Whether you're serious about training, or you're an occasional gym-goer, biometric monitoring can provide useful information that will help you dial in your exercise routine. This type of activity tracking can also be a very effective way of monitoring your athletic performance and progress over time.
And when it comes to biometric monitoring, both the WHOOP Strap 3.0 and the Biostrap EVO are some of the most popular performance monitoring devices currently on the market. But which one is the right monitoring device for you? To help you make the best choice in this post, we've stacked both these biometric wearables against one another, comparing their key best features and specs.
In a nutshell, both the WHOOP Strap 3.0 and Biostrap EVO devices track very similar biometrics with only a couple of slight differences. Both biometric wearables track heart rate, heart rate variability, wrist movement, burned calories, and respiratory rate. While the WHOOP Strap 3.0 does keep track of ambient temperature and electrodermal activity while the Biostrap EVO doesn't. Although, the Biostrap does track blood oxygen saturation while the WHOOP Strap 3.0 doesn't.
However, out of the box, perhaps the two biggest discrepancies between the two sensors is the WHOOP takes biometric samples 100 times per second whereas the Biostrap takes measurements every 5-10 minutes depending on the chosen measurement settings. There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these approaches to biometric tracking. On one hand, more frequently taken measurements means more data-rich biometrics. Although, more frequently taken biometric measurements will result in larger biometric data collection size and, consequently, longer biometric data upload times.
A fitness tracker needs good contact with the wrist. If suitable contact isn't achieved an activity tracking device will not be able to properly read bodily biometrics resulting in inconsistent and unreliable data being gathered.
On one side, the Biostrap has precut holes along nearly the entire length of the strap. On the other, there is a metal pin that fits into the holes along the opposite strap. This wristband system is great for creating a nice snug fit that will ensure good tracker readings are taken but it does make taking it off and on again a little fiddly.
On the other hand, the WHOOP strap system has been designed to allow wearers to quickly snap it on and off again. The wristband is also easily adjusted by tightening one end of the strap, this means it stays at the same length and will not require readjustment the next time a wearer fits the device to their wrist.
Most athletes will find both the WHOOP app and the Biostrap app to be relatively easy to get their heads around. Both apps are fairly easy to set up, navigate, and straightforward to use. Set up simply involves the usual input of personal information like date of birth, height, weight, etc. From there, the dashboard of both apps is fairly easy to use. Although, in general, the Biostrap is more intuitive as the WHOOP app menu is laid out with a side swiping interface whereas the Biostrap app has all its menu options in one place making them easy to select and switch between.
Probably the biggest difference between the two apps is that the WHOOP wearable device and app require an ongoing subscription of $30USD/month. Without this, the WHOOP activity tracker is virtually useless. On the other hand, the Biostrap EVO only requires a subscription if users wish to take advantage of advanced sleep functionalities like deep sleep tracking and REM sleep breakdowns.
Both the WHOOP and Biostrap come with a range of different accessories you can choose from. The accessories available for the WHOOP fitness tracker are a little limiting but perhaps the most notable of these are different colored wristbands and a battery life-extending battery pack. Whereas the Biostrap has a whole heap of different accessories, including:
- Biostrap Chest Strap HRM
- Biostrap Armband HRM
- Biostrap Activity Pod
- Biostrap Activity Pod Clip 3-Pack
- Biostrap Inductive Dual Charger Base
- Biostrap Wristband Straps
WHOOP vs Biostrap Specs Comparison
|Biostrap EVO||WHOOP Strap 3.0|
|Silicone strap with a pin-and-tuck mechanism||Polyamide, elastane, and polyester strap with a clasp mechanism|
|Tracked biometrics include heart rate, heart rate variability, wrist movement, electrodermal activity, calories, respiratory rate, and blood oxygen saturation.||Tracked biometrics include heart rate, heart rate variability, wrist movement, electrodermal activity, ambient temperature, calories, and respiratory rate.|
|Wi-Fi and BlueTooth connectivity||Wi-Fi and BlueTooth connectivity|
|The Biostrap app advanced sleep data is only available via subscription. Although, all other biometrics are available without a subscription.||Requires $30USD subscription to use the WHOOP app and fitness tracker|
|Battery life: 2.5-days||Battery life: 5-days|
|Dimensions: 1.30.9x0.6” or 35x23x15mm||Dimensions: 1.75x1x0.6” or 44x25x15mm|
|1-year manufacturer’s warranty||1-year manufacturer’s warranty|
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