We recently received the brand new TomTom Multi Sport Cardio GPS Watch w Heart Rate Monitor and Cadence/Speed/Altimeter Sensor.
This watch is really nice to look at easy to set up, simply plug into a computer, download the TomTom MySportsConnect app and follow the instructions! However, priced at £224 (Wiggle, 2014) the price may seem abit steep for some.
Although the watch is primarily aimed at the running market, it also boasts abilities to adapt to a range of different sports, including swimming and, most importantly to us here at RCB, cycling! The watch uses patented technology which senses your heartbeat through your wrist, using two green LEDs and a sensor that notices minute changes in your skintone as the blood rushes close to the surface with every beat of your heart, and we must say, it’s pretty accurate and it’s much more comfortable to wear on your wrist rather than those sweaty, and annoying straps strapped around your chest.
The majority of the input is done by a 4-way cursor pad just below the screen (See Pictures), which makes getting on the move really simply and quick, also the actual electronic part of the watch can be removed for easy cleaning, and also for transferring to the handlebar mount for cycling, which is a nice touch!
So as Heart Rate monitors go, it’s pretty good, but how does it perform as a GPS tracker, especially on the bike? The GPS is questionable compared to TomTom’s rivals such as Garmin, but it does find satellites very quickly, so you spend less time waiting around for signal and more time riding, or running!
We have had trouble pairing the watch with the cadence and speed sensors on the bike, as the signal seems to drop in and out intermittently, which is a shame as if this had worked flawlessly this watch would be great as a combined heartbeat monitor and cycle computer. However, if you are looking for a decent GPS tracker which records accurate heartbeat and calorie data, then this watch is for you.
All in all, we think that given more time in the running/cycling market, TomTom will be able to compete with the likes of Garmin, but at the moment there are a few kinks which need ironing out, but if you like to be at the forefront of new technology, go for the TomTom and show it off to all your friends with their boring old Garmin, or Polar heartrate monitors!
We’re giving this an RCB star rating of 4/5. Check below for a breakdown.