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Best Wrist Weights 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated February 1, 2018
Best Wrist Weights of 2018
I am going to specify each good-to-buy feature as much as possible for your references. Based on customer reviews and my own experience with the cowboy method I’ve found the best 3 wrist weights on the market. Here are my top picks with detailed reviews, comparison charts and buying guides to help you purchase the perfect item for your needs. There’s a product for every kind of user on the list of affordable options below.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this wrist weights win the first place?
I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!
№2 – Reehut Ankle Weights
Why did this wrist weights come in second place?
This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.
Why did this wrist weights take third place?
I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.
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Nayoya Pound Adjustable Ankle Weights Set with Carry Pouch
This is even cheaper than the 1-pound Nordic Lifting ankle weights, and it weighs 1.pounds each. That’s also light enough for newbies and for those not looking for too much weight.It uses a Velcro strap, and it’s quite comfy to wear. There’s also a nylon carry pouch so you can bring it anywhere with you.
You can use it for a wide variety of exercises, including brisk jogging, kickboxing, or when you’re just doing chores around the house. You can use it for your wrists too, when you’re lifting weights.
This is another highly regarded set of ankle weights and most people give it full marks. The price may have something to do with that, but there are other advantages to consider.
Again, there’s no such thing as a perfect set of ankle weights (or a perfect anything, for that matter).
Ankle Weights vs. Weighted Vest
The weighted vest does offer a lot of advantages. When you’re running, it won’t affect your balance as much as a pair of ankle weights will. The vests also don’t put too much stress on the joints. They also work well when you’re using them for bodyweight exercises such as pushups and pull-ups.
But vests are useless for many leg exercises. This is particularly true for leg raises, since having the extra weight on your torso doesn’t exactly help, does it?
Besides, many women don’t find lots of vests particularly comfortable. That’s not the case with 1-pound ankle weights.
Ankle Weights vs. Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are great accessories, there’s no doubt about that. You can use the offered resistance to really build up muscles. Depending on the type of resistance band you get, you can train your upper body or even your lower body.
However, ankle weights can be more effective when it comes to rehab from ankle sprains to knee injuries. As long as you use light weights and do your exercises carefully, these weights can really help bring you back to your former strength.
The point is that there’s really no way to compare these exercise tools properly. It’s all about how you intend to use them, and about using them properly.
When to Wear Weights
Ankle and wrist weights are used to increase the workload in the following three areas of fitness:
Doing regular exercise needs enough devotion without making it more difficult with extra weights, right? An overweight person already carries too much weight for their skeleton. But if you have reached a certain level of fitness and are very short of time, wearing ankle or wrist weights may speed up your training provided they are used with proper caution and awareness.
Wear weights while walking, jogging, running, sprinting, step aerobics, cycling, swimming, kick boxing, karate, and even treadmill exercise to accelerate weight loss, strength, and endurance.
Avoid keeping weights on too long. It is hard on the body to carry extra weight all day (or all night) so don’t keep them on for the entire day or sleep with them on.
Weights With Certain Toning Moves
If you are trying to firm up your triceps (backward arm lifts) or buttocks (lying prone, lifting a leg up) and don’t have a lot of time before the holidays, by all means, wear the weights. Be sure you don’t strain your back in doing so. See this article on counter moves to avoid injuries.
Why the 90 Degree Stretch is Crucial
In the above moves, once your foot passes the 90 degree mark you may wear ankle weights, but not before.
Wearing weights before you can achieve this stretch will make it harder and take longer to stretch. When you can reach the 90 degree point, the ankle weight and gravity actually help your foot go down further and further towards your head. Once you are past the vertical (90 degrees), your hamstrings can stretch in a painless, almost passive way.
Using Wrist Weights With Arm Swings and Circles
Master this exercise without wrist weights first. Arm swings and circles are perfectly suited to be practiced with wrist weights on, but you might tear a muscle or ligament if you have not mastered it on its own first.
Once familiar with these moves you can go much faster to allow momentum and gravity to fully loosen your shoulder joint.
CAUTION: Start slowly and remember my motto: “No Pain, Just Gain!”
