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…

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…

Garmin MARQ – new Extended Firstbeat features

On the face of it, the new Garmin Marq‘s Firstbeat metrics seem little changed to what is on offer with the Fenix 5 Plus. Indeed, on the Firstbeat site, the only apparent difference is the addition of Firstbeat’s RACE TIME PREDICTOR. Other than the Huawei Watch GT and a few sports bands, no other device…

Montblanc £935 Sports Watch – Who needs a cheap Garmin?

OK OK, I exaggerated. This new sports watch is not £935, one variant is actually £1045 (gulp) and, admittedly, there is a ‘cheaper’ version coming in at £845. Decisions…decisions. This is a new series of smart/fitness watches from Montblanc. You know them? The power meter people? Oh, no, I was getting confused with pens. Good…

Garmin Edge 1030 & Firstbeat – Some Clarity

Many of Firstbeat’s leading-edge metrics have found their way into the Edge 1030 announced today, 29 August. We have known about them all before but here is a handy guide as to what is new for the Edge products, what the metrics actually mean (via a link) and which need a powermeter to work. First…

Garmin Fenix 5 : What is Firstbeat Training Effect 2.0 and Training Status – impact on XERT or GoMore?

Garmin’s Fenix 5 advertises the use of Training Effect 2.0 and will also be including a new Training Status. This was developed by FIRSTBEAT and announced as long ago as December 2015. As we know FIRSTBEAT are a leading HR-analytics company who partner with Suunto, Huawei, Jabra, Samsung, Sony and others. Indeed many of you…

Firstbeat Athlete – A Sad Goodbye

I’ve used Firstbeat’s ATHLETE product for quite a while. It was officially unsupported nearly a year ago. The COACH function of it was great for giving a suggestion for the desired training effect from today’s exercise based on recent performances. It still worked perfectly well enough, even though it was unsupported. However with recent changes to…

Garmin 920XT 735XT Optical ELEVATE

Garmin Forerunner 930XT / 935XT For 2016 – (Written Pre-735XT, pre Fenix 5)

      This post has now been significantly updated, revised and improved. The new location is here at this URL: https://the5krunner.com/2017/01/05/garmin-930xt-935xt-2017-technical-specifications-predictions-updated-for-2017/ Or feel free to read the old version, below. Bottom line is – there WILL be a 920XT replacement in 2017, probably called 930XT.         The sports GPS watch world *IS*…