Introducing the Forerunner® 920XT from Garmin® – a Multisport GPS Watch with Advanced Running Dynamics and Connected Features

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Source: Garmin.com via onemanengine.com

Source: Garmin.com via onemanengine.com

Garmin 920XT Release Info

OLATHE, Kan.–(Source: BUSINESS WIRE.com)–Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the Forerunner 920XT – a multisport GPS watch with advanced running dynamics and connected features. Recording detailed metrics for swimming, biking and running, the Forerunner 920XT is qualified to take elite and beginner athletes’ training to the next level. Its slim profile and hinged watch bands offer a comfortable fit, and its high-resolution color display makes it easy to view stats at a glance during training and on race day. Advanced features include running dynamics, VO2 max estimate1, live tracking and smart notifications, and its watch mode and daily activity tracking features are ideal for all day wear to monitor steps and calories.

“As a pioneer and leader in GPS multisport watches, we’re excited to introduce our most advanced all-in-one solution for triathlon training – the Forerunner 920XT”

“As a pioneer and leader in GPS multisport watches, we’re excited to introduce our most advanced all-in-one solution for triathlon training – the Forerunner 920XT,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Recording in-depth metrics for swimming, cycling and running, tracking daily activity, while keeping users connected, the Forerunner 920XT is ideal for training, racing, and everything in between.”

Exceptional Display and Connected Features

The Forerunner 920XT’s sleek design is 15 percent lighter and 18 percent thinner than its predecessor, and features flexible, hinged watch bands for a more comfortable fit. Its high-resolution color display features a watch mode, and daily activity tracking features including steps, distance, calories, countdown to a personalized daily goal, audible move alert after one hour of inactivity, and sleep tracking. It also keeps users connected with smart notifications of incoming text, email, call, calendar reminders and more when in range of a paired Bluetooth®-smart device2.

Athletes can track even more of their workouts by using the Forerunner 920XT as a remote for their VIRB® or VIRB Elite action camera3 – starting and stopping recording, and taking stills right from their wrist. Automatic uploads to Garmin Connect through WiFi® hot spots, or through the Garmin Connect™ Mobile app on a Bluetooth® enabled smartphone allow users to seamlessly upload their workout data. In the mobile app users can start a LiveTrack session allowing invited family and friends to follow along in real time during training or on race day. To further enhance training, analysis and sharing additional features are also now available in Garmin Connect’s modern view including multisport support, a new activity detail page, group leaderboards and more.

With a software update available in early 2015, the Forerunner 920XT will become Connect IQ compatible, making additional applications available to users for their active lifestyles.

In the Water

Water rated 5 ATM, the Forerunner 920XT offers advanced swim metrics for training in a pool or open water4. Its drill logging allows athletes to easily log swim drills and kick sets at the pool, along with recording swim distance, pace, stroke type, stroke count and SWOLF score. The Forerunner 920XT includes two rest timers to keep swimmers pushing off the wall on time, and features distance alerts to let users know a set is over, or time alerts to help them hold their pace.

On the Bike

Own the road with the Forerunner 920XT’s advanced cycling features including a built-in altimeter for precise ascent, descent and gradient data during training. It is compatible with sensors such as speed, cadence, heart rate and power meter, and can receive GLONASS signals in addition to GPS for improved accuracy3. When paired with compatible ANT+™ power meters, including Vector™ S and the dual-sensing Vector system, the Forerunner 920XT displays power data including average watts, left/right balance, power zone, and when also paired with a heart rate monitor for training it can derive users’ VO2 max estimates for cycling to help monitor changes in fitness.

On the Run

Train for optimal running form with Garmin’s advanced running dynamics, featured on the Forerunner 920XT when used with the HRM-Run™ monitor. Reporting cadence (total steps per minute), vertical oscillation (amount of “bounce” in a runner’s step), and ground contact time (how much time a runner’s foot spends on the ground during each step), the Forerunner 920XT will even show a color gauge so users can see how their values compare to other runners in general. It also features a metronome with vibration and audible alerts to guide cadence training, a race predictor based on VO2 max for running, and a recovery advisor indicating how long a runner should rest before attempting another hard effort1.

