Magellan, an innovator in global positioning system technology, has won gold again with its newest sports watch released in July 2012, the Magellan Switch. Highly acclaimed by the Heart Rate Watch Company, the Switch offers runners, cyclists, swimmers, and other outdoor enthusiasts a compact but fully loaded training watch with navigational and multiple exercise features built right in.
The highly sensitive and highly accurate GPS-enabled Switch sports a slim design compared to its bulkier competitors. It has a flexible wristband for comfort, and the watch piece itself can be easily removed from the band to be mounted on other sports equipment, such as a bicycle or a water craft, using the optional multi-sport mounting kit for less than $30. The watch is not only durable for strenuous workouts, but it is also water resistant up to 50 meters for wet workouts. The Switch can be purchased with or without a heart rate strap as well, making the cost with a strap less than $240 and the cost without the strap less than $190.
Precise and rapid availability to navigational data is crucial for athletes serious about their training sessions. The GPS technology used in the Switch connects effortlessly to any nearby satellite, even those often obscured by tall buildings or mountainous terrain. The watch can connect to any ANT+ device, including heart rate monitors, foot pods, and power meters. It has nine activity profiles and eighty data fields to customize all activity screens. Another great feature of the Switch that is often missing from sports training watches is the option of adding 16 hours of battery life. The installed lithium-ion battery provides 8 hours of training time, but an optional backup battery that costs less than $40 gives endurance trainees up to 24 hours of constant tracking without having to wait for a recharge.
The Magellan Switch leads the way in offering athletes more than they thought possible. Its newest training concept is the Activity Pacer. Once an athlete has programmed in his training session goals of distance, time, and speed, the Activity Pacer monitors the progress and provides specific targets to meet during the session in order to achieve the desired goal. Athletes can also share their workout sessions through Magellan Active and other sports fitness websites. The Switch definitely has what it takes for athletes to make the switch to a newer, better equipped, GPS-enabled sports watch.