OPINIONETTE FR35: Garmin announce entry-level running watch – forerunner 35 – and new 4k virb camera

https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/YqwT3_iJpKnB5szF5Yb32H3Kl2I=/76×0:5029×3302/1280×854/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/50589005/R_Forerunner35Family_HR_34372.0.0.jpg An interesting development today at the entry level end of running watches. Garmin’s new Forerunner 35 comes with ELEVATE (optical HR). The feature set will not be earth shattering, I haven’t looked, but it WILL be sufficiently functional for the target market along with many of its direct competitors. The overall aesthetics and apparent screen…

TomTom – New Adventurer Model Announced

TomTom have just announced a new product-variant building on the evolution of the Runner-Runner2/Spark-Runner3/Spark3 line. The ADVENTURER model boasts a good feature set in a modern-looking shell. The ADVENTURER is essentially the same product under the skin as the just-announced RUNNER3/SPARK3 but with the addition of the following: Extra sports modes – hiking, snowboarding, skiing,…

TomTom – New Spark3 / Runner3 Announced

Lots of announcements today of new stuff from TomTom. Let’s start with the SPARK 3 / RUNNER 3. The previous version in the UK was the similarly-looking RUNNER 2 which itself followed the UK’s original RUNNER product. The RUNNER 2 was released in the US as the SPARK (Sept 2015). To cut a long story…

Garmin 735XT Optical ELEVATE

Review : Garmin Forerunner 735XT Optical HR Triathlon Watch

The Garmin Forerunner 735XT is the latest multi-sports watch from Garmin. It sits ‘somewhere in the middle’ in the sense that it’s not a ‘pro’ triathlon watch like the 920XT nor is it a simple device that, sort of, lets you perform each of the triathlon disciplines consecutively like you can with the Vivoactive HR. In…

Garmin joins with LIFEQ – what about TomTom?

The clever little optical sensor in TomTom’s highly successful Runner2/SPARK was developed by South African company LIFEQ – seen here on the right. Whilst we have all figured out by now that optical HR on the wrist has its limitations, TomTom’s implementation was good. Indeed, LIFEQ’s measurement solution is validated (here). All well and good. Presumably…