• Meet the Garmin Instinct: A GPS Watch Built For The Outdoors

    Garmin Instinct Fitness Wearable Outdoor Review Sundried

    Garmin have announced Instinct, a strong and durable GPS watch with built-in 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter plus multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) support and wrist-based heart rate. In addition to key GPS data, ABC and heart rate sensors, Instinct includes built-in sports apps, smart connectivity and wellness data.

    “We are thrilled to add Instinct to our adventure watch lineup, an approachable smartwatch that is rugged and reliable,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Instinct is perfect for those who spend their time outdoors and demand a device built tough to stand up in the elements.”

    The Instinct is a reliable tool built to endure challenging environments. The Instinct is constructed to military standards (MIL-STD-810G) for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters) with a fibre reinforced polymer case. It’s built with a chemically strengthened and scratch-resistant display that’s easy-to-read, especially in direct sunlight. Plus, the fully vented silicone bands include two independent, removable keeper loops to ensure a secure fit.

    While in the field, feel confident exploring off the beaten path thanks to the Instinct, which features multiple GNSS satellite networks to help track a user's location in more challenging environments than with just GPS alone. Before venturing out, use the Garmin Explore app to plan the trip in advance and when it’s time to head back to camp, the TracBack feature on the watch can navigate the same route back to the original starting point.

    With built-in wrist based heart rate, users can monitor daily activity, stress, sleep and other wellness data. Whether camping, on a training run or going through day-to-day activities, Instinct keeps track of heart rate, steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned and more. Hiking, running, biking, swimming, kayaking and skiing are just a few of the activities supported on the device. Through heart rate variability, the Instinct can track stress levels, allowing the user to be more aware of when physical or emotional sources may cause stress levels to rise.

    When paired with a compatible smartphone, Instinct users can leave their phone packed away and protected while they receive smart notifications like texts, emails and other alerts right on the wrist. Instinct is compatible with Garmin Connect, an online fitness community where users can track workouts, sleep patterns such as how much time spent in light, deep and REM cycles, and even compete in virtual fitness challenges. The Instinct will also be compatible with other Garmin devices including inReach Mini, VIRB action cameras and dog tracking devices. Send and receive inReach Mini satellite communication messages, declare an SOS, control the VIRB start and stop function and get dog status updates and alerts for viewing at a glance on the watch.

    Instinct features a battery life of up to 14 days in smartwatch mode, up to 16 hours in GPS mode, and up to 40 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode. It is available in Graphite, Tundra and Flame Red for a suggested retail price of $299.99.

    Instinct is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, trail running, mountain biking, golfing, diving or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. 

    Read Garmin wearable reviews by Sundried.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Garmin Introduces The Forerunner 645 Music

    Garmin Forerunner 645 Music GPS Running Watch

    Garmin today announced the Forerunner 645 Music, a GPS running watch with integrated music that gives athletes the freedom to enjoy their favourite tunes on a run or during a workout without having to take a phone along. Additionally, when in need of a bottle of water or a quick bite to eat, it’s Garmin Pay Ready, the contactless payment solution which lets users pay for purchases with their watch and keep on moving.

    Whether out for a run with friends or gearing up for race day, the Forerunner 645 Music makes it easier for runners to get the data they need. In addition to 24/7 heart rate monitoring, it includes advanced running dynamics, performance monitoring tools, connected features and thousands of ways to customise with free watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps through the Garmin Connect IQ store. With the introduction of the Forerunner 645 Music, the sporty style of the Forerunner line is getting a sophisticated makeover; the metal bezel, chemically strengthened glass and interchangeable bands make it easy to wear all day, every day.

    “Listening to music helps most of us keep our momentum going during those long or particularly difficult runs,” said Andrew Silver, EMEA Fitness Product Manager. “Now, with the addition of integrated music and Garmin Pay, the Forerunner 645 Music will help give athletes the independence they’ve been looking for while still providing them with the quality and accuracy of our other running products that they have come to rely on.”

    Featuring similar high-end fitness, wellness, and smart connectivity features as on previous Forerunner devices, the Forerunner 645 Music gives users an extra pep in their step with on-device music storage, up to 500 songs. Deezer Premium+ users can download offline playlists or transfer music from a computer directly to the watch. Once the playlist is loaded, pair the Forerunner 645 Music with a set of compatible Bluetooth headphones (sold separately) and go.

