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…

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 Forerunner 245 Review

Two Reviews this week hopefully

There are two sports watch reviews to come this week (hopefully). I’m pretty sure that one watch is the same as a review that DCR will release at the same time. And I’m pretty sure that the other one won’t be covered by him – not a Garmin and not an announcement ie already released,…

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…

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…

Garmin Edge 530 Review Discount

May 2019: Sports Watch Update: ‘All’ new & current Bike/Run/Tri/Fitness Models with GPS. Rumours of replacement dates for Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Fitbit

  V2.099 – 15 May 2019 This post is regularly updated before being replaced, periodically, with a new one that contains a more pertinent introduction & commentary. The intent is to give you an idea of which GPS Triathlon, Bike and Run sports devices are available NOW and likely to be superseded SOON or which…

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…

STRAVA Personal Heat MAPs

I like the occasional heatmap. Sometimes they are very pretty, like the one below from Suunto’s MOVESCOUNT in 2016 and could almost be a work of art for your pain cave’s wall. Sometimes you might be ‘somewhere new’ with little idea of where to cycle, swim or run. Sure you have a satnav but is…

Coros Apex Navigation

April 2019: Sports Watch Update: ‘All’ new & current Bike/Run/Tri/Fitness Models with GPS. Rumours of replacement dates for Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Fitbit

  V2.091 – 24 April 2019 This post is regularly updated before being replaced, periodically, with a new one that contains a more pertinent introduction & commentary. The intent is to give you an idea of which GPS Triathlon, Bike and Run sports devices are available NOW and likely to be superseded soon or which…

Polar adds ANT+ Support

I never thought I would write this but here goes… Polar adds ANT+ Support     I should probably write something insightful but the phrase ” TA DA! ” springs to mind instead. There are probably lots of sports people, who use the odd gadget or two, who have no idea what that means. But…

Fitbit Versa Lite Specifications

Fitbit Versa Lite Specifications & Opinion

The new Fitbit Versa Lite Specifications and features are similar to those of the existing non-Lite model and the key standout differences are the lower price tag associated with its lack of contactless payments and lack of music support. The Fitbit Versa, Versa Lite, Versa SE & Ionic represent Fitbit’s alternative to the Apple Watch…

Garmin 920XT 735XT Optical ELEVATE

Mar 2019: Sports Watch Update: ‘All’ new & current Bike/Run/Tri/Fitness Models with GPS. Rumours of replacement dates for Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Fitbit…more

This post has been superceded with a more up to date version with a more up to date version here V2.082 – 25 March 2019 This post is regularly updated before being replaced, periodically, with a new one that contains a more pertinent introduction & commentary. The intent is to give you an idea of…

STRYD – New Accuracy Firmware

STRYD have just released new FIRMWARE which delivers increased accuracy – v1.1.9 and subsequent versions There are two areas of changes Increased responsiveness to incline changes. The rest of the post will discuss this. MINOR: Better handling of highly variable temperature changes eg when running from indoors to outdoors in winter. All power-enabled versions of…

Strava apps – Cool Apps, Not-So-Cool Apps & Freebie Apps

STRAVA has certainly changed the cycling landscape allowing us to be a little bit more social and, sometimes, rise to the challenge of defending historic performances against attacks from young whippersnappers from out-of-the-area trying to steal all our QOMs/KOMs. It’s even helped Northern Hemisphere cyclists to keep cracking on with FTP-boosting efforts through the balmy…

Spotlight: Suunto MOVESENSE

Finally! I’ve done it. I’ve managed to find a real reason to include a picture of a cute pet. OK it’s not a cat and so I won’t be able to get thousands of pointless likes on Instagram, but a dog will do. A win’s a win. Relevance: I’m going to talk about Suunto’s MOVESENSE…