Tomtom Spark Xlab Tor­pedo Versa 500 Versa 200

$200 GPS-ONLY MODEL $250 UNIT WITH MU­SIC PLAYER $300 WITH HEART RATE MON­I­TOR BUILT-IN $200 $113 ALU­MINUM MOUNT­ING PLATE AND NY­LON COM­POS­ITE CAGE

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES -

The Tomtom Spark is a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade for triath­letes from the Car­dio, last year’s bud­get-con­scious unit. The head­line fea­ture of the Spark is the abil­ity to play mu­sic. The Spark fea­tures three gigs of mu­sic stor­age, or about 500 songs, and you can eas­ily add playlists from itunes. It con­nects to any Blue­tooth player, in­clud­ing head­phones or a speaker. Ad­di­tional no­table up­grades in­clude: a sharper mono­chrome screen that sports a large, easy-to-read lay­out and the abil­ity to track swim dis­tances in the pool via an ac­celerom­e­ter. You can also track your met­rics on the run.

The Spark can also dou­ble as a 24-7 de­vice, keep­ing tabs on steps, work­outs and even sleep. When used as a watch, the Spark can op­er­ate for four weeks on a charge. It gets about two weeks with ac­tiv­ity track­ing on, and about five hours of con­tin­u­ous GPS and mu­sic play­back. Post work­out, data is eas­ily up­loaded to Strava, Train­ing­peaks or to Mys­ports, Tomtom’s pro­pri­etary train­ing site. Xlab has up­dated the Tor­pedo Versa with two sig­nif­i­cant changes. The new car­bon plate base, which comes in two de­signs (Tribal and Air­flow), can ac­com­mo­date ex­ten­sion widths from 75–150 mm. Even over bumpy roads the car­bon Tor­pedo cage stays put and won’t rat­tle and, thanks to the sealed and leak-proof Tor­pedo 26 oz. bot­tle, riders won’t get sprayed with its con­tents. A flex­i­ble straw with bite valve al­lows for easy drink­ing even while stay­ing aero. Our favourite ad­just­ment is the tele­scop­ing Garmin mount, which al­lows riders to tweak po­si­tion as needed even while rid­ing.

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