    Garmin Pay Ready, a contactless payment solution, means athletes can leave their cash and credit cards at home and still stop for a bite to eat along their route. Utilising their Garmin Pay wallet, users have the same rewards and benefits of the physical cards, with the convenience of having them right on the wrist for contactless payment. 

    Athletes can better prepare for a race or training cycle with the help of training features provided by Firstbeat. Training status automatically evaluates previous exercise and fitness levels to let athletes know if they are training productively, peaking or overreaching. Measuring exercise volume from the last seven days, training load helps users determine if they are training in the right zone and whether their sessions are too easy or hard. Additionally, the anaerobic training effect metric will tell athletes how their hard work and training is improving their ability to push the limits.

    The Forerunner 645 Music allows athletes to go even further with their running data. Clipping the Running Dynamics Pod to the waistband allows users to see all six running dynamics, including cadence, ground contact time, stride length and more on their watch without the need for a chest strap. Built-in GPS and GLONASS let athletes track how far, how fast and where they run – no phone connection required. Go for a ride, swim, walk and more to take advantage of even more features available on the Forerunner 645 Music. Furthermore, users can view and follow downloaded courses on their wrist, race a previous activity and train with simple intervals or follow complex workouts. In the pool, the Forerunner 645 Music will track distance, pace, stroke, personal records and more.

    With an array of connected features, the Forerunner 645 Music lets users stay in touch with the rest of the world, even while on the move. When paired with a compatible smartphone, it automatically uploads to Garmin Connect™, an online fitness community where users can track workouts, sleep patterns, join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges. Directly from the wrist, users will be able to receive and respond to text messages5, invite friends to follow their runs in real time with LiveTrack, and view social media updates, emails and more.

    Easily customizable through the Connect IQ store, Forerunner 645 Music users can download free data fields, watch faces, widgets and apps including UBER ETASmartThingsAccuWeather MinuteCast and more.

    The Forerunner 645 Music features up to 7 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 5 hours in GPS mode with music. Weighing roughly 42 grams, this is the first Forerunner to feature a stainless-steel metal bezel and always-on Garmin Chroma Display™ that is easy to read — even in direct sunlight — and is housed under chemically strengthened glass. It is available with a black or cerise band and has a suggested retail price of £399.99. An option without integrated music capabilities – the Forerunner 645 – is available with a black or sandstone band with a suggested retail price of £349.99.

    The Forerunner 645 and Forerunner 645 Music are the latest innovations from the ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment that develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Garmin Forerunner 30 Running Watch

    Garmin Forerunner 30 Running Watch

    Garmin has announced the Forerunner 30, a simple-to-use running watch with built-in Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate technology that delivers streamlined running, activity tracking and connected features. Whether out for a jog or training for a 10k, the Forerunner 30 tracks how far, how fast and where athletes are running without the need to carry a phone. In between runs, it doubles as an all-day activity tracker, keeping count of steps, calories and intensity minutes so users can record progress and activities even when they are not running. The Forerunner 30 will be available exclusively in Europe, Middle East and Africa but will work outside of these areas if you travel.

    “The simplicity of the Forerunner 30 means athletes can easily take their running to the next level – all they have to do is put the watch on and go,” said Andrew Silver, Garmin EMEA Product Manager. “With a variety of built-in features, the Forerunner 30 is the perfect tool for runners who want to stay fit, stay connected and share their progress.”

    Runners using the Forerunner 30 will get a better idea of their fitness level with the addition of VO2 max, a measurable indication of aerobic performance or fitness level, while training tools like Auto Pause®, Auto Lap® and pace/speed selection help provide athletes with an essential running experience. Garmin Move IQ™ technology will also detect and automatically categorise activities including running, walking, cycling and more.

    Vibration alerts for incoming calls, voicemails and text messages help Forerunner 30 users stay connected without having to dig a phone out of their purse, pocket or bag. Throughout the day, the Forerunner 30 automatically uploads to Garmin Connect™ where users can share their workouts with friends and family in real time with Live Track, join fitness challenges, analyse training progress, set and track goals and much more.

    The Forerunner 30 features up to eight hours of battery life in activity mode and up to five days in smartwatch mode. It is available exclusively in Europe in turquoise, amethyst and grey and has a suggested retail price of €149.99.

    The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.

