Press Releases & Product Updates

CardioCritic’s aim is to give visitors the heads up on the latest & greatest fitness products. In this NEWS section we post alerts on the newest product releases from the biggest brands including Fitbit, Polar, Garmin, Suunto, Mio and Timex. We have an interest in all fitness trackers, heart rate monitors and cardio healthcare products such as Blood Pressure monitors and personal use ECG devices.

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Sport Relief 2018 – GO TRI

More information on the GOTRI Gym Challenge 2018 Sport Relief

Are you seeking a new fitness challenge or tempted to get started in triathlon? Then the GO TRI Gym Challenge with Sport Relief is for you. Take part in the GO TRI Gym Challenge and harness the feel-good power of sport …..

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Suunto finally get Heart Rate Zones

Heart Rate Training for ALL Suunto Watches - finally

Keeping up with Polar and Garmin … finally … Suunto have added 5 x Heart Rate Zones to their fitness watches including the entire Suunto Spartan range. Just a quick firmware update is all that’s required then you’ll be ready to train in HR zones …

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Press Release – Garmin Vivofit 4

Press Release - Garmin Vivofit 4

Less than 20 months since Garmin released their Vivofit 3 and we have another new model in that range. The Garmin Vivofit 4 is available throughout the Quarter 1 of 2018. We hope to have a test model in February to complete an in-depth review of the new Garmin Vivofit 4. Press Release details can be found here ….

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New product – Suunto 3 Fitness

Coming in Spring 2018 is the new Suunto 3 Fitness. Folllowing on from the 5/5 Star Reviewed Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR we have big hopes for this new watch. Aimed at the general fitness market the new Suunto 3 Fitness is an alternative to the Apple Watch 3, Garmin Vivoactive 3, Fitbit Ionic and other similar ALL ROUND fitness tracking sports watches.

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Polar V800 gets LIVE Strava Segments

Polar V800 gets LIVE Strava Segments

If you’ve read my review of the Polar M460 and certain Garmin Edge units you’ll know how much of a fan of LIVE Strava Segments I am. Not only does it add a level of fun and motivation to your training –  when used properly it can help you improve your Personal Record. Your Polar…

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Run Yourself Happy

RunTogether - running is good for your mental health

Running in a group makes 90% of people happier Whilst the physical benefits of running are well known, new research released today reveals that improvements in emotional health and wellbeing are being experienced by an extraordinary three-quarters of runners. The “Miracle Cure” improving brits’ mental health In the first major poll* of its kind, questioning…

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Garmin Vivosport – Press Release

Press Release - Garmin Vivosport fitness tracker with GPS and heart rate

Press Release – August 31st 2017 New Product Announcement – Garmin Vivosport – GPS fitness tracker with wrist based Heart Rate Price – $199 Review – In-depth Product Test Garmin Vivosport REVIEW now available here. After just 4 days of testing the new Vivomove it was obvious to all at CardioCritic a 5 Star Review…

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 – Press Release

A complete re-design from case shape up … the Garmin Vivoactive 3 takes the Vivoactive HR and puts it in an attractive ROUND case (similar to Fenix 5 style). Add a stack of new features including Garmin Pay for contactless payments and Four Fold breathing for stress relief and relaxation ….

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Garmin Vivomove HR – Press Release

Garmin have announced the Vivomove HR. And incredible leap in technology from the original Vivomove, the new Vivomove HR is a hybrid smartwatch withwrist based Heart Rate providing access to VO2 Max, Relaxation & Stress testing. It’s an activity tracker and a whole lot more ….

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Polar OH1 – Press Release

Press Release - New Polar OH1 arm band style heart rate sensor

If you currently train with a chest strap sensor broadcasting your heart rate to your favourite fitness app then the new Polar OH1 could be an attractive alternative. Let’s be honest, no one has ever really liked wearing a chest strap HR sensor. The NEW Polar OH1 uses 6 x optical LED sensors to accurately acquire heart rate from either the upper or lower arm. 200 hours internal memory store and a 12 hour USB charged battery life ….

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Fitbit Ionic – Press Release

Press Release - Fitbit Ionic

Fitbit have released their first genuine smartwatch and it looks good. With integrated GPS, wrist based heart rate, 4+ days battery with up to 10 hours GPS and much more. The Fitbit Ionic looks like it’s going to give the Apple Watch a serious run for it’s money. The new Ionic might well be the perfect watch for those undecided between Garmin and Apple ….

