The new generation of Rate Meters from Active Tools have had new features added and have been cost engineered to reduce their prices.
The extra features the ActiveTime has over the ActiveRate are the Check display and the 10 point memory
Protective Silicone Rubber Cover - New Feature
The new ActiveTime includes a replaceable protective silicone rubber cover available in Blue, Pink and Orange.
Enhanced Accelerometer - New Feature
The new accelerometer senses lower variations in boat speed and rates are now displayed from 15-55 strokes per minute.
Battery Life Indicator - New Feature
Low battery levels are now indicated on start up.
Self Timing and Data Recall
Standing start pieces can be automatically timed as the ActiveTime unit senses when you start rowing and also when you wind down at the end of the piece. The last ten timed pieces are automatically saved and can be recalled along with average ratings and average checks.
Many people find that timing themselves over set distances gives them more useful speed information than trying to work with a fluctuating impeller or GPS derived speed readings. After all, races are won by the crew that takes the least time to cover a set distance, rather than the boat that goes fastest at any given point in the race.
Check Factor Display
While some variation in boat speed during the stroke is unavoidable it has been shown that minimising this check results in faster race times. So that you can monitor this, the ActiveTime unit displays a Check Factor which is averaged over two strokes and is calculated from the average boat deceleration during each stroke. This is then adjusted for rate as Check inevitably goes up as the rate increases.
Check values do vary with crew weight and boat type, but as a general guide we see figures of around 35 to 40 for the best crews at race pace increasing to 60 or 70 for less experienced rowers.
Rather than monitoring Check continuously we suggest tracking it over time and using it to assess improvements made due to changes in technique - you will find that reducing Check in a given crew leads to substantially improved boat speeds.
This means a very tidy installation can be achieved as no magnets or wires are required. Failures caused by wiring and connector problems are also eliminated.
Rate Meters can be attached by either fixing the standard mounting bracket to your boat or by using the suction cup bracket that attaches to any boat in seconds. All Rate Meters are supplied with both mounting brackets as standard.
When wanted, time can be displayed to manage your training outings or to make sure that you get to the start of races on time.
You can take the ratings of passing crews by clicking the button in time with their catches.
(This product is protected by two granted patents, design registration and by design rights).
What you get:
ActiveRate Rate Meter
Protective Silicone Rubber Cover – choice of one of three colours
Standard Mounting Bracket
Hinged Mounting Bracket
Velcro Mounting strips (to mount Hinged Bracket to Wing Riggers)
Spare Battery Compartment Seals
They are designed for use in 'racing' sliding seat rowing boats used in rowable water conditions. They can work in other situations but are likely to give less stable readings.
Please note that this model does not have a backlight
It’s a great piece of kit and as it requires no wires I can use it in different boats without hassle. The Self timing feature enables me to do timed pieces without the need of someone on the bank.