Suunto 5 Preview

Suunto have just announced their new Suunto 5 model and I’ve only had a few days to get to grips with, so a full Suunto 5 Review will follow in June. In the meantime, let’s have a look at what’s new. A quick heads-up, some of these images are of dummy units for the sales…

Garmin Forerunner 945 Review

Sports Watch – Physical Testing Video

When Suunto released the Suunto 9 model last year they made a big play, at the time, of the watch’s suitability to extreme environments and they, Suunto, stated that the Suunto 9 met these tests/criteria Temperature cycling Thermal shock Shock test ISO1413 Static pressure 100m ISO22810 Pressure cycling 66m Tumble test (100 drops) Seawater test…

New Garmin App Store – iOS and Android

When you use Garmin Connect/Express on your computer to install a data field or app from the online CIQ store then you will probably find the experience to have been OK but certainly not a WOW moment. Plus when you are in a car in the middle of a field and you want to add,…

Humon now supports Apple’s WatchOS 5

Interesting news from Humon whose Hex Muscle Oxygen sensor now supports Watch OS5 from Apple   Some of you will perhaps also remember that STRYD is now supported on Watch OS. In one sense this is not that interesting as I’m guessing it will initially only result in a relatively small number of sales. However,…

Garmin Coach – new race distances and harder plans added

Garmin coach was introduced almost a year ago relatively quietly. Even at its launch it offered tantalisingly ‘adaptive’ training plans. Potentially it would re-schedule workouts during your ever-changing week at work and maybe even adapt an individual workout on-the-fly should your run start off either too fast or too slow. I had a look at…

Firstbeat & Suunto team up

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks (dangerous, I know) that Firstbeat should come up with some sort of advanced, online, physiological, analytics platform, a bit like the Firstbeat ATHLETE software of old but on the net and still geared at the consumer athlete. My subsequent thought-train petered out when it came to figuring out…

Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM now at REI

  For more ELEMNT ROAM details or to buy directly from Wahoo have a look (here) to buy from REI click (here). Remember Wahoo products are actually easy to use…what price for that? Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM Announced      

Polar Vantage V M Review

Polar to add MANUAL STRYD Calibration

Yay ! Lots of people are going to be happy that Polar will be including manual footpod calibration in the V4 release for October 2019. It’s taken a while, with pressure and polite requests from many sources. October is still a little bit too far away for my liking as I had hoped to use…

XERT -Major Update

XERT recently announced a major update for their platform initially via their iOS app. Who? XERT offer lots of training and coaching functionality around those of us who want to train with power. It’s designed for CYCLING but works with STRYD for running equally as well. What’s the big deal? ‘Normal’ training with power has…

New Coros Apex Variant

Coros have just announced a new white colour for their 46mm APEX premium construction multisport & running watch. As well as the new colour there are also subtle changes to the watch face as shown on this image of the two watches side-by-side. The watch face has two concentric circles marked around it and ths…

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Fitbit Results Q1.2019

Fitbit’s Q1.2019 results are in and things seem to be trending like the previous quarter. The numbers, linked further below, show that the loss is about the same but on a higher turnover. the words are a bit more interesting than the numbers this time and here are the ones that are the most interesting…

NEW Polar Vantage V TITAN

Polar have just announced the Polar Vantage V Titan. It is NOT a major announcement and the Vantage V TITAN is just like the V but with PREMIUM MATERIALS. That’s a TITANIUM case which makes the TITAN super-light…oh, and a new two coloured strap that has a textile feel but which is made of silicone.…

Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM Announced

Today Wahoo Fitness have announced the new Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM GPS Cycling Computer It’s a colour-screen version of a physically enlarged Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT, making it the larger size of the ELEMNT. It’s otherwise pretty much identical to the BOLT except from the inclusion of routable mapping and a few other bits and pieces like…

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Garmin Financial – Q1 Sales Are In

Garmin have just announced impressive Q1 financials. Source: Garmin.com   Selected highlights for Q1.2019’s numbers include: Record first quarter revenue of $766 million, an 8% increase, with marine, aviation, fitness and outdoor collectively increasing 12% over the prior year quarter Gross margin of 59.0% compared to 60.0% in the prior year quarter Operating margin of…

Menstrual Cycle Tracking in Garmin Connect

Fitbit, Oura, Apple and many others have various tech ‘solutions’ to menstrual cycle tracking, essentially trying to understand and predict monthly cycles. There are many complexities in this area ranging from ‘simple’ variations in cycle length between individuals to the irregularity of an individual to perimenopausal disruptions for older women. #ItsComplicated – List of Fertility/Cycle…

Movescount to Suunto App Migration Update

Suunto product users should already have received notifications about further clarifications to the recently announced closure of the MOVESCOUNT app, as Suunto transition to their Suunto app. Source: Suunto.com It’s been clear that throughout Q1.2019 Suunto have been significantly beefing up the Suunto app. My experience with it on Android seems to indicate that it’s…

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Massive Apple Watch Jump in Sales – A Problem for Garmin et al?

Whilst Apple’s iPhone sales might be falling for several reasons, the Apple Watch sales are trending in precisely the opposite direction with a near 50% increase in their Wearables business for Q1.2019. Source: CNET and others The Apple Watch is BY FAR the biggest selling smartwatch. Ever. Watch out Garmin, the Apple Watch is getting…

New Polar Vantage Road Map & Firmware

Polar have just released an importantish firmware release for the Polar Vantage range as well as updating the 2019 roadmap. All good stuff. I’ve added in the full details from Polar, below, and the main area of interest to me is the GNSS/GPS accuracy improvements. Sometimes it takes a while to get an aGPS fix…

Suunto 9 Review

Suunto Firmware – new updates for 3 Fitness, 9 and SPARTAN

There were some minor improvements to the Suunto firmware last week (v2.6.54) covering all current devices in slightly different ways. New Features: Fitness age, which shows your fitness level based on a target level for a specific age.  (Suunto 3 Fitness) Direction indicator when navigating a route (Spartan, Suunto 9) Here we can see the…

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Hammerhead Karoo – New Firmware April 2019

The new v1.42.600.3 firmware for the Karoo is a reasonably nice update and the exact details are shown further below verbatim from Hammerhead. The main part of this update is the move towards LARGE OFFLINE MAP REGIONS. Previously there was always an extra step required to ensure the correct part of the global map had…