• Garmin announces the new Vívosmart 3

    Garmin Vivosmart Sports Watch Activity Tracker

    Garmin Inc today announced the vívosmart 3, an activity tracker with an ultra-slim design and a hidden display that’s only on when you need it. The vívosmart 3 brings high-end fitness monitoring tools such as VO2 max and fitness age, and wellness monitoring with all-day stress tracking, to the popular vívosmart family. The vívosmart 3 also provides 24/7 heart rate monitoring and automatically tracks activity including steps, floors climbed, calories burned, intensity minutes, sleep and more. The vívosmart 3 boasts a battery life of up to five days and can be worn while swimming or showering.

    The vívosmart 3 introduces exciting fitness monitoring tools designed to provide customers with a better understanding of their body’s overall physical performance. It’s the first product in the Garmin vívo family to estimate VO2 max, a measurable indication of aerobic performance previously available only in higher-end Garmin running watches. Users will see their VO2 max score translated into a fitness level, ranging from poor to superior. VO2 max is also used to calculate fitness age, a relatable metric that puts a user’s fitness level in terms of an age. Through hard work and exercise, users can increase their VO2 max and reduce their fitness age. The vívosmart 3 also includes a new Strength Training activity that lets users stay focused on their form and does the rep counting for them. Strength Training keeps track of reps, sets and even rest times during user’s free weight and bodyweight exercises. This data gets sent to Garmin ConnectTM where it can be reviewed later in greater detail.

    For those seeking to live a healthier life, improving one’s emotional well-being can be as important as increasing time spent at the gym. To this end, the vívosmart 3 adds wellness monitoring with the all-day stress tracking feature. When users are not on the move, the vívosmart 3 tracks heart rate variability, which in turn is used to calculate and measure stress level, displayed as a wedge graph right on the device. Stress levels high? The vívosmart 3 features a breathing exercise that users can access from the device to encourage relaxation and help lower stress level. A longer timeline of stress level is accessible on Garmin Connect which can help customers identify patterns and make lifestyle changes to avoid or better cope with stress-inducing situations.

    The vívosmart 3 automatically syncs with the Garmin Connect mobile app throughout the day to save stats for easy access later. In Garmin Connect, a free online community, users can track their workouts, strength training activities, stress levels, sleep patterns and join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges. They can also receive Garmin Connect Insights, smart wellness insights personalized to each user that provide cues to help them reach goals, a pat on the back when milestones have been met, and relevant healthy tips from experts. For extra motivation, Insights also show users how they stack up in comparison to other people like them.

    Connection meets convenience with smart notification vibration alerts delivered right the wrist for emails, texts, calls, calendar reminders, app alerts, social media updates and any other notification from a compatible smartphone2. Users will also benefit from the ability to control music on their smartphone from the vívosmart 3, send an alert to locate a misplaced smartphone, and remote control a Garmin VIRB camera (sold separately).

    With its inconspicuous band and new slimmer profile, the vívosmart 3 complements every athleisure style. The device features a hidden display only visible when activated via gestures, alerts or notifications. When not in use, the screen disappears from view. Available in black (small/medium and large) and purple (small/medium), the vívosmart 3 is the perfect companion for the office, the gym, the pool, the studio and everywhere in between. The vívosmart is available for purchase at a retail price of $139.99 which is around £112.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Garmin Release New Fenix 5 Multisport GPS Watches

    Garmin Fenix 5 Sports Watch

    Garmin have announced the release of fēnix 5, fēnix 5S and fēnix 5X, three watches designed with adventurers of all sizes in mind as multisport GPS wearables.

    The fēnix 5S is lighter, sleeker, and smaller than previous models – perfect for small wrists without sacrificing multisport functionality. The fēnix 5X boasts preloaded wrist-based mapping; and the compact fēnix 5, like other fēnix watches, is feature-packed and ready to take on any adventure with an all-new industrial design. All of the fēnix 5 models are 24/7 wearable with extended battery life, daily activity tracking, Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology, and a host of connected features.

