A fine-looking watch, GPS navigation and a heart rate monitor all packed in one ultra-useful gadget? It may sound impossible but it isn’t – TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio watch brings you all that and much more in a neat light package. A three-in-one watch designed to track multiple activities, TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio GPS watch is ideal for all sports enthusiasts who like to vary their modes of exercise and stay updated about their performance at all times.
The idea of GPS watches isn’t new, but TomTom’s latest release goes far beyond simply squeezing the GPS receiver into your wristwatch to allow you to track your exercise and plan training routes. On top of the regular watch features, including 24-hour format display and alarm option plus the GPS navigation based on latest updates from the GPS and GLONASS satellite technology, the Multi-Sport Cardio also packs an integrated optical heart rate monitoring technology from Mio which tracks changes in blood fluctuation using a light on the back of the watch, thus accurately monitoring your heart rate without the need for additional straps or sensors.
As President of the Heart Rate Watch Company Rusty Squire says, the Multi-Sport Cardio GPS watch by TomTom “will now give run, bike and swim enthusiasts the opportunity to gather all their heart rate, pace and distance data without the strap.” All you need to do is make sure the wristband is tightly fastened around your wrist, switch it on, pick your activity and you’ll get a consistent heart rate tracking in no time at all.
The Multi-Sport Cardio consists of two parts, a comfortable rubber strap with twelve sensibly spaced holes and compact and detachable watch face so you can easily switch between strap designs to match your versatile wrist-wear to your desired outfit. TomTom’s “One-button” control is located just below the watch face, making the menu navigation incredibly simple. The watch face also features a touch-sensitive strip that activates backlight, so the durable 1.37-inch screen will remain clearly visible even in the dark.
Once you’re set to start your workout, you simply open the training menu on the high-resolution LCD and choose between swimming, cycling and running, either outside or on a treadmill. Each of the three supported activities has its own menu, allowing you to customize your workout info and your target performance. For instance, in the swimming settings, you can adjust the length of the pool to the actual size, in the cycling settings, you can set your bike’s wheel size for performance tracking with utmost accuracy, and for all the activities you can set your target results in time, distance, calories burnt or any other relevant metric.
The watch provides real-time updates on all your essential workout info such as distance, pace, heart rate, stride length, calories burned and lap times and it sends audio alerts so you don’t have to waste your time checking your wrist for performance results every now and then.
In terms of battery life, the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio GPS will track some seven hours of continuous workout which is indeed impressive for a gadget of its kind. You can easily charge the battery by removing the watch face from the strap and connecting it to the USB charging stand, which also allows you to sync the device. The Multi-Sport Cardio also supports Bluetooth Smart which allows you to connect the gadget to cycling sensors like speed and cadence trackers and transfer the data wirelessly. After your workout, you can upload all the data to fitness-tracking websites like TomTom’s MySports, MapMyFitness, RunKeeper, TrainingPeaks or Strava so you can easily analyze and monitor your progress over time. The watch weighs as few as 1.8 ounces, measuring 5.8 x 3.7 x 3.7 inches and it’s is available in black/red. The package also includes a bike mount.
In case you want to keep an accurate record of your athletic performance whichever activity you opt for without the need for cumbersome heart rate monitor straps, then you should definitely check out TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio GPS sports watch. Lightweight, slim, compact and versatile, the Multi-Sport Cardio will add a new dimension to your next workout and let you track almost every move you make.
Subscribe to Jebiga for a dose of the best in gear, design, rides, tech and adventure.