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The best Fitbit for any activity or sport

By Rachel Cavanaugh

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Fitbits are amazingly helpful tools for setting fitness goals and tracking your progress — you can exercise all day but if you don’t have metrics to tell you how you did, it’s hard to stay motivated. Being able to track how far you’ve gone, how many calories you’ve burned, what your average heart rate is, and other useful fitness stats helps you stay excited and keeps you on track. Furthermore, it ensures greater accuracy when creating training plans for yourself.

With that said, each type of activity requires different metrics. If you’re a runner, for example, you’re going to want something with an accurate GPS and the ability to track miles ran and heart rate. By contrast, swimmers require a fully waterproof wearable capable of accurately tracking laps in a pool. There are so many Fitbit models out there that it can be daunting to compare every feature and make a decision. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the best Fitbits for runners, swimmers, cyclists, triathletes, and weightlifters.

Best for running and biking: Charge 2 ($150-180)

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Featuring a fully interchangeable wristband with a sleek and unimposing design, the Charge 2 is one of Fitbit’s best trackers for anyone with an active lifestyle but particularly for runners. This stylish fitness band — which comes in six different color options — showcases PurePulse technology that precisely tracks your heart rate without requiring the use of a bulky chest strap.

Although it automatically tracks your activity throughout the day — steps, distance, calories, floors climbed, etc. — it has a specific Run tracking feature in its multi-sport mode. With this selected, the GPS tracker in your phone activates automatically once you start running, tracking your route and delivering real-time information on heart rate, pace, distance, elevation, and split times right to your wrist. As a bonus, the device pauses on its own when you stop to take a break.

Editor’s Note: Werecommend waiting to purchase the Charge 2, since the recently announced Fitbit Charge 3 will arrive in October. While we have yet to fully test out the device, you can check out our hands-on preview to learn more.

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Best for swimming: Ionic ($300)

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Another one of Fitbit’s best all-around fitness trackers, the brand-new Ionic is water-resistant up to 50 meters. What this means is that it’s perfect for use in the pool, the ocean (yes, it can withstand the salt), the shower, or even a sudden rainstorm. Featuring what’s called Swim Exercise mode, the Ionic displays laps in real-time as you swim, along with the duration of your pool time, stroke style, and the number of calories burned.

Aside from its swim functionality, the device is loaded with other features. As the company’s first self-proclaimed smartwatch (the Fitbit Blaze had watch-like features but wasn’t a full-scale watch), it sends you smartphone alerts and notifications,plays personalized workouts directly on the screen, monitors sleep cycles, and coaches you through guided breathing sessions. Like the Charge 2, it features SmartTrack which automatically detects what exercise you’re doing and switches into that mode to record stats.

Read our Fitbit Ionic review

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Best for weightlifting: Blaze ($200)

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Designed with a chic style and urban feel, the Blaze is a fantastic choice for gym rats. The watch-style device monitors heart rate without a chest strap, delivering astonishing accuracy across a diverse set of multisport modes. The heart rate tracking is consistent during weightlifting and you don’t have to pause and unpause between reps.

It even features a special Weights choice under Exercise, allowing you to accurately log time spent in the weight room. The device also connects toFitstar workouts which delivers step-by-step instructions directly to the wristband’s display. After every workout, the Blaze deliversan on-screen summary which you can compare with the Fitbit app to track progress toward your goals.

Read our full Fitbit Blaze review

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Best budget Fitbit: Flex 2 ($60)

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Many people forget about the Flex 2 — Fitbit’s other swim-proof fitness tracker. This basic band — although stripped of some of the bells and whistles of its fancier kin — performs many of the same functions at a much lower price. It’s water-resistant (of course), making it the perfect triathlon companion and it accomplishes everything you need: Automatically recognizes running, biking, and swimming, tracks distance covered, calories burned, and total active minutes.

The Flex 2 is also incredibly lightweight and slim, so it won’t feel overly cumbersome on race day — you can even wear it as a bangle or pendant. Plus, the slide-out device is easier to charge on your USB port than dangling a bulky watch from your computer. There are drawbacks, however, as it won’t record or log heart rate and if SmartTrack fails to recognize your activity, you have to adjust it using your phone. That said, if you’re just starting out for your first race- – or want to save some dough — the Flex 2 is an awesome budget option.

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Best all-around Fitbit: The Versa ($200)

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If you’re looking for a fitness tracker that also doubles as a smartwatch, you’ll want the Fitbit Versa. At $200, it’s not only swim-proof but also has a battery life that lasts up to five days. The Versa includes a built-in heart rate sensor, and it comes with Fitbit 2.0. The updated operating system comes with a variety of fitness features including SmartTrack, which automatically recognizes your activity after 15 minutes. You can also see all your fitness stats at a glance using the personalized dashboard, and there’s a way to track your period as well.

In addition to tracking fitness, the Versa also provides notifications from your smartphone, allowing you to check text messages, social media notifications, and the ability to accept or reject calls. Those who have an Android device can also use the Quick Replies feature to reply to text messages straight from the smartwatch. For those willing to splurge a little more, there’s also the Special Edition Fitbit Versa which comes with a built-in NFC chip to use Fitbit Pay.

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