Polar Vantage V M Review

Polar Vantage v3.0 Firmware (Feb 2019 update)

Today we have a significant firmware update for the Vantage Series as the Vantage M receives smartphone notifications, Back-to-start functionality as well as a ‘sleep’ watch face. The Vantage V receives those same updates as well as route guidance. Favourites have also made a welcome appearance too. The major areas of functionality are now in…

Amer – Strong Q4 Results

Amer Sports is currently under offer to a recent cash tender. However that has not stopped them posting strong Q4.2018 results with net sales in local currencies up by 10% compared to a year ago with 2018 being 7% up on 2017 on the same basis. CEO Takala said “Growth was strongest in apparel (+41%),…

RunScribe Plus V3

RunScribe – A New Direction

  RunScribe are moving in a new direction with their Runscribe Plus footpods. As of now, RunScribe are only selling a ‘pro’ or ‘clinic’ solution on their site and will continue to support existing RunScribe Plus users. Whilst the product is essentially identical to before, RunScibe’s business model is changing from Business-to-Consumer to Business-to-Business and…

Shoe Prints – from RunScribe Plus

I like RunScribe. Anyone that tells me my efficiency is high, image above, must be nice 😉 I always try to take a compliment graciously. There’s some more news to come from RunScribe from me later today (or tomorrow) but for now here is the latest addition to the insights you can get from RunScribe…

Garmin HRM-DUAL Review Specifications

Garmin HRM-DUAL Specifications + Opinion

Garmin today announced their new heart rate monitor: HRM-DUAL It’s a more connectable, updated version of the old HRM3-RUN model and probably marks the start of new refreshes to many of Garmin accessories as we predicted way back in last year. Why this HRM? Why Now? Garmin’s HRMs are great. As are those of Garmin’s…

Best Of CIQ :: 2019 Connect IQ Developer Award Nominees

These are the best CIQ apps, widgets and watch faces from 2018. They generally have the best ratings and best reviews on the CIQ store. Winners will be announced in April 2019 at the CIQ Developer’s Summit bu Garmin. My personal favourites are: FinalSurge and the Xert Player. Best New Watch Face This award is…

Apple Vs. Valencell – Settled

In January 2016 Valencell filed patent infringement lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina against both Apple, Inc. and Fitbit, Inc.   The patents in question were these 8,923,941 – Methods and apparatus for generating data output containing physiological and motion-related information 8,886,269 – Wearable light-guiding bands for…

Suunto Confirm The Way Ahead

Suunto have today confirmed their plans for the MOVESCOUNT platform over the next year or so. As you can probably guess from the image to the right what we will see is a complete migration from MOVESCOUNT to the Suunto app. The ‘new’ Suunto app was effectively launched alongside the Suunto 3 Fitness in April…

CES 2019 Roundup – Where was the excitement ?

I never expected a raft of new sports watches to be announced at CES 2019 but if I’d gone there I think I would have left disappointed with what was announced. Omron HeartGuide I’d already covered this last year. link to the5krunner.com It looks like an interesting medical-grade device for reading blood pressure on the…

movescount

Suunto links to TrainingPeaks and more

This is a bit more than a ‘meh’ moment. The crux of the matter is shown here as you can now link your Suunto app account to your TrainingPeaks account. There’s an interesting bit too. I promise I will cover that further below. In all it’s glory here I link from movescount.com to TP (pre-existing…

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music Connected by Verizon

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music Verizon

Garmin have just announced the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music Verizon. Better known as the snappily entitled “Vivoactive 3 MV”. The modified Vivoactive 3 Music is essentially the same as the one released 6 months ago but with a few new features. The big one is the LTE connectivity. LTE Connectivity means that your Vivoactive 3MV…

Final Surge – CIQ Plans and *NEW* Structured Workouts

Final Surge (FS) is an online platform for triathletes, runners and cyclists to plan, record and analyze their efforts. It has some cool coach-specific functionality as well as being suitable for individual athletes who want to organise their own training or purchase and follow one of FS’s hosted online plans – for example Mark Allen’s…

Garmin Explore – Wider Availability Continues eg now 935

The Garmin Explore app was released a while back as an off-line solution for mapping/navigation. With Garmin Explore you can follow your routes as well as sync’ing and sharing. Initially this was reserved to specialist Garmin handheld devices and, interestingly, also the newish Garmin Instinct (baby Fenix). Fine. All well and good. It seemed to…

HeartGuide :: Omron – Wrist Watch for blood pressure

Omron’s HeartGuide watch looks sweet. But it’s unusual. Frist up it’s got FDA approval and secondly, rather than heart rate, it measures BLOOD PRESSURE from the wrist. Wareable state that this is the first such device to get FDA approval. And that means that it’s another one of those pieces of tech that might actually…

Zwift NYC

Zwift Gets US$120m

Hey. You know who Zwift are. Well, they’ve now got US$120m to invest after an injection of funds from Highland Europe (of eGym fame); True (a Ribble backer); Novator; and Causeway Media, the latter of whom back eSports companies. And that is what the investment is for. A super-huge $120m push into eSports and Running.…

Fitbit Versa Review

Fitbit Release OS3.0

Fitbit will imminently release their updated OS3. ~This will apply to all Versa and Ionic models globally.   There are a few new stats and about 10 new apps (eg TRX and Gold’s GYM), some of which are only available in the US. Although Fitbit themselves call this a ‘major upgrade’…I’m not so sure. TRX…

Polar Vantage Review - New Screens

Firmware v2.07: Polar Vantage – available now

December’s v2.07 firmware has today been released for both Polar Vantage models; reviewed earlier here in detail (Polar Vantage Review) Changes made by Polar are stated to be these: Stopwatch, countdown timer and interval timer (image below) Button and touch lock Brighter backlight when looking at the display during training Speed sensitivity improved (faster reaction…