TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio Review

A top of the line GPS sports watch for running, cycling, or swimming.

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Product Description:

Whether you’re running, cycling or swimming, TomTom has a range of GPS watches and accessories to help you achieve your goals. With TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio, see your detailed running metrics at-a-glance to stay motivated and reach your running goals.

Feature Table:

Display 144 x 168 Pixels
Battery Up to 8 hours with GPS + HR, Up to 10 hours with GPS
Tracking Calories, steps, distance, pace, heart rate, cadence
GPS
Connectivity Bluetooth to TomTom MySports App, also works with some other 3rd party apps
Water Proofing 50 m / 165 feet (5 ATM)
Sensors Tracker, compass, bluetooth, heart rate, bluetooth, beep and vibrate/buzz alerts
Activities Running and walking only (no cycling or swimming)
Training race, goals, zone, laps, intervals
Heart Rate Built In
Colors Red/White, Blue/White, Green/White

Common Questions:

What comes in the box with the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio?

The watch itself, a desk dock charger, and a user guide.

How long does the battery last on the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio?

Up to 8 hours when using both GPS and heart rate monitor, up to 10 hours with just the GPS. The battery shows in the display so you know how much power you have left.

What apps does the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio work with?

Besides the TomTom MySports App, the device also works with MapMyFitness and Runkeeper, among others. Nike + is no longer supported in this watch.

Does the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio come with a heart rate monitor?

Yes, it is built into the device.

What is the difference between the TomTom Runner GPS Watch and the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio Watch?

The Runner GPS doesn’t have built in heart rate monitoring, although you can buy a package that has an addon heart rate monitor or buy the monitor separately. With the Multi-Sport Cardio, the heart rate monitor is built in. The Multi-Sport also came out in 2014 whereas the Runner is a 2013 device.

What languages does the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio support?

English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Finnish, Portuguese, Dutch, Czech, Polish

Does the device come with a warranty?

Yes, the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio has a 1 year limited warranty.

What Others Are Saying:

Daniel Cooper, engadget:  “You can dock the watch on your desktop, or share your data with the companion iOS app over Bluetooth, although we found that transferring files was horribly slow and the app itself offered nothing more useful than placing our vital statistics beside some colorful icons. Considering that the watch has a vibration motor, we were hoping that it would offer up some smartwatch features like call alerts, but alas, this is a fitness-only device. If you’re in the market for a new unit, this is certainly one to consider, although we’re not sure we’d upgrade if we’d already shelled out nearly 300 clams on last year’s model.”

Hugh Langley, Techradar:  “For those who are in the “committed” part of the get-fit scale (not casual, not elite), this is a tempting device, but the pricing does run a little hot.”

Jill Duffy, PC Mag:  “TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch for triathletes tracks running, swimming, and bicycling, indoors and out. It’s not as cutting edge as some products that include strapless heart rate monitoring, but it’s a good device with a fantastic design.”

Review:

Need a multi-sport fitness watch? The TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio Sportwatch has apps for running, walking, cycling, swimming, and it works with several 3rd party apps including MapMyFitness and RunKeeper. The watch is waterproof to 50 meters (so you can use it in the pool) and the gigantic LCD display makes it really to use while exercising, even if your wrist is bouncing around a bit. The watch is lightweight, has a gorilla glass scree, and the battery lasts for up to 10 hours with GPS. If you’re looking for a watch to train with for multiple sports or for any of the sports listed, this might be a good option.

The built in heart rate sensor (which uses Mio technology) is really nice and a huge improvement over the old extra bands that you had to wear. It also works very accurately. This watch is not a smartwatch or a daily fitness tracker. There is no sleep monitoring and it doesn’t give the sort of breakdown that FitBit, Misfit, Jawbone, etc give you. It also doesn’t include smartphone features like notifications, caller id, etc. This is only for athletes tracking performance.

Overall, this is a solid performance watch for athletes, especially swimmers or cyclists. For the right person, this could be a terrific watch. However, for most people I think they would be better off with something cheaper (as this is an expensive device) that had more everyday features. Heck, the Apple Watch is only an additional $50 (at the time of writing) and would probably be better for most people.

TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio

TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio
8.3

Good

8/10

    Pros

    • Heart rate monitor is included
    • Tracks running, walking, bicycling, and swimming
    • Nice, big display
    • Works with 3rd party apps

    Cons

    • No sleep monitoring
    • Only comes in 3 colors