Wahoo Fitness announced in January the release of a new product line during the course of 2015. Three new fitness accessories were launched since then under the TICKR brand name, including the TICKR X, a high-range and multi-function heart rate monitor that connects to an iPhone.
Wahoo Fitness LLC is a company that specializes in designing accessories dedicated to physical activities monitoring, namely cycling, running and fitness. It commercializes, among other things, speed and cadence sensors for cycling training, scales as well as special sport cases for iPhone. It also proposes a high-end bike home-trainer: the KICKR Power Trainer. Wahoo Fitness has also developed the heart rate monitors TICKR, including the TICKR X which interest us in more details today.
In Wahoo Fitness accessories range, there are many compatible applications for iOS devices, which are companion apps for those different devices and accessories. For example, the app Segments was specifically designed for the aforementioned KICKR Power Trainer. The app Wahoo Fitness has been developed as a specific workout tracker specific for cycling, running and fitness. It can be synchronized with the Wahoo Fitness training sensors and with the heart rate monitor strap TICKR X.
The TICKR range
Let us dwell for a moment on the TICKR range, including TICKR X. This family of accessories consists of 3 heart rate monitors:
- TICKR Heart Rate Monitor: a simple heart rate monitor
- TICKR Run Workout Tracker: analysis of running sessions
- TICKR X Workout Tracker With Memory: autonomous thanks to its integrated memory. It has a number of additional functions like a cadence sensor, a vertical oscillation sensor, etc.
These three models are all equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and bi-band ANT+ technologies. They are compatible with any GPS device as well as iPhone.
Heart rate monitor TICKR X
Placed around the upper chest, TICKR X is an iPhone connected device allowing to collect data as heart rate, calories burned as well as workout duration. It goes further and can be used to calculate pedaling cadence when you bike. For this, you need to pair it with the app Wahoo Fitness as stated above. This heart rate monitor is also able to analyze the pace of your steps when you run. For this, TICKR X synchronizes with the app 7 Minute Workout also designed by Wahoo Fitness. Being totally waterproof, you can take it with you to the pool for your swimming sessions. This fitness accessory is further compatible with 50+ third-party applications thanks to an API available to the developers. The Apple Store provides in particular a large list, but not exhaustive, of these applications on its page dedicated to TICKR X. There are, inter alia, MapMyFitness, Nike+, MyFitnessPal or Dropbox.
The feature making the principal difference of TICKR X compared to the other 2 models: its internal memory. This opens up the opportunity to save all relevant data during sports activities without being necessary to connect the heart rate monitor to your iPhone. Therefore, it may be used alone without needing to run or bike with your iPhone. As such, TICKR X allows 16 hours of recorded data. Once connected later, the data synchronization will then be automatically done.
TICKR X also includes a vibrating alert function that tells you when connected to your iPhone. This option has another utility: the device vibrates each time you performs one of your predetermined goals, and this even without being connected to the iPhone. TICKR X also offers a convenient system of double touch quick order. When you touch twice the TICKR X while you run for example, it automatically adds a reference point into your training data, like adding a tour. At the same time, if you connect the device to your iPhone, this double touch allows to control music playback of your iPhone’s iPod function.
Technical characteristics of TICKR X
- ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity
- 2 LEDs for display connectivity and detection of cardiac rythm
- Replaceable button battery that can last up to 12 months
- Dimensions: 11,91 cm x 2,41 cm x 17 cm
- Weight: 99,79 g
Price of TICKR X
TICKR X is marketed € 99,99 on Wahoo Fitness website. It is also commercialized at the Apple Store, but at a slightly higher price: € 109,95.
Your purchase of TICKR X box gives you access to:
- A TICKR X heart rate monitoring
- A chest belt
- The app Wahoo Fitness
Here is a video of a Wahoo TICKR X test in English with a slightest hint of an Australian accent: