Hiking Essentials : Fitbit Inspire 3 Review

Hiking Essentials - Fitbit Review

10 reasons to get a Fitbit Inspire 3

If there’s one device I cannot live without, it’s a fitness tracker. I’ve been using them for over a decade now and my preferred brand has always been Fitbit. My last one – a Fitbit Charge 2 - gave up after 5 years of extensive use. It has now been replaced by the new Fitbit Inspire 3, which I am loving.

Fitbit Inspire 3 Review

Fitbit devices have changed our perspective on health by giving us real-time data to monitor and improve our lifestyles. From tracking steps, heart rate, and sleep patterns to providing personalized insights and helping us set health goals, Fitbits are now a big part of getting fit for many people around the world whether you're an athlete or just someone trying to become healthier.

For me, apart from being an imperative tool when hiking and exercising, I wear my Fitbit all day to track the amount of steps I do and earn fitness miles with Discovery Vitality, which I can in turn redeem for other benefits. Of course, it serves as a wristwatch too.

The Fitbit Inspire 3 was released in September 2022. A subtle budget-friendly option with great health-tracking features, it’s been touted as the best Fitbit for beginners. Although I’m not a beginner, it suits my needs perfectly too. The device links to the Fitbit app, which provides important health metrics, and is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

Fitbit Inspire 3 Review

Fitbit Inspire 3

Here are 10 reasons to get a Fitbit Inspire 3

  1. It’s sleek, elegant and stylish, with a bright, colourful AMOLED display and replaceable straps, which are available in 3 colours, creatively named Lilac Bliss, Midnight Zen, and Morning Glow.
  2. It has a blood oxygen monitoring feature, which is useful for people with sleep apnoea and other breathing conditions, as well as during intense workouts and high altitude activities like mountain climbing.
  3. It has up to 10 days battery life which is longer than any other current Fitbit. means you don’t need to charge it often. And when you do, you just plug it into the provided USB-compatible charging cable for 2 hours to charge it fully. The battery sensor shows you what percentage battery life you have remaining.
  4. It has an ambient light sensor which adapts the screen light according to the brightness of your surroundings.
  5. It’s water-resistant up to 50m, so you can wear it in the pool and the shower.

    Fitbit Inspire 3 Review

    The Fitbit app

  6. It has a heart rate variability sensor which can pick up cardiac irregularities.
  7. It’s one of the most affordable Fitbit trackers on the market.
  8. It is so slender and comfortable that you can easily sleep with it. You will be able to monitor your total sleep duration along with the time you spend in light, deep, and REM sleep stages. Upon waking up, it gives you a Sleep Score, which indicates your sleep quality. It also has a Smart Wake feature which will vibrate during your optimal waking time.
    I’ve been using it to track my sleep and have discovered that I wake up an extraordinarily high number of times at night, which is why I am often still tired in the mornings.
  9. it has 20+ exercise modes and you can have six activity shortcuts on the device at a time, making it more accurate to track your specific workout.
  10. It comes with a free 6-month Premium membership which offers advanced features such as personalized insights based on your health data, guided workout programs, in-depth sleep analysis tools, access to workout videos and audio coaching, detailed wellness reports that can be shared with your doctor, mindfulness sessions and much more.
Fitbit Inspire 3 Review

Hiking with my Fitbit

Other features of the Fitbit Inspire 3 include tracking your breathing rate, skin temperature, heart rate variability, stress levels and menstrual health. It reminds you to move when you’ve been inactive for too long, notifies you of calls, texts and app notifications, and helps find your phone if you misplace it.

If you’re looking for a subtle activity tracker offering all the essential features as well as great value for money, then the Fitbit Inspire 3 is a great choice.

If you are in South Africa, the Fitbit Inspire 3 is available at many retailers, including Takealot, Incredible Connection and Sportsmans Warehouse.

November 2023 Update

Fitbit is now withdrawing from South Africa but you can still get it internationally on Amazon.

For more information, visit Fitbit.


Fitbit Inspire 3 Review


Fitbit Inspire 3 Review


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4 comments on “Hiking Essentials : Fitbit Inspire 3 Review”

  1. Quite convincing reasons. The only thing I get a little hesitant about is when these products claim to monitor mental health. I would never want to get so obsessed with updating my mental well-being.

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