Strava has been my “go to” running and cycling app for a while now. Although I prefer to not run with my phone, Apple and Nike’s decision to not allow easy sharing from the NRC app or Apple’s own Workout app means I prefer not to use those apps.
Strava has been promising an update to their app that uses the new Apple Watch’s integrated GPS receiver. They delivered that update last week.
I‘m a big fan of Fitbit’s fitness bands. I wear a Fitbit Blaze almost all the time and use a Fitbit Surge when I’m running. My daughter has a Fitbit Charge and my partner wears a Flex.
I’ve also used an Apple Watch extensively and, while it represents a wonderful feat of engineering, it falls short in a couple of key areas as a work point companion.
It lacks an integrated GPS and it’s not waterproof.
But that changed today.
TomTom has announced the TomTom Adventurer: a new GPS Outdoor Watch with dedicated sports modes for hiking, trail running, skiing and snowboarding. TomTom Adventurer is equipped with a built-in heart rate monitor, barometer, compass and automatic lift detection for snow sports. It also comes with GPS tracking and Route Exploration, building on TomTom’s heritage as a global leader in navigation and mapping.
TomTom Adventurer takes snow sports technology to a whole new level with automatic lift detection. Now, users can see key stats after each time down the slopes. With one look at your TomTom Adventurer you get live stats including speed, altitude, descent and gradient. For trail runners and hikers, route exploration, elevation metrics and the added security of an extended battery life means new mountain paths can be explored confidently.
Garmin has announced the Forerunner 35, its newest GPS-enabled running watch with their built-in Garmin Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology that allows runners to monitor their heart rate 24/7 without a chest strap. The Forerunner 35 tracks essential data like distance, pace and personal records, and thanks to its built-in GPS, runners can track how far, how fast and where they’re running all without worrying about carrying a phone too.
In between runs, the Forerunner 35 doubles as an all-day activity tracker as it counts steps, calories and intensity minutes, so users can still record progress and activities even when they’re not running. The Forerunner 35 also includes smartwatch functionality including smart notifications and music controls.
Comeptitor.com has released a list of tips and tricks for your GPS and heart rate monitor.
There are some useful items on their list. Although some of the items are obvious for experienced runners and riders, there are some good tips for beginners. In particular, the notes about GPS accuracy and placement of heart rate sensors are worth a look.
9 Tips and Tricks for Your GPS and Heart Rate Monitor [Competitor.com]