What caught my interest most about the Highgear XT7 is that it not only provides GPS and HRM data, but also offers an altimeter and barometer (something my other watch does not). I would not have expected to find those features on a GPS running watch that retails for 200$.
The Highgear Alti-XT7 package comes with the watch, the charger (USB - also used for uploading data), and a heart rate monitor with chest strap.
The watch face is smaller than many GPS watches out there, but the numbers display large enough to read easily. The backlight is bright and makes the watch easy to read while running at night.
Some of the features
- Navigation: Stores 100 waypoints, 25,000 track points
- Speed/pace: monitors speed, distance, pace
- Altimeter: Displays in feet or meters, must be set for each use -2,306 to 30,038 ft
- Barometer: Uses readings to forecast 6 hours ahead, must be set each use 8.85 -32.45 inHg
- Thermometer: Displays in Fahrenheit or Celsius +14f / -10C to 122F / 50C
- Heart Rate Monitor: Chest strap and monitor with user-replaceable battery, water resistant
- Chronograph/Run Data
- Time/Alarms: 12 or 24 hr, time/day/date' 5 daily alarms, dual time zone,
- Other: displays in metric or imperial units
Listed as 200$ on the www.highgear.com website.
It is not complicated to use, and it provides good details for each run's speed, heart rate, and distance with graphs.
(Click to enlarge photos of software)
Waypoints can be stored on the watch and reviewed later in the software.
Units and laps
If you lap your watch at 1/2 mile, or use irregular intervals, the data will be shown as a time (i.e. 3:10) and not a pace (6:20/mile). It will display your speed in miles/hour for you (great for cyclists!)
|Map also will show mile/KM markers and street names|
- Easy to read display, even in the dark
- Adjustable autolap
- Battery lasts up to 8 hours in GPS mode, and can be charged with portable USB charger or solar charger (bought separately) for longer events.
- GPS can be turned to "indoor" to extend battery life (Maybe my favorite feature, this makes it good for regular watch wearing. Battery lasts weeks this way)
- Water resistant, 30ft
- Does not come off easily (secure)
- Heart rate monitor is very comfortable and compact
- Heart rate, weight, height can be set to personal numbers for zone training and caloric burn
- Route will show you your route as you go, so you can follow it back home!
- Waypoints can be saved for future navigation
- Displays multiple combinations while running: actual pace, calories, max HR, time running, altitude, barometer, and more
- Charger/data uploader easy to use and fast
- If you change modes while running, it takes some time to scroll through battery life and other indicators (15 seconds +/-) before pace is displayed.
- Watch appeared to show actual pace while running, not average pace per lap. You can look at each run's average pace at the end of a run on the software.
- Software could be improved. It would be nice to be able to upload directly to online training logs.
Features I like best about the watch are it's readability, comfort, and the accuracy of the heart rate monitor. It would be good for heart rate training, if using laps longer than 90 seconds. As a GPS watch it is very accurate, measuring within .1-.2 miles of another GPS watch during 10 mile runs. I really enjoyed using this watch for my long runs where I wanted reliable heart rate readings and good tracking.
It has a few bells and whistles I am not used to. I am not a techno-pro, but it wasn't hard to figure out how to set the altimeter or barometer, (see below), Finding the right settings/displays while out on a run is a matter of practice.
The altimeter and barometer could be lifesaving features in certain situations. (Imagine being out on a high mountain trek and reading the forecast: temp should drop 20 degrees in 6 hours and snow coming.).
Also, I love that I can wear this watch as a watch, not just for running. All I have to do it turn off the GPS mode and it lasts for days!
I would recommend this watch to those who are serious about trail running, (and not-so-serious about the track). It would be a great watch for ultra runners, endurance cyclists, hikers, snowboarders and skiers.
Instructional videos that Highgear users might find helpful
Setting the altimeter
Setting the barometer
Feel free to post comments. If you ask questions here, I will either answer, or try to help you get an answer.