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The Ultimate Multisport Training Experience: Garmin Forerunner 910XT

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Garmin the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the Forerunner 910XT - the only all-in-one GPS-enabled multi-sport device that provides detailed swim metrics and tracks distance, speed/pace, elevation and heart rate for running and cycling. The 910XT sports a sleek profile allowing users to easily slide wetsuits on and off, and has an on-board barometric altimeter for improved elevation data, all without sacrificing the size of its easy-to-read display or 20 hour battery life. Forerunner 910XT is officially announced in preparation for the Triathlon World Championship in Kona, HI, October 8, 2011 where it will be prominently displayed.

"Forerunner 910XT marks a revolution in triathlon and multisport," says Andy Silver, EMEA Product Manager Fitness. "It is unique in that it provides precise swim data in the pool and in open water, as well as accurate speed, distance and altitude readings in real time when cycling and running helping the athlete to pace him or herself perfectly and overcome the challenges of the triathlon and multi sport events. Forerunner 910XT will record, motivate and guide every stroke, every pedal rev and every step of the way, making this the world's most complete training watch ever."

Swim Metrics: With Forerunner 910XT, swimming will never be the same again. Designed for both open water and pool swimming, Forerunner 910XT is water resistant to 50 meters and is Garmin's first multisport watch to offer extensive swim metrics, including swim distance, stroke count, swim efficiency and  swim pace. It also computes a swimmer's SWOLF score - the sum of the time for one length plus the number of strokes for that length.  As a clear measure of swimming efficiency, the lower the SWOLF score, the better. In open water, the 910XT will even record the path that you swam, so you can review afterwards on a map in Garmin Connect, and its robust design and easy operation make it suited for other water sports, including paddle boarding, kayaking and windsurfing to name a few.

Track your transitions: When an athlete is ready to jump out of the water and onto the bike, Forerunner 910XT can move easily from wrist to handlebar with the optional quick release and bike mounts. Forerunner 910XT categorizes multisport activities in one workout, transitions between disciplines at the press of a button, and can also log transition time in the process, so triathletes can analyze their performance from start to finish. And with up to 20 hours of battery life, even hardcore endurance athletes can push themselves further than ever.

Monitor your performance: Forerunner 910XT uses a vibration motor for alerts such as heart rate, pace/speed and distance when audible tones cannot be heard). With the heart rate monitor, Forerunner 910XT also allows athletes to track their training intensity via the Training Effect feature. By inputting key information into the watch, a user can measure the impact of every run and bike session on their aerobic fitness.

Virtual Racer: In a true race against the clock, Forerunner 910XT adds Virtual RacerTM. With this feature, Garmin has an answer for every excuse - no more, "I could have beaten that time"- as users can now race themselves over their previous bests or against other users' times. These can be taken from activities stored on the watch or downloaded wirelessly from the huge and expanding Garmin ConnectTM community (http://connect.garmin.com). Here users can quickly and easily log their workouts, track their totals, set goals, share workouts with training partners, coach's, friends and family and participate in an online fitness community of close to 100 million activities around the world. Also, users can now create and plan workouts, and even design courses and send it all directly to your 910XT with the click of a button. Garmin Connect displays metrics such as time, distance, pace, elevation, power and heart rate. This information is shown through charts, illustrations, reports and a variety of map representations including street, photo, topographic, and elevation maps.

Vector Ready: During and after the workout, Forerunner 910XT blends the best wireless connectivity of all of its predecessors in the Garmin fitness family, syncing wirelessly through ANT+TM technology with Garmin heart rate monitors and foot pods, compatible third-party fitness equipment and power meters, and the user's PC or Mac for automatic data download. The Forerunner 910XT will be compatible with Garmin's innovative power meter VectorTM and display independent left/right power.

Forerunner 910XT will be available mid November 2011 with a suggested retail price of £359 without HRM & £389 with HRM.

Forerunner 910XT is the latest breakthrough from Garmin, which has spent more than 20 years developing technologies and innovations to enhance users' lives, making Garmin a household name in the automotive, aviation, marine, wireless, outdoor and fitness industries. For more about features, pricing and availability, as well as information about Garmin's other products and services, go to www.garmin.co.ukhttp://garmin.blogs.com/uk/ and http://twitter.com/garminuk. To watch step-by-step, feature-specific tutorial videos for Forerunner 910XT and other Garmin products, visit the online learning center at www.garmin.com/learningcenter.