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A great gift for fitness bores

Published 03/05/2015 | 02:30

Fitbit Surge
Fitbit Surge

Fitbit Surge Price: €250 Rating: ***

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I generally don't like fitness gadgets. To me, they're a symptom of some OCD complex. Step measurement? Minutes of sleep logged? If I was Dolph Lundgren's Ivan Drago in Rocky 4, I'd see the point: in my own (fairly active, outdoorsy) world, it's harder to gauge any real value. That said, Fitbit's latest wearable device comes loaded with features that will please any fitness ostentation. As well as measuring steps and boasting decent apps for your phone, it throws in a heart rate monitor, resulting in slightly more medically useful information if you need it. As with most fitness wearables, the device aesthetically resembles a Garda parole bracelet. Then again, if you like to wear the latest Adidas or Nike runners as fashion accessories, this will be right up your street.

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