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The Tom Tom runner 3 is absolutely brilliant, it ticks all the boxes and it has ...
on 8 June 2017
The Tom Tom runner 3 is absolutely brilliant, it ticks all the boxes and it has all the features I've always needed.
The design is pretty nice, you can choose the strap you like and you can also change it if you get bored of it. I got the black and green strap, which is pretty cool. It's very comfortable and very easy to close and secure thanks to the three connection points. You will need to take the watch off the strap when you need to charge it, but it's extremely easy to do and you don't need to do it so often.
The battery life is pretty good in my opinion, it constantly counts your steps and monitors your heart rate, if you just use it as a watch it can go for over a week without charging.
When using GPS and music at the same time I usually charge it after three days (one 1h long outdoor activity per day plus indoor gym activities with no GPS).
The earphones pairing can be tricky at first: I had to try a few times before I could pair my headset (also make sure there are no other bluetooth devices in range other than the headset), but once paired it gets recognised in a couple of seconds. The sound quality is good and you also get audio audio feedback when wearing earphones and I also get no stuttering or audio drops, not even outdoor, but that depends on where the bluetooth receiver is placed in the headset: mine is on the lefthand side, so that helps a lot.
The heart rate monitor is extremely precise, just make sure you're wearing the watche reasonabily tight. The GPS is the best receiver I've ever used: better than my smartphone or my old running watch (which is what I would expect from a Tom Tom device). It tracks my run so precisely it's hard to believe, both between buildings or trees (I usually run in a park).
The watch is waterproof, you can swim with it. I haven't tried swimming, but I take a couple of showers per day without taking it off and it's not been affected at all.
Running feature: you get all the relevant real time data (heart rate, pace, distance and so on), all uptaded every second, and you can also select different training types. The treining mode I found more useful is intervals! You can customise warmup time (or distance), work, rest, number of sets and cooldown, perfect for HIIT.
There are multiple tracking mode: run (outdoor), treadmill (indoor), cycle, freestyle, swim, indoor cycling, stopwatch and gym. I use the gym mode when I do HIIT on the cross trainer, the watch has no knowledge of the cross trainer resistance, but for some reason the burned calories are pretty damn close to the number displayed on the cross trainer, I guess it uses your current heart rate to work out the burned calories.
With the runner 3 you can also prepare a trail on the PC and download it to the device, so you can foollow it during the activity (there is also a built in compass). I've never used it yet, but it's useful if you like trail running.
You can pair the watch with your smartphone using the tom tom my sports app, which is pretty nice. When you sync the watch data you can get the usual insight on your activities and progression (you can also track your sleep), set the goals and so on. The activity view is very complete and you can analyse your splits, all the recorded data based on the distance and anything you may need. The app also syncs with every famous running app, so I just track my activity with my watch and I don't have to worry anymore about runkeeper, it never failed so far and all the data is synched (GPS data and heart rate graph too).
I'm really happy with my runner 3, I don't know if pro runners might demand more, but it's just perfect for all my needs. If you like running and going to the gym and having your music everywhere you need it, then the runner 3 is the right device for you.