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The recent decision by the IOF to ban GPS navigational aids from all official events has everyone complaining, and I agree – I can't see how any GPS watch would be fast and accurate enough to be of assistance to an elite orienteer. I understand the IOF's reasoning, but sometimes you can go a bit too far with the rules.
I actually use GPS logging devices without screens for myself and for coaching, so I won't be affected. A friend of mine brought some of these devices (by Wintec) to Israel and tried to market them (unsuccessfully), so he gave me one for testing. Recently I bought two more of the remaining ones from him. They are really small and comfortable to carry, can be programmed with various settings (I usually log at 5 second intervals, for example), and the only real disadvantage is that you can't record start, finish and split times. I use GPS TrackMaker to edit the route and cut off the ends, and SportTracks or QuickRoute for analysis.

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Posted 26/05/2009 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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