The best swim watch 2019: what should you wear in the pool

The best swim watch 2019: what should you wear in the pool

to Run and cycle-tracking tech has incredibly grown in the last five years, with GPS watches, the form of fixture sensors and power meters to expand the universe of knowledge for us-hard weekend warriors. 

amateur football will now be monitored is supplied with a GPS now for a casual player. For swimmers, though, it is a different story. It’s taken a while, for people who like to feel a little bit of time at the pool, how much love, how your country fellow fitness-loving types. 

brands like Fitbit, Apple and Samsung in the race to upgrade-sports-watch and fitness Tracker with waterproof design and swim-tracking tech built in.

While it is still not a lot of dedicated swim-Tracker, the best all-around fitness trackers now offer automatic stroke detection, accurate round-and distance-tracking in the pool and open water, and some even offer a pretty accurate heart rate measurement in water.

But the prices range from well under $100 / £100 to more than $500 / £500, so we tested to find the leading products on the market, the best swimming watch for every budget.

Best swim watch: Apple Watch 5

1. Apple Watch 5

The best smartwatch for iPhone is perfect for swimmers

Case weight: 30.1 – 47.9 g | battery life: Up to 18 hours | waterproof rating: 5ATM

” car-contour-detection

Simple multi-sport-transitions

Expensive for just a swim-tracking

is a Better device for casual swimmers

With each generation, the Apple Watch is a serious fitness. Along with the new heart rate capabilities, the combination of Apple Watch 5 and watchOS 6 has improved, swim smarts. 

Built for pool and open water swimming, such as the Apple Watch 4, the watch features 5 automatic stroke detection, automatic sets, and detailed splits, you can filter for 25m, 50m and 100m all in the Workout app./p>

you can also swim to the use of third-party tracking apps, if you feel you do not get enough from Apple’s offering. We like the fact that it has a handy little function to eject the water from the speaker, turn the Digital crown and it’s a burst of sound to you.

The addition of an always-on display is also easy to see. There is a large swimming-all-rounder, but we think there are better options for serious swimmers who hit the pool every day. 

read the full Apple Watch 5 review.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

2. Samsung Galaxy Watch

A bold new name with a couple of new features

Case weight: 49 – 63g | battery life: 3 – 4 days | waterproof rating: 5ATM

Impressive four-day battery life

Large core-software

Proprietary wireless charger

Bixby is not so great

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is a great all-round fitness tracker and swimming is one of the activities that you can pursue, thanks to the fact, it sealed the water and has a 5 ATM rating.

p the information within the Baden-tracking screen, including your opponent, what data you want to view, as they swim, the pool length (25m) can the>default setting, and guide is-the frequency. 

Like a lot of similar smartwatches, it’s the touch-sensitivity is disabled, so you need to use the buttons on the side, as you swim. And, like the Apple Watch 4, you can play by pressing the button wakes the touch screen and a little sound clearly from the speaker. 

as soon As you are done swimming, the data is fairly detailed, you can, provided your fastest length, duration, calories, pace, heart rate and more, you have the correct pool length. 

It is perhaps not as advanced as some of the trackers are built exclusively for the Baden-tracking, but for casual swimmers, it s a solid option.

read the full Samsung Galaxy Watch review.

3. Moov Now

the Best option for swimming-fitness on a budget

weight: 6g | battery life: 200 sessions | Waterproof: 3ATM

cheap very cheap

Good battery life

Some of the accuracy issues

does No real-time performance feedback in the pool

Like many of the other devices on this list, the Moov Now a lot more than just keep tabs on your pool Training. As such, we would like to refer to this as a powerful all-round fitness tracker with skills in the water to justify it as our top fitness tracker of 2017.

The small, super-lightweight tracker fits into a comfortable soft, silicone bracelet to wear on your wrist, and uses on-board sensors, which tracks laps, distance, time, speed, swimming style and number of strokes.

We were really excited that Moov broke our session data down to individual lengths, where you can see how many lines you have, how long it took, their processing times, interruptions or breaks you made, and what stroke they were swimming.

With love to detail, such as this, the Moov comes close as one of the most capable products on the list; however, there are some significant drawbacks.

firstly, you have to start your session from your phone. In most cases, this means doing it in the locker room, where you leave your smartphone safe and dry back in the locker. 

A bit annoying, and hampered by the lack of the screen, on the Now self, that is, you can not see what is going on while you are swimming.

We were often left wondering if it is really tracking at all. It also struggled a little with accuracy, Drop round and miscounting strokes per length.

But then look at the price tag, for £50 / $60 / AU$79 and with a battery life that can log more than 200 training units, you get a lot of bang for your buck, and if you are an occasional swimmer as part of a comprehensive fitness regime, then this is hard to beat.

read the full Moov Now review

Best swim watch: Fitbit Versa 2

4. Fitbit Versa 2

A lightweight smartwatch that happy in the pool

weight: 38g | battery life: 4+ days | waterproof rating: 5ATM


Easy-to-understand tracking

Too easy for enthusiasts float 


The Fitbit Versa 2 is full of fitness functions and allows you to keep track of them in a really intuitive and simple way. 

thanks to the 5ATM water resistance, swim, conversely, may 2 track, and shows the lengths and meters sponge in addition to the time taken.

