• Garmin expand their professional cycling team sponsorships

    Garmin Cycling

    "As a leader in cycling technology, Garmin are proud to provide the teams with top-of-the-line products – from GPS bike computers to cycling awareness accessories and multisport GPS watches – for training, racing and adventure in between."

    Garmin International have announced sponsorship of nine professional cycling teams in 2017, including five world tour teams and four mountain biking teams.

    Garmin will continue to sponsor the Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team and the Movistar Team, and welcomes the Astana Pro Team, FDJ Pro Team and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka this year. Additionally, Garmin will continue its support of the following mountain biking teams: Trek Factory Racing, CLIF Pro Team, CUBE Action Team and Scott-SRAM.

    “Garmin started sponsoring professional cycling teams nearly a decade ago, and we are excited to continue our commitment to the sport,” said Jon Cassat, Garmin vice president of communications. “As a leader in cycling technology, we are proud to provide the teams with top-of-the-line products – from GPS bike computers to cycling awareness accessories and multisport GPS watches – for training, racing and adventure in between.”

    Several teams will be equipped with Garmin products to increase performance and help provide a safer cycling environment. Edge cycling computers will provide data and key metrics to cyclists, as well as GPS and navigational support. The world’s first cycling radar, Varia, will warn of vehicles approaching from behind, while a tail light brightens and flashes to alert drivers of a cyclist ahead. Additionally, many of the sponsored teams will use Garmin Forerunner GPS running watches, fēnix multisport GPS watches and a range of vívo activity trackers which will monitor the distance cyclists travel, the calories they burn and how much sleep they get every night. The teams will also benefit from the Garmin Index smart scales that measure weight, body fat, skeletal muscle mass and more.

    The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are cyclists, runners, 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.

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    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Garmin announces cycling updates at Interbike

    Garmin Edge live track

    Garmin announce cycling updates for the Edge 520, Edge 820, Edge 1000 and Forerunner 735XT.

    The new update features the following:

    New LiveTrack Auto Start – Garmin is excited to announce a new auto start on Garmin Connect Mobile for LiveTrack and Group Track. This new feature will provide users the ability to seamlessly use these features without needing to pull out their compatible smartphones before a ride. With auto start it is now easier than ever for users to be tracked by friends, family and fellow riders, helping them get home safely.

    Strava Beacon – Garmin users who are also Strava Premium members will soon be able to use Beacon, the social network’s new safety feature, with their automatic Garmin LiveTrack sessions. Beacon allows athletes to share their location information in real-time with up to three safety contacts, offering peace of mind for the athlete as well as for their friends and family.

    Shimano Di2 – Garmin and Shimano are working to further integrate support between Garmin Edge devices and the Shimano Di2 electronic shifting systems. Garmin will be extending the Edge support for Di2 Dura-Ace top buttons to control ANT+ bike lights, including the Varia smart bike lights, through their Di2 systems.

    Trek – Cyclists can now use their compatible Edge device to automatically control Bontrager’s Transmitr line of ANT+ lights. Bontrager Flare RT, Ion 350 RT and Ion 700 RT lights will turn on automatically with the Edge and the ambient light sensor in the Edge 820 and Edge 1000 will set the appropriate lighting configuration for the day or night.

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    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Garmin adds luxury to multisport training with the Fenix Chronos high end watch

    Garmin Fenix Chronos

    "High-end design meets top-tier performance with Fenix Chronos"

    Garmin announce Fenix Chronos, a premium version of its popular multisport watch, available in three luxurious styles.

    Fenix Chronos is the first Garmin watch to combine a durable and fashionable metal housing with the latest adventure, fitness training, activity tracking and smartwatch technology. With three versions available: titanium with brushed titanium band; steel with brushed stainless steel band; and steel with vintage leather band, there is Fenix Chronos watch to suit every style and every adventure.

    “High-end design meets top-tier performance with nix Chronos,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “With luxurious materials and trusted Garmin multisport technology, Fenix Chronos is a necessary timepiece for anyone who wants to remain stylish through all of life’s adventures – whether it's hiking through mountains, training for a race, or heading to a formal event.”

    The Fenix Chronos design can seamlessly transition from a day on the trail or intense training session to a dressy event. The premium titanium version features a unique brushed titanium band with individually brushed titanium links and black elastomer inner links making it strong, yet extremely lightweight and comfortable on the wrist.

    The steel version has solid 316L stainless steel links carefully assembled and hand-brushed to ensure a smooth, consistent texture. The steel version is also available with a vintage-style leather band, crafted with genuine leather.

    Additionally, each Fenix Chronos watch comes with an interchangeable silicone sport band, which can be easily interchanged.

    All versions of Fenix Chronos have a high-strength and scratch-resistant sapphire lens and a 1.2-inch Chroma Display with LED backlighting for great visibility in all conditions, even in direct sunlight. These watches also have a 10ATM (100m) water rating, and are designed to withstand the elements without fear of damage.

    With Connect IQ compatibility and wireless connectivity features, Fenix Chronos is a full-fledged smartwatch that can be totally customised to each user. Through the Connect IQ store in the Garmin Connect mobile app, users can download any of the free apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields to suit their individual needs.

    Fenix Chronos supports automatic uploads to Garmin Connect mobile, so users can easily and wirelessly upload all their data, start a LiveTrack session or share an activity on social media.