Precautions When Using Ankle Weights
It is generally not recommended to use ankle weights when jogging, walking, hiking, or performing other cardio exercises. Using ankle weights during these exercises can increase your chance for injury including joint and muscle damage, since it alters your stride and puts more stress on knees and ankles. If you want more bang for your cardio workout, instead of adding ankle weights, try increasing the intensity by varying your speed or climbing hills. That will give you a bigger calorie burn without the risk.
Logitech’s MX Master
In all seriousness, though, stress ailments from computer use are no joking matter at all. It’s axiomatic that if you repeat any physical task endlessly, eventually that body area gets overused and injured. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and related nerve damage in the hand and wrist, though, are relatively new forms of RMS. Among the fastest-spreading occupational injuries, CTS saw its genesis in the typing pools that surfaced in the first decade of the 20th century. When computers became common for both work and play, CTS and similar injuries expanded by leaps.
Frequent keyboard use was bad enough, but mouse use has aggravated the problem in its own set of ways. Where keyboards caused repetitive strain from a relatively fixed position, mice can trigger this in other, less obvious ways. Strain on the arm is one aspect. Then there’s a host of tendon- and nerve-afflicting issues caused by physical features on the more “advanced” types of mousing devices we so enjoy for work and play. Orthopedic surgeons never had it so good.
The silver lining in this gloom is that the sheer cost of these injuries—in terms of pain, time off, surgery, and recovery costs—has awakened a general public awareness of computing and workplace ergonomics. Standing desks are now an option in the offices of some enlightened employers; provisioning people with comfortable peripherals now falls under the HR department at some companies, not the IT department. And while this relative awakening hasn’t resulted in the average person understanding the differences between their proximal phalanges and their gluteus maximus, it has raised the level of concern high enough to engage the attention of peripherals manufacturers. The result has been many interesting ideas to improve mice ergonomically, from physical design to software features, from subtle changes of shape to complete makeovers.
Make no mistake: Mouse overuse can still cause damage in the long term. But carefully weighing the ergonomic advantages offered by a mouse can lead to an informed purchase—and in turn, to fewer problems accumulating over the years.
Some mice are radical departures from the norm in the interest of ergonomic benefit; others work in smart design elements but look largely conventional. Here’s how to assess them all, but especially the latter.
ANGLE TURNING. So far, we’ve only seen and tested this on Mionix mice: the Mionix Castor and the Mionix Avior 7000. However, it’s an intriguingly different (and potentially useful) feature to anyone interested in mouse ergonomics. As Mionix puts it, this literally “tilts the X and Y axes of the mouse up to 30 degrees to the left or right,” which gives you greater flexibility in terms of wrist and arm positioning.
TASK AUTOMATION THROUGH MACROS. Whether you’re running Microsoft Excel 201or Starcraft II, macros can help make lengthy, repetitive tasks simpler. And since cutting down on the amount of repetitive work is to your hand’s benefit, look for a mouse whose software supplies at least a basic, easy-to-use macro editor, with a few unassigned buttons to which those tasks can be allocated. Mouse reviews will get you the dirt on this; it can be hard to tell from the box. et’s Get Shopping: Ergonomic Mice
Ergonomics isn’t a wand you can wave that makes injuries better, or prevents injury in the future. But a mouse that’s designed with some ergonomic features in mind can reduce the intensity of injury to the hands and arms of many people, while putting off the onset of these injuries’ symptoms for a longer period of time. There are no guarantees. (How could there be, with so many variables in play?) But it stands to reason that taking better care of your hands is essential to their health. And one important step along the way is using a mouse that fosters this.
The mice below, with the exception of the DXT, aren’t marketed as “ergonomic mice” first and foremost. But these are some of the better selections we’ve seen of late for comfort and/or adaptability. Consider them good jumping-off points for your search, not the be-all and end-all of options.
Dumbbell Racks and Stands
If you’re looking at free weights, you may want to consider purchasing one that comes with a dumbbell rack or a weight stand. This will help keep your weights off of the floor. Additionally, the rack can help you store your weights in an organized and efficient manner. It keeps them off the floor and out of your way.
