Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Score: Misfit Flash Review


So ever since Christmas, I've had this huge drama going on in my life that I haven't been telling people about. It was sort of embarrassing, and honestly, I wasn't sure it was ever going to end. It was starting to look a little hopeless, really.

Last spring, Josephine started asking for a pedometer. She wanted to get more active, wanted to be able to see real numbers that told her whether or not she was making progress. Those of you who have seen my daughter (or photos of her) will know that the very last thing my beautiful daughter needs to be worrying herself about is her weight or her body - but there are a number of health issues that run in our family, and most of our family is some version of overweight/obese. So if she wants to build good fitness habits, I'm right there to applaud her efforts - eventually.

When she asked for a pedometer, I answered with a casual, "We'll see," and marked it down immediately as something she would appreciate if she happened to get one for Christmas. If she still wanted one by then, I thought, this would be a good indication that she would actually use it long enough for me to get my money's worth out of it.

Not that I was about to splurge on a FitBit though, right? Those things are so expensive, and while they do offer great features in theory, everyone I know who has one hates it for various reasons. So I got started researching my options.

I ended up with the Cubot Wireless Activity Wristband, which was cute and pretty close to what a FitBit offers as far as features go. I bought this for my daughter's "something to wear" Christmas gift. It came with the band, device, and charger, and I liked knowing that she was going to LOVE her gift.

But she didn't. Because it didn't work. We downloaded the app to her phone, my phone, my tablet, and even her tablet, and this device would not sync to any of our devices, which was extremely frustrating. I ended up sending it back for a refund, but it sucked for Joey because she had been really excited about it.

Next, I bought her a B Fit Watch, which I thought would be awesome because it didn't need a charger or an app. Sure, it didn't store data for long-time tracking, but surely this would work right? If she wanted to really track longterm, she could just record her daily step counts into the planner she uses for school, right?

Wrong. Because I bought literally the last one they had in the store I went to, and it was broken. To top it all off, when I called around the other stores in the area to see if it could be exchanged, no one had any. Literally no one. So again, I got a refund, and as Joey's birthday was approaching, she was starting to worry that she'd never get the pedometer she'd asked for. I was starting to worry that she was right, because I was still 100% sure I wasn't about to drop $100 on a device everyone I know hates.

Cue the Misfit Flash.


I saw these over and over online, all over Facebook, all over Amazon. But I skipped on them because they look great and I figured with all that advertising there was no way they'd be cheap enough that I'd be willing to pay for them and still good enough that my kid could use it without it falling apart.

I was wrong. Blessedly, happily, ever so gratefully wrong. Seriously, you guys. They're expensive if you buy them from Amazon sellers because you're getting scalped, but if you get them by clicking on the photo above, you can get them directly from Misfit - marked down from $29.99 to $11.99. I don't know how long they'll be marked down for though, so if you want one, go for it.

I can tell you, it's worth the risk.

Misfit is owned by Fossil Group, arguably one of the best watchmakers in the current industry, and the Misfit brand is no disappointment. The Flash is the most affordable of the various options available, and I love that since it uses a replaceable cell battery, there's no need to fuss with a charger. The Misfit app was easy to find and download (it's available for iPhone and Android), and syncing was quick and simple, with easy-to-follow instructions that worked on the first try. The device itself is comfortable to wear and feels well-made, and neither Josephine nor I have had any problems at all in the month we've been wearing them. They seem pretty accurate, considering they don't connect to GPS or maps, and we love that they have such a clean look. They track sleep and activity, which is all we needed anyway, and sync effortlessly with just the touch of a button (or the swipe of a finger).

One of the things Jo and I think is extra cool about the Misfit Flash is that you don't have to do anything to tell it you're going to bed. You don't have to switch it into "sleep mode," you just lay down and go to sleep. I don't know how it knows, but it does! We also love that it helps us get an idea of our sleep quality too - not just our sleep hours. When you open the app and click over to the sleep tracker, it shows the pattern of your sleep, with varying colors for light sleep and deep sleep, and it even shows if you were awake in the middle of the night - even if you didn't get up out of bed.

Another cool feature with these is that the little tracking disc easily pops out of the wristband, and can be tucked into a pocket. Or, if you'd like something more secure, the Misfit Flash comes with a handy clip that can be used to attach the tracker to your shoe, waistband, jacket lapel or chest pocket - or even your bra/boxers, if you'd like the device to be hidden entirely.

They look great - Josephine is a highly fashion-conscious girl and she wears hers daily regardless of her outfit. As for mine ... toward the end of January I was sick enough one night to head for the closest emergency room, where I was asked multiple times about my "watch."

Which leads me to that - the Misfit Flash does also function as a watch, in the very coolest way. Usually, the face itself is totally blank, with no screen or indicators of any kind. But upon pressing the button (the device itself functions as one large button) or flipping your arm in just the right way (as if you were bringing your wrist up to check your watch), you activate some sensor in the device that turns on the indicator lights.

These tiny lights are arranged in a little circle of 12, matching the typical placement of numbers on a clock face. First, they light up as a progress marker, with more and more lights flashing the closer you get to completing your fitness goal. After that, you get a dim version of the lights in a clock-like configuration that orients you to where the numbers should be. Dim lights are at 3, 6, 9, and 12 on the face. Your hour is marked by a solid bright light, and your minute is rounded off to the nearest five-minute increment, marked with a blinking light. This takes a little getting used to, but within days, Josephine was using hers for time-checking just as well as fitness-tracking.

But that's just the uber-affordable Flash. Misfit also offers several other models, including the sporty and swimproof Misfit Shine 2, the beautifully faceted Misfit Swarovski Activity Crystal, the sleek Misfit Ray, and even smart watches like the Misfit Phase and the Misfit Vapor (coming soon)! My favorite thing about the Misfit Shine 2 is that the indicator lights are multicolored - they follow a rainbow gradient, and they're so cute!


