Garmin Forerunner 15 Kicks Activity Trackers In The Teeth

Garmin Forerunner 15 is a new GPS watch capable of all major running metrics, indoor use and it can track 24/7 activity but here’s the catch: the distance accuracy is far greater than any of the activity trackers.

I said in a post early this year that what the activity tracker band market needed was GPS in a post I made in late 2013. Maybe somebody was listening, but anyway, here they are.

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Forerunner 15 comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes

What’s To Like?

You can use Forerunner 15 like a standard GPS running watch, to my knowledge it does not include cycling GPS features like speed expressed in miles per hour.

It has a somewhat limited memory, the claim is that it holds 7 workouts before download would be needed.

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Use Garmin Connect to get all your data including maps, distances, activity and more.

Garmin 15 has the AutoLap feature that allows you to set laps up as a specific distance, like a mile, and then receive alerts on your last mile times on screen, which is a pretty cool deal. It also has AutoPause so you can cut out the data for time wasted waiting at a stoplight.

This GPS watch also has Virtual Pacer which compares your pace in real-time to a target time, which is also a nice feature to have, along with a Run/Walk alternating feature. It can also pair up with an optional foot pod for indoor use, like on a treadmill or track.

Garmin 15 is light at 1.3 to 1.5 ounces and it is water resistant to 5 ATM with an estimated 8 hour battery life in GPS mode, which probably means more like 6 hours the way things usually work. Of course you only need GPS mode for actual exercise and the watch eats up very little battery the rest of the day while it is acting as an activity tracker.

It also provides detailed maps of your runs, hikes and more, so unlike activity tracker bands you get a real history with accurate distances.

Activity Tracking Features

Activity tracking features for Garmin 15 include steps, calories and reminders for when it is time to move if you have been inactive for too long.

You can also participate in challenges online at Garmin Connect, a user community with over 6 million users.

What Could Be Improved?

Well, just like with the Garmin Vivofit activity tracker bands with heart rate, the Forerunner 15 uses a standard Garmin heart rate monitor. The Garmin Premium soft strap is lighter, much nicer and more comfortable. Therefore, if you are going to get the version with heart rate we would recommend buying the chest strap separately.

When Are They Due Out and What Is The Price?

Garmin says the Forerunner 15’s are due out in the 2nd quarter, which isn’t real definitive since quarters last 3 months. Fortunately 5 weeks of a 12 week quarter are gone now. If we had to guess probably early June but we’ll see for sure as I should get order updates quite soon.

You can advance order the Garmin 15 right now on our website and we won’t charge you until it ships. It comes in 5 different colors, three with a smaller band for women and two for men in black and red.

Prices will be $169 for the watch unit and charger and $199 for the additional heart rate strap.

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5 Easiest To Use GPS Watches Rated By HRWC

GPS watches can be intimidating for the uninitiated but these five watches can be learned very quickly and get you out the door fast. It really all falls back on how easy and intuitive the sport menu is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn6APy-_1uU

Most people just don’t want to get trapped in an endless menu loop that requires a lot of customizing. In fact, for a lot of people if there are more than a couple buttons to push to get out there running, riding or whatever, than it just gets too complicated. I don’t blame them, I like simple, too!

Obviously there are a ton of GPS watch models out there, well over a hundred at last count, and most of them are a lot more difficult to use than those on our list.

This list is for people who crave simplicity because we see that complication can become a big problem for them when buying such a device because we have seen it first-hand.

Here is our list of the 5 easiest to use GPS fitness watches:

#1 – Suunto Ambit 2 – “Suunto does an excellent job of making menu navigation an art form because you simply hit the button at two o’clock, pick the sport and go”, says Squire. He adds, “I think is why we have such a high level of customer satisfaction with the Suunto Ambit 2″.

#2 – TomTom Multisport GPS – “With its single button joystick toggle this watch is easy to master in a few brief minutes and the menus are very intuitive and simple”, says Squire. He adds, “Both this watch and the Suunto Ambit 2 have swim, run and bike features”.

#3 – Garmin Forerunner 220 – “This is a runner’s GPS watch and it is also very easy to use”, says Squire. He adds, “Aside from charging and basic setup you can be out the door and running in no time”.