If you’ve ever stubbed your toe on a weight, you’ll understand the reason to keep them up off the floor. It’s a good way to break your toe or foot. Not all dumbbells come with stands or racks. And, of course, the weights that do come with a rack cost a bit more. It may be worth the additional price if you value organization and you like to be able to easily find the right weight.
The Shape and Grip
You might notice that some dumbbells have rounded ends while others are square or hexagonal. The hexagon shape prevents your dumbbell from rolling. If you’ve ever set your weight down on an uneven floor you’ll know that the last thing you want to have to do is chase your weights around the room.
A hexagon prevents this from happening. If you’re going to put the weights right back on the rack between sets, then a rounded end is just fine.
We talked a bit about the grip when we discussed rubber versus metal weights. The grip is important because that’s how you handle your weights. IF the grip hurts your hand then you won’t want to exercise. If it slips out of your hand you might break something.
Remember, it’s not just the material the grip is made from but also the circumference. If the grip is too wide for your hand you risk injuring your wrist and/or dropping the weight. Make sure the weight feels comfortable in your hand. We’ll talk a bit about weight lifting gloves in just a bit because they can help you increase your hand comfort.
Tips for Buying the Dumbbell Setup That’s Perfect for You
As you might have noticed by now, there are many different types of dumbbells. It may seem a little silly to have so much variety for such a simple device; however the variances are to your benefit. When you find the dumbbell setup that’s right for you, you’ll use them more often and you’ll be happier with your purchase.
The Apple Watch Nike+, Apple Watch Hermès and the Apple Watch Edition all have the same internals and specifications as the Apple Watch Series 3, but have distinct aesthetic appearances. And you can choose between aluminium and stainless steel for the case of the Apple Watch Series 3.
The Apple Watch Nike+, which is made from aluminium, is aimed at those who love running and are looking for a sport-orientated smartwatch. We see the Nike+ as an Apple Watch Sport replacement.
The Apple Watch Hermès and the Apple Watch Edition are both aesthetically different to the standard Series 3 watch, too. The Hermès is made with stainless steel, with a unique strap and a Hermès stamp on the back, while the Apple Watch Edition is made with white ceramic, giving it a unique design. Both of these watches start at more than £1,000, and are only available for the cellular model.
Apple Watch Series vs Apple Watch Series 3
If you’re not looking for the latest model, there’s the Apple Watch Series 1, which is a rebadged version of the original Apple Watch that has a new upgraded processor.
The Apple Watch Series 3 features built-in GPS, optional cellular internet, a faster processor, a faster wireless chip, IP6water and dust resistance, a 50 percent brighter screen, and a barometric altimeter – as you can see, there are plenty of improvements compared to the Series 1.
Both the Series and Series 3 come with a dual-core processor. It’s important to note, though, that the Series comes with a S1P dual-core (not to be confused with the single-core S1), while the Series 3 houses an Sdual-core processor, which should deliver substantially faster performance.
Looking at the materials used, the stainless steel version of the Series 3 has the sturdier sapphire glass screen, while the Series is protected with Ion-X glass. It should be noted that the aluminium models of the Series use the same Series glass material.
Price-wise, the Series starts at £249, while the Series starts at £32for the regular model and £39for cellular. Prices increase when you start changing size, straps and materials, though it’s worth noting that the Series is only available in Silver or Space Grey aluminium.
There is only the Sport Band available for Series models, but if you want a different strap you can purchase it separately, but that will of course cost you a few more pennies – all the same straps are compatible regardless of your watch model.
Given the price difference of just £80 between the Series and the base Series 3, it’s hard not to recommend the later model. It’s not only faster, but has several features the older model is lacking, is available in more colours, and will enjoy Apple software support for longer – it’s a better bet unless you really can’t stretch your budget beyond £249.
The straps are
Each of these is available in multiple colour options, which vary according to the model of Apple Watch you’ve selected.
There are some nice third-party straps out there too. We’ve collected our favourite first- and third-party Apple Watch straps in a separate feature on the best Apple Watch straps.
View Apple Watch Series 3 buying options on Apple Store
Whip of the Bar
The “whip” is the common term for the ends of the bar bouncing at the end of a repetition, or a phase of a lift. The lifter will be stationary, but the ends of the bar will be moving.
