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Tech Guide’s 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas – Day 11: Sporting gadgets


We’re nearly at the end of Tech Guide’s 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas and today we’re focussing on the sporting gadgets that can help you get fit or shave off a few shots on the golf course.

This a growth area of the market as technology has improved the accuracy and quality of the devices while at the same time prices have come a long way down.

With summer and daylight saving already here for most Australians it is the right time of year for people to get out into the sunshine to play golf or go for a run.

And it’s a sure bet that a lot of people will be making a New Year’s resolution to get back in to shape as well.

Here is the full list of the Tech Guide 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas.

Day 1: Smartphones

Day 2: Cameras

Day 3: Wearables/Activity trackers

Day 4: Tablets

Day 5: Speakers

Day 6: Gadgets

Day 7: Gaming

Day 8: Smartwatches

Day 9: TVs/Blu-ray Discs

Day 10: Computers

Day 11: Sport Gadgets

Day 12: Headphones

Today is Day 11 and we’re looking at sporting gadgets



MAGELLAN ECHO FIT SPORTS WATCH – $149, $199 (with heart rate monitor)

Magellan is a well-known outdoor brand and it has poured all of its expertise into the new Echo Fit sports watch.

The sports watch bridges the gap between your smartphone and fitness apps and allows them to be seen and controlled on your wrist.

It is a step counter, a sleep tracker and a calorie counter and can be used with its own Echo Utility app on iPhone and Android.

It is also compatible with some of the more popular fitness apps like Strava, Wahoo Fitness, MapMyRun, MapMyRide, MapMyWalk, Runkeeper, AllTrails and Golf Pad.

The Echo Fit can be worn all day and even control the music playing on your smartphone – a handy feature that makes listening to your tunes on your run a lot easier.


GOLFBUDDY VS4 – $189.95

The GolfBuddy VS4 is a wearable GPS device that can provide accurate distances on the course.

The device can be worn on your belt, shirt and on your hat and talk to you like a real caddy to give you the distance to hazards, the green and the hole on more than 37,000 courses pre-loaded into the memory.

Also onboard is dynamic green view that provides a close up look at the shape of the green as well accurate distances no matter what direction you’re approaching from.

Here’s our full report



Australian company Urban Go has turned the longboard into a city transportation solution.

The E-Go Electric Longboard is 96.5cm long and 27.4cm wide and is powered by a 400-watt motor on the underside of the deck that can get riders chugging along at up to 20km/h.

It can be controlled with a handheld remote or with a smartphone app and offer a cool, smooth ride around town.

Here is our complete review



TomTom has brought its GPS expertise to the golf course with a sleek new watch.

The Golfer GPS watch is pre-loaded with more than 34,000 courses from around the world with maps of every hole and accurate distances you’re always using the right club.

It is light and not too bulky so you can wear it during your round and also off the course as well.

Here is our full report.