#4 – Garmin Forerunner 10 – “This watch is strictly for pace and distance data for walkers, runners and cyclists but it does not perform heart rate data”, says Squire. He adds, “For more casual exercisers that simply want pace and distance this is a good option that is very easy to use”.

#5 – Suunto Ambit 2R – “This watch is identical to the Suunto Ambit 2 but is set up for runners and adds integrated running cadence so it requires no foot pod”, says Squire. He adds, “Suunto is great at creating very easy to use and intuitive navigation menus”.

If you would like to talk to the real experts about which GPS watches are best for your needs than simply call us toll-free at 866-586-7129. We think you will appreciate talking to folks that actually test and use the products they sell.

I have personally tested all of the above watches, along with hundreds of others, so we come up with these lists based upon our experience and, while we can’t test everything, this is a really good well refined list of what is easy to use.

I hope this post helps you out in your searching.

–Rusty Squire, copyright 2014, rsquire@heartratewatchcompany.com

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Garmin VIRB Elite Films First-Ever Disabled Descent Of Little Couloir

Somedays you get to participate in stuff that is pretty amazing, the stars line-up, the weather is just right and opportunities that can disappear for years actually happen.

On April 19th lower leg amputee Kraig Kempt skied Big Sky Resort Little Couloir which is about 60 to 65 degrees on the top. No other amputee has ever skied this run, it is so exposed that few able bodied people even do it. You can touch your elbow when you are standing upright at the top, just let that sink in a little :).

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The Little Couloir at Big Sky Represents the Single Toughest Lift Served Run In The USA.

Now this run only opens a few times a year on good years and seldom opens at all on most years. It can only be described as “you fall, you die”, so it is pretty selective. I remember in 1995 Warren Miller had some skiers walk away from this run it had them so freaked out.

Oldest and First Disabled Skier – All In One Run

To my knowledge, I also became the oldest skier to ever ski it at just 2 1/2 months shy of my 56th birthday. I always joked with now deceased legendary extreme skier, Doug Coombs, about this stuff.

When he and I finished second together at the 1994 24 Hours of Aspen we talked about how, late in life, you might be able to ski slopes in degrees that equalled your age. We both agreed that 50 degrees at 50 was possible, maybe even 55 degrees at 55, but we both thought that 60 degrees at 60 was where the breaking point might be.

Now Doug, unfortunately, did not live long enough to test this theory out with me so I tested it for him, so Doug, if you are out there listening, 60 degrees at over age 55 has now been done. I want to make clear that I have no intentions of trying over 60 degrees at age 60. I’m happy to be here after that run because it was icy under foot and pretty darn sketchy in the top portion as evidenced by the lack of skiing downhill at the top.

Kraig Kempt – First-Ever Disabled Descent Of Little Couloir

Kraig is a former ski coach, started the Free Ride team at Big Sky and lost his lower leg following a double compound fracture and subsequent bone infection. He tried to save the leg for over two years and almost died from the horrific effects of the infection.

Now Kraig is like a “born-again” skier and is just so excited to be back in the mountains he loves.

This Spring, Kraig and I have skied all the steepest runs available at Big Sky including Big Couloir, Little Couloir, Three Forks, Double Direct, the Gullies and more. Having skied the whole country over, including Jackson, Snowbird, Aspen Highlands and about every major resort you can name, I can tell you from first-hand experience that this is the gnarliest lift served terrain anywhere in North America, including Whistler, or anyplace else.

I’m not going to make a terribly long post here because I documented the whole thing on my Garmin fenix 2 GPS watch and on the Garmin VIRB Elite action camera and, well you know – a picture speaks a thousand words.

Warning, don’t try this at home, not that you could. However, we don’t want to encourage anyone to attempt this kind of thing unless they have spent a lifetime preparing for it. Even if you have, it is still very dangerous.

If we would have gotten hurt everybody would have said, “What a bunch of idiots”, but fortunately we did not.

–Rusty Squire, copyright 2014, rsquire@heartratewatchcompany.com

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Best 5 GPS Watches For 2014

O.K., so everybody wants to know – what is the best GPS sports watch for me? Well, the answer is, it depends. It depends upon your particular use, sports, if you need navigation, do you want Bluetooth data transfer, how much battery life your need and a whole host of questions too lengthy to elaborate upon in a brief article.

This is why we always recommend that people call us at 866-586-7129. You can get more done in 10 minutes on the phone than you can in hours worth of e-mailing, texting, or generally avoiding verbal communication. I can talk way faster than I can type, and so can you. The problem with doing a top 5 is that some watches are great for one thing, while others are better for another. Fortunately, over the past several years, GPS watches have evolved to the point where most watches can accommodate several, if not all, sports done outdoors. Most GPS watches even have an indoor mode where they can be used as traditional heart rate monitors. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BATTERY Most GPS watches won’t last for a full day. This is because they are usually triangulating multiple satellites at one second recording intervals and laying down a geo-cached bread crumb trail of your location. This activity takes a lot of juice, which explains why most GPS watches use a ton more battery power than a standard heart rate monitor. Thus, most GPS watches use rechargeable lithium ion batteries as opposed to the lithium coin cell batteries that many heart rate monitor use. O.K., so now you perhaps know more about GPS watches than when we started, so I’ll jump in to out top 5 for the year of 2014. #1 – Garmin fenix 2 – I love this watch, I love it, I love it, I love it and I’m not normally a

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guy that repeats himself. Just scroll down and look at the post I did on skiing at Big Sky resort. The maps were awesome, the elevation charting was awesome, the heart rate data was awesome and I even used it to remote control my Garmin VIRB Elite helmet camera. Not too shabby for a guy who was born long before computers were even mainstream. What I like about the Garmin fenix 2 is the fact that it adopted all the advanced running features of Garmin’s revolutionary Forerunner 620. It also has a barometric altimeter, a 3-D compass, 1,00 waypoint markings, Backtrack navigation on screen, sunrise/sunset calendars, moonrise/moonset calendars, hunting/fishing calendars, does laps and strokes in the pool and can do just about everything besides giving you a back massage. It’s killer, it’s my “go-to” watch and, yes, it is what i have on my wrist right now. It is much more intuitive to use and has a better sports menu than the original Garmin fenix, and, while it might not be as perfectly intuitive as the Suunto Ambit 2, it is a darn big improvement. #2 Polar V800 – Polar V800 is Polar’s new Bluetooth Smart version of their long course

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Polar V800 has Bluetooth Smart, gets heart rate in the water and is the best “go to” option for triathlon.

triathlon watch. Swim, run, bike and this baby has got you covered with extraordinary data including heart rate in the water, which none of its competitors can do. Polar is the best with heart rate data and they migrated their R and R heart rate, or heart rate variability, into this new watch from what was their Polar RS800CX – Polar’s former best-in-class watch. They are also the most accurate in calorie testing compared with a true VO2 test, so we like their products a lot because years in the trenches do matter. Yeah, they haven’t kept up with the latest “cutting edge” stuff like most of the newer players, but that is not always a bad thing because they don’t make as many big mistakes once they do commit to a direction. They committed to Bluetooth Smart and, quite frankly, have done it better than the majority of other players. #3 – Suunto Ambit 2 – What is to like about the Ambit 23 is sheer simplicity, Suunto is

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good at intuitive and there is not a giant learning curve to learn how to use their watches. They also have nicer daily watch styling and their Suunto Ambit 2 Sapphire is the most durable GPS watch ever made. Altimeter, barometer, 3-D compass, trackback navigation, waypoints, loads of sports, swim functions, bike, run and you name it – this watch has it. About the only thing the Suunto Ambit 2 lacks is Bluetooth Smart, which for the mobile generation is a big deal, but it makes up for this with its ease of use. #4 – TomTom Multisport Cardio – TomTom GPS watches are to be admired for their

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This watch uses an optical blood flow sensor to obtain heart rate from the watch unit.

super simplicity and ease of use. Now add in the new optical blood flow reading which requires no strap and you have a watch well worthy of consideration, especially by the strap averse. Be warned, however, in that these wrist straps must, I repeat must, be worn snugly for the heart rate to be accurate. #5 – Garmin Forerunner 620 – This is the best ever running watch ever made, period, no if, ands or buts about it. Garmin created some accelerometer technology in the chest strap that allows run cadence, with no foot pod, plus run oscillation (stride bounce) and ground foot contact time/ These are all important

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biomechanical aspects for runners, so knowing this data can help you improve your running by helping you adjust your stride technique. Of course the touch screen, customizable data fields and more make this watch the one that everyone else is aspiring to be. Add Wifi and Bluetooth Smart and you’ve got an uber-running watch. TALK TO THE EXPERTS If you want to discuss any of these products you can always call us at 866-586-7129. Over and out. –Rusty Squire, copyright 2014, rsquire@heartratewatchcompany.com

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Garmin Edge 1000

Garmin Edge 1000 is the revolutionary new bike computer from the folks at Garmin and will be their flagship for 2014 with features nobody else can match.

