Garmin introduced its first ever underwater heart rate monitors HRM-Swim and HRM-Tri. This move puts them on par with offerings from major competitors like Suunto and Polar. Storing up to 20 hours of heart rate data during swims, both ANT+ HRMs forward data on to a compatible Garmin device at the end of a session and send real-time heart rate to the watch when the monitor is out of the water.
The HRM-Swim is designed specifically for pool workouts with non-slip strap design, it has an additional special sticky back surface to keep it from sliding down your chest in pool scenarios, it creates minimal drag through the water.
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 ANT+ heart rate strap with Garmin Running Dynamics is designed for swim/bike/run triathlons. It however lacks the special sticky part for pool use, it’s really designed for the actual triathlete where the unit is worn beneath a triathlon suit.
Being user-replaceable, the HRM-Tri battery lasts up to 10 months and the HRM-Swim lasts up to 18 months. HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim will begin shipping in Q3 and will be available individually for a suggested retail price of $129.99 and $99.99. 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 $599.99.