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Best Triathlon watches to buy in 2019 ( Review & Guide )


Garmin Fenix 5 Plus

Yes, your eyes do not deceive you - it's almost 650 € for a watch. It's a bankruptcy, but, according to Garmin, this is justified because of the long list of features, starting with the speed and distance standards in the three disciplines (and many more ... even more sports), the beyond the style that can recall a Swiss luxury watch . Thanks to the multisatellite GPS link, Glonass and Galileo, as you requested, an impressive accuracy and capability, as well as a compass, a gyroscope and a barometric altimeter, these last three points underlining that the Fenix 5 Plus is without doubt more for adventurers than pure triathletes.

Its relative volume (86 g) is also better for canoeing and trawling in the mountains than for triathlon speed. A pair of Bluetooth headphones will allow you to listen to 16GB of music, but you can currently only listen to iHeartRadio (no Spotify, although Deezer is imminent) or transfer via Garmin Express. You also benefit from a considerable amount of performance measures, including the status of training; wrist heart rate; custom apps from the Connect IQ store and Garmin Pay.

Polar V800

Polar's V800 came on the market many years ago, but because of its Bluetooth capabilities, it's still up and running with a host of firmware updates. It is now compatible with the pool, sea or river water.These best triathlon watches, offers useful features such as SWOLF evaluation (sum of time and shots by distance). It also synchronizes seamlessly with third-party platforms such as TrainingPeaks and Strava, as well as a collection of power meters.

GPS reception is fast, relayed on a high resolution screen, although this screen is smaller than we would like. Useful extras include operating efficiency. Over time, this creates a running index that predicts the end times of your events for multiple runtimes. Our model came with a heart rate chest strap - in our experience, much more accurate than optical alternatives. You can do without it for $ 360, but you will miss one of the key training indicators.

Coros Pace

Coros will be a new one for many of you, but this visual replica of the Garmin Forerunner 735XT is impressive, especially the battery life, which keeps running for 25 hours with GPS enabled and for 30 days in regular monitoring. In the majority of endurance modes, including triathlon, cycling and running, GPS is impressive thanks to dynamic support and good position retention. That said, the accuracy is not very good in seawater or river.

The Pace measures the length and cadence of the stride, which is useful for working on the technique of running, and the barometer provides accurate information on the climb. The speed of synchronization with your smartphone is faster than that of Lucy Charles on Alii Drive, although the optical heart rate sensor is irregular. When all the information is transferred to the Coros application, it is well presented and categories such as zone time and rate are still useful, although its ability to download by third parties is currently limited to Strava. It also lacks the interval mode, requested by many triathletes.

Sunnto 9

Like the Coros Pace, the Suunto 9 is sold mainly with an impressive range: 25 hours in performance mode and up to 120 hours in simple GPS mode. This is a big improvement over its predecessor, the Spartan, although this is the dominant evolution.

And as the Spartan has come down to around $ 290 in many online stores, this is a significant tax penalty. Note that its list of features is long and relevant, especially the solid GPS sensor, which now uses a Sony chipset and the company's FusedTrack algorithm. The sapphire crystal screen makes the information black - just what you want on a gray run, run or swim ... in fact, there are more than 80 sports modes, including indoor cycling and running. conveyor belt.

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