First Look: Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL Multisport GPS Watch
Wahoo have released a multisport watch, the Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL, designed to to give you a performance advantage no matter what sport you’re doing.
The Rival watch is also the perfect compliment to other Wahoo products, like the Kickr indoor trainer, and lets you draw out extra performance features and gives you more data to help you take it to the next level.
Lets take a look at those all important features to see if this watch needs to be added to your kit.
Wahoo ELEMNT Rival Standard Features
First things first let’s look at the basics of this watch. The Rival is rechargeable and has a battery life of 14 days in smart watch mode and 24 hours in GPS or HR mode. The lens material is Gorilla Glass making it tough for those rougher rides and is water resistant up to 50 metres. The screen has a high colour contrast and an ambient light sensor which will automatically adjust screen brightness so you can check your stats in any environment.
Setting up the watch has been made simple thanks to the ELEMNT companion app which syncs with your watch. In the app you can customise settings including your watch face, configure workout pages and link sensors to other Wahoo products. Your ride history is stored in the app and it can automatically syncs workouts to your favourite training apps.
This watch records lots of your activity data. Some of the stats it includes are step counting for those all important 10,000 steps a day, distance travelled, workout time and your weekly activity distance for cycling, running and swimming. As this is a multisport watch, it shouldn’t surprise you that it can record workout data from a range of activities, these include:
- indoor cycling on a Wahoo KICKR
- outdoor cycling
- running (treadmill & outdoor)
- swim (pool & open water)
- strength training
The ELEMNT Rival also supports customisation of activity profiles. By using the lap button you can easily switch between different sports without stopping the total workout tracking.
Speaking of buttons, the side buttons let you zoom in and out of data on the watch face to show you the data fields which are most important to you. The ELEMNT Rival is also fitted with optical heart rate technology which allows you to accurately display heart rate and active calorie data in real time. As the watch is fitted with GPS functionality it is also able to tell you your speed and distance travelled.
Other little bits of data which make this watch so good for the multi sport enthusiast is auto pausing tracking data when you are taking a well deserved break, manual and auto laps, audio prompts to give you encouragement and finish time to help you improve time and time again.
Stay in the loop
When you are out riding with your smartphone it can be annoying getting it out every time you get a call or a text. The Wahoo ELEMNT Rival watch lets you stay updated by showing you calls and texts as they come in with an on screen pop up. This feature can also be turned off if you want a more peaceful ride.