TomTom Running and Triathlon Watch

March 13, 2012

TomTom Runner For TriathlonFinally the long overdue wait is over. TomTom are releasing their much anticipated TomTom Runner and Multi-sport GPS watches next month to the great excitement of us here at RMT. So what can you expect these two watches to bring to the field and should you gt excited about them? Read this TomTom Runner Review to check out the most exciting features of this nifty little gadget as well as finding out how it can help your triathlon training.

Main Features

One of the main selling points of the Runner (if not the main selling point) is its incredible GPS tracking abilities. Being made by a company who have built their reputation on high accuracy gps technology we should have expected something special but the time it takes to find and lock-on to a signal surprised even us.during testing the Runner took only 15 seconds on average to find a signal which blows watches like the Garmin Forerunner 910 and the Polar RCX5 out of the water.

Another plus point against the T2 name is its battery life. At over 10 hours this is a gadgetthat can keep training for as long as you do…even if you are thinking about entering and endurance triathlon or a marathon. It takes only one hour to charge and no matter which Tom Tom review you read, they all say the same thing – the battery life is awesome!

See the page at London Triathlon for more reviews: http://www.londontri.com/325/tomtom-runner-gps-watch-review

One last point that is well worth mentioning is the watches unique user interface. Although it has been based on the Nike+ SportWatch’s interface, the T2 watch is simpler, faster and much easier to navigate around using the new style of button controls mounded on the wrist strap of the watch. Although this can take a little getting used to, you can reach every corner of the watches menu and options with at mac five clicks. If you hate messing around with technology then this is the GPS running watch for you.

So those plus points are all well and good but what about the negatives. Well unfortunately there are a few little aspects of the T2 that although don’t detract from its overall winning performance, they do make it seem slightly over priced when compared to other sports watches like the Nike+ and some entry level Forerunners.

The main down side is the online training portal. These are essential parts of the package when it comes to GPS watches as they allow the efficient and easy storage of an athletes important and essential training data. They allow athletes to keep track of vital training metrics such as total distance, time, calories and heart rate as well as tracking long term running and triathlon fitness. Sadly the MySports portal is basic and featureless at this stage in time. The guys at T2 have assured us that they are making great progress with the software and will have some amazing new features for us in a few weeks time. At the moment though they provide a very easy way to upload training data to other portals so you can continue to track your running and triathlon fitness until they sort themselves out.

That about wraps up this TomTom Runner review. Check out the T2 pages for more information, including rumors of the upcoming multi-sport version (watch this space!)

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