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…

Next Triathlon / Multisport Watch for Q3 Q4 2016 – the contenders for 2016 and beyond

Still not sure what 2016 tri watch to buy? OK gadget fans we’re half way through the year. Polar and TomTom and maybe even Epson might still yet surprise us with something. Following Suunto’s news this week, any surprise is now likely to be a September announcement at the earliest. Garmin might also further surprise us at…

Suunto Spartan ULTRA Collection – *MORE INFO* Info From The Marketing – As close to a review as you are going to get for a while !

  The press release for the Spartan is, err, metaphorically and literally ‘Spartan’. Delve a little deeper and LOTS more information DOES exist. It’ll be weeks, probably, before we see a half-decent review and a full spec sheet. So, for the moment, it’s just regurgitated marketing info from several official Suunto sources. Here it is:…

Fitbit Surge GPS HR

Review – Fitbit Surge – GPS and Optical HR Fitness Watch

Most reviews are based on the original 2015 unit. Things have moved on with improvements to the device’s software. Let’s see how the improvements stack up approaching Summer 2016. You can find a much more detailed review (here). But first I’ll try to position the product for you so you understand where it really sits.…

New Sports Watches For May June 2016 – The Contenders Polar, Garmin, TomTom, Fitbit

OK Fellow Sports Gadget Nerds it’s now or never. The next 4-6 weeks are the window of opportunity for the likes of Polar, Garmin, et al to come up with the goods before we all go on holiday – aka ‘training somewhere else’. July and August will probably have nothing exciting released. September and October…

IN DEPTH: The Quest For Wet HRV – Swimming HRV Underwater – Finally

I started off a couple of years ago with the intention to record ‘every heartbeat’ that I do in exercise. Not because I like collecting things but rather to get a more holistic view of the Training Load (TL) of my triathlon efforts. With a better view of my training load I could, for example,…

Review (ette) – Garmin Forerunner 630 – First Look

A year is a clichéd long time in politics and two years is a long time in the realm of sports gadgetry. Since 2013’s Forerunner 620, Garmin have made much progress with new features and functions across their range which have now made their way into the Forerunner 630 (FR630). Some totally new stuff has also…