Polar V800 Review Feature

Polar V800 Review

The Polar V800 MultiSports Watch is possibly the year’s most eagerly anticipated GPS device. The full function watch sits firmly at the top of Polar’s product tree and is also their first foray in the multisports arena. This is a serious piece of kit for any athlete which will also double up as an all day activity tracker for full analysis of all the wearer’s activities, workouts and steps.

As the Polar V800 only hit general release in June 2014 it is operating with its beta software with more features promised by way of firmware updates. At the time of writing this review, the full swimming capabilities have not been made available. That said, the watch is packed full of features making it ready to rival some of the more established multisports devices from the likes of Garmin and Tom Tom.

The Polar V800 is cutting edge in terms of data transfer benefiting from Bluetooth Smart to allow wireless transfer to a smartphone together with USB syncing to a home computer. It’s also a very stylish day-to-day wrist watch.

Polar V800 Test Videos

On 2 June 2014 I became the proud owner of a brand new Polar V800 Multi-Sports Watch. It's on test now to feature as the latest in-depth review, but to do the justice to the vast capabilities of the watch (which is also an activity tracker) it's going to take a little time to write up. In the meantime, I thought I would publish these two YouTube clips to provide a little insight in what's to come.

The first clip shows the initial unboxing of the device and accessories.

This second clip shows the Polar V800 acquiring a satellite fix and the first minute of a running activity.
Please stop by again shortly for the full review. If you have any queries about the test or wish to share some of your own experiences whilst training with the Polar V800 please feel free to comment below.
Strip System Review

Secret Training STRIP Review

It’s very rare that I use a product for the first time and just click with it. That is, however, exactly what has happened with the ‘STRIP’ range by Secret Training. I guess that by being designed ‘by athletes for athletes’ I should not have been surprised at how effective the STRIP System was going to be.

For the purpose of this review I have used the product as part of my general training over a period of 14 days and also as part of my race day at the Grendon Triathlon (race report here).

Activity Tracker v Smartphone

There’s no denying the first 5 months of 2014 have seen massive progress when it comes to fitness tracking and wearable technology. Barely a week goes by without an update or newly released product and/or smartphone app. It was only within the last month that Facebook announced that it was buying Moves.

Whilst there are many early adopters, there are also those who are not yet convinced or perhaps waiting to see whether one of the most noticeable absentees from the market (i.e. Apple) will throw their hat into the ring with an iWatch. As this is not a rumour site I decided to focus on what is currently available.

I also noticed an update to the MyFitnessPal app to make use of the built-in motion sensor in the iPhone 5s (an accelerometer linked to the ‘M7 Coprocessor’ to enable continuous motion tracking).

So the question became: Activity Tracker v Smartphone?

bike pizza cutter

Bike Pizza Cutter Review

I thought I would use this post, and (in particular), this picture as a bit of a demonstration of the power of a decent image backed up by social media. To explain, I should state that this little product arrived as a gift through my door as a result of me posting this simple tweet:

Fixie Pizza Cutter

Well… it turns out what I wanted, I got!  It also turned out to be a an extremely popular image on all of the social media platforms that TriedOnline is connected with (see the buttons above and right).

N.B. this was a gift from someone who knows me all too well – and not from anyone associated with the product!

Anyway… as it has landed on my desk, I thought it deserved a proper review!

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.

Sportstiks Tattoo Review

Sportstiks Tattoo Review

Sports and Stickers. That is exactly what Sportstiks.com does and that is exactly what every triathlon competitor will need on race day. This is a quick review of the Sportstiks Tatoos.

Chances are, you will have already come across the standard paper stickers that are placed on the bike and cycle helmet to display your race number (Sportstiks do those too). This is about the tattoos you may see the elites wearing as body markers rather than wearing a race belt.

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.