Top 5 construction fitness trackers that you need to know about!

Posted By

Cathal McKeever

08/10/2019

Top 5 Construction Fitness Trackers
that you need to know about!

 

As you well know, the construction of buildings and infrastructures involves a lot of work, time, and risk. Working in construction, you could be in accident-prone areas or working at high height level. It’s no wonder that you’re required to wear protective gear among other safety measures. But in such an active role, some construction workers overlook the benefits of a fitness tracker. 

With many fitness trackers available on the market, it can be hard to know which one will serve you best. So, we’ve done the research for you. You’ll be glad to know that we’ve found many durable fitness tackers that can handle the rough nature of the job.
 

1. Garmin Fenix 6

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First of all we have the Garmin Fenix 6, a rugged waterproof smartwatch.

A premium build with high impact resistance, the Garmin Fenix 6 has a scratch resistant sapphire glass option.  Not only that, it also comes with great features including; a 3-axis compass, altimeter, barometer, gyroscope, advanced GPS, GLONASS & Galileo satellite reception, sleep monitoring and contactless pay. 

The bright, high-resolution chroma display makes the watch readable in low light, dark environments and in bright sunlight. And, unlike other devices that need to charge every night, the power manager enables Fenix 6 to last for weeks on a single charge.

Drawbacks? 
The only drawback, the price. The cheapest Garmin Fenix 6 retails at £529.99, with some of the more expensive versions of the watch reaching £850. So, this piece of kit is definitely an investment. 

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2. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4G

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4G offers a rugged smart watch with an analogue look, and freedom from your phone with the 4G functionality. 

As you would imagine, it’s equipped with all the important sensors: ambient light sensor (to properly adjust the display brightness and contrast), a heart rate monitor, GPS/GLONASS, accelerometer, altimeter, barometer, and a gyroscope.

Making improvements from the S3 models, the Galaxy watch can be submerged down to 165 feet (a big step up from the Frontiers 5 feet). Furthermore, the Galaxy watch is also dust-proof (IP68 certified) and it is MIL-STD-810G rated: it has survived 10 specific conditions, which includes low pressure, high altitude, drops from 4.9 feet, vibration, shock, and extreme temperatures. 

Drawbacks? 

Battery! The most you’ll be able to get with an LTE connection and with the always-on screen turned off will be about 2 to 3 days (the 46mm Galaxy watch). Otherwise, with the GPS on and the always-on display, you’ll get less than 15 hours, which is not that bad I suppose.

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3. Casio WSD-F30


This watch is Casio’s third attempt at creating a smartwatch that accomplishes the perfect balance between durability and functionality. 

With elevated bezels and scratch resistant glass, the F30 is more robust than its predecessors. Waterproof and MIL-STD-810G rated, the watch can withstand transit drop, general vibration, moderate levels of humidity, solar radiation and it should also be resistant to multi-cycle shocks from constant extreme temperatures or icing/freezing rain (and more).

In terms of sensors, the Casio WSD-F30 is equipped with a magnetic sensor for direction, a pressure sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and a low-powered GPS, among other nifty features.

Drawbacks? 
The one major weakness of the Casio is battery life. It does come with some battery saving modes which could push the battery life from 3 days to 1 month (the extended mode) but it’s still falling behind other more competitive fitness trackers. It also doesn’t offer a heart rate monitor, which seems strange as this feature is offered on less costly models. 

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4. Skagen Connected Hagen Titanium and Leather Hybrid Smartwatch

Offering all the standard features of a fitness tracker, this durable smartwatch looks more like a regular analogue at first glance. We have opted for the leather hybrid as the standard titanium strap could induce stress and wear and tear with regular use in a heavy duty construction role. 

The best feature about this watch is the phenomenal battery life. The Hagen runs on a coin-cell battery that lasts for as long as six months on a full charge, so it’s doubtful that the battery will run out during a long week at work. 

Drawbacks? 

Where Garmin excels, this watch falls short. The screen doesn’t perform well in low light which could make it difficult to read. Secondly, setting up the connection between your phone and this device can be challenging. 

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5. Suunto Core Sports Watch

The Suunto Core Sports Watch offers all the functionality of a good fitness tracker, but with some interesting features that make it useful on a construction site. 

With a detailed display, the Suunto can measure water depths of up to 30 feet while the altimeter and barometer mode can track vertical movement and air pressure respectively. The watch also offers this information in multiple languages such as Spanish, English, German and French.

But, one of the most exciting features of this product is the ‘Storm Alarm’. This technology detects changes in the weather and sets off an alarm allowing you to prepare for a rainstorm so that your building project will not have any issues meeting deadlines.

Drawbacks?
The compass and altimeter are not as accurate as you would hope, and the screen isn’t that bright. 

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So, what should you be looking for in your fitness tracker?

Take advantage of some of the more interesting features offered in the modern fitness tracker. Don’t just end at durability or buy just because something is the most common on the market. Always make your tracker work for you. 

 

Key features you should look out for:

  • Barometer

This feature is essential since you might end up working at a new location with different atmospheric pressure.
 

  • Altimeters

This one is self-explanatory. As you ought to know, for construction workers, elevation or height is very important.
 

  • Water (& Dust) Resistant

Fitness trackers with water resistant feature last longer even when used in an environment with heavy rainfall.
 

  • Compass

Why not? 
 

  • Heart Rate Monitor

In a high pressure, high risk environment, keeping your heart healthy is something to consider. 
 

  • Straps

Metal straps can get pretty uncomfortable when working. Rubber and Leather straps are more versatile. 

 

 

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