For ultra runners the Forerunner 920XT offers an UltraTrac mode, extending its up-to-24-hours-in-GPS-mode battery life for up to 40 hours.

The Forerunner 920XT is available in black/blue or red/white for a suggested retail price of $449.99 and $499.99 for the premium heart rate monitor bundle.

Forerunner 920XT is the latest from Garmin’s expanding fitness segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ lives and promotes healthy and active lifestyles. Whether it’s running, cycling, or other athletic pursuits, Garmin fitness devices are becoming essential tools for athletes both amateur and elite. For more about features, pricing and availability, as well as information about other Garmin fitness products and services, go to www.garmin.com/intosports, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin.

For 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.

1 VO2 max, recovery advisor and race predictor are available when used with any compatible ANT+ heart rate monitor. Advanced running dynamics are available when used with a HRM-Run monitor (included with some models, sold separately on others).

2 See Garmin.com/BLE for a list of compatible phones.

3 Speed and cadence sensors, VIRB, and Vector systems sold separately.

4 Water rating 5 ATM (50m). For more information, see Garmin.com/waterrating.

About Garmin

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin, Forerunner, Bluetooth and WiFi are registered trademarks and Vector, HRM-Run, Garmin Connect and ANT+ are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2013, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Specifications From Garmin.com

Physical & Performance:

Physical dimensions 1.9” x 2.2” x 0.5” (48 x 55 x 12.7 mm)
Display size, WxH 1.1″ x 0.8″ (2.9 x 2.1 cm)
Display resolution, WxH 205 x 148 pixels
Touchscreen No
Weight 2.1 oz (61 g)
Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life Up to 40 hours in UltraTrac mode; up to 24 hours in training mode; up to 4 months in watch mode
Water rating 5 ATM
GPS-enabled Yes
High-sensitivity receiver Yes
VIRB® control Yes

Maps & Memory:

Basemap No
Ability to add maps No
Accepts data cards No
History 100 hours of activity data
Waypoints/favorites/locations 100
Routes 0

Features & Benefits:

Heart rate monitor Yes (Some versions)
Bike speed/cadence sensor Yes (optional)
Foot pod Yes (optional)
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer) Yes
Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data) Yes
Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person) Yes
Virtual Racer™ (compete against other activities) Yes
Courses (compete against previous activities) Yes
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed) Yes
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap) Yes
Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout) Yes
Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button) Yes
Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts) Yes
Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace) Yes
Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal) Yes
Vibration alert Yes
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals) Yes
Heart rate-based calorie computation Yes
Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness) Yes
Customizable screen(s) Yes
Barometric altimeter Yes
Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units) No
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible 3rd party ANT+™-enabled power meters) Yes (records data approx. 1 per second)
Temperature (displays and records temperature while you ride) No
Sport watch Yes
Additional
  • V02 max estimate: Yes
  • Run/walk feature: Yes
  • Activity tracking: Yes
  • Projected finish time: Yes
  • Race an activity: Yes
  • Custom alerts: Yes
  • Customizable lap screen
  • Includes Wi-Fi®

Garmin® Announces Additional Features on Garmin Connect to Complement the 920XT Launch

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Some new stuff on Garmin Connect to coincide with today’s launch of the Garmin 920XT triathlon watch.

Activity-detail-multisport

We’re excited to announce additional features for Garmin Connect, our free online community that lets users save, plan and share their activities. New features include multisport support, a redesigned activity detail page, groups for daily activity trackers, and group leaderboards based on activities. These features are available for users now in the modern view of Garmin Connect, and will be available in Q4 on Garmin Connect Mobile.

Multisport support* – Whether users are completing a brick workout, or competing in a triathlon, duathlon and more, Garmin Connect will recognize the multisport activity and show a complete view of the overall results. With the new activity detail page, multisport users can also now see their total time, distance, average heart rate and more for the whole activity, as well as individual legs of the multisport activity.

Activity-detail-run

Activity Detail Page Redesign – The new design of the activity detail page integrates charts and maps together to help users better analyze their activities, and easily view the information most important to them. Added benefits include a larger map, the ability to playback an activity on the same page without needing to switch to a different view, and viewing cumulative lap times for runs.

