So, I got a new toy and took it for a spin yesterday:
It's a GPS watch that does absolutely everything, including nice ski-board mode. Here's how Garmin describes it:
It just came out. There very little info about the ski-board mode out there, so I thought there may be others here who might considering it.
Here's what you get for ski data (3/27/2014 at Copper):
That's what you see (and more) after uploading the data to Garmin's website.
My initial impressions:
- Easy to use. Got it in the mail, played with it 15 mins and went skiing.
- It seems very accurate on all measurements (temperature is off because it's under my jacket, but they sell an external temp sensor for $30).
- Forgot the heart rate monitor yesterday... but that will be really interesting data skiing
- It's a really, really solid watch. It's the same form factor as Garmin's military GPS watch.
- The software to get data uploads working on a Mac was a bit clunky to install, but easy to run once working.
I didn't really buy it as a ski watch. That's just a nice additional feature. The key features that sold me:
- Bike power meter support
- Swim lap counting
- Running metrics including cadence and other cool stuff.
- Navigation good enough for backpacking and hiking.
There really isn't another watch out there that does all that. Plus it seems to also be great ski watch! I long ago stopped using ski tracker apps (battery drain, PIA), but I think I'll use this skiing all the time.
I'll post more as I think about it. Feel free to post questions.
Here's a great, very detailed review: