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Flaik Product Review: Tracking Your Every Move… in a Really Cool Way

Gear Guide — By Alexi Ueltzen on April 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm
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Most of you have probably never heard of Flaik. So I will answer your first, inevitable questions right now:

1. What in blazes does “Flaik” mean? I have no idea.

2. What on earth is it? The product itself is basically a knee-band that tracks your every move over the course of a day, collecting data on speed, mileage, elevation and location. At the end of the day, the information is downloaded to Flaik’s secure site, where users can literally see a replay and map of their entire day. Using GPS technology, this little homing device not only tells how far and fast you went, it also tells people where you are at that very second. Ski schools missing kids? Can’t find your buddy who opted for a solo run down some gnarly chutes? Problem solved.

3. Will I look cool in it? Yes, you look very cool wearing it.

I tested out Flaik at Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe during a day of skiing. My stats?

10.36 miles
Top speed of 25 mph (avg 4.9 – we spent a lot of time hiking)
11,595 vertical feet

The most impressive part, that others sadly cannot see, is the tiny “replay” of my day: a little icon that zooms (if I fast-forward) or creeps (if I watch it real time) all over the mountain. Watching that little green dot was probably way too entertaining, but I loved it. I wanted to call my Dad into the room and say, “Look! That’s me going down Palisades!” (I held back.)

The product is definitely marketed for skiers, but I think that backpackers, climbers, serious cyclists and any adventure athlete could find it very useful; basically, anyone who is either interested in tracking distance/time/elevation/speed, or has a tendency to go solo. And have a freaking blast.

For more information on the Flaik, visit their website!

[photos courtesy of Alexi Ueltzen]

Tags: flaik, gps, hike, lake tahoe, mountain, review, Ski, snow, social networking, tracking

    4 Comments

  • Did you find that having the Flaik on your knee was annoying at all? Do you think this could be used for, say, running?

  • It’s a little on the chunky side for running with it on your leg…but might work if strapped around an arm. Or, good heavens, in a fanny pack.

  • Mike Reed says:

    Have you seen the Ripxx? It is a similar device, but their software has much more detail than the Flaik. The playback actually lets you zoom in and watch your run from just about any angle, instead of tracking a green dot down a mountain.

  • Mike – I haven’t! But now I’m intrigued – I’ll definitely have to look into the Ripxx.

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