Groups for Daily Activity Trackers – Garmin Connect groups now include step data from daily activity tracking devices including the vívofit®, vívosmart™Forerunner® 15 and Forerunner 920XT. Users have the flexibility to create groups based on step data only, or step data along with running mileage. To create a group in Garmin Connect, simply click on the “+” on the upper right hand side of the group widget on the dashboard or on the groups page and follow the instructions.

Group-leaderboard-running

Group Leaderboards – Users can include weekly leaderboards based on their Garmin Connect groups’ needs, competing on weekly mileage or step goals. To include a leaderboard on a group page, users with admin privileges can click the admin settings tab on the group page and then click the “Leaderboard” option in the Features Settings at the bottom of the page.

*Compatible with multisport devices including the Forerunner® 920XT, 910XT, 310XT, fēnix™ 2, and fēnix 2 Special Edition.

Garmin 920XT Specifications – here they are….

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Source: Garmin.com via onemanengine.com

Source: Garmin.com via onemanengine.com

Garmin 920XT specifications as of 1st October 2014. Battery life, connectivity and LACK of touchscreen (phew) jump out the most.

Will need to look at some of the detail behind these.

Physical & Performance:

Physical dimensions 1.9” x 2.2” x 0.5” (48 x 55 x 12.7 mm)
Display size, WxH 1.1″ x 0.8″ (2.9 x 2.1 cm)
Display resolution, WxH 205 x 148 pixels
Touchscreen No
Weight 2.1 oz (61 g)
Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life Up to 40 hours in UltraTrac mode; up to 24 hours in training mode; up to 4 months in watch mode
Water rating 5 ATM
GPS-enabled Yes
High-sensitivity receiver Yes
VIRB® control Yes

Maps & Memory:

Basemap No
Ability to add maps No
Accepts data cards No
History 100 hours of activity data
Waypoints/favorites/locations 100
Routes 0

Features & Benefits:

Heart rate monitor Yes (Some versions)
Bike speed/cadence sensor Yes (optional)
Foot pod Yes (optional)
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer) Yes
Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data) Yes
Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person) Yes
Virtual Racer™ (compete against other activities) Yes
Courses (compete against previous activities) Yes
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed) Yes
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap) Yes
Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout) Yes
Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button) Yes
Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts) Yes
Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace) Yes
Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal) Yes
Vibration alert Yes
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals) Yes
Heart rate-based calorie computation Yes
Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness) Yes
Customizable screen(s) Yes
Barometric altimeter Yes
Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units) No
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible 3rd party ANT+™-enabled power meters) Yes (records data approx. 1 per second)
Temperature (displays and records temperature while you ride) No
Sport watch Yes
Additional
  • V02 max estimate: Yes
  • Run/walk feature: Yes
  • Activity tracking: Yes
  • Projected finish time: Yes
  • Race an activity: Yes
  • Custom alerts: Yes
  • Customizable lap screen
  • Includes Wi-Fi®

Garmin 920XT Publicity Image Leaks

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Source: Garmin.com via onemanengine.com

Source: Garmin.com via onemanengine.com

 

Very nice action shot of the Garmin 920XT, probably the best un-photoshopped image we have so far courtesy of super-sleuth onemanengine.com. The drip of leaks has turned into a trickle and I suspect the tap will be turned on anytime soon.

EDIT: Here’s the Garmin 920XT Specification.

If you are a gadget geek here are some more images, info and speculation on the 920XT.

1. Speculation

2. Online Shop Images

3. Other specification info

4. More

More images will be added below with any relevant thoughts as and when the images come in:

Oh yes and a real user picture is below from ICONOSQUARE users GOTOETOTOE & BOJANDJURIC. There are quite a few of the 920XTs out being reviewed and used but I would imagine that all are under NDAs (non-disclosure agreements).

Garmin 920XT

This found its way to me via Instagram and OneManEngine, although it’s the same as the image at the top, well at least from the same ad but cropped differently.

Source: OME

Source: OME

And another from OME and it looks like touchscreen (“Oh dear” from me!! “love it” from others)

And more from OME (don’t bother zooming in on the screen, doesn’t show anything new!):

Hever Triathlon great weekend of events #hevertri2014 @CastleTriathlon

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Wow. What an event. 7000-odd people, hundreds of kids competing, lots of different distances .

