The Best GPS Sports Vests

    Our review of The Best GPS Sports Vests

    For professional footballers or Sunday League football players, understanding your own distance, speed and tactical awareness could be the difference between a standard performance and an outstanding performance. This is where the GPS Sports Vest comes in.

    In this article, we have reviewed the STATSports APEX Athlete Series, the CATAPULT PLAYR Football GPS Tracker and the CATAPULT PlayerTek Football GPS Tracker.

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    Our First Choice GPS Sports Vest

    CATAPULT PLAYR Football GPS Tracker – GPS Vest with App to Track and Improve Your Game – for iPhone and Android

    For those who want the best, the CATAPULT PLAYR is for you. The CATAPULT PLAYR Football GPS Tracker is the more expensive of the CATAPULT GPS Sports vests. It has the ability to provide overall team performance along with the ability to compare performance against professional athletes. The CATAPULT PLAYR GPS tracker is FIFA approved. You will notice a number of Premier League players wearing these.

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    Our View: 4.8 Out of 5 stars

    The CATAPULT PLAYR Football/Soccer tracker comes with the GPS vest and access to the CATAPULT App.

    Key Features:

    • FIFA authorised for football/soccer.
    • Outlines speed, distance, number of sprint efforts and positioning via usual heatmaps
    • Enables you to compare performances against friends and teammates
    • Provides overall team performance
    • Compare against professional athletes
    • Provides nutritional and training advice

    The drawbacks with the CATAPULT PLAYR GPS tracker is that it doesn’t have the ability to measure heart rate and it does not provide live data (at the time of writing).

    Runner Up

    STATSports APEX Athlete Series – FIFA and World Rugby Approved GPS Tracker

    Our view: 4.7 out of 5 stars

    The STATSports APEX Athlete Series is a fantastic GPS sports tracker vest. Providing live tracking data, the ability to have Heart Rate tracking and both FIFA and World Rugby approved.

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    The STATSports APEX Athlete series comes with the GPS performance Pod, Apex Vest and the access to Athlete Series App.

    Key Features:

    • FIFA approved and World Rugby Approved
    • Ability to track max speed, total distance, speed and sprints
    • Compare performance with friends and teammates
    • Includes Heart Rate Wireless BLE Sync
    • Can provide live tracking data

    The two main drawbacks are that users need the STATSports magnetic Heat Rate monitor to record heart rate and the Sports GPS Tracker vest cannot be used the inside.

    Great for Most Athletes

    CATAPULT PlayerTek Football GPS Tracker – GPS Vest with App to Track Your Game – on iPhone and Android

    Our View: 4.4 out of 5

    A great product for athletes who want an entry level GPS Sports Tracker Vest

    The CATAPULT PlayerTek Football/Soccer GPS tracker is CATAPULTs cheaper of the CATAPULT GPS Sports tracker range. However, still provides most of the features athletes want. Such as speed, distance, number of sprint efforts and heatmaps.

    The CATAPULT PlayerTEK GPS tracker comes with the GPS tracker vest and the CATAPULT App.

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    Key Features:

    • FIFA authorised for football/soccer.
    • Outlines speed, distance, number of sprint efforts and positioning via usual heatmaps
    • Enables you to compare performances against friends and teammates
    • Compare against professional athletes
    • No yearly subscription

    The Drawbacks with the CATAPULT PlayerTEK GPS vest is that it does not include overall team performance or data on the intensity effort throughout a performance. The PlayerTek does not measure heartrate, provide live data and cannot be used inside.

    How do GPS Sports Vests Work?

    Most footballer/soccer players wear a sports vest either on top of their training gear or underneath (You sometimes notice a slightly outline on the top of their back). Depending on the sports vest, there is a detachable GPS tracker or a GPS tracking built into the vest.

    A player would then sync up their GPS tracker to the mobile app provided by the manufacturer. The app would then record a players movements and then log this in the app. As discussed above, some GPS sports vests provide more features/analysis areas than others.

    Most GPS sports trackers also provide a heatmap. For example, if a footballer/soccer player used a GPS sports tracker during a game, the GPS sports tracker would then provide a map of where the footballer spent most of their time during the game. Enabling the footballer to analyse their tactical positioning.

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