Experienced lifters can use this during certain transitions in their lifts. For example, between the clean and jerk they can bounce the bar off their chest and propel the bar up by using the momentum of the bend coming upward into the jerk position.
The main factors in determining the amount of whip are the material from which the bar is made, and the diameter of the bar.
The thickness of the plates can also effect the whip that the user can generate. For example, bumper plates, spreading the load on the collar of the bar, will make the bar behave in a completely different to the way it will behave with calibrated weight plates, which take up less collar space.
Knurling is made from two sets of diagonal grooves cut into the barbell, usually going in opposite directions. This forms tiny diamond shapes, which dig into the skin on your hands when you hold the bar and assist with grip.
The width and depth of these grooves will determine how “aggressive” the knurling is on the barbell.
More aggressive knurling is primarily to assist with heavy deadlifts, where grip failure is the most likely.
The further in the knurling comes, the narrower you can effectively grip the bar. Weight lifting bars designed for powerlifting tend to have more knurling towards the centre of the bar for the use of sumo lifters who grip inside of what would be a normal grip for a conventional deadlift or clean.
A portion of knurling in the centre of the bar (known as central knurling) helps with grip on your back during squats. Both IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) and the IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) specify that a men’s barbell should have this.
Some specialised squat bars have a very wide central knurling to allow for use by larger men.
As mentioned earlier, the knurling is less aggressive on men’s Olympic bars, as when they catch a clean they don’t want aggressive knurling at the neck, but it is still there to assist with squats.
A woman’s weight lifting bar has no centre knurling. If central knurling is required during squats then using a male bar is preferable. The wider bar will also make squatting more comfortable on the upper back.
Olympic Weight Lifting Bars
Olympic weight lifting barbells are designed for the two main Olympic lifts – the snatch, and clean & jerk.
Olympic bars are usually smaller in diameter, but only by 1mm. However, this makes a difference to your grip strength.
The knurling on Olympic weight lifting bars is not as aggressive as other weight lifting bars. There must be enough to provide a good grip, but not so much that it rips your hands apart when the bar spins in your hand during the catch phases of the lifts.
Knurling is marked out for the snatch lift and is further apart than a power bar which is marked out for the bench press.
Olympic bars also require collars that spin. The spin on the bar deadens the rotational force of the barbell during the pull and catch phases of an Olympic lift (during snatch and clean) or the dip and drive (jerk or push press) reducing the impact on your wrists and shoulders.
Olympic bars also require more bend and flexibility. This is sometimes called the whip (stored elastic energy), which helps during the initial pull and catch phase of the lift to avoid unnecessary damage to your collarbones.
Bars which have achieved IWF accreditation are widely recognised as the best on the market (with the most accurate tolerance in relation to the bar’s weight) and only these types of bar are sanctioned for use in international competition. View IWF accredited bars.
Weight lifting barbells for powerlifting are designed for the big three lifting exercises: Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift.
Knurling on powerlifting bars is much more aggressive to help the lifter grip the bar during heavier attempts.
The knurling comes in further than an Olympic bar to allow for narrower grips during deadlifts and a more secure squat.
Powerlifting barbells are rigid, stiff bars, and therefore do not deform, when compared to Olympic bars, under load (or whip). This means they would be a poor choice for Olympic Lifts – you will feel the difference if you catch a clean slightly wrong with a power bar. It sometimes feels like your collar bones have been hit with a sledgehammer!
Specialised deadlifting bars are available that are longer and have more whip. This means the end plates are left on the ground for longer, which allows the lifter to get into a stronger position before the full load comes off the floor.
Hybrid, Training & Multipurpose Weight Lifting Bars
Hybrid weightlifting bars are useful for gyms, CrossFit boxes and facilities that offer both Olympic weight lifting and Powerlifting.
Hybrid weight lifting barbells are great for beginner and intermediate weight lifters as they have the characteristics of both a powerlifting and Olympic weight lifting bar.
Hybrid barbells usually have two sets of fine knurling markings to accommodate for both Olympic lifting and power lifting standards.
