Technology based distractions are everywhere these days, none more prominent then texting while driving. It has become the leading cause of automobile based accidents. These distractions can also be found taking over in endurance sports. “What’s my pace?” “What’s my heartrate?” The NOW mentality of information can take over your run.
There are two downsides to this. First, spending too much time looking at your watch during a run or bike can be very dangerous. Taking your eyes off the road or trail for even a second can mean tripping on a root or a pothole, or a collision with a car, or another person. Secondly, constantly checking your watch can also mean a loss in form, pace and greatly effect your ability to hit that PR you are going for.
Sport-iiii’s mount to most pair of sunglasses to provide you with a head’s up display. (HUD) It can be programmed to work with most ANT+ devices to give rider’s instant feedback on pace, power, cadence, speed, and heart rate. This information is provided to you by a speaker near the ear and by colored-LED displays visible at the lower edge of the glasses lens. The LED works by showing you where in a target range you currently are. To slow and a red light to the right will blink, spot on and the green light in the middle would blink. (Much like a guitar tuner would work for those musicians out there) You can set your own ranges to make the zones as narrow or as big as you would like. If you want specifics it will also give you an audible update of your exact pace, heart rate etc. The device can be setup and customized exactly how you want it. You can turn off audible alerts and set how often the LED blinks too.
What do you think? Are Sport-iiii’s a product that would be helpful to you while training, or just an unwanted distraction? Ever had any “I just looked at my Garmin and fell flat on my face” stories?
UPDATE: Here is a link to a super in depth review that can really help you answer if this is for you – DCRainmaker Sport-iiiis Review