Some people have been posting on Fitbit forums talking about the challenges of wearing a fitness tracker or smartwatch with small wrists. They’re wondering, which is the smallest Fitbit? We’re here to help.
Most fitness trackers and smartwatches are made for those with regular to large sized wrists. But what if you have tiny wrists? Your options are limited.
Typically, the problem is not just the diameter of the strap. You might find yourself tighting the band to the last remaining hole, and still have the device flopping on the sides – the tracker bit sticks out where your wrist curves away.
Your options if you’re after the smallest Fitbit?
Earlier generation devices
Strictly speaking, the Alta, Alta HR and Flex 2 are the smallest Fitbits. The problem is, they have been discontinued. Fitbit does not sell them any more.
The good news is that you can still buy these on sites such as Amazon. Because these are earlier generation devices, you can often find them at a discount. Having said that, it is never a good idea to purchase something that has been discontinued by its manufacturer.
If, however, you decide to go down this route take some comfort in knowing that these wearables are still receiving firmware updates. This is because there’s a large community out there with one of these devices on their wrists. Although these wearables are designed to be worn outside the wrist, some are wearing them inside the wrist. Find what works best for you and stick with that.
An interesting option was posted by someone on one of the Fitbit forums. They took an Alta HR out of its strap. Then they bought a band that was made for Fitbit Ace and placed their Alta HR core unit inside of it. It fits nicely.
The end result is a band that fits very slender wrists, i.e something that was made for kids – but with adult functionality. You can buy those bands on this link.
The smallest Fitbit bands you can purchase are in the Ace range. They fit wrists measuring 5.0” – 6.34″ in circumference. This compares with the 5.5″ – 7.1″ in circumference for the small option on an adult Fitbit.
As far as outdated options, there’s also the Zip. That was one of the first Fitbit’s so good luck finding it to purchase. The tracker is not for your wrist. Instead you can pop it into your pocket or get a strap and attach it to your ankle. The Zip is a pedometre more than anything else.
The latest fitness trackers that are on offer
Moving on to the current range, and the smallest Fitbit that’s available is something in the Inspire family. Preferably the Inspire 2 as it has the latest tech inside of it.
In fact, this might be a better option than something in the Alta range. This is because on the Inspire, the band curves around the wrist immediately. Whatsmore, the Inspire band is built from softer, more flexible material.
Depending on the size of your wrist, the Alta might leave small gaps on the sides. This is because the connection of the band to the strap is rigid. The same is the case for Flex 2.
You can also wear the Inspire via a clip. However, if you attach it to clothing or a bag instead of having it on your wrist you will get limited health and fitness stats. Heart rate tracking will not be available, exercise monitoring along with some other functionality.
Theoretically, you could also try to Charge 4. However, that one is more bulky than Inspire 2. It does, however, come with more functionality including built-in GPS.
What if you want a Fitbit smartwatch?
Purchasing a Fitbit smartwatch and getting it to fit nicely around your wrist is a possibility. The Versa or Sense are your best choices in this case.
They come with a display measuring 1.59 (length) x 1.59 (width) x 0.49 (depth) inches. As mentioned, the small strap fits wrists with a circumfrance between 5.5″ and 7.1″. While there’s nothing you can do about the size of the main unit, do some shopping around for straps.
A good suggestion might be to go with the small Special Edition woven band. You could also opt for a Milanese loop. It has a magnetic clasp mechanism that can be fastened anywhere on the band. That allows you to make it as small as you need. Plus it looks nice and feels more comfortable than the standard silicone options.
Those that want pretty much everything on offer are best going with Versa 3 or Sense. They both pack a GPS sensor, track everything under the sun and come with some nifty health functionality.
Hopefully, Fitbit will come out one day with an XS (extra-small) adult band! Until then, the above are probably your best options.
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