220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

£135 De­vel­oped with Swim Smooth, this vir­tual swim coach has a bone con­duc­tion ear­piece (noth­ing goes in your ears) and clips onto your gog­gles. At the back you at­tach the sen­sor, which on this pre­mium ver­sion has GPS for out­doors and an ac­celerom­e­ter for pool train­ing, while the bone con­duc­tion unit goes on your tem­ple. It’s re­mark­able how well it stays in place, and you wouldn’t know it was there. Af­ter down­load­ing the app you can de­vise your own ses­sions, pull in oth­ers and even share it all on Strava. Pace, dis­tance and progress are all re­ported as you swim, it can nav­i­gate open-wa­ter cour­ses, and we found it use­ful for pac­ing reps evenly. If the Mar­lin ever gets an up­date we’d like to see slightly more in­tu­itive but­tons, or more of them, as hold­ing down to change modes can get con­fus­ing; and per­haps some voice op­tions, as the ‘coach’ is pretty ro­botic!­lin

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