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Fitbit Surge GPS Watch + HR Monitor

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The ultimate fitness super watch.

Train smarter with the Fitbit Surge GPS Watch + HR Monitor. This exercise-savvy watch has built-in GPS tracking, allowing you to view distance, pace, and elevation climbed, as well as review running routes and split times. The PurePulse heart rate monitor gives you continuous, wrist-based heart rate and simplified heart zones for upping your cardio endurance. Best of all, these stats wirelessly sync with your smartphone for in-depth analysis.

No matter your discipline, this watch records running, cycling, cross-training, and cardio, delivering detailed workout summaries with tailored metrics, intensity levels, and calories burned. For improving your sleep, the built-in sleep monitor displays your overnight sleep duration and the quality of sleep, as well as gently waking you with a silent alarm on your wrist. For busy days at work, the display shows your call and text notifications, allowing full control of your mobile playlist when you're on the move.

  • Innovative exercise watch with multi-sport tracking
  • Multi-sport modes for running, aerobic, and cross-training
  • PurePulse continuous heart rate monitoring via wrist sensor
  • GPS tracking for distance traveled, exercise routes, elevation
  • Wirelessly syncs with iPhone 4s and later + most Android devices
  • Protected from full water submersion (up to 165 feet)
  • Sizing: small 5.5 to 6.3 inches, large 6.3 to 7.8 inches
  • Includes charging cable and wireless sync dongle
  • Item #FIB0006

Tech Specs

Housing Material
yes, GPS-based distance
yes, GPS-based altitude
Heart Rate Monitor
yes, wrist-based heart rate sensor
Technical Features
GPS tracking, PurePulse Heart Rate (continuous, wrist-based HR Monitor), Multi-Sport tracking, All-Day activity tracking, Notifications + Music control (from phone), Auto Sleep Tracking & Silent Alarms, Wireless syncing via Bluetooth
yes, Bluetooth 4.0
Operating System
syncs with iPhone 4s and later, iPad 3rd Gen and later, modern Android devices, compatible with Windows Vista and later, Macs running iOS X 10.6 and later
Date Indicator
silent alarm (wrist-based)
yes, 5-ATM (165-feet)
Battery Type
Battery Life
[maximum watch life] 7 days, [with GPS tracking on] 10 hours
charging cable, wireless sync dongle
Recommended Use
casual, fitness, cycling, running

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Not For Older Eyes?

    Age 75. Good fitness level. Display is to dim to see easily and clearly. No way to increase brightness. Display text small and could be difficult to read. Information on Fitbit blog indicates this is a problem for others. Great Backcountry customer support when requesting a return. Knowledge and support are why I shop with Backcountry.

    Amazing Customer Service

      I typically do not right many reveiws but in this case it was a must! Within hours of getting my confirmation about my order being shipped I received an email from James Griffin (Customer Account Manager). This was not the ordinary "blanket" reply you get from most companies but rather a personal email. I have to tell you that in this day and age that was a nice surprised and greatly appreciated. James originally tried to call me but I was traveling so he followed up the call with the email to confirm my shipment, to let me know that he would be tracking my order (he included the tracking number) and would personally assist me with any questions/needs I might have with my purchase (FitBit Surge). It goes without saying that BackCountry truly understands their customers and go to great lengths to ensure that their customers shopping experience is first-class... I can assure you that I will continue to shop at BackCountry, and not only for their competitive pricing and amazing quality but first and foremost for their commitment to me as a valued customer... Thank you BackCountry and in particular James Griffin...

      Pretty Cool

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Height: 5'4"
      • Weight: 145lbs

      I like keeping track of my heart rate so that feature is pretty cool. I don't think it's always accurate though. It said my heart rate was way higher going downhill than hiking uphill –which makes no sense because I was dying uphill. Also, the overall miles didn't match up with my strava. I guess all in all, it was pretty close so I give it 3 stars.