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Garmin Edge 1000 offers a handlebar remote control for safer riding.

I really, really like this feature a lot because you can control the bike computer with both hands firmly affixed to the handlebars with no need to remove a hand to touch the Edge 1000 screen. Being able to change screens and view different data while never removing your hands from the bars is a real big safety plus.

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Edge 1000 has a screen that is much larger than the old Edge 810 and much higher resolution which should make it the best bike computer going in bright sunlight conditions for readability.

Know Exactly What Gear You Are In

This is a super useful feature for both climbers and sprinters alike but you have to be using electronic shifting with Bluetooth Smart like the Shimano Di2 for this feature to work.

Bluetooth Low Energy and Wifi

Edge 1000 has both Bluetooth Low Energy, for communication with Smartphones, and Wifi for fast wireless data transfer to a PC.

Garmin Connect Segments Feature

The new Garmin Connect Segments feature is Garmin’s answer to Strava. Now you can race your own best time, o those of others, on various courses around the world and since Garmin Connect has over 6 million worldwide users it should not be hard to find a challenge.

New Speed and Cadence Sensors

These new speed and cadence sensors are really cool. First, they use accelerometers and have been separated into two different sensors. The speed sensor is actually hub mounted in the front and the cadence sensor simply goes around the crank arm so there is nothing to mount on your frame any longer.

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The new Garmin speed and cadence sensors use accelerometers and do not have to be mounted to the bike frame.

Connect To Tons of Different Garmin Sensors, Even Cameras

Sync all your metrics to live footage of you riding. Mount a Garmin VIRB camera on the rear triangle pointing forward and get an excellent assessment of your pedal stroke, ankling and overall pedalling technique for analysis or to send to a coach.

Real-Time Weather Reporting and Data Sharing

Just like the original Garmin 810 you can receive real-time weather updates and even share your data in real-time, including map locations, with coaches or loved one.

All in all the new Garmin Edge 1000 is undoubtedly the best bike computer ever made and it just flat out does a lot more stuff than any other bike computer. I’ve been waiting to upgrade my bike computer ever since the Edge 800 and I think now it is time, there is just too much cool stuff here.

I’m not one for doing terribly long-winded reviews, so we’ll leave it at this.

–Rusty Squire, copyright 2014, rsquire@heartratewatchcompany.com

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Garmin fenix 2 and VIRB Elite Test America’s Biggest Skiing

Garmin fenix 2 and Garmin VIRB Elite action camera were taken to Big Sky, Montana, America’s biggest ski resort for testing skiing some of the best steep skiing terrain in America.

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Awesome lines from the summit of Big Sky all tracked by Garmin fenix 2

For me this was an absolute blast. Big Sky has been my stomping grounds for over 30 years but this type of technology has never existed before, meaning the ability to map it, film it and share it.

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The Garmin fenix 2 very accurately mapped our ski routes.

The day started off with gray, overcast and about 25 degrees. I caught the tram right and found a snowboarder to be the first sign out for the Big Couloir, a 45 degree chute that drops from just over 11,000 feet back down to the tram base station at about 9,800 feet. The snow was knee deep which was a big change from the 2 inches on the lower mountain.

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Following the Big Couloir run I did two laps of the 3rd Gully. The 3rd Gully drops back into the Bowl area and tips up to about 40 degrees. I hooked up with Frank Silva over lunch and we departed for the tram to do two laps of the North Summit Snowfield and then into a nice steep chute called Double Direct that was loaded up with powder. Frank and I finished 2nd place twice in the Power 8 National Championships and 5th in the World’s together, so it was great to ski with my old friend again. I’m not going to overly bore you with the details of the day. Instead, I’ll share the maps, heart rate statistics and video with you.

