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Tracks your every slash, carve, and air.
Storing a wealth of GPS-derived activity metrics, the Trace Sports Tracker feeds data to your smartphone for insightful analysis of your big-wave bravado and pow-slashing shenanigans. The free iPhone and Android app syncs wirelessly, giving you a detailed map readout of your every move while skiing, snowboarding, surfing, or mountain biking. It attaches to your board, skis, or helmet with the included mount, allowing you to easily swap between sports without requiring a separate tracking device. Seven hours of battery life ensures plenty of juice for recording a full day's worth of action.
Great for snow sports enthusiasts riding the local resort and backcountry, the Trace Sports Tracker measures vertical drop, distance ridden, ride time, maximum speed, air time, height, and jump distance, among a number of other metrics. It's also a great tool for surfers looking to improve their performance in the water, measuring maximum speed, paddle distance, number of turns, length of ride, and other surf-savvy data.
The Trace Sports Tracker is able to overlay ride data onto your action camera's footage. For users with Macs, simply download the Trace video app for full compatibility with your action camera. As a convenient bonus, this video application automatically edits footage to reduce boring downtime when you're not riding a wave or skiing down the mountain. It does this by removing those moments when you're just sitting in the lineup or waiting for a chairlift. When you're finished uploading footage, you'll have an exciting highlight reel of you dropping into waves or slashing through deep powder—all without boring lulls in the action.
- GPS tracker for surfing, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding
- Long battery life captures a day's worth of action
- Overlays tracks on an interactive map for post-ride viewing
- Free smartphone app for iPhones and Android devices
- Mac-compatible video application auto edits footage
- Included mount for skis, boards, and bikes
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- Q & A
I was very happy last season using the Trace App. I decided to purchase the device. I am not satisfied with the device. I've used it a few days now. When I would use it attached to me snowboard it would stop working in the middle of a run. They suggested using it in my pocket. I did and it worked great. Just as good as having my iPhone in my pocket with the app running. I feel like spending $199 is a waste of money if you can't use the device on you snowboard.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Trace is AWESOME! Im way more competitive at snowboarding, but I used my Trace for the first time the other weekend on my surfboard and seriously, I don't know if I will miss snowboarding as much anymore! ITS SO FUN!
Im not an advanced surfer by any means, and when I started using this app I think my progress improved as soon as I saw results. It just makes you want to go out and do better every time, and shows you results and analytics on everything you do so you can KNOW you are making progress. I felt like I was able to visualize my goals so much better. You can view other peoples stats and find their spots, and share data on it as well. And the best part of it is, its no longer just a story that no one believes. When you caught the biggest wave of your life or had the longest run, or went 50mph (psh yeah right) you can actually PROVE it!
SUPER easy and I was really impressed by how well the user interface design is. Its literally as easy as 1, 2, 3. My Trace wasn't charged out of the box and I tried to pair it as soon as I plugged it in, and it wasn't connecting. I waited a couple minutes though and it worked flawlessly. The app is really intuitive as well, and I think its very well designed.
In the app you can follow other surfers, worldwide. You can see their stats, progress, routes, and where they are surfing. You have a profile and everything, so I really love the competitive social aspect because you can match yourself up to others, and track your own progress! I want to get back out there right now :D
The battery life is 7 hours, which is pretty long for any day session. It charges easily though with a typical USB and so if you have an external charger with you on long treks you should be just fine.
The device sits right on the the tip of the board and is really stable. Just like a GoPro would attach. Its not bulky and doesn't get in the way. I wasn't in too much of a thrashy sesh so everything stayed put... but the device just simply twists to lock in, and I worry that it may easily twist out? They do have a little leash hook for it though if you get super worried, so thats good. I know I will def do that for snowboarding but not sure how it would work for surfing.
It syncs with a GoPro but I didn't get a chance to test that out yet. Im excited though, as it sifts through all the down time footage and just streams together all your highlight reels, saving some total man-HOURS.
You can buy multiple mounts and put them on all your boards, too... but the original box only comes with one mount.
You truly have to test this out, the more people who are on the more motivation you will get! Im excited to keep learning from other people, and especially excited to get this thing into the powder and really get my stats to the leaderboard!
Surfline has paired with Trace and its called Surfline Scout, and you can pair your sessions with Surfline and they will post it on their site!
Trace Sports Tracker
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I recently came across a Trace Unit and was excited to start using it. I am an active, outdoors person that has a passion for many activities. I found the set-up process and directions very easy to follow. With ease, I set it up on my backcountry skis to give it a try while hiking and skiing Lassen Peak in California.
The Trace Unit goes beyond what is provided in the standard market. A few items that stood out on the Trace is the fact that it is not limited to tracking steps, calories burned, floors climbed as a FitBit or Apple Watch confines you to. Another perk, it cost a lot less.
I enjoy using my Go-Pro and I have a passion for capturing moments on film. The Trace Unit syncs to your Go-Pro and will create incredible efficiencies by pulling out the peaks of excitement for you so you don’t have to sift through hours of footage to get that perfect edit. The unit is lightweight and compact. I like the fact that you can use this device for multiple sports and can easily link it to your social media accounts.
I made a user error the first time I used the Trace. I synced the Go-Pro to the Trace, hit record on the Trace device, but forgot to hit record on the Go-Pro before I started skiing down. Totally my fault, but was bummed when I got to the bottom of the mountain that I just spent hours climbing and forgot to record the footage. I was looking forward to making an auto-edit with the Trace, but I’m sure next time I won’t forget to push record.
I frequently ski and hike long hours in the backcountry. A downfall for me is that the battery is only expected to last 7 hours. I personally use a GPS watch that has an altimeter and records my data, so it seems the Trace not needed for me in the backcountry.
I recommend this product for people who ski and board at the resort. At the end of the day you will be able to see a map of where you skied and how much terrain you covered. I also think the Trace unit could be a valuable tool for those who spend time in the park. I used to ski a lot of park and could only have dreamed of a product that would calculate airtime, speed, and distance traveled off jumps. I always wondered how big some of the jumps were that we went off, and now you can know!
My initial impression is that the Trace is valuable and has a purpose in the action sports community. I look forward to using the Trace at the resort next winter and while mountain biking and surfing this summer. I believe that is where I will truly see the value in it.
Its maiden voyage on my skis.