      Battery issues

        I loved the idea of this tracker - it has everything I wanted, except that the battery life (if you use at least 2 of the features) is less than 3 days...not the advertised 5. I wrote to fitbit, and they gave me a list of "suggestions to improve battery life" which boiled down to not using any of the features.
        I am bummed....think I will just go back to my "One".

        Best in the game!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: Small
        • Height: 5'7"
        • Weight: 145lbs

        I have had many fitness tracking watches in the past, and some that cost WAY more than the Surge, but this watch beats the others by far in pretty much all areas. I love how many exercise options this watch gives you. I have hiked, free ran, and treadmill run with the watch and it is dead accurate. The Fitbit is actually a little bit addicting, in a good way! I love the app and all the other side features the watch tracks, like your sleep cycle! Very interesting information to have, and inspires me to get a better nights rest. The app has so many other features that inspire me to get moving more than any other competing brand has. I love getting into Challenges with friends to see how I compare in steps in a weekend or workweek.

        Sizing. I was a bit worried when I saw that the only sizing option were small, large and extra large. I would have naturally guessed myself to be a medium, although I do feel like I have thin wrists. A small fits me perfectly!

        The one con of this watch is that is it not totally waterPROOF. It is however water resistant, so running in the rain and getting really sweaty in it isn't a problem. I guess the other (very small) con would be that the color, tangerine does pick up a little of dirty discoloration on the underside of the band. But with all things you workout and use 100% of your day, I would expect it to get a little used looking. The color is true to its name. It's certainly tangerine, and very fun color to have!

        I cant say enough great things about this watch and Fitbit in general. I wish I had had this watch much earlier! I'm looking forward to using it to train for my future races.

        Best in the game!


        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This is a gift here is the review;

        Having a FitBit is certainly not necessary but it's fun! It keeps me motivated and I love the graphs and tracking you can monitor. Haven't had too many problems except that my wrists are very small so even the smallest size doesn't fit PERFECT - there are some gaps on the sides of my wrists, but it feels fine and functions normally.

        Cool Device

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        +GPS awesome for keeping track of workouts
        +Inclusion of the watch face is a major plus
        +Texting and phone call notification is awesome
        +Love the stair feature, fairly accurate
        +Started out feeling bulky, but got used to it very quickly and now love the fit
        +HR monitor is fairly accurate if worn correctly. If worn too loose, tight, or in a weird place, the monitor has issues, but I've found it to be very accurate at rest and fairly accurate when active.
        +Fits well and has lots of room for adjustment
        +Music control is great. You can play/pause and skip forward, but not skip back. Music control uses the type of Bluetooth that eats phone and watch battery more quickly, but worth it to me.
        +Battery life is great. Only charge once a week/once every other week.
        +/- Step counter is decent. Accurate when walking/working out, but easily counts other hand movements as steps.
        +/- Silent alarm is useful, but can only be edited from app on phone
        -Won't sync without internet, which makes the silent alarm pretty useless if you don't have wifi/cell service
        -Have had it for about 8 months and the band is already broken on the back.
        -Biggest downside: the charger doesn't fit very well, so you have to get it just right and then not move it while charging.

        The notifications, music control, HR monitor, and watch face are the biggest parts that pushed me for this instead of a less expensive fit bit. There are parts that can be improved, but overall it works well and is a good tracker.

        Update: I contacted Fitbit about the damaged band and they were very easy to work with and happily replaced my device.

        So motivating

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: large
        • Height: 6'0"
        • Weight: 175lbs

        I am a very competitive person, which makes the friend challenges super fun (especially when I dominate). I am able to track all of my friends steps each day on the APP and compete against each of them. It also has me competing against myself ensuring I am continually progressing in my fitness and health. The watch is really durable and pretty damn comfy. I recommend this to anyone and everyone!


        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: SMALL
        • Height: 5'2"
        • Weight: 120lbs

        I bought this for my daughter who is in the Corps of Cadets and is contracted to the Army and does a LOT of working out. She loves it.

