Top tech gifts for sports nuts this Christmas
Published 09/12/2015 | 12:00
With Christmas approaching, it's the perfect time to pick up a sport-related tech gift for that sport-crazed person in your life.
Are you looking for the perfect gift for the sport-crazed person in your life? Technology can help them raise their game, hit their goals, and act as a general aid. Here are some of the best sport-related tech items available at the moment.
GoPro is one of the biggest and best brands in the action camera market, and it continues to improve with each release. The Hero4 Black is the company’s latest flagship model, offering 4k video recording, slow motion full HD video, 12 megapixel stills resolution, and up to two hours of battery life. Now you just have to ensure that your skills and endeavours match the visual quality of your camera. The GoPro Hero4 Black retails for around £318.
The TomTom Spark is certainly one of the best running watches that money can buy. It tracks the usual running metrics like distance, speed, and time, but it also boasts a built-in optical heart rate monitor. And many runners need a little bit of external motivation, so built-in storage for MP3 files is a useful and welcome inclusion. The TomTom Spark costs $249.99.
Not everyone needs a running watch that will prepare them for a marathon; perhaps you know someone who just wants to start running and get a little bit fitter. The Garmin Forerunner 15 sets daily goals, and includes a run/walk alerts countdown timer to help you get started on the road to fitness. It also tracks the usual metrics and lets you save and share your proress online. The Garmin Forerunner 15 retails for £89 on Amazon.
Consistency is often key when it comes to a round of golf and Zepp’s useful sensor will help you hit your stride. It captures your golf swing and lets you see it back in 3D. You can save your best shots and even compare your swing to the pros to see where you can improve and learn how to hit a ball further and more consistently. Zepp's sensor is available from the company's website for $129.99.
A little music can sometimes go a long way when training. Sony’s MDR-AS200/BLU Active Sports Headphones are not only inexpensive, but they’re comfortable, produce excellent sound, and they’re even water-resistant. You don’t want to spend a lot on a pair of headphones that will be exposed to moisture or could be dropped on the road or in the gym, but you won’t compromise on quality here either. The MDR-AS200/BLU Active Sports Headphones retail for around €26.
Avid swimmers need the Xmetrics Fit; it is basically a virtual coach that provides data analysis and audio feedback. It tracks key metrics like lap time, pace, stroke rate and distance swam, so you can see improvements and set new goals over time. The Xmetrics Fit costs €199.99.