Mio FUSE Review: Heart Rate Training + All Day Activity Tracker


Mio FUSE Review

As most of you might know, last year I became an ambassador for Mio Global, makers of strapless heart rate watches and wristbands.  I am pleased and honored to announce that I have been accepted as an ambassador/brand champion again for the 2015 calendar year! 

As an ambassador I am given the opportunity to try out their latest strapless heart rate gear (hard job, I know) and most recently I was sent the Mio FUSE which is not only a heart rate monitor but is also an activity tracker! 

Before I get into all the fun components of the FUSE, let me first explain the continuous technology behind Mio’s strapless heart rate monitoring.  

The continuous technology is featured on all of their wristbands and watches.  On the back of each, you can find integrated LEDs which shine light onto the skin which then allows the electro-optical cell to read your volume of blood flow.  Mio Continuous Technology is just as accurate as a chest strap, not to mention award winning!

Pretty cool, right? So what exactly does the FUSE do? Well aside from reading your heart rate all without the use of a chest strap, it also captures your daily performance and activity.  Here is what it does in a nutshell: 

  • Read EKG-accurate heart rate data, with no chest strap required
  • Tracks steps, distance, pace and calories 
  • Water resistant up to 30m
  • Customizable display and heart rate zones
  • Connects with both iPhone and Androids apps
  • Syncs heart rate to GPS watches & bike computers via ANT+
  • Stores activity data (up to 2 weeks of daily activity and 30 hours of workout data) and wirelessly syncs to Mio GO app 

The FUSE is also available in two sizes, one for larger wrists (6.1″ – 8.2″) in Crimson and one for smaller wrists (5.9″- 7″) in Aqua.  Mio FUSE

I received the Aqua- because I have a baby sized wrist and it fits perfectly.  The band is easy enough to adjust since the it’s made of a soft silicone material and can be adjusted pretty much anywhere along the the strap.  

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The FUSE was pretty easy to set up as well.  First you charge it using the USB charger that comes with it then download the Mio GO app onto your smartphone.  Make sure the bluetooth function is turned on and in the Mio GO App, select the FUSE. 

 

Once you sync the FUSE the time will automatically update.  Within the app you can also customize your device, such as: choosing heart rate training mode, setting heart rate zones (read how to calculate heart rate zone before), setting your daily goal, arm position (right or left), vibration alerts, FUSE display options and lock screen feature.  

After you customize your settings, you’re ready to go and start using your new HRM and activity tracker!  The Mio FUSE is designed as a touch operated device and has several Touchpoints for navigating the screen.

Side note: Touchpoints are only active when your arm is horizontal, not vertical in order to prevent accidental triggering.  There have been a few occasions when I thought it needed to be charged when in fact, I just wasn’t holding my arm straight. 

Mio FUSE Review

A. Heart Rate/ Timer Touch Point

B/C. Scroll Touch Point. Located on either side of the display (D)

D. Display

E. Heart Rate Indicator Light

The Mio FUSE can be used in either an ALL-DAY Mode or WORKOUT Mode.

Mio FUSE Review

When used in ALL-DAY Mode, the FUSE tracks your accumulated steps, calories, distance and goal progress and automatically resets to zero at midnight.  

Mio GO

You can also sync your activity data with the Mio GO app every night, but if you forget to at the end of the day, no worries, the FUSE will store up to 14 days of data before it starts to overwrite the oldest daily summary. 

To use in WORKOUT mode, touch and hold “A” to find your heart rate. Make sure to hold your arm straight when doing this.  

The display will then say “FIND” and search for your heart rate, once it is found your heart rate with be displayed along with the little heart.  To go into WORKOUT Mode, simply tap “A” and the display will say “GO”.  You can then start your workout.  To pause or stop, hit “A” again and hold until it says QUIT. 

You can also upload your workout summary into the Mio GO app where it will break it down even further for you.  Again, if you forget don’t worry, the FUSE will hold 30 hours of workout data. 

As you can see in the two screen shots above, the Mio GO app will list both your workouts and daily activity summary.  By tapping the arrow, you can see a further breakdown of your workout where it will list your heart rate, speed and pace as well as display a graph of your heart rate and indicate what zone you were in most frequently. 

The pace is a little off on mine since I was on the treadmill doing intervals and often grabbed onto the side handle.  I haven’t gotten to run outside much since receiving the FUSE but others who have purchased it have reported back to me that it was accurate and matched up to their GPS reading. 

