Garmin rolls out new waterproof Forerunner with longer battery life
Posted Apr 13 2009 11:02pm
OLATHE, Kan— Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN),
the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the
Forerunner 310XT – the waterproof multi-sport solution in Garmin’s
popular line of GPS-enabled fitness devices. Boasting up to 20 hours of
battery life and a sleek, comfortable design, the Forerunner 310XT was
announced in preparation for world-class marathons in Paris and Boston,
where it will be on display at Garmin booths in each location. The
Forerunner 310XT will be sold on its own or packaged with a new
waterproof, soft-strap heart rate monitor, which will be more
comfortable than previous models and is expected to be available during
“The waterproof Forerunner 310XT is the evolution of the iconic
Forerunner 305, building off of what users love and introducing key
benefits they’ve requested,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president
of worldwide sales. “By adding unmatched wireless connectivity, up to
20 hours of battery life and a more comfortable build, Forerunner 310XT
will bring Garmin’s leading GPS technology to more athletes and events
than ever imagined.”
During and after the workout, Forerunner 310XT blends the best
wireless connectivity of all of its predecessors in the Garmin fitness
family, syncing wirelessly through ANT+™ technology with Garmin heart
rate monitors and foot pods, compatible third-party fitness equipment
and power meters, and the user’s PC or Mac for automatic data download.
The swimmable Forerunner 310XT is waterproof to a depth of 50
meters, so you can wear it in the pool or the lake to time your swim.
And its slim design, simple interface and flexible wristband mean
Forerunner is easy to wear in any conditions. When you' re ready to jump
out of the water and onto the bike, Forerunner 310XT moves easily from
wrist to bike with the optional quick release and bike mounts, making
the transition between sports effortless. Forerunner 310XT categorizes
multisport activities in one workout and can also log transition time
in the process, so you can analyze your performance from start to
finish. And the extended battery life – up to 20 hours – means that
endurance athletes can push themselves farther than ever.
Positioned around the large, vivid display, intuitive buttons
provide a simple interface without sacrificing space on the
customizable data screens. And even in the loudest gym or largest
crowd, users won’t miss their milestones as Forerunner 310XT’s audible
signals and/or vibration alerts tell them when they’ve reached integral
parts of their race or workout.
Garmin is also announcing a new waterproof, soft-strap heart rate
monitor that is streamlined and more comfortable than ever, yet rugged
enough to withstand swimming. Though heart rate data does not transmit
while underwater, this new waterproof strap means that triathletes can
plan ahead by wearing the strap under a wetsuit, shaving crucial
seconds off their transition time. The new soft-strap monitor is
expected to be available during summer 2009.
For out-of-water activities, Forerunner 310XT tracks speed, distance
and location accurately and effortlessly, and users benefit from the
precision of heart rate-based calorie computation. Runners and cyclists
can adjust the pace and speed of their Virtual Partner without stopping
in the middle of a workout, and the Virtual Partner is always on and
ready for a challenge.
The waterproof Forerunner 310XT can be
used outdoors or indoors (with an optional, streamlined foot pod that
can fit on laces or under certain shoes’ insoles), making it the
ultimate year-round, all-weather training tool. And the
high-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix™ quickly acquires and
sustains satellite reception, whether you’re tackling a wooded trail or
jogging through the urban canyons of skyscrapers. An optional
speed/cadence bike sensor helps cyclists monitor their pedaling cadence
and wheel speed.
Once the workout is done, the training is far from over. Using ANT+
technology, the Forerunner 310XT sends workout data to the user’s PC or
Mac via automatic wireless data transfer. There’s no need to take off
the watch or bother with cables as the computer automatically syncs
with the Forerunner 310XT once it’s in close proximity. And the data
transfer is a two-way street. Runners, joggers, cyclists and hikers can
send courses, goals and workouts to their Forerunner 310XT before they
begin, and then the data gets sent back to the user’s computer when the
workout is over. Athletes can log their workouts, track their totals,
set goals, share workouts with coaches, friends and family and
participate in an online fitness community at Garmin ConnectSM —
Garmin’s online training site.
The wireless features of Forerunner 310XT are enabled by ANT+
personal area network technology. ANT+ is a leading wireless interface
protocol enabling ultra low power applications like fitness monitors.
ANT+ offers all the benefits of digital wireless communications with
much lower power consumption than other wireless protocols.
The Forerunner 310XT is the latest breakthrough from Garmin, which
has spent 20 years using technology and innovation to enhance users’
lives, making Garmin a household name in the automotive, aviation,
marine, wireless, outdoor and fitness industries. To learn more about
the Forerunner 310XT and Garmin’s other products and services, go to www.garmin.com and www.garmin.blogs.com.
About Garmin International Inc. Garmin International Inc. is
a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in
satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed,
manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and
information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS
technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless,
outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd.
is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries
are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For
more information, visit Garmin' s virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and
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