Tech is ever more part of the experience on the slopes but even today it can still be clunky (you need to get to your phone whilst wearing ski gloves and holding ski poles in one hand as you ride the chairlift) or expensive, or both.
The Zepp E takes a nuanced route between the more expensive wrist-worn computers and the never-ending list of phone-bound apps as the stylish new ‘wearable’ comes in at a mid-range price but is designed with a wellness focus across daily living and a range of sports – including skiing or boarding.
The smart watch has no less than 11 sports modes, can deliver multiple health metrics for you to keep track of every aspect of your health and activities.
It also looks good, with a 3D curved bezel-less design, offering a fusion of style and practicality, has an always-on display as well as water resistance.
Ten years ago, Zepp created waves in the North American exercise market by using a unique wearable sensor device to monitor and analyse exercise data, enabling athletes to double their training results. Fast forward to 2020 and Zepp is being reimagined with a premium new look and feel.
“With wellbeing at the top of everyone’s agenda in 2020, the all-new Zepp E series harnesses the power of AI and cutting-edge technology to convert vital health statistics into actionable insights, helping users to more effectively monitor their physical and mental wellbeing,” a company spokesperson explains.
For skiers the Zepp E can display descent information – speed, vertical and so on, but some may find additional features like 24/7 stress monitoring thanks to a built-in heart rate sensor, which can measure users’ stress levels through an OTA upgrade.
Most people will be playing with their Zepp E’s long before they reach the ski slopes though as almost all aspects of your daily activity is covered – as well as nightime if you keep it on, with state of the art sleep tracking measuring users’ sleep stages, including light sleep, deep sleep, Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and awake time. It even monitors 20-minute naps during the day, providing users with an overall sleep score to help them measure the quality of their sleep and breathing.
The watch is comfortable and lightweight to wear day and night and can last up to 7 days on a single full charge – much better than most smart watches.