time.  It may be a 2012 tracker, but its ease of use, simplicity, battery life, affordability and app compatibility make it a great pick even still.

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