Speaking of GPS watches, here is a chart that indicates the best way to wear the FUSE for running, cycling and with your GPS: 

Mio FUSE Review

I personally own the Garmin Forerunner 220 and have used them together but only one time (I’ve only had my Garmin since Christmas and haven’t been running outside much), but it was quite easy to set up via Bluetooth. 

Mio FUSE Review

In your Garmin go into Menu >> Settings >> Sensors >> Heart Rate and it will search for it, just make sure your FUSE is actively reading your HR or it won’t detect it when you’re initially setting it up. 

The FUSE is compatible with a number ANT+ devices including a variety of GPS watches and activity trackers.  Visit their device compatibility link on their site to see the full list.  

To see the FUSE in action and for more instructions on how to set up, use and wear the FUSE as well as how to customize the Mio GO app, check out the video below: 

Overall, I really love the Mio FUSE and have enjoyed using it over the last month.  I still would like to test it outside more and compare it against my GPS, I will certainly update this post when I do! 

Mio also offers other wristband technology including the ALPHA, ALPHA2, LINK and VELO.  

Mio Affiliate

 

If you’re looking to purchase the FUSE or any of their other strapless heart rate technology, please feel free to use my 25% off code ANNMARIELICA! :) 

QOTD: Have you discovered heart rate training? How do you monitor your heart rate? 

Mio FUSE Review


I have linked up with Nicole from Fitful Focus to share this post for Fit & Fashionable Friday! :) 

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54 Comments

CARLA
Reply January 29, 2015

Ive never done heart rate training but I am now wondering if it would help me?
or maybe I just want a miofuse.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 29, 2015

    Heart rate training is definitely useful but I don't blame you if you wanna try it out just for the FUSE ;)

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply January 29, 2015

That looks super cool but not super stylish. :) To be honest I have not tracked my heart rate but maybe I should look into that. So far I have been with my Fitbit for over a year- I like that for the steps and sleep function. Very nice review! Looks like a great product to be an ambassador for, do you wear it everyday?
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 29, 2015

    I like heart rate training because it gives a more accurate picture of your performance. I have never tried the Fitbit but I know a lot of people like it. I do wear it everyday for the most part but I also own the LINK and the ALPHA and I enjoy training with those as well.

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply January 29, 2015

Wow. What a great piece of equipment! If I ever decide to go back to HR training (not doing it at the moment) you can bet that I will be giving this one a major consideration. Thank you for the review!

    aelicatese
    Reply January 29, 2015

    It really love it- I think it's a great tool to track your training and has a ton of features!

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply January 29, 2015

THis came at the perfect time. I've been researching trackers with wrist HRM's and I've got it down to this and the FitBit Charge and I can't decide. Do you think the HR is accurate? I've heard mixed things on this. I mean there is no way for it to be perfect because it's on the wrist and more distal to the heart, but for the most part do you think it's "fairly" accurate? Also, what do you think of the size? Is it bulky? It looks a bit bulky. I was wanting something slightly sleeker, but I just can't decide!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 29, 2015

    The heart rate reading on it is definitely accurate. If you're running you wear it on the top of the wrist to ensure accuracy and during strength training you wear it on the inside of the wrist to make sure it's picking up on the heart rate accurately. As far as bulky...maybe a bit. When worn alone, definitely not too bad- I have really small wrists and I am comfortable wearing it. When it's worn with the GPS it can feel a bit bulky but if you move it up on your arm, it's not that bad. The LINK is less bulky and also reads your heart rate but doesn't have a display- just signals through a blinking light which changes color based on your zone. The number will show up on the GPS watch that you pair it with though.

      Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
      Reply January 29, 2015

      Yea, I want something with a display. Good to know. I would probably wear it on the opposite arm if wearing with my Garmin. What to do, what to do....I saw the 30 day guarantee, so I could always try it out and see if I like it I guess?
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        Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
        Reply January 29, 2015

        Yea, I want something with a display. Good to know. I would probably wear it on the opposite arm if wearing with my Garmin. What to do, what to do....I saw the 30 day guarantee, so I could always try it out and see if I like it I guess? One other question...is the HR monitor continuous or only works when working out? I read you had to toggle it on and off. Is that right? Do you find that annoying?
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          aelicatese
          January 29, 2015

          It is meant to be used in workout mode but I don't find it annoying- I just find my HR right before I start then hit it again to "GO" then again to "STOP" when I am finished. You can find your heart rate without going into workout mode though.

        aelicatese
        Reply January 29, 2015

        I do like that it has a display feature. If you're going to wear it on the opposite arm and want a display feature they just came out with the ALPHA2 which isn't an activity tracker but does have an accelerometer based-pace, speed, distance and calories as well as syncs with the GO app and holds up to 25 hours of data. It is more watch-like. I haven't tried it out yet though.