Hex Trap Bar
The Hex Bar (or Trap bar) is an interesting barbell variation that is most commonly used in the gym for deadlifting as an alternative to the traditional straight bar deadlift. Many people prefer the trap bar deadlift because due to the load being placed in line with the user rather than off centre it puts less stress on the lumbar curve especially at the start of the movement. This makes it a common choice for users with back issues. Hex bars are normally 6ft or 7ft long and weigh around 25kg and 30kg respectively.
The EZ Curl bar is a shorter barbell variation which tends to be quite light weight and has a distinctive jagged shape. The advantages of this type of bar tend to be felt by users who experience discomfort in their wrists when using a straight bar for curls (the angle of the EZ Curl bar lets them grip the bar in a more natural position).
Fixed barbells are more commonly found in a health club, high street gym setting than in any sports performance, weightlifting or powerlifting facility. These are a durable convenience item that doesn’t require any set-up time like adding collars or plates. Fixed barbells are generally around 110mm long and range in weights from 5kg up to 45kg.
Weight benches already provide a natural plethora of exercises but some do come with useful additions to enhance them a bit further. A lot of machines now come with a leg developer attachment at the front, you can use this for leg curls and leg extensions to train your hamstrings and quadriceps, these are great movements for really isolating your legs muscles so it’s worth looking out for.
The preacher pad is another useful component, you can normally find them towards the front and are ideal for focusing your biceps and forearms, you can use either free weights or straight bars for preacher curls but either will give you that satisfying deep burn.
Lat towers or high pulley stations have started to feature more frequently in recent years; they also fit at the front and can be used not just for lat pulldowns but also for tricep pushdowns, high ab crunches, single arm cable crossovers, woodchoppers and a ton of other movements. They let you use your imagination; you can also use different universal gym attachments to further expand your workout diversity.
Probably not the first thing that springs to mind but you don’t want to feel like you’re resting on plywood when you have a bar loaded with weights above your head, it’s not pleasant. The easiest way to avoid this just means taking a quick look at the back pad and seat pad to make sure the upholstery isn’t thin, it should be at least an inch thick and also box stitched to stop it falling apart when it’s gets a bit of wear and tear.
Safety is paramount with weight training so it’s key to ensure that you’re equipment provides this, if you’re looking for a bench with a rack then it should be using safety catchers (spotter catchers). These work by positioning the catches lower down than your normal weight rests, they only come into use if you can’t return the weight to the normal rests, you just let the bar down onto the safety catchers instead so that you’re not in a position where you have no means of getting the bar up or away from you.
No matter what weight bench you’re looking at you’re going to need some weights to go with it, if you’re after a utility bench then a simple pair of adjustable dumbbells is going to be your cheapest and best bet, you can just take weight plates on and off the dumbbell bars to customise the amount of weight you want. A bench with a rack is going to need a little more, you’ll need a weight set with a barbell, an important point to note is to make sure that the length of the barbell is wide enough to fit the width of the rack otherwise it’s not going to be compatible. We have pre-constructed some weight bench packages to do the job for you that you can find on our website if you’re concerned about getting the right combination; we’ve also throw in a bit of discount there as well.
Not all mechanical movements are created equal. The attention to detail and craftsmanship that goes into a watch will determine its smoothness and accuracy.
For many aficionados, mechanical movement watches represent the crème de la crème of timepieces due to their traditional pedigree and the intricate work and engineering that must go into creating them. For these enthusiasts, owning a mechanical watch isn’t just about telling time, it’s a way to express their appreciation for history, refinement, and craftsmanship.
Pros of Mechanical Watches
No battery needed. Because a mechanical watch is powered by a hand-wound mainspring, you’ll never have to go to a jeweler to replace a battery. When the watch stops ticking, just wind it up.
Smooth hand movement. For some folks, a smooth sweeping movement on the second hand is more aesthetically pleasing than the “tick tick tick” of quartz watches. If that’s important to you, go with a mechanical watch.
Character. The engineering and work that goes into a mechanical watch is breathtaking. Inside your watchcase are tiny gears and springs that work together to give you the time. Sure, no one usually sees it, but that’s part of the charm; a watchmaker has spent hours and hours perfecting a mechanism that’s hidden from the eye. If you appreciate craftsmanship, then consider adding a mechanical movement watch to your collection.
