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In the event you’re on the lookout for a multi-sport watch that may deal with lengthy path runs, all-day hikes and even the odd black run or off-piste tour on snowy slopes, the TomTom Adventurer has each base (or ought to that be base bounce?) lined.

Ranking ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)

Issues we favored

  • In depth multi-sport help: working, biking (it pairs with biking sensors for cadence monitoring), swimming, mountaineering, snowboarding and snowboarding (with computerized ski carry detection), in addition to all-day exercise monitoring
  • The GPS locks in quick and the mountaineering mode tweaks issues so the battery can final all day
  • You may add routes to observe the system, or wing it and use the digital breadcrumb path to search out your method again dwelling
  • The clear and easy-to-read show has a easy backlight set off for nighttime, and is managed by a sublime four-way navigation system
  • It’s full of {hardware} and options: built-in coronary heart fee monitor, barometric altimeter for 3D distance monitoring, compass and built-in reminiscence for streaming music to Bluetooth headphones
  • The Adventurer will export information to a mess of third-party platform and apps

Issues we didn’t like

  • It’s not a great on a regular basis watch
  • The sleep-tracking options are a bit pointless because it’s too cumbersome to put on in a single day
  • In the event you don’t ski or hike recurrently, the TomTom Spark Three could also be a greater possibility

TomTom Adventurer In-Depth

Whereas there’s no scarcity of GPS sports activities watches on the market, there are just a few that cater to hardcore or excessive athletes. The Garmin Fenix and Suunto Ambit ranges have dominated, however the Adventurer challenges these two with a superb vary of options above and past what most GPS sports activities watches can supply. The Adventurer sits on the prime of the TomTom vary with some distinctive options that you simply gained’t discover on the Runner (or Spark) watches.

Utilizing the TomTom Adventurer as a coronary heart fee monitor

The TomTom Adventurer options an optical coronary heart fee monitor, a extra handy different to chest-strap screens, though optical variations don’t react as rapidly to adjustments in coronary heart fee – like once you’re working intensive intervals.

Nonetheless, for extra steady-state actions, an optical HRM will just do high quality, and the one constructed into the Adventurer proved to be fairly correct in contrast with a chest strap over a 10km run.

In the event you do have to run intervals recurrently, it’s also possible to pair a Bluetooth chest-strap coronary heart fee monitor with the Adventurer. TomTom’s goes for £59.99 and it’ll play good with others.

Utilizing the TomTom Adventurer for working

The TomTom Adventurer delivers the whole lot that the cheaper TomTom Spark Three delivers with regards to working, logging pace, distance, tempo, time, elevation and energy burned.

You too can set the Adventurer to auto-lap based mostly on distance or time to trace splits in actual time, in addition to defining zones based mostly on coronary heart fee, tempo or pace – one thing that can come in useful for a lot of coaching plans. There’s the choice to create interval exercises, too, once more based mostly on time or distance.

The built-in GPS will monitor your route as you run and overlay it on a map once you sync with the app like another GPS working watch, however it’s going to additionally go away you a path of digital breadcrumbs (within the “Hansel and Gretel” sense) as you run.

This function is primarily aimed toward path working and, talking as somebody who has bought misplaced within the woods a number of occasions, it’s a helpful addition.

Routes can be uploaded to the Adventurer within the type of .gpx recordsdata. Meaning you may plan a run, then observe it on the watch. You too can save accomplished runs as trails, so for those who uncover an ideal route by chance you may simply observe it once more.

In the event you are inclined to run at evening you’ll nonetheless be capable to test your progress on the Adventurer with out having to fiddle with any buttons – merely cowl the face of the watch together with your hand to set off the backlight.

You gained’t need to run in silence both since, like TomTom’s Spark and Runner watches, the Adventurer has 3GB of storage inbuilt for music recordsdata, which is able to stream wirelessly to Bluetooth headphones – it’s also possible to get efficiency updates when you’re listening. On condition that smartphones are getting greater and larger, not having to hold one with you when working is an actual bonus.

Utilizing the TomTom Adventurer for mountaineering

It’s an oversimplification to say that mountaineering is actually path working at a slower tempo. For one, you’re prone to be out for longer so battery life takes on larger significance. TomTom has decreased the frequency of GPS monitoring when the Adventurer is in mountaineering mode to save lots of juice, permitting for 24 hours of mountaineering with out stopping to recharge.

It’s additionally doubtless that you simply’ll be encountering broader adjustments in elevation throughout your hike, which the barometric altimeter will be capable to monitor with far larger accuracy than the GPS alone would. The Adventurer additionally makes use of this tech to measure 3D distance – going up provides distance in spite of everything.

The compass that TomTom has additionally built-in is an undoubtedly helpful function when mountaineering, too.

Utilizing the TomTom Adventurer for snowboarding

If 24-hour hikes aren’t sufficient for you, the Adventurer can even monitor your antics on the slopes. There are each ski and snowboard settings constructed into the Adventurer, however they measure the identical issues.

When you’re nailing your favorite black run the Adventurer might be monitoring your coronary heart fee, distance, descent, pace, time and run depend. Whenever you attain the underside the Adventurer will robotically detect once you bounce on the ski carry, and show the important thing stats out of your final run – most pace, descent and most gradient.

Sadly I haven’t managed to check the Adventurer’s alpine credentials but, however we’ll replace this evaluate after my subsequent snowboarding journey.

