Following on from the success of the Foreunner 50, Garmin have just announced the launch of its successor, the Garmin FR60.
Announced in conjunction with the 2009 ISPO Winter trade show in Munich, the Garmin FR60 looks set to raise the bar when it comes to fitness watches.
The FR60 will log every mile and every minute you cover, tracking your time, heart rate and calories burned. When bundled with the wireless foot pod, the FR60 will also be able to track your speed and distance, whether indoors or out.
The standout feature from its predecessor, is the use of Wi-Fi technology. Once you have finished your workout, the Garmin FR60 will wirelessly send your workout data to your computer for later analysis.
The FR60 will boast advanced training tools, such as training alarms and workout goals and will also feature Virtual Partner mode, which lets you race against a virtual partner to help you improve your performance.
The FR60 will utilise wireless ANT+ technology, allowing it to connect to other ANT+ compatible devices such as the included hear rate monitor, the optional foot pod or even ANT+ compatible fitness equipment. The optional foot pod will allow wireless data transfer to track your distance and speed effortlessly. Using advanced accelerometer technology, the foot pod collects and sends precise data about your movements, gathering distance and speed data that is 98 percent accurate, right out of the box.
For instant feedback about how hard you are working, the Garmin FR60 connects wirelessly to the included lightweight, flexible digital heart rate monitor to continuously track heart beats per minute and to display your heart rate zone, so you can monitor and improve your fitness level.
Triathletes will embrace the versatility of the swim-friendly FR60 as it helps them train and race indoors or outdoors, on the bike, in the water or on the trails. The featherweight foot pod enables the FR60 to track and record speed, distance, calories burned, steps and cadence without excess burden. Cyclists will enjoy the versatile options of adding a bike speed and cadence sensor and a handy bike mount.
The benefits of the Garmin FR60 will continue long after you have completed your workout, by pairing the FR60 with Garmin Connect, users can automatically log their workouts, track their totals, share workouts with coaches, friends and family and participate in an online fitness community with similar interests.
Available in red, lilac and black, the FR60 will come in both male and female versions and is released May 2009.
The Garmin FR60 is available to pre-order now, here.