Review: Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch For Runners

By Mario Fraioli |

Photo: Courtesy of Fitbit

While product reviews aren’t a regular part of the morning shakeout’s weekly offering (if you’d like them to be, please let me know), I do test out a lot of different shoes and various other pieces of gear and nutrition items that runners might be interested in and thinking about trying (or buying). Given that, I’m going to share my thoughts on the new Fitbit Ionic—the company’s first smartwatch, which retails for $299.95—that was sent to me for review purposes ahead of its release this month. I’ve been wearing (and running with) this GPS-enabled watch regularly for over a week now. Here’s a shakeout-style rundown of its key features, in order of relative importance to runners, with thoughts based on my own usage: (more…)