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Picked up one of these watches recently mostly for the gym but also to try it out on some rides.

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I was doing some scouting for AltRider's Taste of Dakar this past weekend and used the watch primarily to record my tracks. I will try another time to use it to actually navigate a pre-loaded track.

What I found was that it does an extremely good job of recording tracks. I had to choose "riding" mode, as in bicycle, because there isn't a "motorcycling" activity currently loading. It wanted me to wear the heart rate chest strap and then also approximated my calories burned assuming I was actually riding a bike. This screen shot is from the spoon my phone but you can see what an amazing job it does:
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The numbers you see aren't track points but some kind of "lap" number.  I thought I was cycling and automatically cut it up into 5 min "laps."

 

I will fiddle with it to see if I can load a motorcycling activity profile for next time. I also loaded a companion app called DWMaps (digital watch maps) that will let me actually follow a pre-loaded route. It doesn't currently work with Rever but it does with AllTrails and Ride With GPS.

So a watch that records GPS tracks; a big deal? My phone does the same thing with Rever and I always have my phone with me. I will keep testing this and report back more. I may strap the watch to my Renthal bar pad to navigate next time.

Stay tuned

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Cool! I have a Garmin I used for marathons, I will try it out on my next ride as well. May as well put the Heart monitor on to see how bad my fitness level is now!

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