Though at present, it’s not viewable anywhere within Garmin Connect or Garmin Connect Mobile. XLarge Watch Navicom Navicom. But I recommend first to perform a soft reset. Here’s a listing of all the data metrics you can use within your data fields above: Timer Fields: Timer, Swim Time, Interval Time, Elapsed Time Good luck with the next swim and keep us updated 🙂. Will you get them automatically? • Select Data Screens to customize the data screens and data fields (Customizing the Data Fields). B) The average strokes for the last interval/set: “Interval Strokes Per Length” Yup, that’s exactly it. If you see that the track is correct, but distance is doubled, that means that the watch lost GPS signal very frequently, and probably when you swam in straight lines. So the thing they are doing which is handy is a little virtual laps option after the fact. I am new to the smartwatch world. If you press down to options you’ve got a pile of things: Workouts, data screen configuration, alerts, pool size, stroke detection, countdown start, and auto rest. It looks like this Swim 2 would be interesting for him, or do you think that maybe there would be another watch more suitable? I want to see 47 stokes for my last 100m or 95 for my 200. – the swim summary on the watch seems weird, I could not really understand it well. As such, I am a bit reluctant to spend $250 on the Garmin 2… Here’s the data set: Now, the Apple Watch didn’t make any major mistakes, and overall it’s very good. This feature is helpful for comparing your performance during different parts of an activity.”. I suppose I can try to get good at pressing the ‘Lap’ button on my push off glide. Look, I’d put things in the mostly plausible camps. As a side note, my 10 year old beat-up Timex Ironman watch that is scratched and has lost the plastic bezel is still waterproof after 3 or 4 battery changes…So, it irks me that Garmin could not/would not use a better cover plate design and/or at least provide new O rings to reseal the watch. Assuming it’s an easy thing for them to correct.)”””. Can you comment on the metrics available in the run, ride and cardio modes for the Swim 2? Even if I have a symmetrical freestyle stroke. You can use another website to show lap times from the Garmin Swim 2 – http://www.swimmingwatchtools.com … all you need to do is to export the session from the Garmin Connect website (your phone uploads it automatically) and import it in this website, which shows you lap times. i always like to know what the water temperature is when swimming in lakes and rivers. Yeah, I think at 200m in length you’re totally good from an accuracy standpoint. I think swim2 would be a sub-200 range. Only the time per length. I’m happy to say I haven’t seen it in any of my openwater swims to date. My current 935 also lost its barometer. On the back you’ll have found that blinking green light, that’s the optical heart rate sensor – the same one found in the Garmin Forerunner 45 watches. It seems to be that the Swim2 heart rate is quite sensitive to the placement and tightness on the wrist. I have tested various Push-Off efforts, which I had read will help with Laps, but still no luck. I like the countdown timer otherwise :). I have 735xt and it is excellent for both pool and open water. The last chance is that at home I put the watch outside for a long GPS soak, started activity, watch stationery, for nearly one hour. GPS City and Amazon took care of the Garmin Swim 2, and I got a refund. When I continue swimming, it settles down to my swimming pace. Time will tell of course on pricing. When a notification comes in, you can either cancel/clear it immediately, or you can open it up to get more information: There’s no method however to reply to a text message (at least on iOS, due to Apple restrictions), so it’s more of a confirmation thing than anything else. But looking for information for I’m not clear about some things. [Those are non-official terms, just the way I categorize them. Welcome to the Garmin world?? It can broadcast HR over ANT+ to other devices. For whatever reason, the watch went all squirrely in this corner near the dock (which I’ve drawn in, in blue). Fenix 5X Plus used to provide correct temperature for swim in Strava but not anymore. Add a couple drops of water and massage into lens of goggle for 10 seconds. Kinda, sorta. And while I occasionally walk/run/hike, I do not want to pay for all the bells-and-whistles that a multi-sport watch has that I never use. You might get more data from an exported FIT file, but since that’s a binary format rather than text, I don’t have an easy way to check. Thanks. I am therefore thinking about not keeping the SWIM2, selling my F5 and buying the 945 as an alternative. Hi Ray, • Select Alerts to customize your training alerts (Setting a Recurring Alert). I’m very surprised my main brand of watch can’t do this 🙁 I can get an “Alert” for 100m but without any info about stats. Thanks for your level of testing and attention to detail! Would be nice if released and somehow got a bit of a discount for Black Friday (although doubt it would being a new product, but I can dream). But you can see as I started off on the first crossing of the channel, it wasn’t spot-on: It’s hard to see in teal, but it basically cuts across in the wrong spot, and then does a weird loop-de-loop on the other side. Is there a reason to think that Swim 2 is better ? Using cable is the temporary solution. At least those two agree. Note that if you want walking/hiking, you can just use running, there’s no practical difference in terms of data fields