One Giant Leap Paddle-Based Power Meter

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Aug 1, 2013
Outside Magazine
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Using ANT+ ultra low power technology, kayakers can now monitor paddle power output, power balance and stroke rate, all in real-time. One Giant Leap, which specializes in real-time feedback of human body mechanics and performance, and ANT+, the leading wireless technology for sport, fitness and health data monitoring, have created a low power, paddle shaft Power Meter for left/right performance data feedback including power output, power balance  and stroke rate.

Compatible with any ANT+ display unit that supports the ANT+ Power profile, this device allows kayakers to create the perfect data monitoring setup. It’s customized for shaft stiffness and length, and captures left and right stroke data individually, giving paddlers a detailed reading.

Similar to ANT+ cycling power meter and bike computer setups, the Kayak Power Meter uses ANT+ ultra low power technology to wirelessly capture and display power metrics on any ANT+ enabled fitness watch or kayak mounted computer. Data can also be viewed on a tablet or smartphone that comes equipped with native ANT+ support or the device can connect to ANT+ through an adapter. And kayakers can wirelessly share their data with their coach, who can monitor data and help the paddler make changes on the fly to maximize his performance.

“Like cycling, power is the single most important number for tracking performance in kayaking,” said One Giant Leap’s Managing Director, Mathew Pottinger. “Boat speed can be influenced by uncontrollable factors such as wind and current, while power is a direct and consistent measurement of effort, regardless of conditions.”

Available September 2013, $830