The sun points with its nose. So get off the hamster wheel and recuperate in the great outdoors. Here are the latest technologies in hiking, trekking and cycling for a “techno-active” summer.
After returning to restaurants and bars, reinvesting in concert halls and booking tickets for this summer’s festivals, it’s time to reconnect with your body, nature and nature. Regardless of the weather and the direction of your vacation, your smartphone and ever more powerful tools will accompany you all summer long. Whether you’re looking for your primal cry in the Kazakh steppes, camping in the sun, hiking in a storm, mountain biking or paddling the Potomac, summer isn’t just going to be hot, it’s going to be technologically active. And there is a whole world to explore in this area.
After returning to restaurants and bars, re-investing in concert halls and booking tickets for this summer’s festivals, it’s time to reconnect with your body, nature and great outdoor views. Regardless of the weather and the direction of your vacation, your smartphone and ever more powerful tools will accompany you all summer long. Whether you’re looking for your primal cry in the Kazakh steppes, camping in the sun, hiking in a storm, mountain biking or paddling the Potomac, summer isn’t just going to be hot, it’s going to be technologically active. And there is a whole world to explore in this area. At a time when our rhythms of life are more frantic than ever, the call of emptiness is felt. There are many self-focused technologies to do this, such as the latest Fitbit Luxe, Garmin Venu 2 Plus or Huawei Watch Fit 2. What do they have in common? A holistic approach with active sports practice and drastic dietary balance, as well as – and this is new – assistance with regenerative breathing and meditation. This watch gives you quick access to your health and wellness data with more monitoring features and personalized learning. Away from work, we rather look for a haven of calm, where it would be nice to do nothing and, above all, not to overexert ourselves. A separate world where only your well-being matters. If the idea of living to the rhythm of the tides, sunrises and sunsets to reconnect with yourself repels you, choose a more physical tocante. Alone, in a group, on tarmac or a dizzying slope, no matter how you prefer to keep fit, it is important to know how to equip yourself. As such, Garmin continues to amaze with its range of multi-sport watches, including the Fenix 7X, reaching new heights. Powered by solar power or covered in an ultra-hard sapphire crystal, this is one of the best GPS watches for long outdoor activities and a great option for trekking enthusiasts. Under the hood, it has a host of health, fitness, and sports features such as VO2max and Pulse Ox sensors, altimeters, and barometers for altitude and weather. The battery life is just epic, it can reach 57 hours on a single charge. And if you choose the more expensive option with solar panels, this autonomy will increase to 73 hours. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts, Polar Grit X Pro is not afraid of dust. It’s capable of taking on just about any challenge you throw at it, making it especially useful if you like to compete in events like triathlons, ultramarathons, or open water swimming. Elegant and suave, yet tough and durable enough to withstand any adventure, it features military-grade durability, sapphire crystal, a compass, and altitude sensors for ultra-accurate tracking. A small addition: the Polar smart assistant. It helps you maintain energy levels with timely reminders to rehydrate and consume carbohydrates at optimal times based on your activity history, duration, and real-time heart rate data. A watch ready for adventure, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For maximum enjoyment, don’t forget to capture your epic rides and outdoor exploits. Action camera technology has come a long way. Today’s best devices are incredibly versatile, waterproof, durable and can be securely attached to any medium. Just like drones, they allow you to take excellent images and photos in places where you would not be able to take a regular camera. Now these little tools are protected from water and dust and are not afraid of extreme conditions. Some may even accompany you on a surfboard, kayak or while diving. For example, the GoPro Hero 10 Black (€379) is water-resistant to 10m as standard, which is more than enough for surface snorkelling. For deeper waters, you’ll need a waterproof case, sold separately (€50), that will allow you to dive to depths of up to 60m. There are also a wide range of accessories that allow you to attach your GoPro to a paddle, sailboat bow, or helmet to customize your framing. Once connected, the GoPro Hero 10 Black effortlessly shoots video in unsurpassed quality (up to 5.3K at 60fps) combined with best-in-class stabilization. Although GoPro dominates the market, the last few years have seen increased competition, mainly from DJI, the king of drones, and its excellent DJI Action 2 (€399). With a light weight of 56g and an ingenious magnetic mount that attaches to any T-shirt, DJI Action 2 is ready for whatever race you’re planning, from the road to the track and beyond. Capable of shooting in 4K at 120fps, it can run for about 70 minutes. Ideal for distances up to 10 km. An ultra-wide 155-degree field of view ensures you don’t miss any of the scenery you encounter along the way. Are you going out and want to take your music with you? You want a portable speaker that will last a long time and won’t let you down. The good news is that in anticipation of summer migrations, manufacturers are updating their range and offering more durable devices. With leading manufacturers such as Bang & Olufsen and Sonos joining JBL in this niche, you can get a weatherproof device that will play your music with high fidelity, wherever you are – on the beach, on a hike. or on the road. In addition to the sound quality of your portable speaker, there are a number of key characteristics to consider, including battery life and waterproofing. If you plan on using the speaker by the pool or while walking in the rain, aim for an IP67 rating (dust, splash, and submersion resistance). So just looking at B&O’s Beosound Explore (€199) is enough to tell you it’s a portable speaker designed to withstand falls and bad weather. Thanks to its compact size, strap and grooved case, it is easy to carry, dust and moisture resistant (at a depth of up to 1 m for 30 minutes) and works without recharging for 27 hours. Another advantage: while many small speakers try to overcome their size limitations by boosting bass and treble, the Explore doesn’t have this drawback and delivers perfectly balanced sound. In the same price range, the JBL Charge 5 (€179) is reliable, versatile and capable of playing songs at high volume despite its small size. You can listen to music for up to 20 hours on a single charge, and the speaker can also be used as a phone charger. In addition, it is completely waterproof and can be safely placed on the edge of the pool. So who said you have to spend the summer at home?