        4 months

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        I read the comment in another website, the most hateful thing on the fitbit surge is taking it out for charging, now I understand that. Advice, charge it daily while you take a shower as it's not water proof

        I love it

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: Large
        • Height: 5'6"
        • Weight: 152lbs

        As far as technical use goes, I probably could have gotten away with buying the Fitbit Charge HR. I like the HR function, but it's not crucial to me during exercise. This watch is replacing my current watch and I really like the size of the Surge, as well as the full touch screen, text message preview and music control functions.
        So far I've used it for hiking, running, working out, and just daily use, and I couldn't be happier.
        I'm not training for anything in particular so I don't use the data in ways that some people might. I mainly use this as a motivator and surprisingly find great value in the app - even the cheesy social/challenges part. Overall, I'm stoked on this product and will continue to recommend to friends.

        Running test!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size

        GPS link is pretty fast. I used to have a Nike Plus Watch and the GPS link usually took several minutes, with the Fitbit Surge this just takes some seconds. Heart Rate monitor could be a little tricky if the wristband is loose.

        Great fit.

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
        • Fit: True to size

        Day 1 setup & testing
        - Wristband is very soft, sometimes you can forget it's in your arm. Make sure you are using the right size. You can find it here https://www.fitbit.com/content/assets/surge/surge_sizing_guide.pdf
        - Watch came with the battery discharged, don't panic! Just connect the included cabled to your laptop and wait some minutes.
        - Download the software from their website https://www.fitbit.com/setup
        - Setup is very easy, just keep reading and writing the right info.
        - Make sure you are using your watch in the right place. Not so far or not to close, just in the right place of your wrist. See this image http://help.fitbit.com/servlet/rtaImage?eid=ka133000000TtX2&feoid=00N40000002XSgr&refid=0EM40000000DA0L

        Great fit.

        Don't spend your money on this device

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: Large
        • Height: 6'2"
        • Weight: 200lbs

        Purchased this items as a replacement for a Nikefuel Band and chest heart rate monitor with expectations the PurePulse heart rate system would at least be somewhat accurate. Having followed the directions Fitbit provided to use this product for a variety of different exercises ranging from P90X to Insanity to Body Pump to weightlifting the heart rate is not even close during any strenuous exercise. Thus, the caloric count is also not even close.

        Fitbit provided a replacement which is just as inaccurate as to the pulse as the original purchase so unless I received two defective Surge watches, the problem is that the product itself doesn't perform the primary function with any accuracy at all while used for exercise.

        I would not recommend this product to anyone unless you want to waste $250 to have a digital watch.

        Didn't perform the primary function

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: Large
        • Height: 5'9"
        • Weight: 150lbs

        Purchased this sports watch with expectations the heart rate would at least be somewhat accurate. I previously used a chest-strap based heart rate monitor so I know about where I should be during various workouts. This product was not even close.

        Fitbit provided a replacement which unfortunately works no better than the first Surge. Thus, it is clear the issue is not a defective watch but just a poor product that doesn't do what it is supposed to.

        I would not recommend this product.

        Great Tool

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: large
        • Height: 6'1"
        • Weight: 165lbs

        i did a lot of research before purchasing the fitbit surge. main competitors i looked at were the apple watch and the jawbone up3.
        i immediately chose not to go with the jawbone because it has no watch capability. while the fitbit surge does not have nearly as many watch faces as the apple watch, i figured i could make due with the 5 -6 options the fitbit has for ~$150 dollars less than the apple watch.

        in regards to why i chose the fitbit over the apple watch (other than price), i was mainly purchasing this product for fitness tracking. i did not need all the other "bells and whistles" such as checking email, sending messages etc. note that the fitbit does notify me (by a gentle buzz) when i have received a text message alert and phone call. i am able to read the messages but unable to respond using the fitbit. if all you want is a fitness tracker with gps capability that reads your heart rate, this is the product for you.

