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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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
Polar have taken the popular A360 and added 24/7 all day heart rate tracking. More details here ….
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 ..
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 ….
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 ….
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 ….
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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” …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ….
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 !!
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.
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.
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…
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
The Fitbit Blaze is a proper smartwatch. The Charge HR and Surge have smart notifications and Bluetooth connectivity, but they’re not really SMARTwatches. The Blaze is >> BLOG HERE
The TomTom Runner 2 or TomTom Spark as it is also known comes in 6 different packages and 2 sizes. I have had the pleasure of testing the top of the range TomTom Runner 2 Cardio + Music.
Fitbit have released their latest product in their growing range of 24/7 activity tracking wristbands – we welcome the new Fitbit Alta
It took much longer than we had planned, but we are pleased to announce we now have Fitbit on the website ! Please pop over to their brand page for the latest news, reviews and product tests on the Fitbit Fitness Trackers and Sports Watches. >> BLOG HERE
This is a MUST READ for anyone thinking of buying a Garmin Forerunner. Don’t get an outdated model unless it fits your needs and budget. This timeline of the world’s best GPS running watch is here to help you make an informed choice. All models from the 101 in 2003 to the latest products.
The latest introduction to Polar’s growing range of GPS bike computers. The Polar M450 is here and ready to take on the Edge 25 and other leading GPS bike computers in the £100 to £150 range.
If you like to bike, run and swim then this is an offer too good to refuse. Save 50% off the Suunto Ambit2 S for a VERY LIMITED time only.
Swimmers / Triathletes, finally, Garmin have caught up with Polar and Suunto with the introduction of the HRM-swim and HRM-tri for heart rate monitoring UNDERWATER. More details available here
Polar Flow will soon (Oct 2015) automatically synchronise your run and ride training data with Strava. More information here – Polar Flow & Strava