or anything. I also returned one watch, but it turned out that all Swim2 can reproduce the same issue in certain circumstances (FR945 has exactly the same issue!). Just before a couple of days Garmin Swim 2 was my favourite watch to buy, but I have started taking rowing course recently so I am confused which to buy a garmin swim 2 or a another garmin which has rowing mode. The current plan is FR945 & Fenix 6 will get all features. I think you’ll end up needing an external HR monitor to cover everything. Monitors underwater wrist-based heart rate¹ during swim activities Pool swim mode: records distance, pace, stroke count, stroke type and SWOLF (gauges swimming efficiency) Of course, it’s totally possible the buoy has moved slightly. You can set your device to use the Auto Lap® feature, which marks a lap automatically at every kilometer or mile. I included total length, it displayed mostly the interval length, sometimes total length, intervals are not always added to the total, etc. Baby shampoo solves fogging. Thanks for your comment and tip. Your conclusion that “I can’t really get any agreement on which one is actually correct.” is not what I expected form a DCR review. Assuming it’s an easy thing for them to correct.). Does the Swim 2 have a built-in temperature sensor? Ah, yes, and I actually had a question… My connect app after each open water swim shows an elevation graph, and it went several times from around 4 meter minimum to around 34 meter maximum up and down all over the place. I would be very interested in a comparison between the Swim2 heart rate and the heart strap (which one is it exactly? And let me tell you, I could use some extra sleeping credit these last few weeks. Garmin CSR told me today it will be priced at $349CDN but wasn’t sure when it would be available from the Garmin Canada site. And lastly, if you felt this review was useful – I always appreciate feedback in the comments below. Ray, thank you for your content and reviews! Though, technically the unit does support five sports in total: Pool Swim, Open Water Swim, Run, Bike, and Cardio (Indoor). for 249 E?! Auto rest is on FORM googles and works super cool! Well, for me, this really is a swim only watch and for that very restricted use, the price is indeed WAY too expensive. Have you contacted Garmin support? A watch like this one use an accelerator and gyroscope, and for a new lap the watch actually looks for a hard push off the wall (and some glide) before strokes resume, in terms of acceleration and orientation. It’s probably hard to say anything conclusive about the heartrate, since it will always be a N=1 experience for optical sensors like this. The FR945 has been getting the updates too. I’m on my 3rd 735XT in three months (Garmin customer support has been excellent). Am running in one issue: downloading and installing watch faces via ConnectIQ works fine. Thanks for reading! Very interesting to read the review on the Garmin Swim 2. However now I am almost completely sure that some watches have massive hardware problems, maybe yours too. The Garmin Swim 2 easily catches all of those. Actually, the Swim 2 does show lap info, though not lap times per-se. Note: syncing and uploading seems to take much longer with the new firmware; hopefully that will be fixed in a future update. Thank you. And there’s technically two elements to that. That I have never seen with freestyle swim oddly enough. my current goal is to swim 1000m in less than 20 minutes, ‘virtual laps or intervals’ would help to better visualize and plan my pace for entire 1000m workout. As I said above, it’s easily producing the most accurate openwater swim tracks out there, period. You see, all indoor swim watches or goggles work on roughly the same premise: They use accelerometers and gyros to determine whether you’re swimming consistently, or if you’ve just turned at the wall. Things like the GPS position showing up in pool swims after the fact online on Garmin Connect, or some minor user interface quirks in the menus that just need flushing out. Garmin definitely shows the times for each interval (what you call laps) in both the watch itself, app, and web. Here’s the total distances between the three units. I have an older fenix 5 sapphire that is awful at tracking OWS. At the end of the day, I’m an athlete just like you looking for the most detail possible on a new purchase – so my review is written from the standpoint of how I used the device. DCR, what do you think it is that makes the GPS trace on the Swim 2 so good, even compared to something like a Fenix 6? That said, it wouldn’t surprise me if some of the auto-rest logic may have improved general algorithm accuracy even when auto-rest isn’t turned on. – no connect IQ (only watch-face) On the flip side, it’s accurate – so there’s that. By installing the official version over the beta, everything is kept correctly. And since it was 7 years since the last version, Garmin has plenty of time to decide by 2026 whether they’ll do a Swim 3 if the pricing is right. Hi gabor, While your screenshot shows the 100m split, what is just above that screenshot if you slide a tiny little bit is how to display your workout: /100m, /50m, /25m. And, I’d say they’re fairly close. My phone performs about the same level in the water, if I stop and raise the watch, after a while it can catch the signal again, but not during front crawl swim. (or maybe activity tracking ON, but more testing is needed). Would it think I’m not moving/pausing? Also, which satellite system was set up (Galileo, Glonass, GPS)? Hopefully you found this review useful. (Note: All of the charts in these accuracy portions were created using the DCR Analyzer tool.  