    Following in the footsteps of the popular Fenix 3 line, Fenix Chronos boasts a full multisport and navigational toolset. Activity profiles include run, bike, lap swim, open water, row, golf and more.

    The Chronos is also equipped with daily activity tracking technology, so users can monitor the number of steps taken, calories burned, stairs climbed, and quality of rest at night with the sleep mode. With the addition of Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology, Chronos users have the freedom to monitor heart rate 24/7 at the wrist. Users can easily record heart rate data and intensity minutes without worrying about a chest strap.

    Fenix Chronos is available now in the US from $999.99 and will be released in the UK shortly.

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    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Garmin introduces Face-It custom watch faces

    Garmin have announced Face-It, a watch face app that lets Connect IQ compatible wearable users customise their watch face with any photo from their mobile device.

    Users simply download the free app from either the App Store or on Google Play, then select an image from their photo library, choose their clock style and send it wirelessly to their device for a completely unique watch face.

    Garmin App Store

    “We’re excited to announce the Face-It app which brings watch face customisation to the fingertips of the user,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “With Face-It your watch face options are no longer limited to those available to everyone – you can completely personalise your device to reflect you.”

    Connect IQ is the first-ever open platform for third-party developers to create apps for Garmin products, Connect IQ allows users to customise their Garmin device by downloading free apps, watch faces and data fields. Since its announcement in 2014, Connect IQ has grown to offer over 2,000 apps, and has delivered over 13 million downloads and updates to customers.

    The Face-It app can create custom watch faces for the following Connect IQ compatible wearables: fēnix® 3, fēnix 3 HR, vívoactive, vívoactive HR, Forerunner 230, Forerunner 235, Forerunner 630, Forerunner 735XT, Forerunner 920XT, D2 Bravo, D2 Bravo Titanium, epix, quatix 3 and tactix Bravo.

    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.

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    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Garmin Edge 820 GroupTrack

    New Garmin Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 cycling computers feature GroupTrack

    Garmin have announced two new bike computers to add to their extensive collection which feature comprehensive ride data and the new ‘GroupTrack’ feature.

    With the two new computers riders can easily stay connected with family and friends, both in and out of the peloton, with the Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820’s numerous connected features. GroupTrack allows cyclists to easily keep tabs of everyone in their group should they get separated.

    To help create a safer riding environment, both devices are compatible with the Varia cycling awareness line and include built-in incident detection. The computers also feature a compact design optimised for riding in any condition, built-in Garmin Cycle Maps with points of interest and bike-friendly trails. For cyclists seeking additional in-depth data the Edge 820 offers advanced performance monitoring including VO2 max, recovery advice, FTP and watts/kg tracking, performance condition, Strava Live Segments and advanced cycling dynamics.

    Garmin Edge 820

    GroupTrack

    “We are excited to share the newest additions to our extensive cycling line-up with our announcement of the innovative Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Whether riders are chasing performance and racing goals or out for adventure and touring, the Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 offer a full suite of features to help track data that is important to them.”

    The Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 allow riders to easily keep in touch with others in their pack. The GroupTrack feature offers enhanced situational awareness by allowing cyclists to ride at their own pace whilst seeing where fellow riders are, so if one person falls out of sight, they don’t fall off the device’s map.

    The new maps also include preloaded Garmin Cycle Map for bike-specific turn-by-turn navigation, round-trip Course Creator and on-device course planning.  The computer's built-in GPS, GLONASS and altimeter provide accurate ride data so cyclists can know how far, fast and high they have ridden.

    The Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 can be paired with the full-suite of Varia cycling awareness products including the Varia rearview radar, Varia Vision and Varia smart bike lights to help create a safer riding environment. Additionally, the devices’ integrated accelerometer for incident detection automatically sends a rider’s location message to emergency contacts if assistance is needed. The devices are also compatible with ANT+® sensors, including speed, cadence and heart rate monitors.

    The Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 are ideal for riding no matter the weather conditions. Both devices feature a 2.3-inch high-resolution, capacitive touch display that is quick and responsive – even when wet or used with gloves – and the Edge 820’s ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness so it’s easy to read at a glance even in direct sunlight.

    Garmin Edge 820 Photo

    The Edge 820 is compatible with ANT+ power meters, including Vector, the unique pedal-based power meter from Garmin that measures total power, left/right balance and cadence, and integrates with ANT+ electronic shifting systems and ANT+ bike trainers. Users can record advanced cycling dynamics to analyse their form, including where power is being applied on the pedal and throughout the pedal stroke. The Edge 820 also provides a variety of physiological data with the addition of a heart rate strap, so riders can view their cycling-specific VO2 max along with a recovery advisor, which analyses their data and tells them how long they should wait before attempting another hard ride.

    Users can customise the Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 by downloading free data fields. Users can also stay connected while out on a ride via incoming smart notifications, including incoming call and text alerts from a compatible smartphone. Additional connected features include live tracking, social media sharing and automatic uploads to Garmin Connect Mobile, a free online fitness community that provides easy-to-understand charts, graphs and maps to let users view their activities, track progress and more.

    The Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 feature up to 15 hours of battery life. The new Battery Save mode will extend battery life up to 50 percent by enabling the rider to wake the display only when it is needed while still tracking the details of a ride.

    The Edge retails in the UK at £329.99 and The Edge Explore at £279.99 in the Garmin Store.

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    Posted by Victoria Gardner