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 pool-mate is the only fully automatic swimming computer. Simply press the start button and begin to swim. No forgetting your lap count no pressing buttons at the end of each lap the pool-mate uses state of the art accelerometers to measure the movement of the wrist during the swim stroke. Advanced digital signal processing techniques and software algorithms have been developed by our engineers to pick out the stroke and lap information for the recognized swimming strokes. Works with front crawl, back stroke, breaststroke and butterfly, all sizes of pool over 15 meters or yards and without calibration. As well as lap counting the pool-mate will do much more. It will display and store session time, average strokes per lap, speed, distance, calories and efficiency. In addition to the statistics for the overall session it will record the same data for each individual set so you can see how all these metrics change through a swim session. You can even time your rest periods between sets. All data is stored in a large memory for review during or after a swim session (up to 400 logs can be stored). As well as full digital watch functions including 12 or 24 hour format, alarm and backlight. It also has a useful Chrono mode so you can time your running, cycling, open water swims or triathlons. Making it the perfect sporting accessory. Numerous studies and respected coaches stress the value of stroke counting as a valued way to improve swimming efficiency. The pool-mate has a unique swimming efficiency index that gives feedback about the efficiency of your swimming. By monitoring this so you can see how you improve over time. We have designed a complete bespoke watch specifically for swimmers. N.
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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.
It was fun while it lasted but next time a put 100 dollars into a more expensive brand that I can enjoy past 6 months
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!
When I do sets of 600 yards I will do them in usually 3-4 sets for a workout. The watch is lucky if it can get the laps correct half the time. By half the time I mean that it will usually give me a 21 lap count when I have swam 24 laps. So out of 4 sets 2 of them will be at the correct number of laps. But because I swim at the same pace it is easy to tell when the watch is incorrect in it's count as the clock seems to work fine other than I have reset the time about 6 time in the last year.
The watch seems to work almost all the time when I swim the breast stroke for long periods but has trouble keeping track of my back stroke laps as it will usually drop anywhere from three to five laps on a standard 24 lap set. For the front crawl it works about 80 percent of the time on long slow swims.
I have recently started doing sprint workouts with sets of 50 yards and the watch is lucky if it can keep count, on any stroke, of the laps 50% of the time. Which isn't really a problem from the number of laps but it sure throws off all the other data that the phone provides relating to the workout.