Multi-sport GPS training just got chicked. It's time to rock your wrist with a Bia. Watch the video.
This summer 2,100 people crowd-funded Bia to reality on Kickstarter. We heard from thousands more, sorry they had missed out. So we are giving you another chance to reserve your Bia and help us build an amazing product and company. And as a thank you for being one of the founding team, we are offering a special introductory price and 30% discount on future products - forever.
What's So Exciting about this GPS Watch?
We turn the insulting "shrink it and pink it" approach to women's sporting goods on it's head. We wrapped a slim lightweight design and kick-ass colors around robust multisport functionality and some smart new features, and then we made it brilliantly simple to use.
Your Garmin can't do this:
When we say "no compromises" we mean it:
Plus with Bia, you become part of a community just as amazing as you, both at the starting line and online.
How does it work?
Bia is a two-piece device. The Go Stick is the brains of the operation. It contains the GPS and the cellular connectivity that track your workout data. The wrist unit displays the information from the Go Stick in real time. Why 2 pieces? To keep the wrist unit super slim, light and comfortable and to you could get through an Ironman, or two weeks of workouts training for one, without recharging. Plus it enables us to include the functionality for the safety alert and quick connect GPS and to get data to your training log without sync'ing. We thought it was a smart design decision. We hope you agree.
Maybe it's why Swim Bike Mom calls it the "Garmin Crusher" and why Huffington Post said its the sports watch "the could save your life". Meet the team behind Bia.
We'll ping you before your Bia ships to get your color and band choice, including the extra-long band for guys. No need to decide now.
If you reserved a Bia Watch during Kickstarter at the $99, $129, or $159 backer reward level and would like to add a Go Stick, you can find one here.
Unit Dimensions (LxWxH)
**Bia is a two piece device**
Watch: 60mm x 28mm x 7mm
Go Stick: 64mm x 25mm x 11mm
Go Stick: 50g
Watch: Replacable; lasts 18-24 months.
Go Stick: Rechargeable; lasts 17+ hours
Watch: Anodized aluminum
Watch Strap: Neoprene fused to soft velcro
Go Stick: Anodized aluminum
Features and Benefits
Everything you wanted to know...and plenty you probably didn't.
What's in the GPS Go Stick?
Bia is a two piece unit. The GPS Go Stick is the brains of the operation. It contains GPS, ANT+, a rechargable battery, an accelerometer, and a GSM cellular modem.
Can I use the Bia watch without the GPS Go Stick?
Yes. On it's own the sports watch will do time, stopwatch, intervals, and heart rate if paired with a standard ANT+ heart rate strap (such as Garmin or Timex). To do distance, speed, pace or utilize features that require connectivity such as the safety feature and real-time race tracking, you'll need the GPS Go Stick.
How does the GPS Go Stick connect to a GPS signal so quickly?
We use both GPS satellites and cell phone towers to get your initial location.
Does the watch have a backlight?
Does it tell time?
Yes, it does! Even better, the time is displayed in the corner of the screen even when you are tracking a workout.
Is the Bia sport watch water resistant?
Yes, up to 50 meters (5 ATM). Sylvia is an open water swimmer, what else would you expect?
What if I accidentally send the GPS Go Stick through the wash?
It will come out cleaner. Actually, this was an important design requirement. It should survive just fine, but we won't promise until we test it ourselves.
Is swapping bands on the Bia sport watch easy?
Yes. No tools. No loose parts. Just slide it through the loop and velco it to itself. Did we mention you can get a number of super-stylish bands to swap out? Why have just one?
My existing GPS watch has seven buttons. Bia only has one?
Yes. Sometimes less is more. Here's how it works.
Why is the button on the watch so big?
Bigger is better, especially when you need to find it without looking at the end of a puke-inducing interval or as you run up a hill to T1 after drinking too much lake water. It also sits on the front of the watch, flush with the face, so it doesn't accidentally get pushed by your wrist or your wetsuit.
Why does the watch sit at an angle?
We spent a great deal of time studying the movement of runners, swimmers, cyclists and triathletes. The angle is a great compliment to the way we move, making it ideal for viewing without changing position or pace. The angle allows you to read the watch without having to do a big "wrist twist". We love the shape and angle and hope you love this iconic look as well. As a bonus, it doesn't hit or rub against the bone in your wrist (you know, the knobby sticky-out one).
Does it come with a heart rate monitor strap?
The Bia sport watch will work with standard ANT+ straps available on the market. The version you are reserving here does not come with a heart rate strap.
Will Bia ever make a companion or replace for the heart rate monitor strap?
Yes! It is on our list of annoyances that we want to find a better solution for. Stay tuned!
Does the Bia sport watch work indoors?
Everything works indoors except the GPS speed and distance.
Does the Bia sport watch and companion GPS Go Stick count laps and work in indoor pools?
The hardware is totally equipped to do lap count and distance (meters or yards) for indoor and outdoor pools, but we aren't promising the software will be ready at launch. If that feature is not ready on time we'll release it as a free update after we ship.
Does it count steps?
Does it tell temperature or elevation gain?
No, not on the watch during your race or workout. We'll give you this information in your training journal after your workout is done.
Can I use the Bia sports watch with my iPhone instead of the GPS Go Stick?
Not at launch. The point of the Go Stick is NOT to have to use your $600 sweat-adverse, Gu-hating, battery-guzzling, kid-interupting smartphone as a sports device. Here's what we think of bringing our smartphones with on workouts:
Do you have any secret features you aren't telling us about?
Of course we do! We'll share as we get closer to shipping.