Tactile. For some, one of the appeals of a mechanical watch is that the owner must hand-wind it to keep it working. There’s something about the ritual of winding your watch at the end of the day that connects you more with time. There’s also something to be said for having to regularly tend to one of your possessions to keep it “alive” and ticking.
How does an automatic movement watch self-wind? Well, there’s a small weight inside the watch called a “rotor” that moves as your wrist moves throughout the day. It’s connected to the mainspring and winds the mainspring as it moves. Automatic watches also have a slipping clutch device to prevent the watch from getting over-wound while you’re wearing it.
If you’re not wearing your automatic watch, you’ll want to put it in a watch winder. It’s a little device that moves the watch in a circular motion while it’s stored so it stays wound. This is particularly important to do if your watch has features like a calendar or date display. For example, let’s say your automatic watch has a calendar on it, but you decide not to wear it for a few days. If you don’t store it in a winder, the power will run down and the display will get stuck on the time and date the watch stopped ticking. When you decide to wear the watch again, you’ll have to reset both.
No battery needed.
Don’t have to wind it by hand. If having to hand-wind a mechanical watch bothers you, but you still want the sophistication of a mechanical watch, an automatic watch is a nice compromise.
Smooth movement. Just like manually-wound mechanical watches, automatic watches have a nice, smooth hand movement.
Character. The same amount of engineering and craftsmanship goes into an automatic watch as a mechanical watch.
Cons of Automatic Watches
Sensitive to the environment. The same environmental factors that can foil a mechanical watch can gum up an automatic watch.
Needs to be stored in a watch winder when not in use. While an automatic watch doesn’t require winding if you wear it regularly, if you don’t, you’ll need to store it in a watch winder. Winders are relatively inexpensive and they don’t take up too much shelf space, but it’s one extra thing you have to buy in order to own an automatic watch.
Less accurate. A well-crafted automatic watch can be as accurate as a well-crafted mechanical watch, but it will lose some accuracy over time and need tune-ups.
Expensive. Same issue as mechanical watches. Craftsmanship and engineering ain’t cheap!
If you’re like most average Joes, the watch on your wrist right now is probably a quartz watch. There’s a reason for that. Quartz watches are incredibly accurate and very affordable.
Instead of being powered by a wound mainspring, a quartz movement uses electricity from a small battery. The battery sends the electricity through a small quartz crystal, causing the crystal to vibrate 32,76times per second. The vibrations are measured by a circuit, which converts the vibration into a pulse, which moves the second hand on the watch. Because quartz watches use electric pulses to move the second hand, they have a distinctive “tick tick tick” movement. It’s not as smooth as a mechanical or automatic watch.
Because quartz movements rely on electricity and fewer moving parts, they’re much more accurate and can withstand far more of a beating than mechanical or automatic watches. It’s for this reason that most “sport” and “field” watches use a quartz movement.
Pros of Quartz Watches
Accurate time. Quartz is by far the most accurate of all the movements. Will never lose or add seconds throughout the day.
Less maintenance. Besides changing the battery every year or so, there’s little maintenance you have to perform on a quartz movement watch.
Durable. Because they have few moving parts, a quartz watch can “take a licking and keep on ticking.” It’s not as susceptible to the Four Horsemen of the Watch Apocalypse. If you’re in a job that requires a lot of rough and dirty work, you might want to consider a quartz movement watch for everyday wear.
Affordable. You can get quartz watches for as cheap as a few bucks. Though nicer looking ones can cost into the hundreds of dollars, they’re almost always cheaper than mechanical and automatic varieties.
Cons of Quartz Watches
No smooth movement. The staggered movement of the second hand on a quartz watch isn’t as smooth as that of a mechanical or automatic watch.
Less romantic. The biggest con of quartz watches is that they lack the charm, character, and romance of mechanical watches because they lack the history, technical craftsmanship, and engineering such timepieces possess.
Your basic wristwatch tells you the time.
But many wristwatches come with features that also display the date or even the phase of the moon. These little extras on wristwatches are called “complications.”
Besides calendars or moon phases, other complications include alarms, power reserve indicators, and repeaters (a feature that chimes the hour and minutes on your watch at the press of a button).
