Magellan isn't afraid to get a little sweaty, as the GPS manufacturer is getting into the fitness tech game. Announced and shown off in January at CES, the new Magellan Switch series of crossover GPS watches are now available from Magellan's authorized online and retail partners. The Switch Series is another powerful, adaptable, and customizable watch device, designed to meet the needs of multisport athletes.
The Switch GPS watch (MSRP: $229.99 or $279.99 with Heart Rate Monitor) is a powerful fitness training device packed with innovative features. Switch tracks position precisely with GPS satellite data and records time, distance, speed/pace, elevation and more. High-sensitivity GPS allows Switch to acquire satellites quickly and track movement in many tough environments - near tall buildings, on mountainous terrain or under heavy tree cover. By using ANT+TM wireless technology, the Switch easily connects to a Magellan heart rate monitor or any ANT+ compatible heart rate monitor, foot pod, bike speed/cadence sensor and power meter.
Switch is water-resistant to 50 meters, so it can be worn for an extended period in water to track swimming activities and other high intensity water and snow activities. The slim design and flexible wristband mean Switch can be used in a variety of conditions.
Boasting a high-resolution display, Switch provides superior readability in varying light conditions - especially bright light. With 8 hours of battery life from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, Switch has enough gas in the tank to capture most activities.
The Switch Up GPS watch (MSRP: $299.99 or $349.99 with Heart Rate Monitor) has the same powerful features as the Switch GPS watch but also includes a barometric altimeter for precise elevation data, a thermometer to monitor and capture outside temperature, vibration alerts for notification in louder environments, and an innovative quick release mounting system to easily transition between sports.
Included with Switch Up, the Multisport Mounting Kit allows the device to move easily between wrist and bike making the transition between sports seamless. Switch Up is ideal for tracking multisport activities as one workout and can also log transition time in the process, providing triathletes with a complete picture of their races from start to finish.
Both the Switch and Switch Up break away from the pack by introducing a new training concept for GPS watches - Activity Pacer. After you set a desired distance, time and speed/pace, Activity Pacer not only shows the targeted progress, but more importantly, provides specific targets to attain or maintain the original goal.
Each includes fitness and training features such as customizable activity screens with over 80 data fields to choose from, 9 activity profiles to save device configurations based on activity type, auto lap, auto pause, backtrack navigation, marking locations, activity history, and more.
For endurance athletes, Magellan offers an optional Battery Extender Pack that provides 16 hours of additional battery life for a total of 24 hours. The best part is that can be swapped in and out while recording an activity.
For or those looking to analyze and share their activities, Magellan makes it easy for customers to upload, view and store activities at Magellan Active as well as other leading fitness sites, including MapMyFitness, TrainingPeaks, Strava and more.
For more information visit: www.magellangps.com/switch
Magellan, has also announced Magellan Active, a new website designed for people who run, bike, swim or participate in other outdoor activities to upload and track their fitness activities in one place. Magellan also announces the availability of its new Switch™ and Switch Up crossover GPS watches for athletes to record their performance data and then directly upload the information to Magellan Active.
Magellan Active's Dashboard gives multisport athletes a single location for viewing all of their performance activities. Users have total control of their data and the ability to quickly search through all of their activities with a range of filters. Activity analysis is easy with summaries, lap comparisons and easy-to-read maps and charts. Multisport athletes can record each segment on their Switch GPS watch, upload the data to Magellan Active, and then view all of the segments with a single view. This 'True Multisport' experience presents multisport activities naturally with a single view of the entire activity and the ability to drill into each segment such as swimming, biking, running and transitions.
Magellan Active makes it easy for athletes to share information about their events and performance data. Users receive their own Magellan Active profile page, which can be made private or public for sharing activities and reports. Magellan Active also includes social features so users can easily post their activities to Facebook and Twitter.
Users can export performance data using common file formats including FIT, CSV, GPX and KML.
For more information on Magellan Active visit: active.magellangps.com