About Copper Fit Step FX

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Dec 28, 2015

Copper Fit Step FX is an easy-to-use fitness and activity tracker with a slick design, quick setup, and a digital display, all of which can help you “monitor your activity wherever you go.”

Compared to the competition, Step FX will automatically track steps taken, distance covered, and calories burned, without a special app, smart phone, or software required. All you have to do is set your pace, time your results, and “watch those calories burn.”

Ask yourself this though: Once you clear away all the marketing hype, is Copper Fit Step FX a simple, durable, and affordable way to track your fitness results? Or, is it a cheap gimmick that you’ll immediately regret purchasing?

We know you’re eager to boost your fitness, so we’ll provide all the necessary information here in order to help you make an informed purchasing decision, and then leave the final decision up to you. First up? Let’s take a closer look at Step FX’s specs.

A Closer Look at Copper Fit Step FX’s Features

Alright, so here’s what were told about Copper Fit Step FX:

The fitness tracker uses a 3G motion sensor (more about this next) to track the number of steps you take each day. However, Step FX doesn’t measure altitude, so it won’t be able to tell you if you’re going up or down.

Important note: According to the Step FX FAQ:

“For the Step FX to track your movement, it needs to be moving with you. If you are using a bicycle or a piece of exercise equipment where your arms stay stationary, then it will not track your movement [emphasis added].”

So, even though Copper Fit claims the Step FX can measure your “distance traveled,” this will only work if you traveled a certain distance by taking steps (despite what the person riding a bike in the product’s commercial might lead you to believe).

To measure your calories burned, Step FX will basically add your resting calories (calories burned just by being alive) to your active calories (those burned from going about your day), and tally them up.

Then, Copper Fit’s Step FX will keep track all of these statistics, store them over the course of a week, and show you averages for what you achieved (e.g. average number of steps taken, average calories burned). After one week, your data will be deleted and it can’t be stored elsewhere.

But exactly how does Copper Fit Step FX track all this information? To answer this, we’ll need to take a look at the inner workings of fitness trackers in general.

How Do Fitness Trackers Like Copper Fit Step FX Work?

If you search online for “fitness trackers” or “step trackers” (better known as pedometers), you’ll quickly find that you have hundreds of options to choose from. This includes products from popular companies like Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, and more.

But regardless of who makes them, most of these fitness trackers work essentially the same way. Inside their housing, you’ll find an accelerometer, which is “an electromechanical device used to measure acceleration forces. Such forces may be static, like the continuous force of gravity or, as is the case with many mobile devices, dynamic to sense movement or vibrations.”

In other words, as soon as an accelerometer detects movement, it can be programmed to trigger a specific action. And in the instance of Step FX, this action includes monitoring the number of steps taken and distance traveled.

But here’s where Copper Fit’s Step FX might fall behind the competition. Many other fitness trackers also use GPS to more accurately gauge distance (and even provide maps of everywhere you traveled throughout the day), as well as a variety of additional sensors to monitor your heart rate, measure your galvanic skin response and temperature, keep an eye on your respiration, and more.

On top of this, most other fitness trackers feature rechargeable batteries, along with information that can be downloaded to computer software (or even smartphone apps) to help provide ultra-precise tracking.

In short, at least from a features perspective, Copper Fit Step FX seems to fall far short of the competition. But what about from a pricing perspective?

How Much Does Copper Fit Step FX Cost?

The Copper Fit Step FX tracker is priced at $24.99, including free shipping. It will also come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges.

Important note: Per Step FX’s FAQ, a deluxe unit is also available that uses a rechargeable lithium ion battery (powered via a micro-USB cable). However, this wasn’t an option when we attempted to check out.

In order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact Idea Village’s customer service department at 855-818-8300.

Compared to many other fitness trackers, which can cost upwards of $150, it might seem like Copper Fit Step FX is the bargain of the century. But are we really comparing apples to apples here?

We’ll wrap things up in a second, but let’s first discuss the company behind Step FX.

Idea Village’s Other Products & Arbitration Agreement

Idea Village is a fairly popular ASOTV manufacturer who’s produced dozens of other products, including the Copper Fit line of activewear (Copper Fit Back and Copper Fit Socks), not to mention other Brett Favre-endorsed products like Micro Touch Tough Blade and more.

Based on hundreds of HighYa reader reviews, these products have an average rating of 2.5 stars, with common complaints referencing poor quality, failure to work as advertised, and poor customer service. Granted, these are all common complaints regarding ASOTV products in general, regardless of the manufacturer.

All Idea Village products (including Step FX) are also bound by an arbitration agreement. What’s this? Basically, if you experience any damages from using it, you won’t be able to take the company to court, or become part of a related class action lawsuit.

The Bottom Line

Based on all the features lacking in Copper Fit’s Step FX, we don’t think the description “fitness tracker” is all that accurate. Instead, the product is closer to a basic, bare-bones pedometer more than anything else. And you could probably find one for less than $15 at just about any big-box retailer or sporting goods store near you.

Even from a pedometer perspective, Copper Fit Step FX doesn’t actually monitor your heart rate or the number of steps you’ve actually taken (it basically just provides a number based on an “average user”). And since heart rate has such a huge impact on the number of calories you burn, we don’t think you should expect your data to be even remotely spot on.

And what’s more, even though Copper Fit Step FX comes with free shipping, you won’t have to worry about sending local options back to the manufacturer if you’re not satisfied. This way, you’re not only making the process easier, but you’re also saving a few bucks in the process.

