Fit for ac­tion

Rod Ch­ester and Alex Kid­man put the lat­est fi tness gad­gets through their paces

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

GARMIN VIVOFIT

$ 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.

VT3 GOLFBUDDY

$ 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.

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