It allows you to compare power meters/trainers, heart rate, cadence, speed/pace, GPS tracks and plenty more. 3) if you use the HRM-tri or HRM-Run chest for running , All the running dynamic metrics are recorded with the activity for further analysis ? We are are a long ways from stuffing the Garmin 305 in the old swim cap. Well, that’s not terribly conclusive either. So if you stop to beat someone up, then to the watch, that looks like you just did a flip turn at the wall (and you’ll get extra laps). Same exact swim as last week, which recorded double distance (3800m) on two occasions prior to installing the beta firmware. Swim 2 has latest software update; unfortunately I just realized that my 920XT is stuck on an older software version (9.90); I will be updating it for future data collection. Arguably the best openwater swim watch I’ve ever had, even including the rock-solid Suunto Ambit 2/3 units, which was one of the most accurate GPS watches of all time. Sort by: App Type . Buyer beware. As for HR accuracy, well…my swim from yesterday didn’t fare well for the Vantage M there (and that’s ignoring the fact that it didn’t record anything for distance somehow). link to swimmingwatchtools.com i like view option it is showing nice swim metrics like stroke count, stroke rate for each length. I really like the auto-pause function on the Polar Vantage V, but that watch more often than not got the distance awfully wrong for me during pool swims. I’d say the Garmin Swim 2 is the most stable out of all of them (it was a non-stop swim at relatively even pace), but that doesn’t make it correct. I mainly do pool swimming and cycling, occasionally openwater swimming and hiking. All visible on a 1.04" Full Chroma Garmin Display and in sunlight thanks to Garmin's technology. I recommend waiting a few seconds after you’re out of the water. Ideal for recreational and competitive swimmers, strap on the Garmin Swim 2 Watch and boost your swim performance in and out of the water. Agreed. I made an overlay of the two watches’ maps from my last swim, using phone screenshots. Unscientifically, the first two appeared to fail after more vigorous sets in the pool (i.e., butterfly). Oddly, it claims that distance was less than 1,000 metres…. Well that’s probably just me getting old but I think Garmin are targeting a narrow market there. It is good however for pacing longer intervals. link to forums.garmin.com. Like steps and everything else on your watch, this is transferred to Garmin Connect and you can do longer term analytics there as well: Next on the activity tracking front is the non-active bits: Sleep. Nice to finally see another swim watch though. That gets you an ad-free DCR, access to the DCR Quarantine Corner video series packed with behind the scenes tidbits...and it also makes you awesome. If you push the lap/back button then it will display the accurate lap count. Yes, the 945 and the Fenix 6 Line also have the same new Wrist HR sensor like the swim 2, that you can identify because looks like 4 rectangles side by side, instead of the traditional smaller square leds in triangle array. For the total lengths count I use lengths field as well, but I check it only while rest. Fitbit has been a big player in the wearable market for a while now, with … I almost never use my Vantage, but I don’t regret supporting Polar by buying it because it has pushed Garmin forwards and that’s a good thing for all of us. Same set of devices as before, just a different route. I tried bike and run workouts and they synced almost immediately. Very nice review. I’ve had a Suunto Ambit 3, which I lost, then a Garmin Forerunner 735xt which malfunctioned after only 2 years (and so I was not really inclined to go for Garmin again). This behavior is usual but not predictable. Then, as the tech evolves over the next two years, Garmin is well-placed for a Swim 3 … – At the top of the activity for overall average As far as I see, you can set pace for open water. If you set it to display “lengths” it will show 3 bars and around lap 8 it suddenly displays 8 but not until about lap 16 does it display 16. I dried the watch out, replaced the cover carefully and it worked for another year. The length count often stops and can be halted for several lengths, but then it will resume with the correct length! Garmin Connect Mobile doesn’t show this bug. Just to be clear though, for non-swim data, you will get cadence in the .TCX file. – Alongside every interval recorded Would be good to see on female wrist as well. Thanks for the great review. Garmin chose to keep all raw heartrate data, but aggregated all laps and stroke data …. I always push the start/pause slightly underwater each interval. (maybe my stroke is more distorted than I think?). As I understand from DCR both the 945 and Fenix 6 series recently got those! Emailed garmin and haven’t had a response yet. I cannot see how to get information on this from the data provided post swim. The heartrate was most of the time completely off. “Marking Laps by Distance • My pushes should be working to trigger Laps based on your findings. However, I’m fairly sure he meant (as I am missing, the lap times that you get for most other activities, see picture. How do I install a beta version? Show Operating System filter description. Nico, Ray, do you have info about which watches will get the same superior open water GPS tracking software? This does not look very promising. 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