I have a new toy and her name is Sweet Bia. She is a new GPS device built by 2 uber smart and ambitious women who didn’t like what the market had to offer so they built their own. You can read all about it here at your leisure. I am going to do a full blown, feature rich review soon but for now I want to review how it did on my swims today.
I did a 1K swim followed by a 2.5K swim. I wore both the Bia and the Garmin and here’s what I got. The title of each image tells you how long the swim is in kilometers and how many miles that is supposed to be. It also tells you what each device measured in miles.
Bia was way closer than Garmin. For the 2.5K swim I forgot to turn the Bia off for 7 minutes and wandered around a bit (okay, fine – I really had to pee and I was in a wetsuit so I just got back in the water – so sue me!) so that accounts for some of it. NB – the Garmin was off during this maneuver so that accounts for none of its extra distance.
If you look at the trace of my swim from either device you can see what accounts for, you know, a wee extra distance on both. Swimming in a straight line is not my strong suit. Conclusion – Bia beats the stuffing out of Garmin for OWS accuracy. Sadly, neither device can help me swim without wandering about the course in search of the next buoy.