When you’re a runner dedicated to the skill of running, you want a personal soundtrack akin to Rocky’s Eye of The Tiger playing in the background of your training montage. You’re running to the top of the stairs and just as you are reaching the highest step, your phone rings.
You reach to see who is calling you during your ‘me time’ and the phone falls out of your pocket and clatters down the steps. You’re then screaming as you chase your phone down those steps in an ungainly manner akin more to a giraffe on its first steps than a prowling tiger.
That should not happen. Your training montage music should be uninterrupted and having a phone connecting you to work, along with dangly wires, is a hassle. That’s why we are excited about the TomTom Runner 3 Cardio + Music GPS Watch.
Considering it’s such a small device, the watch packs a punch. It stores 3GB worth of music that you can play anytime, anywhere, without the use of a phone. It also acts as a heart rate monitor with built-in heart rate monitoring instead of strapping on an extra monitor across your chest for a reading.
With route exploration, you will also be able to explore new areas and find your way back with your trail shown on the watch. You can also upload new routes, and then follow them to discover new places with confidence.
It also has multitude watch settings that are great for runners. GPS accurately tracks distance, location, elevation and pace. The watch also features a race function that lets you run against a previous timing so that you can improve your personal best and the option of interval session training to help runners improve speed and fitness while still building in a rest and working session.
Not only does it work great for runners, it is also built for multiple sports in mind; from running, swimming (waterproof to 50m) to cycling, you can use it with a multitude of equipment and places, including the treadmill, gym machines, and indoor cycling.
Workouts can also be synced up to the TomTom Sports app, where you can track all your activities. Progress insights and personal bests are accessible at a glance. Sync, store, share and study previous sessions, and the software helps to sync up your playlists on your watch.
You don’t even need to worry about accidentally destroying your watch during a run, as the watch is made with a durable, scratch-resistant, super tough display. It lasts up to five hours if all the functions of the watch are enabled, and up to 11 hours if only GPS is enabled. If you simply use it as a watch, it’s good for more than a week before needing a recharge.
Let yourself be the star of your own 80s underdog movie when you wear the TomTom Runner 3 Cardio + Music GPS Watch and never let your training montages be music-less again.
The TomTom Runner 3 Cardio+Music (RRP $299) is available on TomTom.com and the following retailers: