5 Trackers for People who Enjoy Extreme Sports

Five Trackers for People who Enjoy Board Sports

There are an abundance of commercially available activity trackers out there, measuring a user’s distance traveled, monitoring body functions and of course counting steps. However, up until recently, those interested in extreme sports did not have a device that could meet their needs and accurately calculate some of the more complex and specific sports metrics that accompany non-traditional activity.

The evolution of activity trackers is now rapidly progressing, and tracking devices for action sports enthusiasts are beginning to hit the market. Here is a selection of five that combine fitness tracking with some specialized measurements and statistics for those that favor extreme sports:

1) Trace

ActiveReplay, a Los Angeles family startup, is behind this tracker that was created for surfers, skateboarder, skiers and snowboarders. Trace emerged out of a crowd-funded campaign. The device is waterproof and shockproof. The tracker affixes to the user’s sporting equipment, which helps it gather more data than if the user were to wear it. Data from nine sensors gets mathematically analyzed to produce detailed, quantified session reports. Surfers can track their turns and wave count, skateboarders get feedback on the speed of their flips and skiers find out about the number of times they went off a jump.

Furthermore, the device can auto-edit the footage from a GoPro video-capturing device and create an action-filled recording out of hours of potentially uneventful material. The Trace app (Surf or Snow) allows the user to wirelessly connect with his or her smartphone and view and share any session he or she so desires.

2) LIT

LIT, too, was initially a crowd-funded project. Designed to be worn as a watch, attached to a belt or a helmet, or put in the user’s pocket, LIT measures different extreme sport metrics such as jumps, rotations and airtime. The device tries to add game mechanics by encouraging competition amongst users through data sharing. At the moment, NZN labs — the developers of LIT — is promoting its first product, LITPro. This tracker has been used by MX racers to help riders and their coaches improve rider performance. Instead of manual analysis, the LITPro app produces an automatic, digital analysis of the rider session and presents the user with a detailed, graphic breakdown of his or her activity.

3) RideBlock

RideBlock is a skateboard tracker. FlipMotion successfully presented its device at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and is now planning an Indiegogo campaign. If all goes according to plan, the device could become available by the end of this year. RideBlock has been described as a Fitbit for skateboarders.

It includes various sensors that collect data on the user’s skateboarding routine. The tracker is waterproof and shock resistant and mounts to almost any skateboard or longboard right behind the skateboard’s truck. When RideBlock is paired with a phone, it records and analyzes many of the user’s tricks.  An exciting feature of the product is the ability to sync video of a trick with a digital stats overlay that visually puts the user’s data on top of the video presentation.

4) Xensr

XensrAIR has been promoted as the world’s smallest 3D motion tracker. It has been designed for kitesurfers, wakeboarders, snowboarders, skiers and mountain bikers and allows users to track height, speed, airtime, rotations, jump distance and other activity parameters. Attached to the user’s equipment, this featherweight tracker (1.2 ounces) comes with all-day battery capacity. The device streams data directly to the user’s smartphone and also produces 3D animations of the user’s session, which can be shared with friends and other XensrAIR owners.

5) WOO Sports

The WOO device is designed for kiteboard tracking. The WOO sensor gets clipped onto the user’s board, which enables detailed recording of every ride, tracking metrics like jump height, airtime and total number of jumps. The device syncs up with a companion app, and the rider’s sessions get logged in and compared across the globe, giving the tracker game mechanics that support a budding user community.

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