Gadgets I’m Using Right Now

Here are most of the gadgets I’ve been using for me over the last month or so. I’m not sure they are my ‘favourite’ ones per se but I’m using them ‘properly’ for meaningful training stuff rather than just trying to break them or seeing if the GPS is accurate or not.

Garmin 935 Wahoo Tickr Fit

Not shown with mystery watch 😉

There is nothing too new on the list but I’m hoping the new products will start flowing very soon.

My regular reader will know that this is the point where I pretend not to be using Garmin products. So, without further ado, let’s go.

  1. Garmin Forerunner 935 – I’m using it a lot for running and swimming. Honestly the thing I like the most with Garmin stuff is that they attach to my computer as a windows drive letter. Simple as that – it helps with SportTracks and other things. Next up comes the 3rd party vendor CIQ apps that work on high-end Garmins. And then, of course, is all the workout, lap and fancy stuff that I take as a given for a ‘proper’ triathlon watch. Does the Garmin bias here never end? Apparently not…
  2. Garmin HRM-TRI – the old ones are sometimes a bit boring. But sometimes they just work. Mine has got some horrible green mould growing on the inner side of it which is particularly disgusting. I thought the chlorine in my local pool would have got rid of it from once or twice weekly usage; but, no.
  3. Wahoo KICKR – Let’s face it if it’s not cold then it’s wet. My shed is very nice as sheds go. And I have been enjoying some box sets rather than Sufferfest or Zwift.
  4. Wahoo Elemnt Bolt – it works. Which is probably the ultimate accolade.
  5. Wahoo Tickr Fit – sometimes in use with the Bolt. Also works.
  6. Cervelo S3 Shimano di2Adamo ASM ShimanoSTRYD – I hit some power duration PBs/PRs over the last few days so I’m pleased with that. Easy really. I just found a slightly longer and slightly steeper hill to run up HARD.
  7. RunScribe – RS still keeps telling me I’m whacking the ground too hard with my feet. I’m waiting to do some pace and power tests with Sensor Fusion. (I’ve given up with Garmin Running Power for now)
  8. Suunto Spartan Sport WHR Baro – I’m wearing it now. It’s my go-to typing watch. Oh yes, and I’ve also been using it as my go-to occasional navigation watch. Essentially I have got bored with running where I live and am venturing further afield and this stops me getting lost. And it IS pretty (IMO) with a great, big awesome screen.
  9. Favero ASSIOMA – I’ve been trying out some new firmware but I can’t tell you about it yet. Oops. Just did.
  10. My sweet new bike (link to: the5krunner.com) – I’ve been getting out for the odd 90 minute ride here and there in between the aforesaid days of horrible weather. I think I’ve already worn out the rear derailleur though, I’m just loving the Di2 so much that I can’t stop changing gears as it’s so easy. This might sound somewhat ‘unusual’ behaviour but if you’ve used oval chainrings for as long as me then you might appreciate why I am now enjoying changing gears, frequently and in relative silence.
  11. LIVALL Smart Helmet – It’s a helmet with clever lights, speakers and a mic built into it. All of which link to a smartphone and clever handlebar controller. It looks like a cool well-ventilated helmet (because that is what it is). Here’s a sneaky visual preview – its the one in the middle.

LIVALL Helmet Review – BH60SE Smart Helmet

 

I’m trying to see if I’ve used any of the other gadgets sprawled over my desk but I don’t think so. It’s quite tidy for once and ‘other work’ (#PayTheBills) has been busy. There is a BSX Insight staring me in the face but, ironically, that has died and won’t charge up at all. Did Alanis Morissette ever get to grips with what ironic really meant? I suspect not.

Here is another interesting product coming up soon: AURA. Unfortunately it might have a tricky inception as it is aiming to be another HYDRATION MONITOR. Not to be confused with the OURA Ring which is also new, although definitely not a hydration monitor.

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Ned Boultings Dog
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You joke about garmin but you do seem biased towards garmin

John Kissane
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Another hydration meter, excellent. Should be a good show 🙂

tfa
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it turned out a second DCR aka Garmin sales&marketing agent that lives out from Garmin sale subsidiaries and pretend to be objective … you use two watches regular, a Garmin crap and a suunto spartan … that makes my day …

ekutter
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Have you used a 935? Polar used to be it, rock solid in any condition, pre built in GPS. Garmin has plenty of problems, and I’ve personally posted plenty of complaints, but the 935 really has been hands down the most stable and feature full watch I’ve ever used. Sure it has problems with wrist base OHR, just like every other wrist base OHR out there. But feature and stability, no-one else compares right now. After a year of near full time wearing including trail running, mountain biking (crashes and all), and just day to day, there is no sign of wear and tear period.

Justin
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You do understand that Garmin’s market share is by far the highest of ALL the companies making sport watches? That doesn’t mean the user is bias to a company (reviewer or not) but because they literally ARE the most dominate option in the sector. I personally loathe plenty of Garmin’s products and their software development/implementation of bug fixes (they break more than they fix), but you know what I use? -Forerunner 935 -HRM-Tri -Index Scale -Tempe Pod -Speed/Cadence sensor for bike Of all the companies making products right now Garmin is the most malleable of them all. Connections to external devices, connections to 3rd party apps, file distributions to external programs and online platforms, not to mention just how much stuff the watch(s) actually are able to track. They don’t all work, but that’s a lot more than ANY other company does. It’s the reason I haven’t jumped to Polar or Suunto (and i’m looking for a reason to do so) they just haven’t given me a reason to. There’s also the sheer amount of device releases Garmin put out a year. How many watches did Polar release last year for example? Two–and both were just refresh models from prior… Read more »
bondcrash
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Tfk is anything but a Garmin shill, if you had been around here a little longer you would know that by now…. talking of making people’s day junior…

Boris
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About “whacking the ground too hard with my feet”: If you mind to tell that, what’s your inseam (and overall height)?

TringGremlin
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Love my Spartan Baro, use as regular watch also. Strange though as I think my old Polar M400 has better GPS accuracy.

Suraj
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I’ve been using RunScribe Plus for the last few weeks and I have two main issues with it.
1) More often than not, one pod fails to collect any data and as such I have metrics from one pod only. Seems completely random.
2) RunScribe thinks I am a midfoot runner. I am most definitely a heel striker and both Milestonepod and ARION correctly tell me that I heel strike.

Have you had any similar observations? I’m still figuring out how to use the Power metric.