On the way back from the event we were trying to find fault with the day. We failed ! Even the weather was great.

Great goody bags, good food, plenty of entertainments – all made possible by the sheer number of people I guess.

Spectators commented that the info provided was very helpful knowing where to stand to see the friends/family competing. I think as well the event was a great advert for Kent. Hever and Chiddingstone Castles are pretty amazing tourist destinations as were the forest, valleys and town en-route.

The course was hard. Very hard. Definitely one of the hardest I’ve done, especially with the wrong cassette on the back (oh dear!). There seemed to be many walkers on the gauntlet run, tired by two long hard bike laps. Many of the competitors I spoke to thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the Half-Iron distance Gauntlet and Olympic distance events, agreeing the course was tough.

Next year (2015) there is again the attraction of the  full Ironman distance ‘Bastion’ distance. I’ll be back for more suffering !

Garmin 920XT | More Leaks

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The drip of leaks from Garmin on the 920XT continues, this time with images from Garmincdn.com.

I encourage you to look at http://tritriagain.uk who drew my attention to these new images of the Garmin 920XT. At the time of writing http://tritriagain.uk link directly to the images on the Garmin website so they are copied here in case they are removed like previous leaks.

Previous leaks are reported by me <here>.

The images are shown below in a slideshow of 6 images + the 2 originally leaked. A bit of analysis then follows the images.http://tritriagain.uk has 7 new images so you’ll have to go there to see the final one ;-)

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So, http://tritriagain.uk , give their take on the images and what they show. Here’s mine and of course it will be fairly similar to http://tritriagain.uk .

IMHO the new images show:

  1. Side view – looks similar in size to the 910XT, we shall see soon no doubt comparisons.
  2. Metronome 180 – in section 9.2 of my 910XT review I ask for this feature. Obviously this ground breaking feature has been pivotal in the development of the Garmin 920XT (joking, eesh). So if it beats at 180bpm then you can train yourself to run at that cadence. Cool. Useful. Like. I’d use it. tritriagain suggest a possible metronome for swim function but I’m not sure the sound will travel sufficiently far from the wrist (as Thomsk points out vibration MAY work but it would have to be different from the current 910’s vibration method IMHO).
  3. Recovery time 24: This looks the same ‘recovery’ as on the Fenix2, by Firstbeat. There were some limitations of the recovery feature on the Fenix2 (same on the Special Edition fenix2). Hopefully this situation has been improved upon. I found Recovery Time useful on the Fenix2 as a guide to perhaps partly delaying my next session if fatigued. It seemed to be affected by bike sessions when I used it but other reviewers said it only worked in run mode. Either way it didn’t take into account swimming HR. What will be the details behind the Garmin 920XT’s recovery data? I still find early morning HRV analysis more useful than Recovery Time eg as with Bioforce or ithlete apps. Though you might want to also look at Firstbeat Athlete. Firstbeat are obviously highly competent in this area…let’s see if they can surprise us with something new.
  4. Average Power 250: This shows existing 910XT bike metrics. The noteworthy thing here of course is the L-R power balance. So obviously the 920XT supports the lovely Garmin Vector pedals also Vector S too I assume. No surprise there I hope! The surprise will come with what degree of support is offered to other power meters (ie ANT/Bluetooth). Undoubtedly it will support the to-be-released but announced Cycling Dynamics (PP, PCO, etc.).
  5. 4530: I’m guessing that’s daily steps? (Altitude? Calories? perhaps). As the 920XT is a 24/7 activity tracker then the daily steps vs. daily step target would seem sensible. I like a lot the incorporation of the 24/7 tracker for a variety of reasons having enjoyed greatly playing with the Vivofit (see also Vivosmart) for quite a while, hopefully counting/including sleep metrics as well as non-exercise activity; but I would imagine that most triathletes don’t have a daily step target. I could be wrong.
  6. 0:25 : Ha! Garmin succumbed to the pressure. A watch! I have the 910XT’s ‘other’ mode set as a watch with the GPS turned off. But, hey, people want time functionality and Garmin have obviously been listening. That’s normally the sign of a good marketing team.
  7. 49% Cycling VO2max : Does that too (as Thomsk says probably with a powermeter). There’s probably a bit more to this than meets the eye. More than a simple metric. You have to ask how does the 920XT get the VO2max figure. I’m guessing some sort of internal algorithm based on pre-programmed stepped/ramp tests, or similar, and your personal profile. We’ll see.
  8. Final Image (from earlier leaks) : As we already know running dynamics in colour as on the Forerunner 620.

