TomTom Adventurer Review: The GPS Sports Watch For Trail Runners, Hikers and Skiers

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The Brief Model

In the event you’re searching for a multi-sport watch that may address 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 leap?) coated.

Ranking ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)

Issues we preferred

  • In depth multi-sport assist: working, biking (it pairs with biking sensors for cadence monitoring), swimming, mountaineering, snowboarding and snowboarding (with automated ski raise 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 possibly can add routes to comply with the machine, or wing it and use the digital breadcrumb path to search out your means again house
  • The clear and easy-to-read show has a easy backlight set off for nighttime, and is managed by a chic four-way navigation system
  • It’s full of {hardware} and options: built-in coronary heart charge monitor, barometric altimeter for 3D distance monitoring, compass and built-in reminiscence for streaming music to Bluetooth headphones
  • The Adventurer will export knowledge to a large number of third-party platform and apps

Issues we didn’t like

  • It’s not a super 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 repeatedly, the TomTom Spark Three could also be a greater choice

TomTom Adventurer In-Depth

Whereas there’s no scarcity of GPS sports activities watches on the market, there are only some 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 high of the TomTom vary with some distinctive options that you simply received’t discover on the Runner (or Spark) watches.

Utilizing the TomTom Adventurer as a coronary heart charge monitor

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

Nonetheless, for extra steady-state actions, an optical HRM will just do wonderful, 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 must run intervals repeatedly, you can even pair a Bluetooth chest-strap coronary heart charge 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 every little thing that the cheaper TomTom Spark Three delivers with regards to working, logging pace, distance, tempo, time, elevation and energy burned.

It’s also possible to 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 charge, 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 some other GPS working watch, however it’s going to additionally depart you a path of digital breadcrumbs (within the “Hansel and Gretel” sense) as you run.

This characteristic is primarily aimed toward path working and, talking as somebody who has acquired misplaced within the woods a couple of instances, it’s a helpful addition.

Routes will also be uploaded to the Adventurer within the type of .gpx recordsdata. Meaning you possibly can plan a run, then comply with it on the watch. It’s also possible to save accomplished runs as trails, so should you uncover a fantastic route accidentally you possibly can simply comply with it once more.

In the event you are likely to run at night time you’ll nonetheless be capable to verify 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 received’t need to run in silence both since, like TomTom’s Spark and Runner watches, the Adventurer has 3GB of storage in-built for music recordsdata, which can stream wirelessly to Bluetooth headphones – you can even 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 higher significance. TomTom has decreased the frequency of GPS monitoring when the Adventurer is in mountaineering mode to avoid wasting juice, permitting for 24 hours of mountaineering with out stopping to recharge.

It’s additionally possible that you simply’ll be encountering broader modifications in elevation throughout your hike, which the barometric altimeter will be capable to monitor with far higher 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 characteristic 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.

Whilst you’re nailing your favorite black run the Adventurer can be monitoring your coronary heart charge, distance, descent, pace, time and run depend. Once you attain the underside the Adventurer will robotically detect once you leap on the ski raise, 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 assessment 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, basically making it an honest wrist-based cycle laptop. The built-in coronary heart charge monitor can even come in useful, though hardcore cyclists may choose to make use of a chest strap.

The Adventurer may pair with a Bluetooth cadence sensor, delivering nearly all the info {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 lots of and even 1000’s 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 charge and cadence (assuming you might have a cadence sensor paired).

That barometric altimeter offers you a really correct indication of elevation change all through your journey, too. As any devoted bicycle owner know, it’s all concerning 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 possibly can enter a customized size.

As with different pursuits, the Adventurer can auto-lap or configure interval periods based mostly on time and distance. Targets could be set based mostly on time, distance or energy burned, however keep in mind that the center charge monitor is not going to perform 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 an honest quantity of information 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 moderately not base your every day and weekly objectives on steps, you possibly can swap to energy, distance coated and even energetic time. It’s all the time good to see a little bit of customisation on supply, since one measurement not often 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, should you’re searching 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 possibly can even make them your every day aim and set the bar as excessive as you want.

It’s also possible to pair the TomTom MySports app with MyFitnessPal so you possibly can log all of your meals all through the day and get a dynamic calorie depend, which is helpful should you’re attempting to reduce weight.

Utilizing the TomTom Adventurer as a sleep tracker

Your sleep can be tracked robotically should you 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 actually work you want a tool that’s small and light-weight sufficient to be comfy 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 perfect sleep trackers.

How usually am I going to need to cost it?

That relies on how you utilize it. In the event you had 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 doable, by which case you’ll be round 11 hours.

And should you go all-out and use the GPS, coronary heart charge 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 positively improved over the previous yr, nevertheless it’s nonetheless removed from the perfect platform on the market. Nonetheless, that doesn’t actually matter, since TomTom will companion with most health platforms corresponding to Nike+, Strava or Runkeeper, and you may robotically sync your knowledge 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 folks 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 measurement because the Runner, you possibly can 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 precise strap – will look no worse than some other. Simply don’t go anticipating it to present a Rolex Submariner a run for its cash within the fashion 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 supplied by the TomTom Adventurer – to not point out its comparatively small kind issue – will make it a extra enticing choice for some.

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

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