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Polar M430 available NOW for £189

Polar M430 available now for £189

We have pleasure in announcing the arrival of stock of the Polar M430. The M430 is available to customers in the UK for £189 including Royal Mail 1st Class Signed For delivery. Just click the PayPal button below to order today. Buy Direct from CardioCritic – UK only [wpecpp name=”Polar M430 Grey / Black” price=”189.00″…

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New – Garmin VIRB 360 Camera

NEWS - Garmin release the Garmin VIRB 360 degree camera

Have you ever been out riding your biggest wave, dropping down the steepest incline or carving the freshest piste only to be disappointed by your video camera recording. I have. It’s either pointing the wrong way, the wrong audio is captured etc. Not anymore. With the new Garmin VIRB 360 you are guaranteed to capture that PERFECT moment with 360 degree Video and Audio

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Polar A370 announced

Press Release - new product, Polar A370

Polar have taken the popular A360 and added 24/7 all day heart rate tracking. More details here ….

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Garmin release Vivosmart 3

Press Release - Garmin Vivosmart 3

Another new product from Garmin. Garmin have taken the already excellent Vivosmart HR and added some great new features like Stress Score, Fitness Age, VO2 Max. As well as these new and innovative functions they’ve slimmed it down in both thickness and weight as well as improving the comfort of the all day Heart Rate wrist sensor ..

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New Product – Polar M460 Announced

Another new product from Polar. The new Polar M460 GPS bike computer adds a few subtle improvements to the Polar M450. Key new features include LIVE Strava Segments and advanced cycling power metrics ….

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Garmin Forerunner 935 Announced

Garmin Forerunner 935 GPS sports watch

If you’ve been trying to decide between the Garmin Fenix 5 and a Garmin Forerunner 735XT … your decision making is over. Welcome the new Garmin Forerunner 935. Taking the best features from both the Fenix 5 and Forerunner 735XT with a whopping 24 hour battery life in HRM & GPS mode. Note the REVIEW of the Forerunner 935 is now live ….

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Polar M430 Announced

News - Polar release new Polar M430 running watch

News just in from Polar Finland is the announcement of their latest GPS running watch with WRIST BASED heart rate technology. The Polar M430 has been released and looks like it could well the the permanent successor to the Polar M400 ….

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Suunto release Spartan Sport HR

NEWS - Suunto release the Spartan Sport HR with Valancell heart rate sensors

It’s here … Suunto’s first ever GPS sports watch with OFF the WRIST heart rate monitoring. The new Suunto Spartan Sport HR utilises Valancell’s biometric heart rate sensors to provide accurate heart rate, 24/7, directly from the wrist.

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Fitbit release the Alta HR

Reviewed - the Fitbit Alta HR

According to Fitbit it’s what everyone has been asking for – Heart Rate monitoring on the Fitbit Alta. On March 7th Fitbit announced the release of their latest fitness tracker the Fitbit Alta HR utilising Fitbit’s Pure Pulse heart rate sensors …

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Polar H10 HR sensor announced

NEW - Polar H10 heart rate sensor replacing the H7

The Polar H7 Bluetooth heart rate sensor has been hugely popular. The new H10 does everything the H7 could plus it now supports GoPro Hero 4 & 5 cameras. This has been made possible by the H10’s ability to connect with 2 Bluetooth devices at the same time …

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NEW PRODUCT – Kardia Mobile

NEWS – in the office this week is this innovative ECG sensor. The Kardia Mobile is NICE and FDA approved ECG/EKG sensor that pairs with your iOs or Android device ….

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Mio Slice UK release

New - the Mio Slice with PAI

I have received my test sample of the Mio Slice an innovative fitness tracker from Mio. What makes the Slice different from all the other fitness trackers is it’s PAI score – that’s Personal Activity Intelligence …

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Jawbone winding down wearables

After leading the way in Fitness Tracking wearables for over 5 years it comes as a surprise to hear they are winding down production of their consumer products …

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Suunto Spartan Customisation

Suunto Spartan - Sport Mode customisation

Suunto Spartan gets Sport Mode Training Page customisation. Create a NEW Sport Mode and you can now have the data YOU want to see on each page. It’s not quite perfect, but it’s much better …

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New – Garmin Fenix 5

Press Release - Garmin Fenix 5 coming soon

Garmin have announced the release of their latest model in the supremely popular Fenix range. Following from the Fenix 3 the new Garmin Fenix 5 will be available soon. Why No Fenix 4?  in Chinese the number 4 is pronounced “Si” very similar to the word for “death” …

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Pebble sold to Fitbit

It’s with a heavy heart that I can confirm the sale of the innovative and crowdfunded company Pebble to Fitbit. Pebble produced some groundbreaking smartwatches and had some great products lined up for 2017. It’s a sad day to see them go. Thanks Eric Migicovsky for the opportunity to purchase alternatives to the mainstream products.

