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There are thousands of fitness trackers out there, but very few that can actually log swimming workouts. And among the short list of worthwhile swim fitness trackers, the Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer’s Edition is probably the best. In terms of design, it’s both elegant and sporty and it’s water resistant down to 50 meters. Even more, because Misfit has plenty of accessories for the Shine 2, you can wear it on your wrist, hip, in your pocket, or around your neck—it’s one of the most versatile fitness trackers out there. Plus, the Shine 2 is powered off of a CR2032 coin cell battery, which means you don’t need to charge this device. In fact, you only need to replace the battery once every six months.
But in addition to being a solid fitness tracker, it does a killer job of tracking your swimming workouts. Misfit has actually partnered with Speedo to create this device, knowing that swimmers didn’t have many options when it comes to swim wearables. The Shine 2 tracks your distance, laps, and elapsed time in 25 yard and 50 yard pools. You can also set a duration for your workout and the device will let you know when the workout has finished.
I’ve found the accuracy to be pretty good. On a 20-minute swim it was off by about 50 yards (I swam 800 meters and the Shine 2 only counted 750). You also can’t tell your distance until you’ve finished your workout since the device doesn’t have a display. Therefore, if it does miss a lap or length, you won’t know until the workout is complete and you’ve synced the device to your phone. The other thing is (as you can see in the picture below) the workout summary doesn’t really have any details for you. You can see distance, calories burned, and laps, but there’s no analysis or breakdown of the data.
Screenshot of the Misfit app and swim workout summary.
What we also like about the Shine 2 is that instead of having a proper display, it has a ring of LEDs that lights up to show your progress toward your daily activity goal as well as alert you of incoming notifications from your phone. The Shine 2 even has a vibration motor for those phone notifications and your daily alarms. It also happens to be one of the most comfortable devices to wear. And the price of the Shine 2 is moderate as well. As of the date that we’re posting this, we saw it as low as $72 [check price on Amazon].
Here’s the official announcement video for the Shine 2 Swimmer’s Edition.
The Fitbit Flex 2 was the first device from Fitbit to tracking swimming workouts. And given Fitbit’s dominance in the wearables market, it was a no brainer for this list. The Flex 2 looks like your typical activity tracker. It’s really basic with just 5 LED lights to show your daily progress, but it’s affordable and actually has a lot going for it. Firstly, the MSRP for the Flex 2 is $100, however, you can find it frequently in the $60-80 range [check current price on Amazon]. Second, it might look basic and somewhat ugly from the get-go, but there are plenty of accessories (bands, necklaces, etc.) available to spice it up.
The Flex 2 even automatically recognizes workouts such as running and swimming so there’s no need to initiate the workout on your wrist before you start. It’s not a perfect system, but it certainly works well for running and swimming, in particular. And speaking of swimming, the Flex 2 is water resistant down to 50 meters and will estimate your lengths, calories, and distance. We’ve found it to be pretty accurate—about on par with the Shine 2. If you have decent swimming form, it will track your workout fairly accurately. Also, since there’s no display, you can’t check your progress as you swim. And when you do sync your workout to the Fitbit app, like the Shine 2, there’s no meaningful analysis or breakdown of your workout.
Bottom line with the Flex 2 is that it’s simple, yet customizable and if you want swim tracking, but want to remain in the Fitbit family, it’s the only device to go with. Here’s the official launch video for the Flex 2.
Moov Now is a lesser known device, however, it offers far more detail than does Misfit or Fitbit. You can expect it to track your strokes, distance, time, rest, and more, which is great, however, it’s not really your prototypical fitness tracker. The Moov Now is more fitness coach than fitness tracker, although it does monitor your daily activity and sleep. Moov Now even recognizes your stroke type and the duration of each turn in the pool.
Moov Now mobile app – screenshot of swim workout.
Moov Now gives you the most amount of detail for swimming workouts, but like the other two devices on this list, it lacks a screen and some of your more common features like a built-in wrist heart rate monitor. The Moov Now, however, is one of the most affordable fitness trackers out there. We typically see it selling for between $45 and $60 [check price on Amazon].
Not the most attractive looking device, but it is sporty.
Moov Now wouldn’t be our very first pick for a fitness tracker, but there’s a lot to like about it. In addition to tracking all day activity, sleep, and swim workouts, it can coach your through running and cycling workouts. Moov even has a bodyweight fitness feature that guides your through circuit workouts.
Bottom line, it’s ugly and it’s different, but it’s a cool device, especially for swimmers…and for the price.