Finis is a company well known by swimmers and
athletes, as the company specializes in swimsuits, goggles, and other
products aimed at swimmers. The Finis
SwiMP3 is a waterproof MP3 player uses bone conduction, not
regular air conduction, to provide clearer, crisper sound for
swimmers. The new SwiMP3.1G has 1GB internal storage, drag and
drop support, and plays both MP3 and WMA music files.
device is somewhat hard to figure out when you first test it, and the
sound quality is relatively poor when outside the water, but it's the
first true waterproof MP3 player I would want to use in the pool.
There is a serious lack of waterproof MP3 players, and traditional
ear buds work poorly underwater, so I recommend giving a serious look
at the Finis MP3 player.
If you're looking for a simple heart rate
monitor that only tells you heart rate and distance traveled, I
believe the Garmin
Forerunner 405 likely is too technical and expensive. If
you're looking for a device that is able to track long runs, speed
drills or tempo runs, along with heart rate and other features, this
may be the ideal choice. The unit also tracks calories burned,
and it can compare a current training session to a previous tracked
More importantly, in my opinion, is the wireless feature
that lets owners transmit their training lots to a computer.
Since most of the functions of the watch are controlled using the
bezel, it definitely takes some getting used to -- some owners said
it took more than a dozen trial runs before they were comfortable
By far my favorite GPS device to use while out
running, and highly recommend it.
+ iPod Sport Kit
If you or someone you know likes to run
with their Apple iPod MP3 player while training, then the Nike
+ iPod Sport Kit may be an ideal technology. Available for
just $29, Apple and Nike teamed up to create a receiver that plugs
into the iPod which easily tracks minutes on the road, along with
total mileage covered. Specifically, owners attached a small
pedometer inside either running shoe -- it doesn't necessarily have
to be a pair of Nike shoes -- but heart rate and more advanced
specifications are not available.
I'll admit I'm not the
biggest fan of Nike, especially when it comes to athletic apparel --
I prefer Under Armour, DeSoto Sport, and Pearl Izumi -- but for
athletes who don't wear a GPS/heart rate monitor, this little gadget
can come in handy.
Ironman Target Trainer
Many athletes who are not training
wear a type of "active" watch, and the Timex
Ironman Target Trainer watch may be an ideal fit.
watch, when paired with a heart rate monitor, can provide heart rate,
target heard rate, average heart rate, "time in zone" heart
rate, and a recovery heart rate timer. The watch has good
battery life, is reliable when monitoring heart rate, and can be worn
even when not training. Considering the type of abuse it may
have to endure, some owners have complained its durability isn't as
high as it could be.
I've been a fan of Timex watches, as I've
owned around a dozen different models over the years, and this watch
is ideal for anyone who wants a watch they can wear while training or
when out on the town.
This final company I wish to highlight
may not specifically offer tech-related products, but I feel the need
to include it in a Christmas roundup of products geared towards
specializes in offering products that allow athletes to always
have their name, emergency contact info, and other relevant
information on them at all times. The company offers products
that can possibly save a life, and I strongly support taking a look
at the site.
As someone who has crashed hard while cycling,
I'm fully aware of the dangers of logging miles.