Then there’s the chronograph.
The chronograph is a separate and independent time system which serves as a stopwatch. Most chronographs consist of three small dials (also called sub-registers) within the main dial of the watch. On the side of the watch’s case, you’ll usually find two buttons: the top button starts/stops the chronograph, while the bottom button resets it. (Chronographs and tachymeters are pretty dang cool and I plan on devoting an entire article on how to use them down the line. Stay tuned.)
How many and which complications you want in a watch is a matter of preference. Dressier watches tend to be sleek and have one (usually the date) to none. More sporty and casual watches often include more complications.
Size: Typically thin (to make it easy to slip in and out of a dress shirt cuff).
Case: May be circular, rectangular, or square. High-end varieties are typically made from precious metals like gold or silver.
Face: Dial displays simple hour indexes (the numbers, or symbols for numbers on the watch face) such as saber-style indexes (those little lines), Roman numerals, or small Arabic numerals.
Band: Always leather. Though some companies offer both leather and metal band options with their dress watches, leather is the classic way to go.
Complications: Little to none. At the most, a date and/or moon display.
When to Wear: As the name implies, you wear a dress watch for dressier, more formal occasions like with a business suit or a tuxedo (though, there’s debate as to whether you should ever wear a watch at all with black tie). But you can also wear a dress watch with everything on down to sharp casual. It won’t pair well with a t-shirt and jeans.
History/Pedigree/Personality: The field watch is the descendant of the WWI “trench watch,” which was designed for officers who needed to coordinate attacks, tell time at night, and sport a wristwatch that could withstand the rigors of battle, all while still looking good. Field watches continue to evince a military-esque vibe and are rugged, functional, and stylish all at the same time.
As the name suggests, the dive watch was designed for individuals who spend a lot of time in or near water. Their primary selling point is that they’re water resistant. The first iteration of what became the dive watch was likely the Rolex Oyster, which was introduced in the 1930s. With its hermetically sealed case, it was one of the first water resistant watches on the market.
In the 1950s, Rolex board member René-Paul Jeanneret wanted a watch that would be useful for when he went diving (a hobby he actively pursued) but still looked good as an everyday time piece. The Rolex Submariner was born and the standard for dive watches everywhere was set. Most dive watches on the market today take their design cues from the Submariner.
Signature Features: A dive watch is first and foremost water resistant. The standard for a dive watch is to be water resistant up to at least 100m, though some keep ticking at even lower depths.
Since it’s designed to be worn in the water, both the case and the band of dive watches are made from corrosion-resistant metals like stainless steel or titanium. (You’ll of course see dive watches made from rubber and silicone, too. They’re just not as classy looking.)
History/Pedigree/Personality: Wristwatches have been a part of aviation since its inception. In fact, one of the first purpose-specific men’s wristwatches ever made was for a pilot friend of Louis Cartier back in 190(the iconic Santos watch).
Signature Features: Unlike other men’s watch styles, the pilot watch doesn’t have a firm, distinctive style; the features of timepieces marketed as “aviator watches” can widely vary. That being said, the following are the features that are most common to this type of watch:
Canyon’s Grand Canyon cross-country hardtail
Cross-country bikes tend to use larger diameter 29in wheels — so are often referred to as 29ers — combined with lightly treaded, low-volume and fast-rolling tyres for maximum speed, though some brands offer them with 650b wheels — also called 27.5in.
They tend to use steeper head angles combined with longer stems and narrower bars for quick reacting handling and to place the rider into an efficient pedalling position.
The downside of this type of geometry is that it can make them harder to control on steeper descents, especially when combined with shorter-travel suspension and skinnier tyres.
Cheaper cross-country bikes will use alloy frames, but carbon is the default choice for top-end race bikes — although exotic materials such as titanium are sometimes seen. They tend to have a very wide range of gears to allow steep climbing as well as a high top speed.
Buy one if: you like pushing your heart rate as high as it’ll go and riding for hours on end.
Entry: £750 (hardtail), £1,000 (full suspension)
Good: £1,500 (hardtail), £2,500 (full suspension)
Brilliant: £2,500 (hardtail), £3,500 (full suspension)
This is the most popular style of bike because it can be used for pretty much anything.