It just keeps track of your laps in the pool, detects in real time when you have reached the other side and the starting shot for the beginning of your next turn.

What really led us by surprise was that the Versa was 2 be able to provide short and concise information on the screen with its bright illuminated display under water. 

Although the data collected from our swims, was not really in detail, it is presented more than enough data for the casual swimmer, and you can dig deeper by opening the Fitbit app. Just considering there are no GPS, so you can not track your route when open-water swimming. 

read the full Fitbit Versa 2 review

5. Garmin Forerunner 935

The strongest multisport watch

weight: 49g | battery life: Up to 24 hours in GPS mode | waterproof rating: 5ATM

training insights

– One-button-triathlon-transitions


Over-specified for the casual swimmer

While some of the other devices on this list provide General fitness, Garmin Forerunner 935 is so serious, such as multi-sports equipment.

watch combines A bit of the combination of the features of the Fenix 5 with the appearance of a precursor-635, this triathlon-dedicated pool smarts with the whole training-and performance-features that make it the first choice for competitive amateur swim-bike-run athletes.

The clock comes with built-in activity profiles for pool and open water swimming, and you can also swim, you can create your own workouts, or download sessions via Garmin Connect – plus-check-out your SWOLF score –  ALSO their efficiency. 

you get your SWOLF score by the addition of strokes per length, and the time it took to complete the length. for example, 25m length to 30 seconds at 20 strokes is a SWOLF score of 50.

lower your SWOLF, the more efficient you are. Why is this important? Well for a start you can compare your performance for a swim in pools of different sizes more easily.

In the water, the precursor 935 automatically detects stroke type, and lengths, distance, pace and number of strokes. There are also time and distance alerts, a handy countdown start, advanced sleep Timer, and open-water-swim metrics.

One thing we really loved, especially to provide because the other Tracker fails, the opportunity for the input of drill manually. This means that you can also exercises, you will not sign up for all the hard work you do, based on stroke alone, for example, kick and single-arm. However, it is the pursuit of odd length missed found, here and there.

After your sessions are completed, you can Status the new training feature will help you on the spot if you under exercise, or overdo it by evaluating your past exercise history, and performance indicators, so this is fantastic for the monitoring of training, performance and recovery.

There is no heart rate from the wrist in the water, but you can Swim pair the Forerunner 935 with a HRM-Tri-or HRM-heart rate monitor for additional findings. 

you can also tips you to sync data wirelessly via your smartphone to Garmin Connect and then in the speedometer On a web-platform for additional Strava-such as competition, community, training and advice.

read the hands on Garmin Forerunner 935 review

6. Fitbit ionic

“General” fitness-tracker, for those in the pool

weight: 30g | battery life: Up to 10 hours in GPS mode | waterproof rating: 5ATM

lightweight and comfortable

Easy to operate

No swimming history on the watch

precision issues

If you only swim as part of a General fitness regime, knocking out a couple of lengths on each visit, then the Fitbit-Ionic-easy to track easy-to-use interface and length, distance, and pace, should needs to be more than sufficient for your tracking.

The fact that the app shows the swim in terms of their General day to day fitness goals is also a nice touch.

If, however, you are a swimmer, or you take seriously your pool time, then you’ll find Fitbit’s first smartwatch is a bit on the basic side. The same can be said of the newer Fitbit Versa.

How many of the all-round fitness Tracker there is no possibility of input – exercises – so a length of a kick will not register, for example – and since there is no automatic stroke detection, change the line in the middle of the length of the data in the registry is incorrect.

The watch is easy to wear, in the water, and the sheer number of spacing holes on the strap means it stays even on smaller wrists. 

The Baden-tracking function is self-explanatory; pick ‘exercise’ from the apps, swipe to swim (Yes, wipe worked surprisingly well in the water) and go.

There is a button for settings, where you can easily input the length of the pool, for the prosecution, and the fact that the screen stays off, unless you have a cue shows you distance, laps, and time, all of the 100m is advantageous, for example, as a flashing screen enter your eye line, if you do your best Phelps impression, may prove confusing./p>

you can also choose to press the tracker automatically different exercises to recognize how to swim, if you forget to do so, you are sorted. The tracking, however, is where the ionic swam in difficulties. Despite entering the pool length 25m, we got the readings of the 8 lengths of 100m and 22 lengths of 450 instead of 550.

Fitbit say that some of the inaccuracies may come from shorter swims, to stop, to rest out in the middle of the pool, and pause for more than 60 seconds in length (which we probably have, if you try, that’s why the 100m-cue-we would the sentence not be extinguished after four lengths).

for these reasons, they recommend that you should swim be able to keep track of between 6-12 lengths without interruption, your floats – so it is suitable probably not for those who are just starting out.

read the full Fitbit ionic review

Released on Thu, 21 Nov 2019 20:46:23 +0000

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