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Can’t get enough data? The newest Garmin Forerunner is for you.
Garmin’s latest multisport device, the 920XT, fulfills the wish list of any data-loving triathlete. The sleek and slim watch can seamlessly take you from start to finish of a race with all the bells and whistles you’d want for training. Like its predecessor the 910XT, the 920XT offers swim modes for both pool and open water, and can detect which stroke you’re swimming and your stroke count. It also has a “swim drill” mode, which allows you to track drillwork distances, too.
Run-form obsessed? The collection of metrics that make up Garmin’s “running dynamics” have also been built in—cadence, vertical oscillation and contact time with the ground. The “race predictor” will tell you your estimated time for a variety of distances based on your VO2max derived from a simple 10-minute heart rate test (if only the watch could do the training to get you there, too).
If you use an ANT+ power meter on the bike, the 920XT will display all your wattage data and, when paired with a heart rate monitor, it will also give you VO2max estimates.
Outside of all the multisport features, Garmin also boasts Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, which appeals to safety (live tracking), training (easy direct workout uploads) and communication (text and social media notifications) purposes. And—because why not?—it can track your daily steps and remind you to move when you’ve been idle for too long.
Garmin Forerunner 920XT
$450 ($500 with heart rate monitor), Garmin.com