Trail bikes have more relaxed angles to give greater confidence when descending and kit that’s designed to deal with more punishment. They use shorter stems and wider handlebars to help improve control at speed, while tyres will have more aggressive tread.
Enduro is a racing format in which the descents are timed, but you still have to pedal yourself around the course. That means that these bikes are designed to perform exceptionally well down steep and difficult trails but are still light and efficient enough to pedal back to the top.
The Mondraker Dune Carbon XR is an excellent — and expensive — modern enduro machine
Enduro bikes tend to have more travel than ‘normal’ trail bikes, and are almost exclusively full suspension. Most use around 160-170mm of travel at either end, paired to tough wheels and reinforced tyres. The suspension units they use are still air-sprung but tend to be heavier duty with a wide range of damping adjustments to tune their downhill performance.
Some have remotes that allow you to change the bike’s geometry and travel between a downhill and uphill mode. Many have just one chainring and a device to prevent the chain falling off paired to a wide range of gears at the back. Enduro bikes are also called ‘all mountain’ bikes as they’re ideal for riding in mountainous and technical terrain.
Commencal’s Supreme DH Race is a World Cup-ready downhill racer
As the name suggests, these bikes are about doing one thing; going down steep and technical tracks very, very quickly.
They have around 200mm of travel at either end, often using coil sprung suspension that’s optimised for pure traction and support, rather than pedalling ability.
To put up with the huge forces the bikes are put under, the forks have legs that extend above the head tube and are then braced together, known as a ‘double-crown’ or ‘triple-clamp’ fork. Again, aluminium is the choice for cheaper bikes, while pro-level machinery will be carbon.
Electric mountain bike
The Scott E-Genius 7Plus is an example of a modern electric mountain bike
Motorised mountain bikes are becoming very popular indeed, and it’s now possible to find electric mountain bikes in pretty much all of the disciplines listed above.
These bikes incorporate a motor and battery into their design and work by assisting the pedalling that a rider delivers. The power on offer is usually adjusted via a control unit at the bike’s handlebar.
These bikes are significantly heavier than their non-motorised equivalents but can make light work of climbing up the steepest of gradients. Don’t go thinking riding an e-bike is a piece of cake though, these can deliver a workout that many pros use to train with.
Dirt jump bikes
Dirt jump mountain bikes use tiny frames and often 24in or 26in wheels
As the name suggests, these are meant for hitting jumps or pump tracks.
They use tough frames that are easy to move about in the air, short-travel forks and often only have one gear for simplicity.
Singlespeed mountain bikes
Singlespeed bikes are few and far between, but those who like them tend to really like them
Popular with masochists, these bikes only have one gear.
The lack of moving parts means they’re simple to maintain and many people like to run them through the winter months to prevent damaging another bike.
They can be very cheap but many are also expensive, exotic bikes built by niche custom framebuilders. They’re usually hardtails or fully rigid.
Fitbit Charge 2
The Charge is comfortable enough to wear all day, has a large screen and an interchangeable strap, continuously tracks your heart rate and automatically monitors your sleep without you having to lift a finger. Note that Fitbit released a firmware update that it says will improve the Charge 2’s step-counting accuracy, so make sure yours is running with the latest version.
Heart Rate Monitor
Fitbit’s Flex is an affordable and versatile sensor that can be popped into a wristband or a pendant to wear around your neck. The tracker is swim-proof and can track lap swims, plus it automatically recognizes a variety of exercises so you don’t have to launch a workout on the device or in the Fitbit smartphone app to track your stats. It offers smartphone alerts via vibration and color-coded lights, too.
How We Test Fitness Trackers
For each new fitness tracker, we evaluate its hardware design and comfort. You need to be able to wear the device all day. We also evaluate the features, including movement detection (such as step counting and sleep monitoring), distance calculations and when applicable, GPS and heart rate accuracy. We test how well a device pairs with its companion app, and evaluate the experience of using the two together.
We also look to see what features the device’s app supports, such as coaching and diet tracking, and if it can sync data with third-party apps, such as MyFitnessPal. Lastly, we wear the device for at least a week to test the manufacturer’s battery life claims.
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