TomTom is venturing into new watch territory by unveiling the Adventurer – essentially a Spark 3 but with some outdoor-friendly features thrown into the mix.
Set to take on Garmin's Fenix 3, Suunto's new Spartan watches and Casio's Android Wear watch, the Adventurer features a more rugged strap than the Spark but still uses a removable module, which means you can sling it into the slimmer strap featured with TomTom's new running watch if you wish.
In terms of features, you still get an optical heart-rate monitor, music playback and the new route exploration mode. Unlike on its running watches, TomTom has added in a barometer, which unlocks new metrics like 3D distance tracking. There are also new sport modes that include hiking, trail running, skiing and snowboarding.
With the addition of winter sport tracking, there's now also a new lift detection mode which can recognise when you're going up a lift if you're skiing or snowboarding and give you a summary of the previous session.
It will be able to measure distance, elevation, ascent and descent. Once it notices you're on the lift it produces a summary card with details on maximum speed of your past run, the total descent and the maximum hill gradient.
In terms of battery life, you should be able to get 24 hours continuous use in hiking mode. This is achieved by taking a sample of the GPS every two seconds – it's apparently a trade off of battery life over accuracy.
The Adventurer is going to cost $349.99, which is cheaper than Garmin and Suunto's outdoor watches. It's not launching until mid October, so there's a bit of a wait before you can go exploring with one.
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