Garmin Malaysia has announced two new Garmin Fitness products, which is the Garmin Edge 1000 cycling computer and the Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS running watch. Focused on the competitive athlete, the Edge 1000 is aimed at cycling enthusiasts while the Forerunner 15 is suited for runners looking to gain a competitive edge.
The Edge series of cycling computers is well-known among cyclists, and the Edge 1000 is launched as a successor to the Edge 810 and the Edge 510. Boasting a larger, brighter and sharper display, the Edge 1000 also has a slimmer profile, and added connectivity for those who are serious on their cycling. Users can also enable LiveTrack, a software that enables other cyclists to track data segments and live feeds of your cycling activity. Wi-Fi has also been added for easier data uploads to Garmin Connect and other social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
On top of that, the Edge 1000 now comes with a new HRM 3 heart rate monitor, and also a pair of cadence and speed sensors which now uses an accelerometer instead of magnets. Users can pair this to the Garmin VIRB camera and also the Garmin Vector pedals that can monitor your power output whenever you pedal.
Next up is the Forerunner 15, a successor to the Forerunner 10. The most affordable GPS-enabled running watch for Garmin, the Forerunner 15 has heart rate monitoring capability and can also be worn as a daily activity tracker for all fitness levels. With the added heart rate monitoring feature, runners can now monitor their overall performance of their workouts as well as calories burned. The Forerunner 15 can also be used as a step counter like its sibling, the Garmin vívofit. You can opt for an optional foot pod to be paired with the watch itself.
Other than the two new models offered, Garmin Malaysia’s fitness products also feature the vívofit fitness band and the fēnix 2 adventure watch. The Garmin vívofit is tailored for casual users with various colors available. The water-resistant vívofit tracks your steps and distance moved, while the curved, always-on display also shows calories burnt and of course, the time. If you have a Garmin heart rate monitor, you can also track your heart rate on your vívofit. Plus, the vívofit has a replaceable battery, which lasts up to a year. The vívofit is available in five colours (black, purple, teal, blue and slate).
Last but not least, there’s the fēnix 2 outdoor GPS watch, a successor to the fēnix which previously focused mainly on outdoor trekkers. The fēnix 2 now focuses not only on trekkers, but also on other users such as runners, cyclists and swimmers. Like its older sibling, the fēnix 2 feature an altimeter, barometer and a 3-axis compass, and also provides a built-in navigation and guidance software called TracBack. You can also upload all your workout data or planning waypoints in the Garmin Connect. LiveTrack is also available in the fēnix 2.
On top of that, the fēnix 2 has similar features to the Garmin Forerunner 620, where it can estimate the user’s maximum VO2 ( Volume of Oxygen) level to evaluate their fitness levels. Plus, it can also perform a recovery check after every workout session, allowing the fēnix 2 to calculate the user’s recovery time. Hence, users can estimate their appropriate resting time and rest up before attempting another workout. Unlike the original fēnix, the fēnix 2 can also be used indoors since it also now has a built-in accelerometer.
Both the vívofit and fēnix 2 have built-in Bluetooth Smart, so users can upload their workout data to the Garmin Connect online community without the need of a computer.
The Garmin Edge 1000 retails at a price of RM2199 for the device itself, and RM2599 for the Performance Bundle which includes the new speed and cadence sensor as well as the HRM 3 heart rate monitor. For the Forerunner 15, the retail price for the device itself is RM650 while the one bundled with the Premium Heart Rate Strap costs RM850. As for the 0vívofit, it is priced at RM499 and if you want to add on the heart rate monitor seperately, it will cost you approximately RM 650. As for the fēnix 2, it carries a retail price of RM1399 and the Performer Bundle with the HRM-Run heart rate monitor will be priced at RM1550.
For more information on the Garmin lineup, head on to Garmin Malaysia’s official distributor, AECO Technologies at www.aeco.com.my or Garmin Malaysia’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GarminMalaysia.