Who is running much, white: annoying chest strap for heart rate measurement. TomTom has packed in the runner cardio in a watch sothe necessary technology. What is good for the runner Smartwatch?For it I went not only to the running track.
My first thought when that was TomTom runner cardio: “Whoa, is clunky”. And that’s also really – at least visually the GPS clock. The scale will display but only 63 grams and wrist she does not interfere with the training surprisingly.
For the training, not for everyday use
This much is clear: the cardio runner, TomTom has developed clearly only as a training device. I would at least the GPS watch all day long wearing, since other Fitnesstracker in the long term are more comfortable. The wide bracelet has many closely adjacent rows of holes so that the clock precisely attach can be on the wrist. The pulse measurement to work, she must firmly apply, should not express but also, what worked well for me in the test. To anticipate it: the cardio runner running nor when riding a bike or swimming bothered me.So be a training companion.
The runner cardio has a 2.2 x 2.5 cm-large display with multiple grey levels. It is not a touch screen only responds to touch the right edge. There I turn on the lights if necessary. It is operated via a keyboard below the screen. More than left, right, up and down is not available. The menu is but clear, so I already five minutes out of the boxreasonably well have mastered it. Only to find out how I do stop ameasurement, it slightly longer takes. Here’s how: simply the left button – quasi not just press the back button – but keep it for a few seconds.
The connection to the GPS satellites was after less than a minute, soI just had to wait before jogging to lose any data. It is still important that you turn the heart rate monitor at least once by hand. Don’t worry, it does not permanently charged the battery, but will only be active when you start a recording. That has even started, you must cancel it otherwise – I the first round – and turn the heart rate measurement in the menu.
Always well informed
The clock indicates either the pulse frequency, the elapsed time, thedistance traveled, pace, time, the theoretically consumed calories and the intensity range on the display where you just go. So you have the desired information quickly in sight. While jogging in short time to look at the runner cardio not brought me out of the rhythm. The intensity areas are calculated from your personal data. You can the boundaries for “easy, tempo, speed, fitness, endurance and Sprint” adapt but also by hand. Training requirements can be on the basis of objectives (distance, time or calories burned), set intervals, rounds or time and speed zones. Also the ability to compete against your own old race data and beat yourself provides motivation. Thatoffer other Garmin fitness watches and polar also.
Good for Studio visitors. The runner cardio can use not only while jogging outdoors, but also on the treadmill. You turn on the same activity mode, it collects all data, but leaves off the GPS tracking andprotects so the battery. Indoors, the position determination via satellite works anyway only heavily restricted.
The recorded tracks are consistent with Google maps. Otherwise, the data in itself had a logical and plausible. The pulse measurementworked despite the many movement and the obligatory sweating this summer weather without interruption. At the gear fit Samsung I had to keep quiet the arm, however, to measure my pulse.
Data exchange is possible with other portals
The battery of the runner cardio should be powered-on GPS and heart rate monitor hang on for eight hours. For my sporting activities that completely adequate. In clock mode, the power consumptionthanks to the economical display is minimal. You need the USB cable supplied with adapter to recharge the battery. Just looking at themechanism then the clock can be easily “clip” and remove. There isstill room for improvement.
Important: With the adapter, you recharge the battery, not only, butmanages the cardio runner related software “TomTom MySports connect”, which is available for Windows and OS X to download. In addition you will broadcast that they graphically appealing manner over the measured data to the TomTom MySports portal. Significantly more convenient, I think the data synchronization via Bluetooth. This works but only with iOS devices. The Android app should be available according to TomTom but still in August 2014 play store.
The activity data are also available in various file formats (.tcx, .kml,.gpx and. fit) ready and may be transmitted in many other programs. Uses your Runkeeper, Milokopi, Endomondo, Trainnigspeaks orMapMyFitness, you can the runner cardio set so that it transmits your data directly to these portals. You must use not so compulsoryMySports from TomTom, but can stay in your community.
Perfect for triathletes
In addition to the runner cardio TomTom offers even the multisportcardio. It is visually and the technical data of the same, has the onlyother software. It is able to prepare the data not only for running routes, but to measure reliably the cycling and swimming. In addition, she captured an additional meter still Cadence cycling – if you want that because. For this reason, I have made a small Triathlon withthe runner cardio and can confirm that the clock on the bike and inthe water reliably measures the pulse and don’t mind on the wrist.The test unit prepared the data but only for runners – what showedlaudable values while cycling and swimming looked like I would becrawled across the floor.
Conclusion: A comfortable companion
The MSRP for the TomTom cardio runner is located at 269 euros, the multi sport variant for swimming and cycling will cost $299. There are both without a heart rate measurement function as pure GPS version, 169 and $199. Expensive? Not really. The top models of polar and Garmin cost now around 400 euros.
Who wants to keep his pulse in the eye during practice, is a good alternative to the chest strap – always a bracelet belongs to the reading of measured data in the cardio runner. The clunky-looking clocksits more comfortably than expected and delivers reliable measurement data – use will be comfortable hopefully soon also for ownersof Android smartphones.
So far, the cardio runner is however already far smarter than manycomparable models of the established runner brand Garmin and polar, measure the solid GPS and heart rate zones, but the export ofamount of collected data allow many other portals, nor have a sophisticated, uncluttered software. A big plus in terms of comfort is that the annoying chest strap falls away, especially for men.
I would put 30 euros more on the table and buy the multi-sport version. Then it works also with the Triathlon!
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