It collects vast amounts of accurate data • There’s no better sleep tracker • The simple look is sharp • Workouts are automatically registered and fun to track • It’s fully • totally waterproof • You never have to take it off
The amount of data can be a lot • The app can be difficult to master • I missed simple readouts like step counts • standing reminders • etc. • even if they’re not totally useful
The Whoop is a very cool fitness tracker. It is undeniably great at giving you all the data you’d likely ever need. But it might not be the product for everyone.
I’ve been in the market for a fitness tracker for a while now — it felt like a responsible choice during a pandemic that’s made gyms nearly obsolete — and I couldn’t stop hearing about the Whoop Strap.
Podcast commercials, news stories, internet ads, everything was pointing me toward Whoop.
You might’ve seen Whoop around, too. If you like golf, for instance, the PGA Tour purchased a Whoop for every golfer and caddie in an effort to help detect potential COVID-19 symptoms. Or you might’ve heard that other famous athletes like Michael Phelps use it.
I reached out to Whoop for a review unit to give it a whirl and see what the experience is like, since most folks have heard of or tried other similar products like the Apple Watch or a FitBit Versa.
I’ve used the Whoop Strap 3.0 for nearly two months now. Here’s the TL;DR: It’s an unquestionably detailed and impressive fitness tracker; it’s a good-looking product; I can see why some folks love it, but it might not be the thing for me. In some ways, it’s just too much for my needs. I’m probably a pretty average user: I jog, I go on walks, I cycle. I do my best to get decent sleep and move around while mostly stuck inside my home. The Whoop Strap 3.0 basically wrote a thesis about my body. For the more casual user, it might be information overload.
The Whoop device
The Whoop tracker is different than most anything else on the market. Let’s get into how that’s the case.
First: It’s a simple band that’s mostly fabric. It has no display, no clock, no step-counter, nada, nada, nada. The Whoop band clasps on your wrist and the massive amount of data it collects (more on that later) gets sent straight to Whoop’s app, which is available for iOS and Android. I actually really loved the look: It’s simple and sharp. It doesn’t scream “Look at this high-tech thing on my wrist.” There are also a ton of different colors and styles to choose from.
The cost is different, too. Whoop is membership-based and costs $30 per month. That’s right, the Strap itself is now technically free with a membership. That’s not how things used to work. As Mashable wrote in a 2017 Whoop Strap review, an earlier iteration of the tracker cost $500.
The Whoop is 100 percent waterproof and…