Published on November 29th, 2015 | by Greg0
Runtastic Moment Elite: Look Analog, Run Digitally
Now that Black Friday has come and gone- and Cyber Monday is mere days away- you’re probably in the midst of deciding exactly what to shop for and where to get the gifts. You probably should make sure to set aside some space on the list for yourself too! And whether you exercise for fun or are a serious marathon runner, chances are that you already track your health in some way. Wearables have moved from a niche market to a major category, with plenty of competition.
One of the players that you might not be familiar with is Runtastic and their Moment line- Fun, Basic, Classic and Elite. We’ve been testing out the last and the most expensive of the set, putting it through it’s paces (and ours) over the past few weeks. We previously checked in with the company in a review of their LIBRA scale more than a year ago, and since then, they’ve been busy launching a broadside. The Apple Watch might offer plenty of applications, and there are other firms with deep ecosystems, but sometimes simple is better.
Take analog watch faces- they might seem antiquated, but they’re professional and attractive. The Moment Elite hides it’s intelligence beyond the classic design, but is still waterproof at depths up to 100 meters, offering tracking of your daily steps, total distance, calories burned, sleep duration and sleep cycles too. The Elite has a fairly large faceand bulky- 46mm to be precise- so it’s built more for men than for ladies. The included strap isn’t very comfortable, but is replaceable, and the button placement can take some getting used to. With a battery life of six months, seven days of memory between needed to download data, and 24/7 tracking, you won’t have to worry about recharging or connecting every night. On the flipside, there are no heart rate monitoring or GPS capabilities.
Runtastic is one of the few companies still supporting Windows phones, but iOS and Android apps are available as well, of course. The app itself is pretty easy to use, though it is important to note that not all features are available for free- advanced functions require a paid subscription. You’ll need to rely on the app to get feedback about your movement, since the watch itself offers very limited info. You also have to tell the watch that you’re going to sleep, and we did have some issues with inaccurate step counts. If you like the look, though, and are looking for something low-key and suitable for a corporate environment, the Runtastic Moment Elite might be a fitness tracker and timekeeper for you. Available online and in stores for around $180.