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Striiv Fitness Pedometer Review

Striiv smart pedometer

Striiv smart pedometer on attached to keychain

I’ve been testing a Striiv fitness pedometer for the past couple of months.  As mentioned in my Striiv First Look review from back in November, the Striiv is one of the new crop of fitness gadgets that try to make it more fun to add more activity into your daily routine.

Why the Striiv is better than using an app on your iPhone to track your exercise

Track your steps over time with Striiv

Track your steps over time with Striiv

Many have asked why I don’t just track my exercise using one of the free (or cheap) activity trackers available for smart phones like the iPhone or any of the Android phones.  The difference is ha avior change smart pedometer like the Striiv is on all the time, unlike an app on your iPhone that is only running for short periods of time (most pedometer or GPS apps running on a phone will wear your battery down too rapidly to use them all day).  This is a big difference.  It lets you track all the little things you do throughout the day, so you can try to get to a typical goal of 10,000 steps in a day.  And once you see your daily step count (and if you’re like most people, you’ll find it’s lower than you think), you’re more likely to walk a bit more.  I find myself looking down at my Striiv when I’m on the go and will often take the longer route to squeeze in some “free exercise.”  That’s healthy behavior change in action!

Striiv Pros (What I like about the Stiiv)

Games built into the Striiv make walking more fun

Games built into the Striiv make walking more fun

 

  • Bright, color screen
  • Large fonts for displaying step count (some pedometers have small displays that are hard to read on the go)
  • Touch screen
  • Accurately counts walking, running, and stair climbing (I compared it against two other accelerometer-based pedometers while walking and running and the step counts were within 1% of each other)
  • Audio and visual feedback throughout the day
  • “Games” make it fun to challenge yourself
  • Earn donations to charities by walking more
  • Fun, visual trophies earned for each milestone (e.g. “You have climbed 500 flights of stairs, which is the height that a typical helicopter flies!”)
  • Clever “keychain” option for carrying it around without thinking about it
  • Belt clip
  • View step history right on the device, eliminating the need to sync with a computer
  • Accurate step counter (compared to the FitBit, a competing “smart pedometer”)
  • Simple to set up

Striiv Cons (What I don’t like about the Striiv)

  • Design is a bit bigger than the FitBit
  • If placed in your pocket, it’s a bit bulky; the belt clip is a better option
  • No wireless data upload (you have to plug into your computer with a cable)
  • No community feedback or challenges from other users
  • Color screen means shorter battery life than the FitBit (I charge my Striiv every few days; I charge my FitBit Ultra every 2 weeks)
  • Touchscreen requires a firm touch and isn’t as responsive as you’re used to if you own an iPhone (but the Striiv also doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars!)
  • No sleep tracking feature (This isn’t a big deal, but some FitBit users really like the sleep tracking feature.)

Conclusion

I would recommend the Striiv for the following types of people:

  • People who are new to exercise and trying to get motivated to start moving more
  • People who always have their keys with them
  • Kids (the color screen and games emphasize entertainment)

If you are a more advanced fitness enthusiast, I would recommend a smaller, and more technical device like the FitBit Ultra, or perhaps the soon-to-be-re-released UP Band from Jawbone.

The Striiv is $99 at Amazon.

Here’s an overview video from Striiv that shows the device in action.

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