March 29, 2010

Garmin, Suunto, Polar and Timex new gadgets and updates

Garmin110.jpgLooks like GPS is becoming more pervasive in fitness watches - Garmin today announced new running watch Garmin Forerunner 110 that will bring GPS to what seems like more basic watch than FR205, FR305, FR405 and FR310xt. Main theme seems to be simplicity with high level of accuracy. They will be showing the units at the major marathons in Boston, Paris and London so the watch seems to be geared to runners, walkers and joggers. For triathletes it seems that the 310xt remains the flagship.

timexironmanglobaltrainer_lg.jpgTriathletes are probably looking forwards to the release of the new Timex unit that is the first version of Timex watch with built in GPS. They already have experience with GPS technology, but never had it integrated in the watch. We will see how well this will be done. From available information the unit will be ANT+ compatible so if you have ANT+ compatible power meter or HR belt the watch should be able to communicate with them.

Polar is releasing new sleek cycling computer CS500 that is based on their proprietary W.I.N.D. technology used in CS600 and RS800/RS800cx lines of products. The design looks very clever for cycling - I hate switching displays on CS600 especially when I wear my gloves and I'm in traffic. The rocker design seems to make it all very easy. Not sure though if I upgrade. The announcement on Polar site does not list power meter as one of the compatible accessories which is a shame. I hope it will work with it since I'm getting another Polar power unit I found few days ago so I can put it on my new road bike.

SuuntoBlackFlame.pngAnd last news is from Suunto that is releasing new designs of T6 line with release of three new color schemes and different packaging under the T6d name. According to their announcement the new units will ship in few weeks and will include the dual belt, but otherwise seem to be exactly the same as T6c. The new designs are Black Flame - black yellow (pictured), Black Smoke (Black and gray) and Black Fusion (Fusion with black housing - as opposed to the greenish one that currently ships). So unless you die to spend over 400 bucks for different design of the watch there is really not much new in terms of technology or functionality. Still the units look very good.


new triathlete said...

Hi, did you know how to put manual log on the suunto training manager in order not to downgrade the activity class. I am asking because it is now allowed to swim wearing the memory belt in the swimming pool.(i know they 're ....but simply they dont allowed it). So did you a way to put manually my pulse.
Thank you in advance.

kxux said...


unfortunately there is no way to enter manual workouts in STrM. But wait few more weeks for Suunto to announce their 'Moves Count' sport community. For more follow them on Facebook or Twitter:

I'm sure you will be able to put in manual workouts in that community ;-).

new triathlete said...

Thank you very mach

Umberto said...

You may have noticed. from suunto is now live!

-- Umberto

kxux said...

Thanks Umberto. Great to see that the page is now up and running. Looks like they have polished it a bit from the testing. Looks great. Just started loading up my moves.