Lesser known in the fitness world, outdoor brand Magellan is going head to head with Garmin with the release of a new range of “smart multisport devices” which were talked up last week in Sydney. Whilst Garmin are already well established in the fitness GPS market, there is room for improvement and added variety and choice will be a welcome change for consumers.
Magellan are entering the fitness market with what will be known as the Magellan Switch and Magellan Switch Up. Both new GPS devices will feature heart rate, calories burnt and lap times along whilst benefiting from GPS route mapping, measurements of distance and pace and a barometric altimeter on the Switch Up model for measuring elevation and descent of your activity.
Magellan will feature 10 preset profiles for different sports including running, swimming and cycling as well as programmable profiles. The Switch and Switch Up will be waterproof up to a depth of 50m and is ANT+ compatible for use with heart rate monitors or cadence sensors on a bike. The Magellan Activity Pacer will help you monitor your distance and pace and lets you adjust to suit a desired level of progress.
The Magellan Switch is rectangular in shape and can be clipped to the supplied wrist strap so you can wear it like a watch and the Switch Up comes with a multisport-mount so you can clip and mount it on your bike quickly and easily. What’s more, once you have finished your exercise, you can analyse and share your results progress online with Magellan‘s own online analysis portal.
We think the Magellan Switch will be priced at around £199 or £219 with the heart rate monitor and the Magellan Switch Up priced at approximately £229 and £259 without and with heart rate monitor respectively.
Stay tuned for more on the release of the Magellan Switch and Switch Up!