For a long time, I’ve needed a new training and racing watch but I just haven’t pulled the trigger.
After noodling around on the web the last couple of days, looking for the right product, I now am clearer as to why.
What I need, it would seem, doesn’t exist. Can that be true? Help me out my sports techie friends!
This is what I need, and for very specific reasons:
1. Polar compatible… Meaning, it has to receive heart rate from a Polar strap (need that to work with my bike’s power meter).
2. Low profile. It has to fit under a wetsuit sleeve.
3. Waterproof. I’m leery about it being merely water resistant since I’m going to be swimming with it.
4. Built-in GPS — no foot pods. Specific use is to get running pace.
Right off the bat, all Garmin products are out. They use only Garmin straps, which is unfortunate since they’re the industry leader in GPS.
Note that the unit is waterproofed, however only to IPX7 standards – which is the not-so-great standard that many of the running-specific watches that Garmin has are also waterproofed to. IPX7 defines waterproofing as up to 1 meter deep (3 ft.) for up to 30 minutes. This means that while you can take a shower with it, run in the rain, and even spend some time floating in the pool – you shouldn’t swim laps with it since the unit isn’t designed to handle the constant whacking on the water (like all of the Garmin non-triathlon Forerunners). Polar has confirmed with me that will not be recommending folks swim with the watch.
I can’t believe that a multisport watch that goes for $300 isn’t suitable for swimming.
There has to be such a watch out there, right? I can’t be the only one with such requirements.