iPhone App Review: Out Tri

Category: Health & Fitness
Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 2, 2012
Version: 1.0
Seller: Vinobix, LLC
Rated: 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Link to app

TiP Rating: 3/5 Stars

App Store Description:

Out Tri is the ultimate app for triathletes and those interested in taking part in a triathlon, duathon, marathon, or other racing event. It contains the features of six apps packaged into one: events list, training log, checklist, calculator, GPS tracker, and timer. Out Tri helps you prepare and train for your next event while tracking your progress..

Summary:

Out Tri’s no-frills interface doesn’t prevent it from helping you train. With features like training logs, GPS tracking, and event management, it can help anyone prep for race day.

Review: 

For many, imagining participation in a triathlon is overwhelming. Others, however, actually have to put work into and train for one. Whether you’re preparing for a marathon or triathlon, it’s important to track your performance. This is where Out Tri comes in.

Out Tri conveniently packs the most important areas of training into one app. Whether you’re prepping for a 10k or a triathlon, this app can help.

Upon first glance, I’ll admit that I wasn’t impressed. The interface, albeit user-friendly, was almost too simple, suggesting a sub-par app. However, while it lacks the bells and whistles of other apps, functionally it’s right on target.

After launching the app, you’re greeted by a home screen, featuring six training components: events, training log, checklist, calculator, GPS tracker, and a timer.

Events is pretty straightforward. You can keep track of upcoming races, including race-day information and goal times. If you’d like, you can sync the event to your phone’s calendar, or you can export the data via spreadsheet.

The training log lets you store details about your training sessions, such as distance and time. This section will also calculate your pace and speed automatically. Out Tri also lets you share these details through email, or on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Checklist is a handy feature, but it would be better if it came pre-populated with some of racing’s basic staples so you wouldn’t have to constantly repeat yourself. This section is divided by activity, so you can have different lists for swimming, biking, and so on.

The calculator is also separated into sections: triathlon, swimming, biking, and running. Here you’re able to calculate your total time, pace, and speed. Additionally you can also create custom events with various distances.

You can track your path while biking or running with the GPS tracker. Just tap on start at the beginning of your training session and go. Conveniently Out Tri lets you take calls and adjust your music while still tracking your progress. Out Tri notes that continued use of GPS running in the background can decrease battery life.

The app does require a lot of manual data input. I wish that more things were automated. The timer will automatically add your time to the training log if you choose to save it, so that’s a step in the right direction.

While it’s far from a sexy app, it does perform well. I’m not a triathlete, so it’s possible that this isn’t the most convenient companion app, but from an outsider’s perspective, it definitely seems like it could get the job done.
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