I like that these come in a wide range of prices too, so that you can pick and choose what features are important to you. You pay as much or as little as you want (they range from right about $8 for the Link to just under $200 for the Phase), and with their most affordable product (the Flash) being such an amazing product, I have nothing but great expectations for the rest of the Misfit line.

Seriously guys, go check them out, and score one for yourselves. In fact, at $11.99 for the Flash, you can score one for yourself, your kid, your spouse, your friends. Go on, go for it.



Questions for the Comments Section:
  • Do you track your fitness or sleep?
  • If you haven't tried it, why not?
  • If you have, what devices are your favorites, and why?

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39 comments:

  1. I used to track my activity and sleep on a Misfit but the problem was no one I knew had one so I had no one to challenge me in my goals and daily activity. I now have a Fitbit Flex that I got new off EBay for about $40 which considering I spent $50 so far as my first Misfit got lost (it fell off somewhere) I've had my fitbit for a lot longer. I can name pro and cons of both. I'm not sure if I would go back to the Misfit if my Flex died as I feel like I'm actually moving more as I can set my Fitbit to remind me I need to move every hour and with me having a desk job that I'm at for 1o hours it's nice having that reminder. I will say they both do about the same on keeping track of your steps as I wore both for the first two weeks I had my Flex to see if there was a big difference.

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    1. Oh yes be careful as the bands the Misfit comes with willl wear thin after a while and break and if you are aware you will lose it like I did.

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    2. Aww, I'm kinda sad that you're not using one anymore! I so love mine, and I have really loved being able to compare activity (and even sleep patterns) with Josephine.

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  2. I used to track my running when I ran with Runkeeper and Map my Run. I have been thinking about getting a fitbit because I need to et more active. I loved working out when I was preparing to run an organized 10K or half marathon. Which is what I'd like to do again. I think it might be a little incentive to get started.

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    1. That's definitely how it worked for me. I'm much more conscious of my activity levels now, knowing that at the end of the day I'm going to sync my device and see the final "score."

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  3. Thanks for your info, I've also thought about getting a pedometer.. seems like an interesting thing!

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    1. They are, and this one is really great! I also love that it came with a clip so I could pin it on my clothes whenever I don't want to wear it openly on my wrist.

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  4. hope you don't mind sharing my views on this. what i do is eat healthy.properly exercise daily. if someone feels like they are little obese, what my opinion is that eat half of normal diet plan and exercise. a person will get fit within few weeks.

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    1. Thanks, but unfortunately, it's not always that easy when there are other health issues involved.

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  5. I'm so glad you found something that works at a great price. I wanted a fitbit until I realized how expensive they were. I'll have to snag one of these at the low cost. Headed over now to do that.

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    1. Yeah these are definitely better if you're looking to be more financially savvy, or if you're just starting out. I also love that Misfit has devices for every budget!

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  6. This seems like it could be useful for some people. Myself, I just keep a regular sleep routine, follow a low carb lifestyle and eat clean foods, and stay active. I have never been one to track these things though.

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  7. Got to know there's a reliable device out there that's not going to cost the earth!

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    1. Agreed! There was no way I was about to pay for a super expensive device, especially not when everyone I know who has one hates the constant issues they have with theirs.

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  8. Wow it is far cheaper than fitbit and just as pretty. It is great that you found something that is reliable to use as well!

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  9. i will buy a pedometer next weekend , thanx for sharing this :)

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  10. These sound cool. I actually do have a Fitbit though and I love it. I always aim to hit 10,000 steps a day and it also tracks my sleep. It's pretty nifty!

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    1. It's interesting being able to look back and see the data!

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  11. That sounds like a pretty awesome watch for a fraction of a price of the fitbit watch that's been so trendy lately. I think it's great that you finally found a watch that you and your daughter can easily use!

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    1. Me too - I was beginning to think I'd never be able to find her one!

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  12. Wow it's cheaper than a fitbit! I love my fitbit but maybe my friend can try this out!

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  13. This sounds like a good product! I haven't tried or heard of this brand before. Glad that you found something that works for you and JO and a great price. The design looks pretty cool! I like it.

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    1. We love it too - I love that it's not flashy, and she loves that it can be. Misfit even makes a REALLY pretty bracelet band for it! I haven't told my daughter, but that's likely to be her "Something To Wear" Christmas gift this year.

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  14. I don't track fitness with any gadgets as I generally have do enough sport per week. But sleep would be a good idea. I want to have my sleep as efficient as possible and currently I am not sleeping that well..

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    1. I really like that the Misfit just knows when I go to bed. I don't need to put it in sleep mode or anything like that - I also like that it can tell the difference between when I'm resting well and when I'm not.

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  15. I don't usually track my activities,but pedometer always was a thing I wanted to invest in.
    Happy you found one that works good for your daughter!

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    1. I don't use mine to track in an athletic sort of way, but it is nice to have an idea of how active I am on a daily basis. It does track steps, as well, which is nice.

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  16. I honestly love reading your posts, you have such a great writing style! I personally have a fit bit (it was given to me as a present) and I just like the fact that it records my sleep. And it has shown me how jumpy my heart rate can be!

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    1. That's one of the things you lose with stepping down to the Misfit Flash - you don't have a heart rate monitor. But just for what we wanted, that was a feature we could live without.

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    2. Also, thank you for your compliments on my blog - they are very much appreciated!

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  17. I thought about getting on of these fit bits. I should probably start exercising first though!! Or it will just be a waste of money!

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    1. Not if you snag a Misfit Flash for just $11 USD. *wink*

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