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post #1 of 10
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I want to get a GPS watch or goggles with built-in GPS that will tell me my current speed while I am skiing and my max speed when I get to the bottom. I don't really care about any features beyond those two. Any suggestions? Thanks.

post #2 of 10

I have a Garmin eTrex.  It will likely still be able to "see" the satellites from inside your jacket pocket.  I've tried tying it to my arm before - that's not comfortable while skiing.

 

By the way, not to burst your bubble, but please note that the information you get isn't going to be perfect.  Any GPS will think you're in a different spot than where you are sometimes.  I've left mine on in my car while parked in the driveway for a few hours, and I could see its little "breadcrumbs" scattered in all directions, up to 2 or 3 houses away.  So if you're standing still and the GPS decides you're in one spot at 12:00:00 and 20 yards away at 12:00:01...it will say you just moved at 41mph, which may be faster than your actual top speed for the day.

 

The good news is that, at least in the case of Garmin GPSes bought several years ago, the software that you can use to download your GPS data will show it on a map and you can just click on any obviously-wrong breadcrumbs and delete them.  I don't know how to do that on the GPS itself, though.

 

PS Cool username :)  I have a lot of respect for vegans, though I'm just a vegetarian myself.

post #3 of 10
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Thanks for the info. Will it tell me my current speed while I am skiing? And I assume it will save my top speed so I can go through the data when I get home?  And what's the fastest speed you've got due to the 'bread crumb' error? (just wondering if it's something I'm likely to exceed or something I should be worried about)

 

Also, if anyone is aware of a more accurate GPS (watch or goggles), please let me know. Thanks.

post #4 of 10

If you carry your smartphone on the slopes with you, try the Phresheez app.  While it's not very practical to know your current speed, you it works so-so for seeing your top speed of the day while on the lift.  At the end of the day, you can play back your runs, which is pretty need.  It does a pretty good job, measures slope, vertical and horizontal distances, # of runs, etc...

 

You just need to remember keep a full charge on your phone and to turn the app on.

post #5 of 10

I have an old Garman 76Map CS. The S means it has an altimeter allowing you to count your vertical and make elevation profiles.  The C means the little map window is in colour (you can buy top maps and water charts to download).

 

It lets you decide what to display, and you can display current speed and maximum speed, but staring at the digital readout while skiing at a mile a minute is not something I would recommend.  Until the novelty wore off, I would just turn it on, set it to record tracks every second, put it in my pocket and forget about it.  At the end of the day I could download my tracks and see from the logs what points were obviously whacky and which were not.  Even though I am no longer curious about my skiing. The GPS is still useful for canoe trips, hiking, road travelling, etc.

 

Bonus: you can find software to make nice drawings like the following:

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post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by RootDKJ View Post

If you carry your smartphone on the slopes with you, try the Phresheez app.  While it's not very practical to know your current speed, you it works so-so for seeing your top speed of the day while on the lift.  At the end of the day, you can play back your runs, which is pretty need.  It does a pretty good job, measures slope, vertical and horizontal distances, # of runs, etc...

 

You just need to remember keep a full charge on your phone and to turn the app on.


Here's some of the media it produces:

 

Playback machine and downloadable Google Earth files are here:  http://phresheez.com/site/showmap.php?mode=mapdate&buddy=RootDKJ&name=20110319&play=1#

 

 

slacker.php?buddy=RootDKJ&date=20110319&minichart=diff&h=300&w=300&ff=bestresort

 

slacker.php?buddy=RootDKJ&date=20110319&minichart=speed&h=300&w=300&ff=bestresort

 

slacker.php?buddy=RootDKJ&date=20110319&minichart=slope&h=300&w=300&ff=bestresort

 

post #7 of 10

500x_badassgoggles.jpg

 

https://www.zealoptics.com/transcend/

http://gizmodo.com/5470535/transcend-ski-goggles-feature-cyborg-hud

 

Never used 'em, but they sound like what you want.  If you get them, pls post pics. 

 

Incidentally, I found these by googling heads+up+display+speed+gps+skiing.  Just sayin'.

post #8 of 10
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500x_badassgoggles.jpg

 

https://www.zealoptics.com/transcend/

http://gizmodo.com/5470535/transcend-ski-goggles-feature-cyborg-hud

 

Never used 'em, but they sound like what you want.  If you get them, pls post pics. 

 

Incidentally, I found these by googling heads+up+display+speed+gps+skiing.  Just sayin'.



I want.  Too expensive and I I have wear & tear concerns.

post #9 of 10

If your interested in a smartphone app to googling the following

1. gpsskimaps - which worked well for me

2. satski - had some issues with esp. with gps connection.

 

I haven't heard of Presheez app but will check them out as well this season.  Just make sure your resorts are on the list for whatever app you choose.  Satski specializes in European resorts but does have some the larger US resorts available

 

 

Both are cheaper than the goggles.

post #10 of 10

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Originally Posted by VeganFreeskier View Post

Thanks for the info. Will it tell me my current speed while I am skiing? And I assume it will save my top speed so I can go through the data when I get home?  And what's the fastest speed you've got due to the 'bread crumb' error? (just wondering if it's something I'm likely to exceed or something I should be worried about)

 

Also, if anyone is aware of a more accurate GPS (watch or goggles), please let me know. Thanks.


Mine does display current and max speed, yes.  The numbers are pretty big, but I don't know if I'd be comfortable looking at it while in motion.

I couldn't answer your question about the fastest speed I've actually gotten due to the breadcrumb error without actually trying it again, but I'll try to remember to do that soon.

 

I would say to make sure to get one that uses DGPS (Differential GPS).  That will give you some accuracy.  My Garmin has that, and on a clear day with an unobstructed view of the sky it can get as accurate as 7 feet.  Maybe newer or more expensive ones are better.  Wikipedia says DGPS allows for accuracy as good as 10cm, "depending on implementation".  But I'm guessing the 10cm ones are like what surveying crews use and probably not available to the general public.  That's just a guess, though.

 

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