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Old 08-13-2013
Talvi Talvi is offline
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Default The new TomTom GPS Multi Sport

Anyone any experience of this?? http://www.tomtom.com/en_gb/products...ort-gps-watch/

It's just been "released" in the UK (it can be got through Halfords apparently!)

From what I can gather on the TomTom forums though there are serios "flaws" regarding open water use (it doesn't seem to work!). Regarding pool use while one person reckons it works flawlessly indoors another reckons it doesn't work at all!!

It so close to being perfect ... I am so tempted!

Help!! :D

p.s the HR monitor doesn't work in the water (they used the wrong Bluetooth frequency!)
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Old 08-15-2013
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After hours of exchanges on the TomTom forum, at present anyway, I have found that the watch is currently no more than a lap counter, and one with highly variable accuracy even in that. For similar functionality the SportCount would seem a better bet (for swimmers that is).
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Old 08-31-2013
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I brought a Garmin 910. I thought it was a bit over the top at first. But now i love it. The SWOLF score is invaluable as a feedback to my technique. And the lap counter is great when doing 1500.
I tried it once in open water and it worked well. The other modes, bike, run and other are good too.
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Old 08-31-2013
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I brought a Garmin 910. I thought it was a bit over the top at first. ...
Thanks Tim, your comment really nails it for me. I haven't actually read a single negative review on the 910, not even a negative comment, but it seems like it's for pros and I feel like such a newbie!

I've only recently had my "swim-epiphany", so I'm still trying to get a fix on my being able to swim. I still can't quite believe I swam a mile. A lifetime ago it feels now, I had wanted a watch to "measure progress", as I saw it then, and to encourage me to keep on hitting my head against the wall. Now though I am wondering if such a device would/could help with my technique through providing feedback on my performance.

The SWOLF score seems important, but if I swim with a focus on skating (extending the skate as long as possible before the "drop-off and stall" happens) would the SWOLF score reflect the efficiency in this? I guess it would but I can't quite get my head around it.

The other question I have concerns its reliability. My practice is "irregular". I am wriggling about in my technique seeking a better fit. Does the 910 need things like firm push offs or any other "special" techniques to register laps correctly have you found?

I guess I'll never know if I don't try it!
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Old 09-28-2013
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fwiw I got the 910 ! :) The first thing I found was how light and comfortable it feels on my wrist. That was really unexpected. I have another GPS watch which is both smaller and lighter but that actually feels heavier! The unit I received had issues. However, again unexpectedly, Garmin (in Finland anyway) provides stellar support I've found. They arranged for me to send it back for replacement - postage free. Can't wait to get it in the pool (the lake may be a bit chilly now - 10')!
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