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply January 29, 2015

There are so many activity trackers out there, I think it can be difficult to know which ones to buy. But I do like the sound of this one.

    aelicatese
    Reply January 29, 2015

    I really like it especially because it combines both heart rate training and performance tracking!

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply January 29, 2015

I really like that this does bot fitbit stuff and heart rate. Very cool! Congrats on being an ambassador for them.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 29, 2015

    It is a cool! :) Thank you!!!

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply January 29, 2015

Nice review! Is this big on your wrist? I have the fitbit reg version but it doesn't track hr or activity very accurately unless you are walking. This looks cool!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 29, 2015

    Thanks! I think the pictures make it look bigger than it actually is and my wrists are seriously baby size....I can't wear most bracelets unless they're adjustable. That being said, I think it is a bit bigger than the Fitbit due to the continuous HRM component.

Esther
Reply January 29, 2015

This looks awesome!! I've always wanted a HRM tracker with no strap (hello chafing!!) especially for long runs/races! I need to add this to my birthday wish list!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 29, 2015

    Haha, yes- chafing sucks!!! The FUSE is awesome, hope you get it! :)

Kimberly
Reply January 29, 2015

I currently use a Nike GPS sportswatch for running. It does have the capability to also measure heart rate, but that would require that I wear the strap across the chest heart rate monitor. This never appealed to me and I knew it would annoy me so that's why I never purchased it, but I'm very fascinated with MiO based on your review and will look into it. Thank you!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 29, 2015

    I have never worn a chest strap and never will :) I really love all the strapless HR wristbands/watches that Mio makes- if you have any questions, please let me know! I also own the LINK and the ALPHA!

Carrie A Groff
Reply January 29, 2015

This is totally what I need to monitor my heart rate when I'm working out. I get so crazy out of breath sometimes! Congrats on being an ambassador for them!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 29, 2015

    Thank you! HR training is a very useful too- if you decide you wanna purchase and have any questions, just let me know :) I'm happy to answer!

Myra Mingo
Reply January 29, 2015

I love that you're an ambassador! I actually just applied a few days ago. Fingers crossed! Which do you prefer to use, the Alpha or the Fuse??
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 29, 2015

    Yay- my fingers are crossed for you too. That is a tough question. I love the FUSE for it's tracking ability but my heart (no pun intended) belongs with the ALPHA. I actually lost my original one and I was so devastated that I had to get another even though I had both the LINK and the FUSE. They just came out with the ALPHA2 and I am dying to try it out!!!

      Myra
      Reply January 29, 2015

      Eeeek I hope I get accepted! The Alpha 2 looks awesome :) That was the direction I was heading. I had the Polar with chest strap and while I didn't mind it, tucks easily under a sports bra, it just started not working and giving me zero readings. I'm due for a new one! Would love to try a strapless one. Thanks for the review ;)
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        aelicatese
        Reply January 29, 2015

        You will love any one you choose but the ALPHA 2 does look pretty awesome! :)

Sharon
Reply January 29, 2015

This post is great as I am looking for a strapless HR monitor watch. Love how it is also a fitness tracker as well! I've heard that the Fitbit charge isn't quite so accurate when compared to the data on their polar watches that use a strap. Does this watch seem to be pretty accurate in the HR aspect?
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 29, 2015

    They are the pioneers of strapless heart rate tech and I would have to say that it is very accurate. In instances of cold (say like 0 degrees) it can be harder for it to get a read if you're blood isn't flowing as easily (due to the cold). Other than that, I have had no issues with it being accurate.

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply January 29, 2015

My sister just gave me a Jawbone Up - it doesn't have a HRM, but it tracks steps and sleep and things.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 29, 2015

    Oh that's fun! I've never tried the Jawbone Up before!

Lauren @ Fun, Fit, and Fabulous!
Reply January 30, 2015

This is just too cool!! I have a Nike Fuel band right now, but I have really been wanting something that tracks HR as well! I can't wait to look into these!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    Mio is definitely worth looking into- they make great HR wristbands and watches! Let me know if you have any questions when you check them out :)

Jen@jpabstfitness
Reply January 30, 2015

Oh man, this looks awesome! A huge reason I ditched my Polar heart rate monitor was because of that dang chest strap.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    It is awesome- I have never used a chest strap but wouldn't want to! Definitely wouldn't wanna deal with the uncomfortableness!

