(Click each product name to read my in depth review)
CycleOps PowerBeam Pro with Joule 3.0
This is CycleOps’s fully resistance controlled trainer, similiar to the CompuTrainer, but at a slightly lower price point. Additionally, I tested the Joule 3.0 in this review, as well as gave a sneak peek at their upcoming computerized training software.
PowerTap Power Meter and Joule 2.0
The PowerTap power meter hub and Joule 2.0 head unit make for a very affordable combination for a power meter. I also tested their new wheelset within this review.
This GPS watch has been the mainstay of my triathlon training. I use it pretty much exclusively for tracking all my runs, and some of my bike rides. Even a few swims!Garmin Forerunner 310XT
The FR210 builds on the FR110′s simplicity and small form factor. But it adds in key enhancements over the FR110 – including instance pace, foot pod support, and intervals.Garmin Forerunner FR60:
This is the update to the FR310XT – their latest triathlon watch. The FR910XT brings with it both openwater and pool swimming tracking. A very impressive watch.Garmin Edge 200:
The Edge 200 is Garmin’s low-priced entrant in the cycling computer market. At sub-$150 the unit doesn’t have any ANT+ compatibility (so no HR straps or speed/cadence sensors) – but it does offer a simple and easy to use GPS cycling computer.
Garmin Edge 500:
This cycling computers finally addresses what every competitive cyclist wanted – a super slim bike computer with GPS functionality and the ability to download to a computer afterwards.
This is the first sports and fitness device that Motorola has released and they hit the ground running hard. An incredibly impressive combination of a fitness watch and MP3 player. Perhaps the coolest part being the WiFi uploading capability.
Nike+ GPS Sportwatch
This is Nike’s first entrant into the GPS fitness market, as part of a partnership with TomTom. The watch offers significant integration with the existing Nike online community.
Polar RCX5 Multisport Watch
This is Polar’s latest multisport watch. The unit is compatible with the new G5 GPS pod, as well as the s3+ stride sensor. This is also the first Polar unit that I’ve put through the paces. One unique feature of this watch over every other device listed here is the ability to record heart rate underwater.
Soleus GPS 1.0 Running Watch
This is the first sub-$100 GPS watch on the market today. While it doesn’t download data to a computer, it does do a good job of giving you speed, distance and time in a normal watch sized form factor.
Tacx Bushido Computerized Trainer
This computer integrated trainer sells for half the price of the CompuTrainer, with a fair number more features. However, does software stability still make it a good deal? Check out for all the details.
Timex Ironman GPS Global Trainer
This is Timex’s first forray into the gps-enabled sports watch scene. Out in June of 2010, this device connects to existing ANT+ Accessories (including power meters), and displays them in a triathlon friendly (read: waterproof) device.
Timex GPS Run Trainer
This is Timex’s latest forray into the gps-enabled sports watch scene. It came out in October 2011, and at sub-$200 pretty much dominates that price point…and is fully waterproofed!
Timex Cycle Trainer GPS 2.0
This is the first bike-specific GPS unit Timex has made, in direct competition to the Garmin Edge 500. It shares much of the same featureset as the Timex Global Trainer – including the ability to use it while running. Cool stuff!
Timex Marathon GPS
This is the cheapest GPS offering from timex, at just under a $100. It’s identical to the Soleus watches, but just in a Timex branded style. It doesn’t (normally) upload to a computer, but is a good little starter watch.
FINIS Swimsense by Sportsense:
I go in depth with a shootout between the above two watches here.
If you want to see the future of sports technology utilizing common phones, check out this little adapter. It enables you to connect your iPhone to your existing set of Garmin ANT+ Accessories.
Health and Fitness Devices:
Withings WiFi Scale:
You want a wireless scale that reads your weight and then tweets it to the world? Well this is the one for you. Of course, you can also link it up to a vast assortment of other applications, like Training Peaks and Sport Tracks.
Yes, reviewing a water bottle may seem mundane – but given how important hydration is in any long distance tri, I figured I’d be thorough. I picked up this bottle in May 08 based on some advice and have used it since – I love it! Dual-chamber and a bit chubby, it does the trick.
This tiny little device records where you went so that after you go on your trip you can automatically GeoTag all your photos with the exact location. It’s about the size of an iPod Shuffle, and is relatively inexpensive. Pretty cool for both taking photos out on a long ride/hike, or just jetsetting around the world.
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