Introducing Garmin's first heart rate monitors for use underwater


Words: Garmin Southern Africa

Garmin Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd., announced two new heart rate monitors, the HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim, designed for underwater use. The HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim are compact and comfortable heart rate monitors and designed to create minimal drag through the water so triathletes and swimmers can take their training to the next level. They are able to store up to 20 hours of heart rate data during swims and forward data on to a compatible Garmin device1 at the end of a session and send real-time heart rate to the watch when the monitor is out of the water.

“Garmin introduced our Forerunner 920XT multisport watch, our most advanced all-in-one solution for triathlon training,” said Marc Bainbridge, Garmin Southern Africa’s Product Manager for Fitness. “The HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim adds another level for triathletes and swimmers, offering them the most comprehensive data to help them train and achieve their goals.”

Specifically designed for triathletes, HRM-Tri is the smallest and lightest heart rate monitor from Garmin, capturing heart rate data during every leg of the race. The HRM-Tri features an easily adjustable strap with soft, rounded edges and covered seams for maximum comfort both in and out of the water, where it can provide advanced running dynamics2, including cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time.

With a unique, non-slip strap design, HRM-Swim is ideal for capturing heart rate while training in the pool. Durable and compact, the strap stays in place during push-offs and creates minimal drag through the water. It stores heart rate data underwater and forwards it after the swim to a connected compatible device. It will also send real-time heart rate and interval summaries when the monitor and compatible watch are out of the water during rests.

The HRM-Tri battery lasts up to 10 months and the HRM-Swim lasts up to 18 months. Following a workout or race, users can analyse their heart rate data in-depth on Garmin Connect™ and Garmin Connect Mobile, a free community where users can save, plan and share activities. Users can view detailed metrics of their activities, from brick workouts to pool swims, including pace, strokes, SWOLF, heart rate graphs, mapping and more.

HRM-Tri will be available for a suggested retail price of R1899 and HRM-Swim for R2449. There is an option to purchase both the heart rate monitors as a bundle for R3799. A special edition Forerunner 920XT Tri Bundle will also be available, which includes a black/silver Forerunner 920XT, HRM-Tri, HRM-Swim and quick release kit, for a suggested retail price of R8999.

1 HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim fully compatible devices: Forerunner® 920XT, fēnix® 3, epix™
2 Advanced running dynamics compatible devices: Forerunner® 920XT, Forerunner® 620, fēnix® 3, fēnix® 2, epix™