    New quick fit bands enable the wearer to switch between sports watch silicone straps and leather and metal accessory bands.

    The fēnix 5S has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the wearable technologies category. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.

    “After years in the wearables market, Garmin knows that athletes and adventurers come in all sizes, which is why we have designed the new line of fēnix 5 watches to fit every wrist and every workout,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “This is the first time Garmin has created a variety of sizes for one product so now users don't have to choose between getting the features they want and wearing a watch that fits.”

    Measuring 47mm, the fēnix 5 has a brand new industrial design and is more compact than previous models like the fēnix 3HR, but is still packed with multisport features. All of the new fēnix 5 models are available in a variety of colors and finishes with more accessory bands available (sold separately), which makes the new QuickFit bands a great addition.

    Garmin Fenix 5 Multisport Sports Watch

    Users can mix and match between their choice of leather, metal or silicone watchbands and switch between them in seconds with no tools needed. Easier than changing clothes for different occasions, fēnix 5 users just need to swap, click and go to change out their band.

    The first fēnix is designed with a focus on female adventurers, the fēnix 5S is a sleek, smaller-sized watch. At 42mm, fēnix 5S is small and comfortable for petite wrists, without compromising any multisport features. Both stylish and functional, fēnix 5S is available in silver with either a white, turquoise or black silicone band with a mineral glass lens. The fēnix 5S Sapphire has a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and is available in black with a black band, champagne with a water resistant gray suede band or champagne with a metal band. The fēnix 5S Sapphire units also come with an extra silicone QuickFit band.

    Preloaded with TOPO US mapping, routable cycling maps and other navigation features like Round Trip Run and Round Trip Ride, the fēnix 5X measures at 51mm. With these features, users can enter how far they’d like to run or ride, and their watch will suggest appropriate courses to choose from. Users can also get at-a-glance guidance from their fēnix 5X. During an activity, easy-to-read guidance cues for upcoming turns are displayed as banners on the watch so users are always aware of their route.

    Additionally, fēnix 5X users can use the Around Me map mode to see different points of interest, waypoints and other map objects within the user’s range to help users be more aware of their surroundings. Users can configure their fēnix 5X to see data overlays on mapping screens, and to see highlight key information without having to switch screens during an activity. The fēnix 5X is available with a scratch-resistant sapphire lens.

    All of the new fēnix 5 models come preloaded with the full multisport toolset for running, hiking, swimming, biking and more that has made the fēnix line one of Garmin’s bestselling wearables. Whether users are on an adventure, or just in the gym, Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology gives users 24/7 heart rate monitoring, without needing a chest strap.

    In addition to the wide variety of sport profiles, all three fēnix 5 models have daily activity tracking, so users can wear their fēnix as a daily timepiece and a rugged training tool. Built-in navigation features include a 3-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter, as well as GPS and GLONASS support to track in more challenging environments than with GPS alone. Users can also keep their training stats right at their fingertips with a performance widget that shows training status, training load and more.

    Each of the new fēnix 5 models is water-rated to 100 meters and is built to withstand the elements with a stainless steel bezel, buttons, and rear case. The fēnix 5 can get up to two weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode and 24 hours in GPS mode. The fēnix 5X can get up to 12 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 20 hours in GPS mode. The fēnix 5S can get up to eight days in smartwatch mode and up to 13 hours in GPS mode.

    The fēnix 5, 5S and 5x will be available in Q1 2017. The fēnix 5 and fēnix 5S will have a suggested retail price of £599.99; the fēnix 5 Sapphire, fēnix 5S Sapphire and fēnix 5X will have a suggested retail price of £699.99.

    The fēnix 5 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, geocaching, golfing or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels.

    Click here for more information about other Garmin outdoor products.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • 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.

    To read more from Garmin , you can view the latest news here.

    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.

    Click the link here to read Sundried Garmin reviews.

    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.

    View our Garmin product reviews here.

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    Posted by Victoria Gardner