Are some skin fold calipers better than others?

In short, yes - which is why they can range from as little as $10 to as much as $500. A good set of calipers will be able to maintain constant pressure and has a wide operating range with easy to read gauge. Some helpful features to look for are spring loaded-arms, tips that pivot or float to hold the skin fold, and the ability to calibrate easily. If you have the budget, there are good quality digital devices that have built-in computers that perform the formula computations for you on the spot.

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