Fit for action
Rod Chester and Alex Kidman put the latest fi tness gadgets through their paces
FORERUNNER 220 GARMIN
$ 329, garmin. com/ au
FOR most runners, this watch should be at the top of their wishlist. It’s waterproof to 50m and will wirelessly send details of your runs straight to your smartphone. A real advantage over its competitors is the built- in accelerometer which tracks pace and distance when you run on a treadmill or go through a tunnel. It locates a GPS signal faster than most watches we’ve tried and the battery will go for six weeks with GPS off or 10 hours of training between charges.
$ 149, garmin. com/ au/
GARMIN, a long- time leader in GPS devices for active types, makes the move into the activity tracker market. Garmin’s version has a battery that lasts a year. It’s waterproof, has a built- in screen, and it syncs to your phone with Bluetooth. The downside is, as with all wrist- based activity trackers, it doesn’t do a good job of tracking activities such as cycling where arms are still. If you don’t move for an hour, you get a prompt to get going.
$ 319, www. golfbuddy. com
GOLFBUDDY’S VT3 is a touchscreen GPSenabled golf watch that also works from a belt clip, with in- built voice and with details of more than 1100 courses in Australia and 37,000 globally. It simply locks on to the course as you approach it and tells you what you need to know about each hole. The touchscreen isn’t super sensitive, but works adequately. The voice is a little robotic, but could be the ideal thing to “accidentally” put your competitors off if you “accidentally” put it up too high, not that we’re suggesting you do that.
CYCLO 500 MAGELLAN $ 379, harveynorman. com. au magellangps. com. au
TYPICALLY, hi- tech gadgets aimed at cyclists record data such as distance, speed and cadence, but that’s not enough for some folks. Think of the Cyclo 500 as the bike equivalent of the GPS unit in your car. You can jump on your bike and hit “surprise me” to fi nd a suggested cycling route for a time period you plan to pedal. Perhaps more commonly used are the Dashboard mode that gives you speed and distance and Navigate which will help you get home. It has a three- inch screen, is water resistant and will go 12 hours between charges.