April 3, 2009 Garmin have announced the release of two updated Forerunner fitness watches, the 310XT and the 405CX, just in time for the world-class marathons in Paris and Boston. Both watches come equipped with the latest GPS technology and can be synced wirelessly with compatible fitness devices, Garmin heart rate monitors and the user’s PC or Mac so you can automatically download workout data.
The Forerunner 310XT provides the user with up to 20 hours of battery life which will suit endurance cyclists and runners and swimmers will appreciate the fact that the watch is waterproof to 50 meters. The watch is streamlined and slim but the large, bright display with intuitive buttons allows you to check your performance easily. Vibration alerts and audible signals let you know when certain goals have been reached.
Users will be able to track their speed, distance and location as well as determining their calorie computation based on their heart rate. The GPS receiver is quick to acquire and keep information and the speed and pace of the workout can be adjusted without having to stop. The watch logs transition times and analyzes multisport activities within one workout which will appeal to those about to enter a triathlon.
The watch syncs with the user’s computer when in close proximity and workout goals can be sent to the watch prior to the workout and progress can be checked when the user has finished. An optional speed/cadence bicycle sensor assists cyclists to keep an eye on their pedaling strokes and speed. The Forerunner 310XT uses ANT+ wireless technology which the company reports uses less power than some other wireless providers.
“The waterproof Forerunner 310XT is the evolution of the iconic Forerunner 305, building off of what users love and introducing key benefits they’ve requested,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “By adding unmatched wireless connectivity, up to 20 hours of battery life and a more comfortable build, Forerunner 310XT will bring Garmin’s leading GPS technology to more athletes and events than ever imagined.”
Just like its brother, this Forerunner calculates the calories burned during a workout using the changes in the user’s heart beat. It is light-weight (just 60gms or just over 2ozs) and users can choose from two additional form-fitting wrist bands.
The 405CX will also track your speed, distance and location using a high-sensitivity GPS receiver. The patent pending touch bezel allows users to check their workout history, start a new training session or challenge a virtual partner simply by tapping, holding or running a finger along it. The watch is water resistant and users may choose the optional foot pod which fits on shoe laces and some insoles.
Available in Summer 2009, the Garmin Forerunner 405CX retails for USD$369.99 and the 310XT for USD$349.99.
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