Posts Tagged ‘active watches’

The Garmin Forerunner 210 Is Here!

December 27, 2010

The Garmin Forerunner 210 has finally made its way to  The much anticipated addition to Garmin’s family of marquis sports watches is now in ActiveWatches’ inventory.  As the successor to the Garmin Forerunner 110, it has many of the functionality and features of Garmin’s top-end watches, but with the advantage of a simplistic design and compact size that has long-eluded the brand.  As a result, you can now get the latest and greatest Garmin features in a watch (such as GPS) without feeling like you’re a wearing a laptop on your wrist.

You can read a more in-depth review of the Garmin Forerunner 210 here.  Click here to see the watch at  Or click here to see our entire line-up of Garmin watches.

The ActiveWatcher




Don’t Forget…Our Annual Free Shipping Offer and Other Promotions!!!

December 7, 2010

Just a reminder for those who haven’t found a perfect gift for that special someone, ActiveWatches is still offering free shipping on all of its watches.  Okay, okay, I can hear you saying to yourself, “Big feakin’ deal.  Every Internet merchant is offering free shipping in this economy.”  Fair enough, but we’re also offering 10-15% discounts on many of our watches.   Just click on the 10% and 15% off links on ActiveWatches’ homepage.  So, hurry up before this offer gets posted on Wikileaks and we don’t have any watches left!



ActiveWatches’ Annual Holiday Sale

November 30, 2010

Hey, Cyber Monday may be over, but ActiveWatches’ deals aren’t.  From now until Christmas, enjoy 10% off and free shipping.  It’s the best deal we’ve ever extended to the general public and it happens only once a year.  So take the ActiveWatcher’s advice and visit before its inventory runs out like a cheap flat-screen at K-Mart.  Just enter ACTIVE10 at checkout.

The ActiveWatcher

An ActiveWatchers’ Thumbs up for 127 Hours

November 16, 2010

The ActiveWatches blog isn’t usually the place for movie reviews.  But after seeing “127 Hours” this past Saturday night, the ActiveWatcher couldn’t help himself.  The movie is based on the true story about mountain climber Aaron Ralston (played by James Franco) and his personal journey of being trapped under a boulder for five days in Robbers Roost, Utah.  The movie is sure to delight ActiveWatches‘ customer base.  With the theme of the movie focused on personal triumph and unimaginable sacrifice, it’s sure to make you feel guilty for complaining about your everyday life.

But on a note more relevant to the ActiveWatches blog, the movie also co-stars another famous actor besides James France: the Suunto Vector.  You see the watch so darn much in the movie — for obvious reasons  — that the watch should be identified in the opening and closing credits.  But I digress.  The movie only proves the awesome functionality and power of this watch.  From withstanding the force of a boulder to giving you the altitude and temperature, it’s no wonder why it got some face time in the movie (for the record, I don’t know if it the Vector was actually worn by Ralston).

So go watch the movie and then go to to get a much more in-depth view of the Vector and other Suunto watches.


November 10, 2010

Just because it’s getting colder outside doesn’t mean it’s time to stop being active.  And don’t even try to bring up the excuse that it now gets dark at 5pm.  We here at believe in staying active throughout all seasons.  And we got the timing gear to withstand both the cold and dark conditions associated with a dreary winter.  To help you out even more, we’re offering 10% off our entire line of watches.  This offer is available for only a limited time, so take advantage of it before it gets warmer and the days get longer.  Just enter WINTER10 at checkout.

The ActiveWatcher

Why is my heart rate monitor going crazy?

November 2, 2010

Have you found yourself asking the question, “What’s going on with my heart rate monitor?”  It’s acting erratically, giving you widely divergent readouts, and telling you that your heart is beating at a level more normal of your Grandma Edna or your dog Fido.  And you know for a fact that there’s no way your heart is beating that slow or that fast.  What the *#$& is going on?!?!

As much as we love our heart rate monitors and as much as we’d like to think they’re perfect tools for us modern-day athletes (especially given the price we paid for them), they do have one Achilles’ heel characteristic of all modern-day gadgets: they require a sufficient signal from your heart rate transmitter for an accurate reading (heck, even the venerable iPhone 4 has signal issues).

Simple enough, but what causes an insufficient signal?  Have no fear, the ActiveWatcher’s diagnosis is here.  The most common causes are:

