TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio Review

December 18, 2014
TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio Review

The TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio is a GPS watch with a built-in Heart Rate Monitor that lets you keep track of your speed, pace, time and calories burning. It’s when I wear products like the TomTom that I am reminded how freakily impressive technology can be. The Multi-Sport Cardio features a sensor that measures the heart rate by monitoring blood flow changes in the wrist. And as you’d expect from a brand like TomTom, the watch of course syncs up with your computer for easy analysis, tracking and/ or sharing of data.

Tom Tom Multi Sport Cardio Watch 2

What I liked:

  • No HRM strap. The less chest straps we have to deal with the better, in my mind. Say goodbye to chaffing over long distances
  • The navigational single button control makes it easy to not lose yourself in everything the watch can do. There’s only four ways you can click (up/down/sideways) and you can only move one step at a time, so if you do veer off course then it’s straight-forward to return to the last step and try again
  • You’ve got a menu of options for running, cycling, swimming and stopwatch. Except for one swim session (where the watch kept track of my lap numbers – an instant crowd pleaser as far as I am concerned!) I only focused on cycling, which required me to enter my wheel size so the watch could accurately monitor my performance
  • The design is cool and for someone who’s used to racing with what looks like a small television monitor sitting off her watch, the TomTom was (mostly!) slim-lined and sleek
  • You’ve got an in-built coach sitting on your wrist – basically you can assign yourself goals (they might be distance, time or calorie related) and the watch will indicate how you’re tracking in relation to the goal. You can also enter quite detailed interval sessions (work, rest, # sets and cool down)
  • The band is interchangeable and there’s a range of colours available so you’re sure to find something to go with your kit

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Tom Tom Multi Sport Cardio Colour Choice

What didn’t quite go according to plan:

  • I have quite bony wrists and the docking station for the watch charger is right on the bend of the band, meaning for me it never sat quite so well. Obviously if I’m only riding with the TomTom, then I could attach it to the handlebar (handlebar mount provided)
  • I am not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to setting up gidgets and gadgets, but even I thought that the TomTom instructions assumed a certain level of awareness and indeed the ‘Getting Started’ user guide that comes with the watch takes very much an ‘executive summary’ approach – you’re going to want to do your own work to find your way right around this one