I’ve admitted my addiction to fitness trackers, but it’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a new product. I even upgraded my Fitbit Alta to an AltaHR without writing about it–not quite as monumental as running a race without writing about it, but still! When the folks behind the Q Band Fitness Tracker reached out to me, I almost politely declined, but I’m so glad I took them up on their offer because their fitness tracker is a fantastic product at a great price.
Seriously, this product has ALL the features!
Q Band Fitness Tracker Review
Out of the box, the Q Band Fitness Tracker was easy to use. The charger sandwiches the device in place, greatly reducing the chances that I think I’ve charged it when I haven’t. Like most fitness trackers, you use an app to set it up and get the most out of the features.
One thing I loved about the app is that it led me through a tutorial, having me tap on an image of the band to select and activate different features. And, the Q Band Fitness Tracker really does have ALL the features:
- step tracking
- reminders to move
- wrist-based heart rate
- phone notifications (calls, text messages, etc.)
- workout tracking
- sleep tracking
- motivational messages
and probably more!
Here’s an example of data from a run. The pink line is my heart rate, while the blue line is my pace–estimated from my steps I think.
I could have selected other data fields to avoid the double heart rate columns.
Here’s an example of the screen during indoor cycling class, showing my heart rate (and heart rate zone) and workout time:
Here’s a look at my sleep data–I didn’t bring it with me to Pennsylvania, so it’s missing a few days from last weekend.
D’oh! One minute shy of my 7 hour goal.
The battery life is great too–it lasted more than a full week, even with timing three fitness classes and two long bike rides.
The Q Band Fitness Tracker has a much slimmer profile than the AltaHR, and is slimmer still than the Garmin VivosmartHR. It comes with a basic black band, but cute replacement bands are available.
Seriously, this device has it all!
When I looked up the price on Amazon, I was blown away. Right now the device is under $50! (See it yourself via my affiliate link for the Q-Band Fitness Tracker)
Although I didn’t really test its accuracy, it seems to be pretty good. It gives me more steps than my Fitbit, but I know my Fitbit shorts me in situations where I’m not moving my arms (like pushing a grocery cart). Surprisingly, its estimated calorie burn was almost identical to my Fitbit data. Even the heart rate data and pace were similar to those measured by my other devices (my OTF heart rate monitor and Garmin).
If you are looking for a new fitness tracker–and even if you aren’t!–I’d definitely suggest checking out the Q-Band Fitness Tracker (<<Amazon affiliate link).
Although I was really tired after the Farm to Fork Fondo, I feel like I recovered quickly.
Sunday: I started my recovery by going to a Hot Power Fusion class at CorePower Yoga. I forgot how much hotter that class is, but it felt great.
Monday: I couldn’t pass up another great day of running weather, so I bumped my OTF class until later in the week. I was rewarded with a great run and this magnificent view at Iwo Jima memorial.
Tuesday: Strength workout at home based on Quick Strength For Runners (<<Amazon affiliate link — check it out!).
Wednesday: Indoor cycling at Revolve.
Thursday: I was able to attend an early afternoon OTF class, which meant a smaller class with more time on the treadmill and more splat points.
If you look closely at my heart rate data you can see where we changed from a push pace (orange zone) to a recovery pace (green zone) to a push pace again during each 6.5 minute treadmill block.
Friday: CPY2 at CorePower yoga.
Saturday: Conte’s hill ride. Yep, I’m a glutton for punishment and could not stay away! This was our fastest ride ever, with an average pace of 15.2 mph. The two times I cruised downhill past the “YOUR SPEED” sign it showed 27 mph. The Relive app shows I hit 31 mph at one point!
Sunday: 30 mile bike ride on the W&OD.
The weather was just too nice to resist–plus I needed to try out my new Farm To Fork Fondo kit!
Have you tried a new fitness product lately?