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TomTom MultiSport Cardio Opened

TomTom MultiSport Cardio

After my first half-marathon, I decided to buy myself a new GPS sport watch. Particularly, I had considered the models with integrated HRM. There are mainly two models available on the market: adidas miCoach SmartRun and TomTom MultiSport Cardio. Having noticed some issues of the former one, I decided to choose TomTom, which is cheaper and also looks better in my opinion.

I placed the order on last Friday, and received it on the 2nd second day.

TomTom MultiSport Cardio package

TomTom MultiSport Cardio Opened

The package looks rather similar to miCoach SmartRun. It contains the watch, the dock station, and the mount for the bicycle.

Connecting TomTom MultiSport Cardio to Computer
Connecting TomTom MultiSport Cardio to Computer

When connecting the watch to the computer (Windows / Mac) with the dock station, you need to set the configurations, including your personal profile, as well as to which your activities you want to upload or to which formats you want the activities to be converted.

The most important update of this watch is the optical HRM. We highlight them in the following two photos.

The optical HRM is on the backside of the watch.
The optical HRM is on the backside of the watch.
The optical HRM will turn two green LED lights on while in working status.
The optical HRM will turn two green LED lights on while in working status.
The basic statistics for running activities: distance, duration, calories, pace.
The basic statistics for running activities: distance, duration, calories, pace.
The average heart rate and the strides are also reported. The watch records the GPS location every second.
The average heart rate and the strides are also reported. The watch records the GPS location every second.
The figure of pace is a little bit disordered.
The figure of pace is a little bit disordered.
I ran two laps around the campus, so probably can find some pattern in the elevation figure.
I ran two laps around the campus, so probably can find some pattern in the elevation figure.
The heart rate figure looks good.
The heart rate figure looks good.
The statistics reported for swimming activities are not that much. The basic overview includes distance, duration, calories, and speed.
The statistics reported for swimming activities are not that much. The basic overview includes distance, duration, calories, and speed.

I used the watch for a 2km swimming activity. Once having set the length of the pool, you are ready to go. The only thing you need to pay attention is that to turn decisively.

Using the optical HRM is not supported by the current firmware yet. Therefore we miss the heart rate here. You can see the cycles you have per minute. The speed figure looks good.
Using the optical HRM is not supported by the current firmware yet. Therefore we miss the heart rate here. You can see the cycles you have per minute. The speed figure looks good.
The overview of cycling activity looks similar to the one for running.
The overview of cycling activity looks similar to the one for running.
The optical HRM works while I'm cycling. The path looks smooth.
The optical HRM works while I’m cycling. The path looks smooth.
Similar to running.
Similar to running.
It was not a long distance, so the elevation looked like digital circuit.
It was not a long distance, so the elevation looked like digital circuit.
I was on my way back from the swimming pool. That's why the starting heart rate was around 100.
I was on my way back from the swimming pool. That’s why the starting heart rate was around 100.

As you can see, the figures of running, swimming, and cycling activities above are screenshots made on my iPhone. I recommend not to sync the activities to your phone. Because the detailed information of activities will be deleted from the watch once synced to either the mobile phone app or the computer. And the data won’t be converted to other formats while syncing with the mobile app. In case you would like to use 3rd-party web application, you’d better to sync with the computer. In addition, you can also configure to automatically upload your activities to the supported website, now including RunKeeper, Strava etc. The functions provided by TomTom web application are rather limited, therefore I would say they still can work on improving that.

Above all, I’m very satisfied with it except the supporting software.

How it looks on my wrist~
How it looks on my wrist~