Showing the Lap Total
I’m notoriously bad at keeping count while swimming. I loose track on short course 200s! I’ve been wanting something to help me keep count for a while, especially on days where I just do solid swims. I had seen people talk about the SportCount online a few times and decided to give it a shot.
The SportCount is basically a waterproof ring that counts laps and time. The SportCount has 4 versions to it: Counter, Stopwatch, Combo and Chrono 100. I picked the Combo model which is the upper mid-range of their line up. It tracks time, laps, average lap time, and you fastest and slowest lap. If you upgrade to their top of the line model it will track individual lap times up to 100 laps. Personally I would skip the Counter and Stopwatch models because they only do one function or the other, it’s worth the extra 5 bucks to get both functions in one device.
The SportCount fully opened
I bought it on the SportCount website for $29.95 with $5 shipping. Seems kind of expensive, but nobody else makes a comparable product so I guess it’s fair enough. I received my fun new gadget super fast. It shipped from the East coast and was in my mailbox within 3 days of ordering it online.
The unit itself is a little bulky but not too big. When you’re fitting it I would recommend setting it one notch tighter than you would on dryland. Once you get in the water you’ll want it just a touch tighter.
The SportCount is very easy to use. There is 1 button. Push it and it counts a lap. Easy. When you’re done with your swim there are a few functions that you can cycle through. I would learn how this works at home before you go to the pool. It will only take you a few minutes to get the hang of.
While distracting at first, once you get the hang of things you don’t really notice the SportCount anymore as long as it is sufficiently tight on your finger. I wear it canted slightly towards my body so that it is easier to tap with my thumb while I am doing a flip turn.
I have a few small gripes with the SportCount. First off, it is difficult to read in the pool during low light situations. When I do swims that I would bring the SportCount along for it’s usually dark in the pool, but honestly that’s problem that is probably unique to me. The other thing that isn’t ideal is that you have to break your streamline in a fairly awkward way to actually read the display. If you want to know how fast each lap was as it happens this will drive you nuts. I would probably get the Chrono model to keep record of individual lap times for you. Lastly there is no pause function. So if you are doing some kind of interval style workout the fastest, slowest and average lap functions are pretty much useless for that workout.
How I wear it when I swim
Overall I like it. It’s easy to use, functional, and seems to be very solidly constructed. It’s a good buy if you swim a lot of distance by yourself.