How do you measure your movement? We’ve tried everything from apps to wearable step counters. We’d be gung ho about them for the first month, but then none of them would stick beyond that. I wasn’t sure why at first, since I’m very goal oriented. I love making lists just to cross them off, and I love hitting my numbers! I used to pace in the house just to hit my numbers. Anyone else? Beyond that step counter function, though, I didn’t use them for much else.
We currently live in the PNW and have been doing a lot more hiking. Often times, it’s on trails that aren’t clearly marked, so we’ve been looking into a GPS made for hiking. When TomTom® gave us the opportunity to review the TomTom® Adventurer GPS Outdoor Watch, we couldn’t have been more excited to test it out on the trails.
Though the TomTom® Adventurer Watch offers a lot of features, our favorite features are the ones that we can use while hiking. The watch has a GPS, compass, & barometer, so we’re able to track our altitude, 3D distance, speed, and how much we ascend or descend.
This is a big deal for us, since we blog about our hikes. If you’ve ever done research online, you’ll find that trail info is all over the place. One place might say a hike is 4.2 miles and another site might list it as 4.6 miles. We like to share info we gather based on our experience and also accurately track our pace and speed without having to do our own calculations.
We also tend to get lost (or as Jacob likes to say “explore”) on trails too, but now we can upload trails to the watch via the trail exploration feature. There’s also a great feature that allows you to leave “breadcrumbs.” After starting it, it tracks where you’re hiking so that if you get lost or if you’re ready to go back, you can follow the breadcrumb trail you left. You know that quote “an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered”? It applies perfectly to getting lost on hikes, but that doesn’t happen to work well for us! I think we would both rather be lost alone than together.
Beyond that, there are a handful of outdoor sports modes made specifically for activities like trail-running, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. There’s a built-in heart rate monitor, it is water resistant up to 40M, and you can even upload up to 3GB (or 500 songs) of music. On top of all of that, it comes with Bluetooth headphones.
The only downside is that the face of the watch looks really big on us. It’s nice to have a big enough screen to get all the metrics, but we happen to have small wrists so it looks bulkier than we like (PRO TIP: you can use the Spark straps on the watch to make it fit better on smaller wrists). Overall, we’re excited to finally have a watch with the functionality of what we need on the trail!
What kind of fitness apps or activity trackers have you tried? Do you feel like the TomTom® Adventurer Watch could help encourage you?