This is the Oura Ring Horizon, a new version of the excellent Oura’s smart ringthis time with a subtle design and a new color to go with it.
The Horizon joins the existing Heritage design, which is characterized by the slightly flattened section that breaks up the simple shape of the ring, but gives it a more masculine appeal. The Horizon is much simpler, adopting a completely simple and very traditional circular shape.
However, it is not without its quirky appeal; At the bottom of the ring is a small indentation that exposes the textured titanium beneath the polished exterior. Its placement is no accident, as it sits below the many ring sensors so you can easily feel if they’re positioned correctly. On the Heritage model, the flattened section works the same way, but is placed on the opposite side of the sensors.
Oura has introduced the Horizon in the existing silver, black, stealth, and gold finishes, but has added a rose gold option to the lineup. I’ve been using the silver version for the past few days, with the Horizon replacing my usual polished black Heritage model. Although it doesn’t feel any different, I’d say it’s a hair wider than the Heritage, and the sides have a slightly more pronounced curve. In silver, it makes a statement on your finger, with the polished titanium really catching the light.
Outside of form, the Horizon has the same features as the third-generation Heritage, which also remains in the lineup. This means that it monitors your heart rate throughout the day and night, your blood oxygen levels, and your body temperature as well. The Oura Ring can be used to track your heart rate during indoor and outdoor workouts, though options are limited to walking, running, or cycling at the moment. Sleep tracking is the Oura Ring’s forte, returning deep insights into your sleep patterns the longer you wear it.
The Oura Ring also has a period prediction feature and works with the Natural Cycles app, has in-app wellness and meditation sessions, Strava integration, an option to use steps or calories as a daily goal (or even ignore calories altogether). full) and the opportunity to stop tracking to promote rest and recovery. Although promised for a while, Oura’s improved sleep staging algorithm has yet to arrive, but it’s apparently still on the calendar for 2022.
The Oura Ring’s battery is estimated to last seven days between charges, but if you’re using blood oxygen monitoring and tracking workouts, this is hard to achieve. Instead, wait around five days if you take full advantage of the Oura Ring’s features. A charging socket comes with the ring, and a great way to prevent unexpected battery drain is to put it on charge when you’re in the shower. Do that every other day and it will never require a “full” charge.
The Oura Ring Horizon is available to buy now, and it starts at $349 for the silver and black version, but expect to pay more for the stealth, gold, or new rose gold finish. Each ring comes with six months of free access to the Oura app and tracking features, but after that period, you’ll have to pay $6 per month to continue accessing data and information.