Smartwatches – An Overview at Your Wrist
Especially when mountain biking, falls often occur and tours can encounter some rough terrain. While bike computers mounted on the handlebars are quickly affected in this case smartwatches offer a good opportunity to record your training and, to a more modest extent, help you navigate. Watches are available in different versions:
- Activity tracker
- Heart rate monitor
- Sports watch
- Training-oriented watches
Activity or fitness trackers are the often very slim, lightweight wristwatches that record daily metrics such as step count. This feature is directly integrated into other smartwatches. Classic heart rate monitor watches measure your heart rate via a chest strap or directly on your wrist. Compared to multi-sport watches, they have significantly fewer functions and the focus is on running or cycling training. A sports watch is designed to record your athletic activities, whether you’re on a bike, on foot or in the water. Thanks to the integrated GPS, you can track your routes after pairing with a corresponding app. Multi-sport smartwatches offer you most extensive options and in some cases map-based navigation. In addition to training and route recording, some models have functions that are particularly interesting for mountain biking: these include compasses and altimeters, integrated altitude profiles or the so-called ClimbPro function, which recognises areas of ascent and displays relevant data.