    For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Garmin Announces New Activity Tracker The Vívosmart 4

    Garmin Vivosmart 4 Activity Tracker Sleep Monitor

    Garmin have announced the vívosmart 4, a slim, smart activity tracker that introduces a wrist-based pulse ox sensor. This allows users to gauge their blood oxygen saturation levels at night to better understand their sleep quality. The vívosmart 4 also introduces a Body Battery energy monitor that estimates the body’s energy reserves, letting users know the optimal time for activity and rest. Body Battery at 90? Go crush that cycling class! Clocking in at 20? Better take it easy.

    “Sleep quality plays a critical role in your overall physical health,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Poor sleep quality may contribute to the development of significant chronic conditions. With its slim design, the vívosmart 4 is comfortable to wear at night and pulse ox provides customers with information they can use to improve their health.”

    In addition to pulse ox, the vívosmart 4 features Garmin’s new advanced sleep monitoring which estimates light, deep and REM stages of sleep, along with movement throughout the night. Upon awakening, users can review their sleep stats in the Garmin Connect Mobile app. 

    Garmin’s most fashionable activity wristband tracker to date, the ultra-slim vívosmart 4 blends smarts with style, and is available in multiple colors with metal trim accents in silver, gold and rose gold. The vívosmart 4 is safe for the pool and shower and boasts up to 7 days of battery life between charges.

    The innovative Body Battery energy monitoring feature lets users see their body’s energy levels at any given moment, which can help with scheduling workouts, rest times and sleep. Using a combination of data gathered from stress, heart rate variability (HRV), sleep and activity, a higher Body Battery indicates the time is optimal to be active whereas a lower number suggests rest is in order. Body Battery assists users in making sense of patterns, demonstrating how behaviors and activities of the past few days influence how one feels at a given moment.

    The vívosmart 4 comes fully-loaded with a newly redesigned Elevate wrist-based heart rate sensor, new abnormal heart rate alerts, VO2 max, and activities for walks, runs, strength training, pool swims, yoga and more. The vívosmart 4 includes all-day stress tracking and a new relax reminder feature that suggests users take a moment to do a breathing routine when it detects elevated stress levels. It’s easy to stay connected with the ability to check the weather, control music, receive smart notifications with vibration alerts, “find your phone,” access social media notifications, and even reply to texts with preset messages (Android only).

    The redesigned Garmin Connect makes it easier than ever to beat yesterday with colourful activity cards that give users an at-a-glance to the most important stats. Simply scroll down to compare today’s totals to past results or tap in for more detailed information. Activities and other stats captured by the device are presented in vivid detail with data customised and filtered so that the user is only seeing what is most relevant to his or her goals. Users can connect with friends and family to motivate one another, join challenges, engage in friendly competitions and score colourful new Garmin Connect badges when goals are crushed.

    The vívosmart 4 has a suggested retail price of £119.99 and comes in several stylish color and bezel/buckle options including: berry with rose gold bezel, powder grey with silver bezel, azure blue with silver bezel, and black with slate bezel. To see more of what the vívosmart 4 has to offer, check out this feature benefit video or visit Garmin.com/vivo.  

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch

    Fitbit ionic Smartwatch Wearables Activity Tracker

    Fitbit has announced the newest addition to their activity tracker range, the Ionic smartwatch. This is the first smartwatch in their line, bringing the brand into the 21st century and rivalling the likes of the Apple Watch. Fitbit has been one of the biggest players in the wearable technology game for a while, but they struggled to develop a smartwatch to beat their rivals. 

    One of the biggest claims of the Ionic smartwatch is that it can measure the blood oxygen levels of its user. This is supposedly helpful in determining whether a person has sleep apnea, which is a condition that can stop someone breathing while they are asleep. While it seems impossible for a wrist watch to gauge such a technical measurement, this is something we'll have to see to believe. 

    The Fitbit Ionic smartwatch also boasts holding up to 300 songs meaning users can connect wireless headphones and head out without needing to take their smartphone. While the app is still quite buggy, Fitbit is still in the final stages of development. 

    Fitbit's smartwatch comes in at a hefty £300, setting you back more than Apple's most basic smartwatch, but less expensive than the Apple Watch Series 2.

    Other features of the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch include:

    • Battery life of 4 days, dropping to 10 hours if GPS mode or music are being utilised.
    • Water resistance to depths of 50m (164ft).
    • Storage of 2.5 gigabytes for storing music.
    • Contactless payment capability via forthcoming Fitbit Pay.

    It's clear that Fitbit is making an effort to contest Apple, so only time will tell if their new fitness tracker will stand up to the test.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren