Smartwatches are customizable, with smartwatch makers allowing their smartwatches to have interchangeable wristbands of different colors and materials, but fitness bands haven’t been so fortunate. Most fitness band makers produce fitness bands with the goal of having users engage them only in exercise routines and daily workouts. Fitness bands are occasional devices, with few individuals wearing them most of the time (outside of athletes, fitness gurus, and experts, however), so there’s been little demand for interchangeable wristbands in fitness wearables.
That changes for fitness bands now, with Fitbit’s own customizable fitness band called The Fitbit Alta. The Fitbit Alta comes with the usual sleep and activity tracking and notifications you’d expect from a smart device, but The Alta also comes with the ability to swap out fitness bands according to color and materials. In other words, if you’re someone who prefers the lightweight feel of fitness trackers/bands but want something a little more premium than the rubber/plastic bands you’ve been accustomed to, Fitbit will now let you achieve the premium fitness band look you’ve been yearning to achieve.
The Fitbit Alta will be available in the US in March 2016 for just $130, which is priced slightly below that of the company’s first smartwatch, called the Fitbit Blaze, that was announced at CES 2016. The Fitbit Blaze is a full-blown smartwatch, however, and the $70 price gap seems small when you compare a smartwatch on one side and a fitness band (The Alta) on the other. If you want to customize your customizable fitness band, you’ll need to pay $30, $60, and $100 more for premium Alta wristbands.
Anyone up for a premium fitness band to flaunt to your smartwatch-wearing friends?