Garmin Magnetless Speed Sensor Review

Garmin Magnetless Speed Sensor Review

As reported a few months back, Garmin have released some new ANT+ sensors to provide alternatives to the traditional crank and spoke magnet systems. Previously I thought I’d probably only need the Magnetless Cadence Sensor, but with an increasing amount of turbo sessions this winter I decided to also invest in the new hub mounted sensor to see how it performed against the magnets.

It’s basically a one piece rubberised pod with a stretchy loop to help fit to most conventional rear hubs. So simple in fact, you can be up and running in seconds.

Garmin Speed Cadence Sensor Review

Garmin Speed Cadence Sensor Review

The Garmin Speed/Cadence sensor (GSC 10) is Garmin’s basic ANT+ way of getting speed and cadence data from wheels and pedals to your ANT+ device. Much has been made recently about the Garmin Magnetless Cadence Sensor that was reviewed here on TriedOnline a few weeks ago. During these winter months I probably join a number of other people in getting the majority of my bike miles in on a turbo trainer, and I needed to be able to measure cadence and speed, as I was not able to take this information off a GPS track. Enter the GSC 10.

Garmin FR920XT Review

Garmin Forerunner 920XT Review

Garmin managed to keep a tight lid and many people guessing about when they would be releasing the Forerunner 920XT as the successor to the already hugely successful FR910XT.  I say guessing as to ‘when’ as the wireless technology (both WiFi and Bluetooth), that had been appearing and enjoying great success in Gamin’s other fitness devices, had to make its way into the company’s flagship multisport device at some point.

The result is a mighty little watch packing in all of Gamin’s knowledge in running, cycling, swimming and activity tracking in to a nifty 62g device which will also pair with a smartphone (via Bluetooth) to act as a smartwatch. Thanks to the great people at TFN I managed to get hold of brand new FR920XT for testing as soon as it was launched here in the UK.

Garmin Forerunner 920XT

Garmin Forerunner 920XT Test Videos

In late November 2014 I became proud owner of a brand-new Garmin Forerunner 920XT multisports watch. It’s on test now to feature as an in-depth review, but to do justice to the amazing variety of modes and huge capabilities of the watch (which is also an activity tracker) it’s going to take a few weeks to write-up. In the meantime, I thought I would publish two short YouTube clips to give a little taster of what’s to come.

Garmin wireless cadence sensor review Feature

Garmin Magnetless Cadence Sensor Review

Whilst researching a solution for adding cadence to my second bike I noticed Garmin had recently introduced a new magnet-less range for both cadence and speed detection to pair wirelessly via ANT+. Perfect!

The brand new sensors are different to the previous GSC-10 ‘Combi Sensor’ (reviewed by Ben) in that motion is now detected via an in-built accelerometer rather than a chainstay mounted unit triggered by magnets rotating on the spokes and/or crank. With the inclusion of accelerometer technology, the cadence sensor is much smaller and can be mounted inconspicuously behind the bike’s crank arm.

Here I have tested the cadence sensor only. A separate speed sensor (which mounts to hub of the rear wheel) is also available and tested here. N.B. if you do wish to go magnet-less for both speed & cadence you will need two separate sensors (they can, however, be purchased as a pack).

Garmin FR620 review

Garmin FR620 Review

The Garmin FR620 is Garmin’s top of the range GPS running watch. The wrist worn device makes use of an internal accelerometer in the watch combined with an all new HRM-Run (heart rate) strap to offer not just GPS tracking but also a full range of clever running metrics to better understand your personal running style and capabilities.

Added to the already tried and tested ANT+ wireless technology, the FR620 becomes Garmin’s first running watch to integrate both WiFi and Bluetooth Smart to communicate with both your smartphone and home WiFi network for seamless wireless data transfer. Garmin have also included the ‘live track’ feature that you may already have seen in the Garmin Edge 810.

As an additional bonus this device is fully waterproof to 50m.

Garmin Vivofit Review

Garmin Vivofit Review

Fitness trackers are all about getting you up and moving. The brand new Garmin Vivofit armband is no exception to the rule and, in fact, will prompt you to do exactly that.

Released only this month, the Vivofit is the latest entrant to one of the fastest growing areas of technology – ‘wearables’. You can certainly expect more in the coming months with the likelihood being even the largest technology companies will begin dipping their toes in the water.

With Garmin already achieving huge success in the running watches arena you would expect this latest addition to not just compliment their range, but add serious competition to the other activity trackers already available for general consumption.

The Vivofit does not disappoint.

Garmin Swim Review

Thank you for reading my website. This is my first review.

This is an independent review written entirely from my own opinion and experiences from training with the Garmin Swim . The watch has been on test for approximately 4 weeks, during which I have swam an average of 3,000m to 5,000m per week.

I should also say… I’ve been wearing it daily as my main watch.