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Magellan Switch

With numerous features and training aids, the Switch is ideal for runners, cyclists, and triathletes looking for a powerful and highly customizable GPS watch.

The Switch tracks time, distance, speed, calories, and elevation. It’s waterproof, and has multi-sport and a quick-release mount, making transitions between activities easy for triathletes.

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For all endurance athletes, the Switch is equipped with its own version of Garmin’s Virtual Partner, called Activity Pacer. Like Virtual Partner, you train against a pre-set distance and pace. As you exercise, it provides guidance on how to reach your goals as well as an estimate of how long it will take you to finish your workout.


Another stand-out feature on the Switch is its swappable battery pack. Unlike other GPS watches, the battery in the Switch can be removed and replaced with a freshly charged battery. The battery that comes with the watch lasts about 8 hours in exercise mode, but even better, the extra battery pack lasts 16 hours.

For athletes who need very specific information while training, the Switch comes with the most customizable screens on the market today. Each screen can display up to 6 data fields; and 9 different screens can be programmed per activity. On top of that 9 different activities profiles can be programmed — this allows you to create things like: a trail running profile, a swimming profile, a mountain bike profile, or a road bike profile.

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What’s missing from the Switch are training aids like interval and advanced workouts. This means specific workouts cannot be programmed into the watch.

The Switch is also bulky, falling into the brick category of watch styles. It’s likely why Magellan didn’t bother giving the Switch normal time and date functions, making it unwearable as a regular day to day watch.


  • Highly customizable screens, both in terms of data fields displayed and the number of profiles that can be set-up
  • A swappable battery – Magellan’s Switch and Switch Up are the only two GPS watches made today with that feature
  • Activity Pacer – a nice improvement over Garmin’s Virtual Partner


  • No interval or advanced workouts
  • Square-ish and bulky. Not a watch you would want to wear outside of exercising


While lacking interval workouts, the Activity Pacer feature makes this a nice watch for intermediate runners looking for extra motivation while training. But it’s also fairly complex and lacks training aids (like interval and advanced workouts) beneficial to experienced runners.


With nine activity profiles giving you the ability to customize multiple bikes, and its compatibility with bicycle accessories like a bike speed and cadence sensor and a power meter, the Switch is a great GPS watch for advanced cyclists.


The Switch is waterproof, comes with multi-sport – which allows simple activity transitions, and supports a quick-release mount, making wrist to bike transfers easy.


The Switch is waterproof to 50 meters, fine for swimming.


With its customizable data fields, GPS elevation tracking, and swappable battery, the Switch is capable of tracking long-distance events in a variety of terrain, while showing very specific data.


With its breadcrumb map and elevation tracking, the Switch is a very good hiking watch.



Battery-life: 8 hours exercise mode
Waterproof to 50 meters

Data Tracking

Time, Distance, Pace and Speed
Heart rate calculated calories
GPS elevation

Workout History

Breadcrumb map
1,000 laps; 60 hours of activities

Alerts & General Features

Auto lap
Auto pause
Customizable screens
9 activity profiles
Time/Distance audible alerts

Training Aids

Activity Pacer


Wirelessly downloads activites to a computer
Facebook and Twitter Sharing


Heart rate monitor
Foot pod
Bike speed and cadance sensor
Quick-release mount
Power meter
Battery extender pack

Other Functions


Ben Drew

Ben Drew

Ben is an avid road and trail runner, and has completed multiple marathons and ultras. A former running store owner, he now shares his knowledge and experience writing these articles.

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