  • No Synchronization: For your heart rate monitor to work, the transmitter must be in “sync” with the watch unit.  Syncing entails the initial connection between the transmitter and watch, so the watch knows the signal it’s supposed to pick-up.  The syncing process must be performed if you’re using the heart rate monitor for the first time, and the process varies with each watch brand.  Refer to your heart rate monitor’s manual for syncing instructions.
  • Dead or Low Battery: Most heart rate transmitters require a battery, which is usually the size of a common watch battery.  In many cases, the battery is dead or too weak to enable the transmitter to emit a strong enough signal to the watch.  Simply replace the battery with a new one.  If you do, make sure you replace the battery cover and any other accessories (such as rubber “o-ring”) exactly as you originally found it on the transmitter.  If not, the transmitter may no longer be waterproof and you may permanently damage it.
  • Improper Wear: Perhaps you’re wearing the transmitter improperly.  The transmitter is attached to a strap that must be worn around your chest.  Specific instructions for proper wear vary with each brand, but generally require you to wear the strap across you chest, right below your breasts and above your abdomen.  (For those of you with bra issues, consider purchasing the Polar Heart Bra.)  As Garmin puts it, the [Forerunner] heart-rate monitor is to be worn with the logo right-side up, directly on the skin just beneath the breastplate.  Direct contact to skin and moisture is necessary to establish an electrical connection between your body and the heart-rate monitor.”  Also, make sure that the strap is tight enough so it is constantly in contact with your skin, even while you’re moving.  (For those of you with very hairy chests, consider shaving – seriously.)  In addition, wet the sensors on your strap.  The sensors read the electricity emitted from your heartbeats, and the water essentially serves as an electrical agent that helps the sensor better recognize the electricity.  Electrode gel also helps.  As Garmin states, “it may be necessary to wet the contacts on the monitor or use electrode gel to get a reliable connection established at the beginning of a workout.  The ActiveWatcher knows this last point from firsthand experience; on several occasions, the ActiveWatcher’s heart rate monitor stopped going haywire only after sweat accumulated under the strap.
  • Signal Interference: This is perhaps one of the more common sources of heart rate monitor frustration.  Because your heart rate monitor relies on a signal from the transmitter, almost any other nearby electrical signal may interfere with the transmitter’s signal.  The result: your watch unit can’t recive the transmitter’s signal.  Common sources of signal interference include treadmills, MP3 players, bike computers, and cellular phones.  In fact, if others around you are also using a heart rate monitor, you may be picking up the signal from another monitor.  (In Polar parlance, this is called “crosstalk” and can be avoided by watches with coded transmission signals.)  Believe it or not, signal interference may even be caused by static electricity from synthetic shirts.  If any of this occurs, try moving away from potential sources of interference.
  • Dirt: For all of you hard core athletes out there, dirt may partially block the signal.  Simply clean the transmitter.  Wash by hand, use a mild soap, and dry as much as possible with a towel.  (And if your transmitter is indeed dirty, kudos to you!)

If all else fails, call the manufacturer.  Its contact information can be found in the watch’s instruction manual or on-line.  The ActiveWatcher can tell you from first-hand experience that the watch companies are eager to help, even if your heart rate monitor is no longer under warranty.  If your heart rate monitor still doesn’t work after consulting with the manufacturer, consider buying a refurbished version of the same heart rate monitor you currently have.  Finally, you may have to resort to buying a brand new heart rate monitor.  But if you’re anything like the ActiveWatcher, you’ll be excited about that prospect.  Click here to check out ActiveWatches’ broad selection of cutting-edge heart rate monitors.

The ActiveWatcher


When to Wear a Heart Rate Monitor or GPS Watch

October 14, 2010

The ActiveWatcher has always been extolling the virtues of heart rate monitor (“HRM”) and GPS watches.  But one question it commonly comes across is: “When should I wear a HRM or GPS watch?”  In an old post, the ActiveWatcher discusses extensively about the benefits of a HRM watch.  You can find that post here.  Although it hasn’t done so yet for GPS watches, stay tuned!  But to quickly answer that question for both HRM and GPS watches with one stone, check out a recent article from Runner’s World Magazine that provides a quick explanation on when HRM and GPS watches should be used.  You can find that article here.   To summarize, HRM watches should be worn to “serve a specific purpose (such a tempo run) when you need to maintain a certain effort.”  In other words, wear it if you want to monitor your level of exertion.  GPS watches should be worn when “you’re running in unfamiliar area and want to know exactly how far you’ve gone.”

To be sure, you can achieve either of the above goals without a HRM or GPS watch.  But wouldn’t it be great to let the watch do those things for you so you can enjoy the scenery?!?!  So purchase a HRM or GPS watch from ActiveWatches today.  Come visit us at

The ActiveWatcher

Garmin Has Arrived at ActiveWatches

July 8, 2010

The much anticipated day is here.  Garmin watches have finally arrived at  I know, I know…it took us awhile but they’re finally in stock.  We’re truly sorry for delay.  But it’s time (pun intended) to get over it and start shopping for them.  You can find our inventory of Garmin watches here.  Widely recognized as the best GPS watches, Garmin watches are perfect for any runner or cyclist.  Not only are they great GPS watches, but they have so many other unique features that you’ll ignore your iPhone for at least a few days.  Heck, they can do just about anything short of making pancakes for you.  Track your distance, elevation, speed, calories, heart rate, the sunrise/sunset time, direction, and much,  much more!  So get over to and order your Garmin watch today.

Congrats to AW4F on its Record Finish!

June 30, 2010

Congratulations to the “All Wheels for Fibromyalgia” team for its record finish in the Race Across America.  (You can read about ActiveWatches’ sponsorship of the team here.)  We could tell you all about it, but why not just watch it?!?!  Here’s a clip about the team, race, and their amazing finish:

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ActiveWatches’ Summer Sale: Time’s Running Out (No Pun Intended)

June 28, 2010

Time’s running out for ActiveWatches’ summer sale!!!   Get 20% off any watch on  It’s a great deal.  We swear.  Check it out yourself.  What’s the catch, you say?!  It only lasts until this Thursday, July 1st.  So you better hurry up and purchase your summer watch today!!!

The ActiveWatcher