Heart Rate

Skiing steep terrain is a lot harder work than many people think. The steeper the terrain the more G forces you pull in every turn. My peak heart rate was right up close to 180 when skiing the Big Couloir, the steepest skiing of the day, and I’m almost 56 years old so this means I was exceeding my age based estimates by a good 15 beats per minute.

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Garmin fenix 2 mapped out the heart rate data for all routes skied for the day.

I only point this out because I always tell our customers not to rely on age-based calculations when they have anecdotal empirical evidence that would suggest their maximum heart rate is higher. Since most of the day was spent above 9,000 feet even my low heart rate figures were in the 120 range, so a hard day of skiing gives you more of a workout than many might think, especially if you are skiing hard. For me this day was a thrill because I only have so many year’s left of skiing this type of terrain.

I hope you all enjoy this little post, two weeks of skiing left. The Garmin fenix 2 and Garmin VIRB Elite performed phenomenally and I am so excited about the new Garmin products this year.

–Rusty Squire, copyright 2014, rsquire@heartratewatchcompany.com

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Activity Tracker Bands – Why Heart Rate Makes Them More Accurate

Activity tracker bands, like FitBit, Nike Fuel, Jawbone and others only track motion, whereas activity trackers like Polar Loop and Garmin Vivofit track motion and heart rate.

Heart rate is absolutely 100% the only way to go with these devices because those using

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Garmin Vivofit adds greater accuracy tracking activity when the wrist is not moving thanks to heart rate.

just motion are giving you, the consumer, errant readings on activity levels. We have proven this repeatedly with multiple testings and step counts are coming out 1,000 to as much as 2,000 steps per day high.

Why is this? I was using an activity tracker the other day and I brushed my teeth with the wrist my activity tracker was on and all of a sudden, miraculously I had taken 150 steps where in reality I took no steps. Scratch my arom, scratch the back of my head, swing my arm at my desk and voila, more steps appear when I took no steps.

Too Much Credit For Activity and Then Too Little Credit

So, if I ride a stationary bike for an hour, or do a spin class, my activity band gives me

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Polar Loop and Garmin Vivofit can cover spinning classes thanks to heart rate.

about the same amount of credit as if I was just sitting at my desk at work. Why? Well, it is because it senses no wrist movement. The methods are all flawed here because how hard you are working has everything to do with how hard your heart is working and 99% of the activity trackers on the market do not measure this.

While I may be getting too much activity credit for brushing my teeth I am getting way too little activity credit for riding my bike for an hour. In other words, the method of measurement, wrist movement, is a flawed method for measuring anything accurately.

Garmin Viviofit and Polar Loop

I have said for quite a while now that the only activity trackers our company will carry are the ones that measure heart rate like the Polar Loop and Garmin Vivofit. Why? Because the rest of the market is ripping off the consumer with devices whose methodologies are flawed, dramatically flawed.

I don’t care how well your device interfaces with your phone or how nifty their software is if all the data going into the cool software is flawed. Garbage in, garbage out, it is really that simple.

What I Told Wall Street

I occasionally consult with investment banks regarding fitness technology and did so in the past week. What I told the investment bankers was pretty much the same thing I have told you above.

They wanted to know what the wearables market was like and who would win. Even though the wearables market are the more casual fitness enthusiasts they don’t want to buy products that lack for accuracy but, that is what they have done in droves. The next evolution of this marketplace has to include better technology for more accurate measurement.

Heart rate was the obvious place to start so Polar and Garmin got it right. In the future, these small bands could even potentially contain GPS hardware as they already have, in most cases, lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. This will make distance tracking accurate. Making step tracking more accurate will require a recalibration of how these sensors work.

Why Testing The Products Is Essential

A lot of these “Johnny-come-lately” companies, like FitBit, don’t have decades of experience in the human performance laboratory settings like Polar, Garmin or Suunto do. Nor have they taken advantage of this practice to make an effort to make their products more accurate.

Since most of these products have no stride length calibration they assume that a 4 foot 10 inch woman has the same stride length as a 6 foot 6 inch man, which is preposterous. Thus, the distances they measure are not accurate.

