Garmin announced the launch of its new Forerunner 920XT sports watch this week – featuring a plethora of functions that will undoubtedly satisfy road cyclists and triathletes alike.
The new Forerunner features everything from GPS, ANT+, Bluetooth capabilities, as well as WiFi connectivity to altimeter data and VO2 Max data.
In addition to providing a wealth of sport-specific data on a customizable screens, the Forerunner 920XT also features the options of receiving notifications from your smartphone and facilitate Garmin’s "live tracking" through one’s phone data connection – so friends and family can follow your activities online in real time.
There’s more. The 920XT can also measure and report a user’s , "steps" and there number of calories burned throughout the day.
The 920XT can also link to smart phones via Bluetooth, so users can be notified of incoming texts, emails, calls and calendar reminders. The daily activity tracking mode calculates steps, distance and calories burned, and can remind you to move after an hour of inactive as well.
Furthermore, for those who have Gsrmin’s VIRB video camera, the 920XT can be used as a remote, to start and stop recording – plus take still images. And, data upload can be done wirelessly to Garmin Connect through WiFi or via the Garmin Connect app on a Bluetooth-enabled smart phone.
Perhaps the best thing about the 920XT for cyclists, are its standard features that include mapping data for power (average, current, left/right, zone, etc.), heart rate (average, current, zone, etc.), speed and cadence. Moreover, it also has Garmin’s dual GLONASS/GPS receptor, which means it can pick up a satellite signal quickly.
The Forerunner 920XT comes in black/blue or red/white for US$449, or US$499 with the HRM-Run heart rate strap.
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