        now that i have used my fitbit for the past month, i can definitely say that the gps function to track runs and walks is nice and works very well, but it definitely drains battery. the fitbit allows you to track other customizable exercises include bike, spinning, yoga, stairclimber, circuit training, bootcamp, pilates, kickboxing, martial arts, golf, elliptical, hike, tennis, walk, and weights.

        very happy with my decision

        Lifting weights made easy

        • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
        • Fit: True to size

        I gave this as a gift and this is what he said:

        "I did do a lot of research beforehand so I’m happy to report that the watch does its job and works as expected. I primarily use the watch for its heart rate monitor while I lift weights so I can calculate how many calories I’m burning.

        The interface is so simple and to the point, and setting it up was a breeze (as expected from Fitbit products). It easily connects to my computer and cell phone, and it syncs with MyFitness Pal app to show me the calorie deficit. When it’s synced to my phone through Bluetooth, it displays texts and caller ID, which is definitely awesome. I’ve had to adjust the watch a few times while lifting because it didn’t display the correct heart rate, but once I move it closer to my forearm, it corrects itself.

        The watch vibrates when I’m in my target heart rate zone and when I accomplish any specific goals. It has a very subtle vibrating alarm, which is great because it doesn’t wake up my wife. There is a green light related to the heart rate monitor that can be seen in the dark while laying down, and sometimes that’s a little disruptive when I can’t fall asleep.

        There are several customary settings for the app, and my favorite is the different clock style graphics. The watch face is a touch screen and shows me a clock by default, and when I swipe left or right, it displays my daily steps, heart rate, how many miles I’ve gone, what my calorie burn is for the day, and how many floors I’ve climbed that day.

        It fits comfortably on my wrist, but this is coming from someone who is used to wearing a watch, so it might be different for someone not used to that. I’ve heard some people say that the Surge is bulky, but considering what it’s doing for me, I really don’t mind. The strap is kind of stretchy, but it causes some sweating underneath, so if you don’t clean it you may develop a rash from the sweat and dirt.

        I haven’t used the GPS feature very much so I’m not sure how long the battery lasts with that on. However, from just wearing it and using it to lift weights, the battery life has been around 4-5 days.

        Overall, it’s a great product! Definitely happy to own it."

        Amazing Device!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        The Surge does everything I need it to and more. I have found the Challenges to motivating and are pushing me more than I ever imagined. I especially like the iPhone notifications to be helpful. I can just glance at my Fitbit and decide if I need to take the call or not. The battery life is great too. I could go on and on, but because of the Surge I am not Fitbit's number one fan. Thank you Fitbit! Carey and Melanie Pugh

        Unanswered Question

        OK, after reading the comments, I believe I have answered my own questions. Chancy to take in the water to swim laps especially when several comments refer to condensation even when not swimming. HR monitor seems like it has several issues. Can you tell me if you addressed these issues with updates? It seems like a good fit for me if it does what it says it does, but those comments seem legitimate. I would think that an O ring would fix the condensation problem and swimming is my main sport. Have you had updates I should know about. I get the feeling some of the HR problems are simply a matter of not wearing the watch tight enough. Let me know about the update and what they addressed as well as the lack of waterproofing the item. Thank you very much.


        I understand the fitbit surge gps watch plus hr monitor is water resistant. The others just flat out no on being waterproof. So my question is would you be reasonably safe to wear it while swimming laps?

        how do I configure the face -- change contrast -- change character size -- show something in addition to time.

        also: the heart rate numbers are inflated -- almost as though it is picking up more than one beat at a time.

        Go to your online Fitbit dashboard, and sign in. Then go to: Settings/Devices/Surge. You will be able to set your clock face from here. You can also go through your phone app. Go to app, then Surge, and you can access you clock face and other settings there. You can turn on a backlight, but I am not sure about a contrast setting or text size setting. There is a Surge 101 Guide on the app.