Either way, we don’t think that Step FX will provide you with anything close to a “trainer on your wrist.” Can you find options that offer something like this? Sure, but you’ll pay a whole lot more.


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  • 12 out 15 people found this review helpful

    I Really Like It

    • Milton, VT,
    • May 15, 2016
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    I like it. I bought mine at Rite Aid and for the people saying the ones in Rx stores aren't the real thing, well yes, they are. It tracks my time, step, distance and calories burned. And my hubby has one of the nice high tech ones that also track heart rate, etc. I put one on each wrist and we went for a walk, the results we're darn good. The Copper Fit Step FX was off by two steps and other than that, it was the same.

    Also, you have to put in your stride length, height, weight, and age, so it can kind of record data more accurately probably as far as calories burned go because someone who's bigger in size may burn more calories on a walk than a healthy person.

    The one thing I have an issue with is, it doesn't shut off. What the heck? I'm going to take the battery out at night because I'm not wasting batteries for it to be on while I sleep. If there is a way to shut it off, someone please let me know.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Copper Fit Step FX

    This activity band does exactly what it claims! I would just change one thing, and that is that I wished the band was smaller in height.

    Thanks a lot!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 10 people found this review helpful

    I like it

    • Starke, FL,
    • Aug 5, 2016
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    I looked at different trackers and their features for several months before purchasing this one. I wanted a simple one with few things to go wrong. I am not into all the hype of super athletic exercises. All I want is a good idea of how much walking I get in. I am able to encourage myself to do a little more each day by seeing how I did the day before. This does just that and is super easy to use. I am a senior citizen and this gadget is simple enough for even a new age data challenged person like me.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 7 people found this review helpful

    I like it

    • Chicago, IL,
    • Jan 24, 2017
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    I purchased the Copper Fit Step FX for Christmas presents through Macy's, and we love them. I have no problems with any of the features, and it works very well. I put it on as I am walking the treadmill to see if it keeps up with the steps I take and the miles I walk. And it surely does. I'm not working out every day, so it suits me just fine.

    For the price I pay, it is perfect. If it could turn off that would be great, but then again it is a watch too.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 8 people found this review helpful

    I'm happy

    • California,
    • Feb 13, 2017
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    I bought the Copper Fit Step FX at Rite Aid for $19.99. I just wanted a light-weight watch I can wear loosely and didn't have to worry about getting the band wet. Not only did this fit the bill, but if I wanted to wear it to work I won't have to worry about it getting in the way of the elderly people I care for.

    The only way the Copper Fit Step FX could be better would be to make an analog nursing or medical version with a sweeping second hand.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    For the price, it is great!

    I bought two (one for me and one for my husband) two years ago, prior to my having gastric bypass surgery. It works much better than the one the hospital gave me to track my steps. I've used it for two years and now am ready to buy another two since these are worn out. No, it will not track steps when using a walker or while grocery shopping with a shopping cart if used on my wrist, but then, do the other "steppers" actually measure steps or arm movements? I have wrapped it around my ankles for times like that. I have not had problems with it resetting, but really like that I can adjust it for my weight since I lost 180 lbs over two years.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Copper Fit Step FX Calorie Count

    • North Augusta, SC,
    • Apr 21, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    I like the Copper Fit FX Step, it does exactly what I want without having to buy something with all the high tech. The only problem I have with it is the calorie count, even when I'm not wearing it I burn calories, how does that happen? Did not wear it Saturday - burned 1102 calories, did not wear is Sunday - burned 2212 calories. Make sure before you begin your routine that the calorie count shows 0.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 23 out 27 people found this review helpful

    Not worth the money

    • Wampum, Pennsylvania,
    • Apr 2, 2016
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    My Copper Fit Step FX arrived today. I ordered the deluxe model so I had the USB cord for charging. I find that I have to over exaggerate my arm movement to get the steps to count. I have reset the stride length, and it still is not accurate to my steps. Very disappointed. I use an exercise bike occasionally and now find out it does not count all movements. I jumped the gun when I saw the maker was Copper Fit (I have other products), plus the price. I would not recommend this item. To get my money's worth I guess I may have to return it, and save money to buy one that counts movement of all kinds.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Frustration

    I purchased the Copper Fit Step FX about two months ago. I was irritated with myself because I wasn't walking the 10,000 steps of my goal. Walking into a Walmart store, I walked ALL around the store, going up isle after isle. My Step FX told me I had walked 1 step. ONE STEP! Few days later I walked 300 plus steps. The Step FX said I walked 100 steps. I went walking with a friend. She recorded over 13,000 steps. My FX showed just over 6,000 steps.

    Again and again, I have measured/counted and find that this tracker DOES NOT KEEP ACCURATE COUNT.

    The one blessing is that my major reasons for purchasing it was not only to keep count - but to encourage and remind me to walk as much as I can. It had done that.

    The paperwork says we can't return the stepper to the store we purchased it from, but have to notify the company. This adds to the frustration of purchasing something that does NOT do what it is purported to do. I think a working replacement is in order.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Not accurate

    I wear my device from the time I get up to the time I go to bed. I also have a step counter on my phone and even though my phone is not always on my hip because it has to be charged, my phone consistently records about 1100-1200 steps more per day.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Not the real deal!

    I bought the Step FX at Walgreens for $19.99 and the box said it tracks your steps. distance, calorie, time, real-time data. I see the time but this thing does not work and it has none of these features. When I went on the net I see the Copper fit Step FX for $24.99 so I wasted my money and was scammed! All I want to do is track my steps and get some exercise in my life but I get this thing that does not work and I spent $19.99 that I could have used for food.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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