There you go. Fire away.

New distances for London Duathlon in 2015 #ld15


The organisers of the uber-successful London Duathlon are mixing things up a bit next year (2015). I had a quick look at the distances following an email from them and it looks like a distance/event may be being dropped. Fair enough as there seemed to be a bit of overlap with some of them; there is also the constraint of course of the rather fixed length of a bike-lap of the park – the run bits can be and are, to an extent, tinkered with a bit (on the 10k leg with the extra bit to make up the distance) so that they fit the required distance. Also getting more people into certain events helps everyone know where they stand in relation to others.

Anyway, ignoring that some of the event names are being changed to things like DUATHLON and HALF-DUATHLON. I think that’s both a good and bad idea. It will be a tad confusing for the Age Group-level athletes, so that’s bad. But I suspect by far the majority of entrants are charity-competitors or first-timers or local and the like. So the new descriptions will make it much more comprehensible for them and perhaps also for explaining what madness they are doing to other people!

Roll on LD15 roll on 2015.

Great duathlon race at #LD14 .. @londonduathlon


Big thanks to the organisers for a great event at LD14. Very enjoyable time was had by all no doubt. I’m still awaiting an elusive PB there…roll on LD15. Much better weather than in some recent years, hopefully that helped everyone else do what they set out to do there.

#RyderCup and the #TomTom #GolfWatch

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Well, I probably am the 5k golfer. That’s 5000 shots for a round :-) Joking aside I’m probably not THAT bad and swinging the occasional club is great fun. But hard. Respect to all you very talented golfing types out there.

Even those of us perhaps less normally interested in golf will surely have noticed the impending (today) Ryder Cup. Europe vs USA ! perhaps one of the few sporting events that unite much of the populous behind the European banner.

Anyway, politics and my other pastimes aside, here is a press release of a new GPS golf watch from TomTom. I don’t profess to be any kind of expert on golf GPS watches, there are others out there for sure, but I know this sort of technology would have helped me on an ‘alien’ course years ago in the pre-GPS era.

For a couple of hundred quid you basically get a caddy on your wrist…not bad for the thousands of amateurs out there. Accurately estimating distances to the hole, taking into account hazards, is difficult for anyone but also put yourself in the shoes of those perhaps not as well sighted as you might be. Perhaps an invaluable tool for them for distance estimation and club selection.

Even if you are not interested in golf this kind of example gives you an idea of the different type of gadget-like applications that exist for GPS technology over and above the SatNav in the car or running watch on your wrist (TomTom do those too of course in case you’ve been asleep for the last few years!).

 

Source: TomTom

Source: TomTom

—- Press Release verbatim ——————-

 

London, 26 September 2014   TomTom today launches the all new TomTom Golfer, a GPS sports watch designed to make it easy for golfers to improve their game.  Unique course graphics clearly show accurate distances to hazards and layups, and the best approach to the green.

 

 

The TomTom Golfer uses graphics to clearly show key golf course data from more than 34,000 golf courses across the globe on its extra-large screen.  Course updates are delivered wirelessly via a unique smartphone app, so golfers can trust they are playing with the most up-to-date course information.

 

“Understanding the challenges ahead will help golfers to improve their score,” says Corinne Vigreux, managing director, TomTom Consumer.  “The TomTom Golfer provides at-a-glance graphics to critical course data, helping golfers to make smarter decisions and improve how they play.”

 

The TomTom Golfer is designed for golfers, with a lightweight and slim appearance.  It uses GPS technology to automatically recognise nearby courses and find the next hole.  A golfer can also keep track of the score, distance and time of a round.

 

The TomTom Golfer can be pre-ordered from www.tomtom.com and is available in white/green or dark grey/green priced £199.99.

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