So the Vibe has a lot going for it and will be the pump to have in the diabetes world, but what about the diabetic athlete world. I have only used a Medtronic pump, the Medtronic pump is CGM enabled, I decided to switch to the Dexcom CGM a year ago because Dexcom is far better than the Medtronic CGM for me. I have almost five years of experience with a CGM enabled pump, I feel my insight is helpful for athletes looking at the Vibe. The first great thing is the most obvious, you will have one gadget to worry about, not two. Having everything in one spot is great. I do miss being able to just look at my pump and see everything from blood sugar, last bolus and the amount of active insulin. As an athlete that is huge, being a cyclist it is very easy to take a peak at my hip while riding casually or in a race, as a runner it is even easier. Another great feature of the Vibe is that it is waterproof up to 12 feet for 24 hours. For swimmers and tri athletes this is huge, I have started swimming and I wish I could have my pump on me while I do so. The vibe will make this possible and for me this is the selling point. For those of you that don't swim, the waterproof feature is still great. Riding a hundred miles in a steady cold rain for five hours is anything but fun, you're worried about falling off the bike on a sharp turn, your blood sugar and if your pump will be ok in the rain. With the Vibe you have a lot less to worry about, the pump will be just fine. It will be sitting on your hip enjoying the ride.
As I said earlier I have been on nothing but a Medtronic pump, I'm a tad hesitant to make the switch but as it stands right now I'm sold on the Animas prime, not only as a diabetic but as a diabetic athlete. In my mind the Animas Vibe has set the bar for insulin pumps. I have a lot of hoops to jump through to get a new pump but hopefully I will be able to provide a full review of the Vibe in the months ahead.