Garmin becomes official navigation and fitness device partner of Saracens

The two-year agreement will see a number of new technologies introduced to the club, along with a range of Garmin multisport fitness products.

The partnership has seen the introduction of technologies from Garmin’s marine division to the rugby pitch.

In order to measure wind speed and direction more accurately, Garmin secured its gWind Wireless marine wind tracking devices to the goalposts at the Saracens’ Allianz Park as part of a trial.

The data was then transmitted wirelessly to a Garmin Quatix watch, enabling Saracens kicking coach Dan Vickers to determine wind speed and direction during training and before a game.

Vickers says: “Historically, we’ve used flags to ascertain wind direction, but we wanted to explore a more technical solution to this, so we turned to Garmin.

“We are now able to determine the speed and direction of the wind much more effectively during training, which in turn enables us to advise our kickers.

“This is all part of Saracens’ efforts to keep striving for that extra five per cent over our competitors.”

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