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Swimovate PMB Unisex Adult Pool Mate Computer Sports Watch

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  • Tracks Laps, Average Strokes per Lap, Distance, Calories, Efficiency, Real and Elapsed Time
  • Works with Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly
  • Suitable for Wear In or Out of the Pool - Can be Used by Triathletes
  • Large Internal Memory Can Record up to 999 Sets per Session for Future Review
  • Warranty: 12 Months for Defects in Materials and Workmanship

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 100 g
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  • Manufacturer reference: PMB
  • ASIN: B004BKNH0K
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 6 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,945 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Product Description

The Swimovate Pool Mate computer sports watch is a fully automatic swimming aid which features very accurate sensors and software measuring the swimmer's performance. It counts laps, average strokes per lap, calorie expenditure, distance covered in yards and meters and efficiency as well as real and elapsed time. It recognises four major styles (freestyle, breaststroke backstroke and butterfly) and works on any pool that is at least 15 m long. It is water resistant to 50 m and highly accurate (more than 99.75%). A convenient chrono feature makes it possible to use the watch outside the pool for timing other sports, such as running, biking or triathlon. The large internal memory is able to store 999 sets per session enabling future progress analysis. The computer does not require any calibration and can be used immediately. This lightweight computer looks like a regular sports watch and features backlit and clear display. Comfort of wearing is ensured by a flexible strap and secure double fastening.

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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By K. H. May on 19 April 2011
Colour Name: GreySize Name: n/a Verified Purchase
I've been swimming with the Poolmate for about a month now and on the whole I'm very happy with it. My swimming has improved significantly, partly because I've been able to accurately track my times, speeds and stroke efficiency but probably more because I'm not having to count my laps which leaves me free to concentrate on maintaining good form.

The Poolmate isn't without its quirks, as many reviewers have mentioned, but I've been able to minimise or work around all of them quite easily. I shouldn't need to say that you need to have the Poolmate tight on your wrist. Not so tight that it's uncomfortable, but the watch shouldn't move around on your wrist during your stroke. The most significant issue I've encountered is the Poolmate's tendency to 'drop' laps. Basically this happens when the watch fails to detect that you've finished one length and started another. It's a good idea to periodically check that the watch has an even or odd lap count at the right end of the pool. If it's wrong, then that means it's dropped a lap so just carry on and add an extra lap to what the watch says. All your figures will be slightly out, but your time will be correct which for me is the most important.

Chances are you can easily minimise the likelihood of the Poolmate dropping laps by changing the arm you wear it on, though. The watch seems to detect the end of one lap and the start of another by registering a stop in motion, followed by a pause as you kick off and glide to start the next lap. When I started with the Poolmate, I wore it on my left wrist, like I would a normal watch, but soon realised that because I take my first stroke with the left arm, I was shortening the amount of time the Poolmate had to register that 'glide' phase.
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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By P. Hume on 10 Feb. 2010
Colour Name: GreySize Name: n/a
If you are like me and daydream when doing endless laps then losing count is annoying. I often swim 2 to 2.5 miles of our pool without a break so keeping count whilst trying to focus on technique is difficult. The poolmate really does what it says on the tin and so far I've found it to be very accurate. Even when doing long strokes it never misses. For these sessions it's brilliant and if that's all you need it for it's a four star bit of kit. I've only given it 3 stars however as it's also a bit of an annoying little device. For instance, on those long swims it would be nice if you could set it so that it beeped after say every 10 lengths because as you can imagine, with not having to count you have no idea how far you've gone or for how long you've been swimming without stopping to look. The reason I've only given it 3 stars though is the other functions for when you are doing intervals and the like. The stop button doesn't stop the time unless you press it twice and then the whole thing resets. Pressing it once puts it into pause mode. Ok I suppose if you want so many seconds between intervals but I prefer to work off a set time. For these type of sessions my Timex IronMan watch is much better. Personally I also don't think scrolling through the options and settings is very intuitive and takes some fiddling with. Looks wise I wouldn't wear it for normal daywear. It looks cheap compared to other digital watches. In summary, if you want a watch to just count laps then get it. If you want one for varied workouts wait for the mark 2 to come out.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. J. Lewis on 28 April 2012
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Was initially concerned after reading all the bad reviews but took the plunge anyway deciding that the watch looked good anyway. When it arrived I was pleasantly surprised how it fitted my wrist. I have very small wrists and was expecting it to be geared up more for men not us ladies. Tested the watch in my 25m pool which is never quiet and even in the fast lane have to contend with a lot of others swimmers and different paces but again the watch did not dissappoint and counted my 64 lengths. ( I counted as well to double check) . A few more swims and I trusted it completely now I don't bother to count. An excellent watch and well worth the money.I wear the watch on the tightest notch when I swim and loosen it at other times. Also love the calorie counter which always makes my swim feel worthwhile after a hard days work
The only negative I have is that it seemed to scratch quite easily and I wish I had left the clear cover on it but the positive far outweigh that small negative.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By BigSofty on 15 July 2010
Colour Name: GreySize Name: n/a
I have had this for a few months now. At first I though it was great was reasonable consistent although it nearly always ended up with an odd number of laps. I usually swim for about 1hr in a 25m pool and have never managed to count past 10 so this product was a god send. It usually counts to about 80 but one day I managed to count for a whole hour and got to 100. Since then I have been checking my length times on th epool clock and I am consistently below 40s which is consistent with swiming 90+ lengths. So the counter is out by quite a bit when it only reaches 80.
I wear it on my right wrist so I changed the settings for left wrist and tried it on my left wrist. This time the count was only 50. So for me it is not at all reliable as a lap counter. And the time drifts out as well so not great as a watch.
I haven't tried to return the watch because the guarentee specifically excludes the accuracy of the lap counter.
The instructions also tell you that you should not press any of the buttons under water!

On the plus side I have just spoken to Swimovate who make the watch and they are going to send me a "recording watch" when one comes free which will look at why my lengths are not properly recorded. So maybe things will get better!
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