Utilizing the TomTom Adventurer for biking

With its built-in GPS the TomTom Adventurer can monitor pace, distance and tempo whereas biking, primarily making it a good wrist-based cycle laptop. The built-in coronary heart fee monitor can even come in useful, though hardcore cyclists may want to make use of a chest strap.

The Adventurer also can pair with a Bluetooth cadence sensor, delivering nearly all the information {that a} bicycle owner wants. It doesn’t measure energy output as there’s no choice to pair with an influence meter, however anybody coughing up a whole bunch and even hundreds of kilos for an influence meter will undoubtedly spend money on a devoted cycle laptop.

As with working, the biking setting on the Adventurer permits for interval coaching based mostly on time or distance, and customized coaching zones based mostly on pace, tempo, coronary heart fee and cadence (assuming you’ve gotten a cadence sensor paired).

That barometric altimeter will provide you with a really correct indication of elevation change all through your journey, too. As any devoted bicycle owner know, it’s all in regards to the climbing.

Utilizing the TomTom Adventurer for swimming

The TomTom Adventurer is waterproof to 40m and can depend lengths within the pool – the default pool size is 25m, however you may enter a customized size.

As with different pursuits, the Adventurer can auto-lap or configure interval periods based mostly on time and distance. Targets may be set based mostly on time, distance or energy burned, however keep in mind that the guts fee monitor won’t operate when you’re within the water.

It’s not as swim-focused as, say, the Garmin Forerunner 920XT, however the Adventurer will nonetheless ship you a good quantity of knowledge on the finish of your session.

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Utilizing the TomTom Adventurer for exercise monitoring

The Adventurer will log your each step and use that to estimate distance travelled and energy burned. Urgent the four-way management button to the left will show your step depend for the day, whereas urgent it left once more will show your depend for the week.

In the event you’d relatively not base your every day and weekly objectives on steps, you may change to energy, distance lined and even energetic time. It’s all the time good to see a little bit of customisation on supply, since one dimension hardly ever suits all.

Conspicuous by its absence is any type of altimeter performance within the fitness-tracking division, which is odd contemplating that the Adventurer has a extremely correct barometric altimeter constructed into it.

Even so, for those who’re on the lookout for a feature-packed GPS sports activities watch that may additionally double as your every day health tracker, the Adventurer is as much as the duty.

Utilizing the TomTom Adventurer for calorie counting

In the event you use the Adventurer as your every day health tracker it’s going to depend the energy you burn all through the day. If energy are your key metric, you may even make them your every day objective and set the bar as excessive as you want.

You too can pair the TomTom MySports app with MyFitnessPal so you may log all of your meals all through the day and get a dynamic calorie depend, which is helpful for those who’re attempting to drop some pounds.

Utilizing the TomTom Adventurer as a sleep tracker

Your sleep might be tracked robotically for those who select to put on the Adventurer in a single day, however I wouldn’t select to take action – it’s slightly cumbersome to be worn when you sleep.

For sleep monitoring to essentially work you want a tool that’s small and light-weight sufficient to be snug in a single day, in addition to an prolonged battery life. That’s why tiny gadgets with batteries that final for months just like the Misfit Ray make the most effective sleep trackers.

How typically am I going to need to cost it?

That is determined by how you utilize it. In the event you have been to make use of it primarily as a health tracker with out making use of the GPS, you’d get round three weeks of use.

However that is aimed toward athletes who will wish to use the GPS as a lot as attainable, wherein case you’ll be taking a look at round 11 hours.

And for those who go all-out and use the GPS, coronary heart fee monitor and music streaming, the battery will final round 5 hours. In the event you run with music 3 times per week, you’ll most likely need to cost the Adventurer each 5 days or so.

The TomTom app

The TomTom MySports app has undoubtedly improved over the previous yr, however it’s nonetheless removed from the most effective platform on the market. Nonetheless, that doesn’t actually matter, since TomTom will associate with most health platforms resembling Nike+, Strava or Runkeeper, and you’ll robotically sync your information with as a lot of them as you want.

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Nonetheless, whereas wi-fi syncing with the TomTom MySports smartphone app has improved, it’s nonetheless fairly a gradual and clunky affair. That’s to not say it doesn’t work – it’s simply not as slick an expertise as you’d discover elsewhere.

The place can I put on it with out individuals laughing at me?

The brilliant orange strap that ships with the Adventurer isn’t precisely delicate and it’s additionally fairly a cumbersome affair in contrast with the Runner’s strap, however because the Adventurer is strictly the identical dimension because the Runner, you may swap straps and make it a bit much less obtrusive.

In the event you’re somebody who’s comfortable to put on a GPS sports activities watch as your on a regular basis timepiece, the Adventurer – in the correct strap – will look no worse than another. Simply don’t go anticipating it to provide a Rolex Submariner a run for its cash within the model stakes.

Purchase on tomtom.com (£269.99) | Purchase on amazon.co.uk (£260.40 at time of writing)

Ought to I take into account shopping for one thing else?

The obvious opponents are the Garmin Fenix and Suunto Ambit ranges, however the simplicity and ease of navigation provided by the TomTom Adventurer – to not point out its comparatively small type issue – will make it a extra enticing possibility for some.

Bizarrely, although, it’s not one other model that poses the most important risk to the Adventurer, it’s TomTom’s personal Spark 3. Until you’re hitting the ski slopes recurrently and heading out for mountaineering weekends at any time when attainable, the Spark Three Cardio + Music (£219.99) will present a lot of the identical performance for considerably much less outlay.

Nonetheless, for those who’re chasing the snow and exploring new mountaineering trails at each alternative, the Adventurer is definitely price contemplating.