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(Pocket-lint) - TomTom has added a new model to its line-up of sports watches with the TomTom Adventurer.

As the name suggests, this is a watch for the great outdoors. Built on the foundation of the new TomTom Spark, it uses a similar design to TomTom's existing line-up of sports watches, but supercharges it. 

With the addition of a barometer to give more accurate information than you'll get from the GPS alone, the Adventurer doesn't just track your progress, it gives you 3D distance, taking into account the change in elevation too.

It offers the route tracking feature that's just been added to the new TomTom Spark 3, so if you head out into the wilds, you can see a trace on your watch and find your way back to where you started.

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There's the normal optical heart rate sensor on the rear of the body to track your activity, and the only identifying mark that this is a different model from the Spark comes in the form of the small barometer sensor on the back.

The strap design is different, with a reinforced and raised section forming the frame around the display. The added bulk not only makes this look like a more active watch, but it also provides a little more protection for the surface of the display. 

As these straps are available to buy as optional extras, we dare say you could probably upgrade your Spark to this fetching orange strap if you prefer. (We're checking if you can...)

There are a dedicated modes for tracking skiing, snowboarding, hiking and trail running, alongside all the other options that TomTom's Spark family offers, namely running, gym workouts and swimming.

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To boost the appeal to skiers and snowboarders, there is automatic lift detection, showing you a summary of your run once you're sitting down, so you can see your stats on the piste with a glance at your wrist, rather than having to fish out your phone and check an app. There's automatic syncing to the MySports app, where you'll be able to check things out in more detail.

The TomTom Adventurer gets itself a boosted battery, designed to be used over a weekend, as well as the normal water resistance of 40m. 

The TomTom Adventurer will be available in October for £249.99 and we'll be bringing you a full review as soon as we can.

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Writing by Chris Hall. Originally published on 31 August 2016.