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply January 30, 2015

Great review. I am not a fan of the HR bands you have to wear around your chest, they kind of bug me.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    I definitely would not be able to deal with them- not a fan of chafing ;)

Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club
Reply January 30, 2015

I have been battling with the Adidas miCoach Fit Smart and now that it tracks my heart rate correctly along with calories, the color-coding is not accurate *sigh*. It is supposed to light up when you hit certain zones from white to red and I will be at 189 HR and the color is white (rest state) so I am on the hunt. I am eager to try the Mio FUSE before making an actual purchase because I do not want to be disappointed and out the money. I'll let you know how it goes once I test drive it. GREAT review though. I definitely want to try the Mio FUSE now more than ever.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    It is always nice to test drive something before you purchase it! If you have any questions when you're giving it a try, let me know! I have yet to really test out the pace/accelerometer (treadmill is not the best place to do it) but I can say for sure that the rest of the watch is top notch.

Angelena Marie
Reply January 30, 2015

This is an awesome review. I currently use a polar and love it, but sometimes it loses my HR while I am working out. It might just need a tune up. Once it goes for good I am going to look into this one. I like the idea that it has the two functions. I don't know if I would wear it all day as a tracker. I hate things on my wrists all day. I tried with the fitbit, but I couldn't handle wearing it all day.
I do like that this one links to your phone! I am definitely going to look into it! Thanks for all the information!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 30, 2015

    Glad the review was helpful :) Before getting this one I wasn't much of an activity wearer myself. I will change it up sometimes and wear my ALPHA just for workouts. You should look into the ALPHA2 if you wanted to just wear it during workouts as it has a lot of the same functions as the FUSE but without the activity tracking part.

Larissa
Reply January 30, 2015

I REALLY want a heart rate monitor. I tend to have a very low resting HR so I don't think it get's high enough for a good cardio workout. Though, of course, the monitor on treadmills and other machines isn't very accurate. I want to get a better idea of my rest heart rate and active heart rate to make adjustments from there.
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    Reply January 30, 2015

    You should definitely check out any of the the Mio products! I recommend the ALPHA if you're just going to use it to work out plus it has a watch/timer function and the ALPHA2 has some added features that you can use during your workout as well.

Jess @hellotofit
Reply January 31, 2015

Cool product! I use the Polar FT7 and love it. I'm on my feet all day training clients, so I was more interested in just seeing how I performed during my workouts. I love that this is both HR and activity tracker, though!
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Kelly
Reply February 5, 2015

Is the wrist sizing true to size. I measured and ill fit in the aqua but its kinda close. Im just wondering if its a true measurment or if it runs big/small. Thanks !

    aelicatese
    Reply February 5, 2015

    Hi Kelly! Yes, I would say that it is true to size. My upper wrist is 5.7" and I can almost pull it to the tightest setting. Hope that helps :)

Ken
Reply March 31, 2015

Hi Annmarie, Your blog is really very nice! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful features of activity tracker.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 31, 2015

    Thanks so much Ken! I appreciate you stopping by to check it out :)

Amanda
Reply May 27, 2015

Awesome review! I've been wearing the Fuse for just a few days now, and I have mixed feelings about it. While I REALLY like the HR monitor, it's a little bulky for my taste, and the distance function hasn't been terribly accurate for me. I'm an elliptical girl, and it just isn't registering my distance there. And it's kind of touch-and-go with the treadmill as well. Any tips? Also, do you have any advice on apps that it pairs with (other than Mio Go), that I could use for calorie tracking? I have yet to find any. Thanks so much for the great post!

    aelicatese
    Reply May 27, 2015

    Thank you! I have heard that from a few people that the FUSE it too bulky for them. As far as it's accuracy on an elliptical or treadmill, most trackers tend to be a little off when they are relying on the accelerometer for mileage. I would try testing it outside and seeing if it is reading any more accurate there instead :) As far as apps, I have used MapMyFitness with it successfully, PEAR and Wahoo are also compatible as well! Mio is in testing phases of working on a new app and will be awesome once it comes out! I will be writing up another post when it does. Thanks for stopping by and reading my review!

Alexandra
Reply June 25, 2015

Your review was very helpful for me! I've been drowning in information about various brands of HR monitors / fitness trackers but have finally decided the Mio Fuse is perfect for me. Best of all your 25% discount code saved me a bundle! Thank you!

    aelicatese
    Reply June 25, 2015

    Yay! So happy I could help!!! :)

Jessica Julie
Reply April 26, 2016

thanks for share such kind of informative article that helps a lot . i also wrote some articles on polar watch heart rate monitor you can check at Gps-Enabled Sport Watch
thanks

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