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Suunto Spartan Android ready

Suunto Movescount and the Suunto Spartan Sport and Ultra watches have received firmware upgrades that now support connection to Android smartphones. Movescount initially only worked to iPhone for Spartan users. This compatibility to Android phones is a welcome upgrade …

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Suunto Spartan has arrived …

NEWS - Suunto Spartan Sport tests complete

Looking for a GPS equipped, 24/7 activity tracking, heart rate monitor watch in a tough, lightweight polyamide case, protected behind a mineral crystal glass, then I think you might like the new Suunto Spartan Sport and Suunto Spartan Ultra, REVIEWED HERE.

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£516 for Cancer Research

Faith raising money for Cancer Research

One of our customers and his daughter, Faith Middleton, have just completed the Great North Run and Junior 4K run raising over £500 for Cancer Research. Read more here …

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Polar M400 in RED

Polar M400 GPS running watch now available in RED

Our most popular GPS runners watch with traditional heart rate strap, activity tracker and fitness tests is now available in a very attractive RED. This new red design will replace the obsoleted PINK version of the Polar M400

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Garmin Vivosmart HR+ arrived …

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ on test this month

It’s going to be a busy month. With new arrivals from Suunto, TomTom and Garmin. Our friends at Garmin have sent us a Vivosmart HR+ to review throughout September. A very compact activity tracker with built-in GPS and heart rate monitor.

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Garmin Vivomove has arrived

Testing Soon - Garmin Vivomove

For the customer who wants a TRADITIONAL style analogue watch with real hands … and a built-in STEP counter and MOVE bar to keep you active throughout the day. The Garmin Vivomove is available in several stylish colours including all black, gold and silver with a variety of straps to suit.

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TomTom Touch released

New - TomTom Touch with body composition analysis

The first ever Fitness Band / Activity Tracker with BUILT-IN Body Composition Analysis. The TomTom Touch uses BIA technology to give body fat and muscle density percentages.

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Suunto Spartan available September

The drop dead gorgeous, super tough, all singing all dancing GPS wonder watch is coming very soon. The Suunto Spartan is available in several models from the Sport to the Ultra. We’ve not yet tested one, but we hope to very soon. If you want one, we’d recommend pre-ordering NOW ….

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Polar Finland announce M600

The Polar M600 looks to be a cross between the sleek and stylish Polar A360 with off the wrist heart rate sensors and the practical and functional Polar M400 with built-in GPS. It’s an all colour GPS HRM smartwatch powered by Android Wear… and we CANNOT wait to get our hands on it !!

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New TomTom Sports Watch

There will be a press release in Berlin Sept 1st and London Sept 8th announcing the launch of a new TomTom GPS sports watch. TomTom are keep this release close to their chests so we are expecting something rather impressive.

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220 Triathlon “Best on Test” M450

Best on Test award for Polar M450 from 220 Triathlon magazine

The Polar M450 has been awarded the Best on Test for 2016 GPS Bike Computers scoring a highly deserved 90%. It would have been higher if the tester had known how to customise the M450’s displays.

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Garmin Forerunner 735XT Launched

Garmin Forerunner 735XT review

The Garmin Forerunner 735XT is available now from WIGGLE only. Please visit this short blog post for details of Garmin’s first dedicated TRIATHLON watch with BUILT-IN heart rate monitor sensors. This new Forerunner 735XT uses Garmin’s ELEVATE off the wrist optical HR technology making HR tracking that bit easier…

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BlueLeza – Bluetooth & ANT+

BlueLeza Bluetooth ANT+ heart rate belt - product test coming soon

Coming soon .. a product test of the BlueLeza HRM chest strap. A clever heart rate sensor that transmits in BOTH Bluetooth 4.0 (Android & iPhones) and also ANT+ (Garmin devices) > CLICK Here

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