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Garmin announces new flagship $450 Forerunner 920XT sport watch

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Garmin today announced the Forerunner 920XT, its latest multisport watch designed for athletes who need metrics beyond what your average fitness tracker can provide. At $449.99, you'd expect this watch to do just about everything under the sun, and it promises to offer detailed stats on swimming, biking, and running. You'll also get notifications for incoming texts, emails, calls, and calendar reminders, though the "smartwatch" functionality here isn't what anyone will be buying the 920XT for. Instead, they'd likely be after its deep and accurate daily activity tracking, which is a step above what your typical wrist-worn fitness band can do. But there are also features you'd expect from a Jawbone, like sleep tracking.

In the water, the Forerunner 920XT logs your swim distance, pace, stroke type, stroke count and SWOLF score. When biking, it'll show you "precise ascent, descent and gradient data" with the help of a built-in altimeter, and includes support for numerous sensors (i.e. speed, cadence and heart rate) to offer up even more data should you need it. And for runners, paring the 920XT with Garmin's HRM-Run will get you detailed metrics on cadence and other stats like the amount of "bounce" in your step and how much time your feet spend on the ground between steps. There's also an UltraTrac mode that extends what's usually 24 hours of battery life in GPS mode for up to 40 hours, in case you're deep in a run in the middle of nowhere.

Available in black/blue or red/white, the Forerunner 920XT is priced at $449.99 standalone or in a heart rate monitor bundle for $499.99. Typically the people who need this level of fitness tracking know it and are willing to spend extra for it; for the rest of us, the Jawbone Up is just fine. For the full feature list and to see if the Forerunner 920XT meets your athletic needs, head over to Garmin's site below.