THE BEST TRIATHLON-PROOF FITNESS WATCHES
- We all know about running watches, but what happens when you go sub-aqua? GQ tests the best waterproof fitness watches.
We all know about running watches, but what about when you go sub-aqua? GQ tests the best triathlon-proof fitness watches from Moov, Misfit, Garmin and Swimovate so all you have to do is buy one and get fit.
Half the size of the previous iteration, the new Moov Now fitness watch is a serious piece of kit. Not so much a tracker as a prodder, it’s about offering metrics that will improve your swimming. Via the app, you can check everything from your pool stamina to stroke type and distance-to-turn time, while a voice will even coach you in real-time. What’s more, rather than use a lithium smartwatch battery, it has a traditional watch battery, giving six months on a single charge.
Speedo Shine by Misfit
Minimalist and sleek, Misfit’s Speedo Shine fitness watch is for the serious swimmer who doesn’t want to be burdened with a bulky tracker, though that slimness (it’s the size of a coin) comes at a price: while, like others, it can track things like laps and distance swam, it can’t count stroke numbers or stroke type and, like the Moov, has no face of its own, meaning you can only see the data later, via the app. On the other hand, it’s made from aircraft-grade aluminium, so is virtually indestructible.
Fenix 3 Sapphire by Garmin
This one’s not cheap: £470 of not cheap, to be exact. But you get the best fitness watch on the market – not just a swimming watch, but one for everything from skiing to cycling, gym work to hiking. In water, it can do everything you’d expect (lengths, distance, pace, calories) and much you wouldn’t, from being waterproof at diving depths (100m) to a specialist wild swimming mode. Best is the tracking of your “Swolf” score, which eggs you on to beat your best lap.
PoolMate HR by Swimovate
Yes, it may resemble that digital you threw out in the Eighties, but the PoolMate fitness watch has some serious tech – as well as recording laps, strokes, distance and calories burned, it’s also one of the few watches that will track your heart rate in the pool (most monitors transmit at 2.4Ghz, but this one, at 122Khz, works in water) and includes a vibrating alert. Based on your arm movement, it can even judge your stroke efficiency. (No tittering at the back.)