Heart Rate Is The Best Solution – How To Use It

Use an activity tracker with heart rate for your real daily workout. If you walk, run, bike then simply put the heart rate strap on. I would not recommend wearing it all day long but it will give you a better indication of how hard you exercised when you are riding a stationary bike for instance.

I would subtract about 1,000 to 2,000 steps per day from existing activity tracker bands, so if your goal is 10,000 steps than make sure you legitimately hit 11,000 to 12,000 on the band. In my testing the numbers I generally got each day were at least this high to the reality.

What I Do Like

I do like the fact that these products are indeed making people more conscious of their activity, that’s a good start. However, the activity tracker band market is very large and most of the products are quite inferior to your standard GPS watch, or heart rate monitor with a calibrated foot pod, when it comes to accuracy which is why we strongly recommend Polar Loop and Garmin Vivofit. They are the only trackers we will carry until the industry evolves further and creates better products.

–Rusty Squire, copyright 2014, rsquire@heartratewatchcompany.com

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Hi, it has been a while since I’ve posted to the blog. We have been very, very busy building our new website which is going to take the Heart Rate Watch Company to a whole new level.

It takes hundreds, if not thousands, of hours to build a new website and we are really pleased with the results we are getting with our new Magento site which should launch in April. Why I went on my first vacation in 5 years in the midst of such a massive project is still a mystery, but I needed it.

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Our new website is going to allow anybody, not just customers, to share our website, our blog and our products with their friends on social networks and get paid well for doing it. We’ll track all your sales and anytime a friend you have shared with socially buys from our website you will earn credit.

For serious bloggers and website owners you can even get paid cash once those credits exceed $500, so this is pretty cool and should help expand our universe.

Hawaii and Garmin VIRB Elite HD Camera

I went to Kauai recently for 8 days with my wife Elaine and two daughters, Amanda and Danielle. The daughters and I had a bunch of fun making videos of snorkeling, boat touring the Napali Coast, dolphins, whales, a Hawaiian monk seal and anything we could find worth filming. There is even a 320 foot waterfall in our Napali Coast hiking video at the end.

I’ve installed a bunch of those videos here for you to check out. The little Garmin VIRB Elite camera really did a nice job capturing the action and, if you have never been to Kauai, it is my favorite Hawaiian island and I highly recommend it.

Enjoy,

—Rusty Squire, copyright 2014, rsquire@heartratewatchcompany.com

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Garmin fenix 2 – The Super Watch

Garmin fenix 2 was announced this past week and we have been busy building our new Heart Rate Watch Company website so I did not have a lot of time to pay attention but I reviewed it very carefully on Sunday. At first blush it looks pretty damn cool.

Looks are identical to the Garmin Tactix, not 100% sure why Garmin went with the black screen although my Tactix is very readable (been testing it for 6 weeks now) even in bright sunlight so unlike black screens of days gone by this is not the concern it used to be.

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Garmin fenix 2 performer bundle adds the HRM-Run strap to offer advanced running and fitness features

What’s To Like?

Garmin decided to used their Bluetooth Smart from previous watches in the same shell – the original fenix, Tactix, along with their pilot and boating watches – to gain access over your phone and even display your text messages on the watch screen. That’s pretty cool for youngsters that have eyes that focus like a microscope but may not work so slick for the over 45 set that has near vision issues. It’ll be great if you are the type that can read really small font but if you can’t you’re probably going to be left out on this.

Garmin calls this new feature Smart Notification but your iPhone 4S or later is going to have to be along with you for it to work because it depends upon the watch and the phone talking to one another in close proximity.

Swim Features

Garmin fenix 2 adds all the swim features that are available in the Garmin Swim watch and the Garmin Forerunner 910XT, so it is going to be pretty handy for pool swimmers but it is going to be large enough so you feel it because it is twice the weight and not as thinly profiled as the Garmin Swim watch.

More Advanced Snow Sports Features

For skiing and boarding this watch should be the big-ticket. Ski-Board mode puts speed, distance, vertical drop and an automatic run counter (with Auto Pause for the lift line) and more at your fingertips.

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Garmin fenix 2 can remote control Garmin VIRB elite action cameras and share data. You can also use fenix 2 with the Tempe sensor for temperature and any of Garmin’s run and bike sensors.

