Swimovate Pool Mate Watch Speed, Distance and Lap Computer for Swimmers
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- Automatically counts laps, strokes per lap, speed, calories, distance (yards or meters)
- Efficiency index allows you to monitor changes to your swim technique over time
- Records data for total session and individual sets
- Memory stores up to 400 swim sessions
- Water resistant to 50 M
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The Swimovate Pool Mate computer sports watch is a fully automatic swimming aid which features very accurate sensors and software measuring the swimmer's performance. It counts laps, average strokes per lap, calorie expenditure, distance covered in yards and meters and efficiency as well as real and elapsed time. It recognises four major styles (freestyle, breaststroke backstroke and butterfly) and works on any pool that is at least 15 m long. It is water resistant to 50 m and highly accurate (more than 99.75%). A convenient chrono feature makes it possible to use the watch outside the pool for timing other sports, such as running, biking or triathlon. The large internal memory is able to store 999 sets per session enabling future progress analysis. The computer does not require any calibration and can be used immediately. This lightweight computer looks like a regular sports watch and features backlit and clear display. Comfort of wearing is ensured by a flexible strap and secure double fastening.
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Basic facts of note as of 2 swims:
1) It counts 1 pool length as a lap. It got 34 of 36 laps correct, including all of my second swim; I believe this is because I "glided" further after coming off the wall the second session.
2) It works for both "flip" and basic turn-around-and-go-the-other-way turns like I do.
3) It will set up as yard or meters (earlier versions did not).
4) It does NOT download to any type of computer program including the one advertised on the website. You have to manually enter the data.
5) You cannot look at the lap counter while swimming. Not only is the readout a little small, but when you stop your stroke it may cause the computer to think you've changed stroke or done another lap. You could check between laps (while "gliding"), but you would probably have to stop.
6) It figures out the type of stroke automatically, but changing mid-lap will cause it to miss a lap or have invalid data.
7) When you finish a set or a split, you hit the "start" button. Thus, the lap time worked perfectly even if the lap count was off.
8) The pause function is great. It counts your rest, hit start, and your off on your next set. This function was absent from most of the counters I researched, so you had to reset the counter and lose data or count your rest time in your overall time.
In summary, if you mainly want to keep track of laps, go for something more basic. If tracking all the data keeps you motivated (like me) this device seems good so far, but you have to manually transfer the data or use it within the watch itself which is clunky.
The only complaint I have with this product is how it calculates your swim efficiency. I am a good swimmer and this watch gives me readings of efficiency usually below 30. Normally a higher efficiency number relates to being more efficient, but not with this product. With this product, a higher number means your swimming is less efficient and a lower number means you are a more efficient swimmer.
That is, it gives the efficiency backwards. Most people know that a 90%+ heating system for their house is more efficient than a heating system that is 50% efficient.
Updated review: August 1, 22013
My poolmate watch needed a new battery and I discovered that you have to send it back to get the battery replaced!
The cost of the battery replacement was $25, plus another $15 to the USPS to send it back, resulting in a $40 expenditure
for a battery. Moreover, I lost the use of the watch for my swim workouts for over a week. While I am sure this is a
moneymaker for the Swimovate company, it is not highly undesirable and expensive to me.
I also discovered that the battery in the Garmin swim watch can be replaced by the owner. This is much more
desirable and even though the poolmate is less expensive ($100 versus $150 for the Garmin), it is
clear that the Garmin will be less expensive over time.
so i don't have to wear my thinking cap.
As other reviewers have remarked,
laps you kicked are gone with the sharks.
But that isn't such a big deal to me,
I'll add back the laps to the total, mentally.
The only wish I have is that when i pause it,
all my progress--gosh, i've lost it!
and when i'm done, i look right away,
because the screen clears without delay
of all your time and your lap count,
but compared to other watches, this is a discount!