Author: Sandra Vogel

Nike+ SportWatch GPS review

Nike has joined forces with GPS specialist TomTom to produce a new distance and time tracking sports watch. Building on the successes of its online resource at nikeplus.com, SportBand, and its Nike+ software for the iPod and iPhone the Nike+ SportWatch GPS is the next logical step. When we first got a look at the Nike+ SportWatch GPS back in January we were quite simply bowled over. At the time we were promised a UK launch date of 1 April. That didn’t quite work out, but the Nike+ SportWatch GPS was on show at the London Marathon Expo just before...

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Garmin Forerunner 610 launches

Garmin has announced its latest sports watch, the Forerunner 610. It is the first watch from Garmin to feature a touchscreen, and the screen is responsive enough to be used even when you are wearing running gloves. Of course, that’s something I’ll be testing when I get a sample to try out. The £359 Forerunner 610 is Garmin’s new flagship model, and so it is crammed with features including some which are new. Training Effect measures the impact of exercise on your aerobic fitness while Virtual Racer lets you challenge yourself or another person on a known course. Needless...

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Garmin Forerunner 210 Review

Garmin is without a doubt a market leader in the production of GPS watches. It has some superb devices in its portfolio, and is always developing new products. My everyday GPS watch, the Forerunner 310XT is solid, reliable and easy to use, but it is chunky, and the latest additions to the range, the Forerunner 210 and Forerunner 410 make it look rather silly. They also knock the Timex Ironman Global Trainer I reviewed last year into a cocked hat for size and readability. Garmin sent me the £229.99 Forerunner 210 so I’ll be focussing on that in this...

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Google Maps Distance Measurement Tool Review

One of the things you are most likely to want to do as you start running or cycling is know how far you’ve travelled on any exercise session. If you run on a treadmill or cycle on a training machine, then the kit will work that out for you. But out in the fresh air you need some sort of help. If you don’t have a pedometer or more accurate GPS you could sit down with a map and work distances out manually. But there is another way. Google Maps has a distance measurement tool, and it is really...

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Nike Vapor Lite Women’s Running Jacket Review

Running at this time of year can be a cold, wet, unforgiving business, and it can be all too easy to sacrifice a run in favour of staying inside in the warm and dry. But there is really no need for that. Gloves, hats and jackets are all available to help you stay as warm and dry as you feel you need to. Nike has a range of equipment to meet these needs, and its new 2011 season range for women includes the Nike Vapor Lite Women’s Running Jacket. As its name suggests, this is an incredibly light jacket....

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My Tracks for Android Review

If you own a smartphone with GPS built in you have access to all manner of route tracking applications. Many of these are designed specifically for sports and fitness. If your smartphone runs Android you’ve got the added advantage of Google Maps, onto which it is easy for third party applications to mark any route. My Tracks is one application that you can run on Android based smartphones. It has been produced by Google, uses Google Maps, and can record a variety of different types of data about any activity. Its display is good enough for you to use...

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Get fitter in 2011

If you’ve decided to get fitter in 2011 we’ve put together some inspirational reading for you. Now, the thing about New Year’s resolutions is that it is easy to start off full of good intentions, set near impossible goals, fall at a few hurdles and, by the end of February be back where you started. With getting fit on the agenda the problem can be doubly difficult. Even those most wedded to the idea of a gym have to spend some time out there in the elements, which this year may well mean fighting cold, snow, and slippery ice....

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Timex Ironman Global Trainer review

Timex has been making sports watches for a very long time, and its Ironman series is the stuff of legend. Previous iterations of the Ironman watch have relied on a separate GPS unit to keep track of your location and assist in the measurement of speed and distance. The Global Trainer does away with the separate GPS unit in favour of an all in one arrangement. The Timex Ironman Global Trainer can remember data from up to 20 workouts and 1,000 laps. It can read data from a heart rate monitor and bike sensor and its display can show...

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Adidas miCoach gets an update

Adidas has announced plans to update its miCoach web based software for runners. The enhancements include new race plans from coach Greg McMillan, and the ability to synchronise the miCoach calendar with any iCalendar supporting calendar. This includes Google Calendar, iCal and Outlook. Better password protection is also being implemented. Entirely new in miCoach is support for use of an indoor bike for workouts. This broadens the scope of miCoach away from its runner base and towards cyclists and those interested in combining the two activities. We were impressed with MiCoach when we reviewed it back in July and...

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Fun Run Trainer treadmill app with route tracking launched for iPhone

If you think running measured routes and monitoring time and distance is strictly for outdoor runners with GPS and not for those on a treadmill think again. A new app for the iPhone called Fun Run Trainer lets you simulate running outdoors when you are on a treadmill. The app uses Google Maps satellite images of any location you choose. It moves through the area at the speed you run at on your treadmill. This allows you to follow a route as if you were actually there. If you are thinking that an app like this can’t take into...

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