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Built-in GPS and connection to sensors with on screen heart rate, speed, distance and other data – cool!

Size

This is still a big watch, 3 ounces and rather thick, so we still don’t think this watch is ever going to appeal to the ladies, sorry ladies. Once they figure out how to nano this type of technology further and get it down under 2 ounces and lose about 40% of the size then there will be a ladies alternative. Until then there just is not a good option.

The Sports Features

This is where the watch gets really interesting. As many of you know Garmin came out with their super-duper running watch called the Garmin 620 this past December. It featured things like Vertical oscillation (bounce), ground foot contact time, VO2 max estimates based upon heart rate variability, predicted race times and more. Well, fenix 2 is going to have all of those features.

This sets fenix 2 up to be the new watch of choice for ultra-marathoners thanks to its extra long battery life. With its best-in-class navigation features and the ability to do about every outdoor sport known to man its a pretty good choice for everyone from mountaineers to snow sports enthusiasts to traditional endurance sports.

Learning Curve

Garmin fenix has a bit longer learning curve and is slightly less intuitive on menu navigation than the Suunto Ambit 2 series. That being said it is worth the effort once you can dig into all its features and for navigation it has no peers but its going to take you a couple of weeks to master it.

Guys we’ve had using the original fenix and Tactix in the military have said these watches are absolutely indispensable.

Our Take

All the critique aside this is still going to be one hell of a watch and for the right user, generally a guy with ultra ambitions at any sport and the go all day mentality it will be a really sweet product.

Combine Garmin fenix 2 with a Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure kit for portable recharging and there really isn’t an outdoor sport you can’t conquer from multi-day sports to conquering Mount Everest.

Definitely get the Performer Bundle for $449 because it adds the HRM-Run chest strap that was originally designed for the Garmin Forerunner 620 and adds all the advanced running and body measurement features that have made this watch such a hit with runners. Otherwise the HRM-Run strap is a $99 item but its only $50 when you buy it in the Performer Bundle.

We’ll definitely update our thought further when we put one through the paces in late March but for now this really does look like the real deal and a next level advancement for GPS watches for outdoor athletes.

– Rusty Squire, copyright 2014, rsquire@heartratewatchcompany.com

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Our New Website – Get Paid For Referring Your Social Friends

I apologize that I have not written a blog post in a couple weeks. We are working on launching a new website and the new features, better navigation and layout along with social sharing features should take our company to a whole new level.

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Making money and earning credit with Heart Rate Watch Company is easy.

Make Money With Heart Rate Watch Company

Every single customer, and even just visitors, of the Heart Rate Watch Company can make money automatically by referring their friends to the Heart Rate Watch Company. For every purchase your friends make you get 10% and you even get credit if your friends refer their friends, meaning it goes two layers deep into your social network because it is your friends and then all of their friends, too!

All your credits are tracked and displayed and you earn 10% credit on every new customer’s purchases for up to 180 days.

The new website should be up and totally functional by the first week of March.
The site will feature easier navigation and category layout along with a much cleaner design. All new products and products that are on sale will be labeled over the product photo with a flyer so they are easy to identify.

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The new website is bigger, bolder, cleaner and more navigation is image driven.

I’ve included a couple of screenshots from the new website so you can get an idea of our new look.

All in all we are very excited but this has been an enormous project.

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Both new and on sale products are clearly marked and you can access our featured technology section right from the homepage.

New, Faster Shipping, Saturday Deliveries

We decided to make changes in our shipping, too. Ou free shipping is now 2-day shipping for 95% of the USA and then will only costs $9.95 for products under $50. This means we have faster free shipping than all of our competition. Plus, thanks to US Postal, we will also have tracking and Saturday delivery with no extra charge like the other shippers have.

A few years ago we did not think US Postal was competitive, or reliable enough, but thanks to a lot of initiatives it allows us to deliver faster shipping, Saturday deliveries and better service at a lower cost.

We are super psyched to start letting all our existing customers earn free products by introducing all of their friends to the Heart Rate Watch Company. All the details will be on the Help and Affiliate tab at the top of the website. There is no purchase necessary to share our pages with your network so in reality you do not even have to be a customer to earn credits toward free products.

–Rusty Squire, copyright 2014, rsquire@heartratewatchcompany.com

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