I’ve been trying out the Fitbit force and like it’s ease of use and the data it provides me about my walking and stair climbing.
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But, as many have pointed out, the biggest problem with Force and Fitbit’s other watch, the Flex, is its horrible clasp.
Even after watching an instructional video, I haven’t been able to get the clasp to shut and — based on what I’ve seen online — some of those who have succeeded clasping it have had the clasp open up on them.
The simple solution is a few pennies worth of industrial strength Velcro attached to both bands. While Velcro can come lose, it typically doesn’t, especaill if you use the industrial strength variety. The one problem is that the glue may not adhere properly to the Fitbits’ plastic band but you can solve that be reinforcing it with tape or going to a shoe repair shop and having them glue it on for you, but if you do that, you might not be able to later remove the Velcro).
Don’t worry about the Velcro being unsightly — it will be hidden by the band so no one will see it.
Impressions of the Force
As per the Force itself, I like the fact that it now has a clock and calculates how many calories you’ve consumed and, of course, it’s handy that you can upload the data to a computer or a compatible smartphone. But it’s mostly useful for people who want to measure their running, walking or stair climbing. The device itself won’t track cycling or most other activities. The companion app does let you do that but there are lots of free apps that do that too.