The VERT Wearable Jump Monitor is a simple, yet highly effective wearable device that measures one thing: jumping. Along with the iOS app, the device measures vertical jump, calculates jump rate and tracks jumping sessions. I took the VERT on a test run and had some initial feelings concerning the device, both good and bad. Whether you’re a boxer who is looking to improve your speed rope, volleyball player wanting to get that extra inch for your spikes or a basketball player wanting to wow the crowd with a slam dunk, the VERT would benefit any athlete dedicated to improving their vertical. Below are the pros and cons of the VERT Wearable Jump Monitor to help you decide if VERT is the right wearable for you.
Simplicity – If there is one word to describe this device, it’s “simple.” The device was very easy to setup; all it took was turning it on, syncing it to an iOS device, then downloading the MyVert app. I opened the package and started using the device all within thirty minutes (including charge time). With all of the technology in the market today, it’s refreshing that there is something as simple as the VERT.
Placement and Accuracy – These two aspects go hand in hand. The team at VERT really did their research when it comes to accurately measuring vertical jumps. By placing the device at the hip, there is a very slight margin of error for the readings; the VERT is very precise and measures down to a tenth of an inch.
VERTclip and VERTbelt – The two attachments for the device are great for their respective uses. The VERTclip is great for when you’re training and would like to see an immediate result of how high you’re jumping. However, when you’re in a competition or are going through a jumping session, the VERTbelt is great for securing the device while tracking data of your performance.
MyVert App – The app allows users to track their jumps without having to work out with their phone strapped to them. Within the app, users are allowed to create jump sessions which track their jumps within that time. They can also use the jump rate feature for measuring jumps per minute.
Data Storage – All the data is stored online when you create your profile. You can track all jumps and data for each with an overall average.
Restricted to iOS – The MyVert app is only available on iOS devices. This leaves out a whole lot of people who could potentially benefit from this device. Unless you have an iPhone, using VERT and the MyVert app is pretty much impossible. Even the iPad app is only specifically designed for the VERT Team Pack.
Power Button – For a simple design with a single button, that button is actually pretty difficult to press. The button is under a layer of rubber which means quite a bit of force is required to press it. I would prefer a button that is raised, similar to that of a Nike Fuelband.
Screen Time – Along with the hard-to-press button, the device’s screen time is very short. This makes sharing on social media a painstaking process. It’s difficult to try to snap a picture of the display for Instagram or Snapchat when you have to go through the effort of pressing the button multiple times to scroll through the displays.
The applications for the VERT are endless, especially considering most, if not all, sports have a focus on vertical training.
I would recommend the VERT Wearable Jump Monitor to anyone who is dedicated to improving their vertical. Its technology provides accurate readings, and coupled with the MyVert app, athletes will be able to understand their jump output, track their progress, and ultimately, prevent injuries. Just make sure you have an iPhone, otherwise using VERT and sharing your progress among your friends will be fairly difficult.