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Swimovate Poolmate 2 review

The long-awaited shiny new update to the original Poolmate now comes with an open water mode, and is better than ever

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Swimovate’s long-awaited sequel to their original Poolmate now comes with an open-water mode, which means (and this certainly isn't a bad thing) that the name no longer fully does all its features justice.

The Poolmate 2 does everything its predecessor did, including lap counting in pools from 18-50m, stroke efficiency, storing sets and taking rest time in between reps. It’s remarkably accurate in a 25m pool, and we found it didn’t miss a lap in numerous swims of 3km and up. Operation is simple, with the ‘mode’ button acting as the pivot to flick between features and settings and just a ‘start’, ‘up’ and ‘down’ button to do everything else.

The open-water mode is a welcome addition, and we found it measured our 600m loop accurately within 15m each time. As well as the open-water mode, another major improvement on the previous incarnation is battery life, which has doubled to a whopping two years in average mode (the £70 version is non-rechargeable, however, so you’ll have to buy a new battery for £15 when it does finally run out).

On land, the watch can operate as a 99-lap stopwatch in chrono mode, so you can take it to the track and use it to count laps. It also has a 12/24hr clock and an alarm, completing the package of what’s one of the best swimming watches around, and undoubtedly the most advanced at this price point.


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