We always try to give you the heads up on the latest and greatest new products, often before anyone has got their hands on them. In this NEWS section find alerts on the newest product releases from the big brands like Fitbit, Polar, Garmin, Suunto, Mio and Timex. Don’t forget to visit our regular competition to win one of the products we’ve recently tested – all you have to do is LIKE and SHARE the Facebook post to win these great prizes

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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Jabra Sport Pulse – NEW

New product - Jabra Sport Pulse heart rate headphones

I have been aware of this product for some time but never had the pleasure of testing them. A quick email to the UK distributor and a few days later a pair of Jabra Sport Pulse headphones has arrived for testing …

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All videos on ONE page ..

Just a quick update on my video reviews. I have conveniently added all my video reviews to a single page …

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Polar M200 Accuracy Tests

Polar M200 Heart Rate accuracy tests

The new Polar M200 uses the LED sensors on the back of the watch to acquire heart rate. This heart rate accuracy tests highlights the accuracy of the Polar M200 when compared to the Polar H7 chest sensor and a Polar M450 ..

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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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Chest Strap v Wrist Based HR Accuracy

Introduction I am lucky, I get to test some of the very best heart rate monitor watches on the market. I quickly know which will be best sellers and which will fail to appeal. Often their success or failure is a result of the watch’s heart rate functionality and accuracy. A few years ago Mio…

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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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Fitbit Blaze Test is complete …

Comparison Table - Fitbit Surge, Charge HR and Blaze

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

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Music While you Workout

TomTom Spark / Runner2 with music and heart rate

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.

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Fitbit Alta – stylish activity tracker

Fitbit Alta review

Fitbit have released their latest product in their growing range of 24/7 activity tracking wristbands – we welcome the new Fitbit Alta

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Review – Garmin Vivosmart HR

Garmin Vivosmart HR - strapless heart rate monitor / activity band

If you are in the market for a new activity tracker and have been considering the Fitbit Charge HR or the Polar A360 then please also take a minute to read the review of the Vivosmart HR >> BLOG here

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Fitbit Fitness products added to site

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

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History of a Running Watch

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.

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Polar’s new M450 bike computer

Polar M450 tested and reviewed by Tristan Haskins

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.

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Polar A300 Video Review

Activity Bar on Polar A300

Video review of the Polar A300 now live on YouTube

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50% Suunto Ambit2 Sport !!

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.

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Underwater Heart Rate Recording

Garmin HRM-tri and HRM-swim for swimming heart rate

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

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Polar Flow to sync with STRAVA

Polar Flow and Strava data sync coming soon

Polar Flow will soon (Oct 2015) automatically synchronise your run and ride training data with Strava. More information here – Polar Flow & Strava

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Open Water Swim for V800

Swim metrics for the Polar V800 for open water and indoor pool

Great news … the Polar V800 has been updated to provide SWIM-METRICS for open water swimming. More information here – Polar V800 Open Water update

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Edge 520 with Strava segments

Garmin Edge 520 tested and reviewed

If you use Strava you will love the new Garmin Edge. Please read our Edge 520 review for the latest news on this great new GPS bike computer.

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Garmin goes Optical

Detail of the Mio HR sensor in the Forerunner 225

Garmin release the new Forerunner 225 GPS Runners watch with BUILT-IN optical heart rate sensor. 

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Voucher Codes

Wiggle Voucher Codes Available here

Get the best Discount Codes and Vouchers at Wiggle, Evans Cycles and Sweatband Fitness …

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Epson SF-810 tests complete

Epson SF-810 taking heart rate off the wrist

We have been testing the new Epson SF-810 GPS Runners watch for just over week. It’s a neat package with built-in optical heart rate sensor taking HR from the WRIST, so no need for a chest strap.

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A Brief History…

It all started in 1996. As a sports science student I wanted to promote the use of Heart Rate Monitors in exercise. The business went online in 1999. In 14 years we sold HRM's to over 300,000 customers.

After a short retail back we're now back with the new online store selling ONLY Polar. We still offer impartial advice & test other heart rate monitor brands. Our aim however, is to introduce you to Polar's products as an alternative to Garmin, Fitbit, Suunto or TomTom.

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