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info req on gps watches

Post by paramart » Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:13 pm

just looking for info on gps watches mainly for running/cycling any good recommendations, ta as carting my 800 around is poop
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Re: info req on gps watches

Post by Dave Barter » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:07 pm

I have a basic Garmin Forerunner 10. does the job but it takes a few minutes to get a location fix which means I have to jog on the spot like a hampton for a bit whilst waiting.
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Re: info req on gps watches

Post by jam bo » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:57 pm

Garmin 235 here. Wear it 24/7 as an activity tracker. Does about a week between charges in that mode.

GPS is about 10% battery an hour.

Cold fix is 60s or so, normally fixes within a couple of seconds.

If I had the money I'd get one of the new fenix 5's

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Re: info req on gps watches

Post by Blackhound » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:24 pm

Lezyne have a new wearable available, saw it on Singletrackworld this morning in the news section.
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Re: info req on gps watches

Post by benp1 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:28 pm

The Lezyne one looks pretty good

What do you actually want it to do? Some function in some ways better than others

Personally I use an Apple watch, it's not a brilliant fitness tracker, not does it have its own GPS chip, but I find it brilliant for everyday use/cycling combined with my phone - I can dictate messages while I'm on the bike ("i'll be home in 20 minutes"), controlling music, stopping/starting strava, paying for stuff in shops without getting my phone out, checking updates/messages, checking my to do list

BUT, it's not as good as something like a Garmin for specific fitness stuff. And the battery life isn't brilliant

But I've been wearing it for nearly 18 months and it's ace

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Re: info req on gps watches

Post by Asposium » Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:38 pm

I have a fenix 3 that I use for running, hiking and cycling.
Works well.
A "running dynamics" chest strap that enables the watch to display various running parameters. Ground contact time balance is particularly useful.
A version of the fenix 3 (or all fenix 5) permit on-wrist heart rate measurement
Wear it as an everyday watch, though it is a little large on my slim wrists.
Garmin announced the fenix 5 recently.
Apparently the watch can control a VIRB camera.
The watch can receive notifications via the Garmin Connect app running on ones phone.

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Re: info req on gps watches

Post by jam bo » Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:50 pm

garmin 235 is half the weight of the fenix, half the price and does 90% of what the fenix does.

mine will do 10hr GPS/GLONASS with HRM, general activity tracking and 24/7 HR is about 6-7 days between charges and only takes an hour or so to charge from USB.

smart notifications are useful. upload to strava is seamless 99% of the time.

no mapping etc. but then 99% of the time I know where I am and where I'm going.

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Re: info req on gps watches

Post by paramart » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:42 pm

thanks for the help, want it to track fitness activities mainly running/riding, no interest with music playing functions, but would like gps, heart rate was looking at tom tom 3 with hr monitor
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Re: info req on gps watches

Post by benp1 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:43 am

Personally, for that sort of thing, I'd stick with Garmin

I've always had TomTom as being a better car sat nav, but Garmin being a better gps for everything else. This is all IMHO obviously!

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Post by evilgoat » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:23 pm

I have a TomTom runner 2. it's good at tracking and nice having HR, although people question the accuracy of optical HR.

Battery life is good. something like 10 hours in tracking mode, a week easily in activity monitoring mode.

BUT I would not buy another TomTom and wouldn't recommend you do, the bluetooth connectivity with my android phone is shocking. always dropping out, sometimes failing to connect. I prety much always have to plug it into my laptop to upload an activity. The apps on phone and laptop are rubbish and flakey.

I am not alone in my experience and multiple complaints to the Tomtom customer service by lots of people dosen't seem to make any difference. They haven't fixed it in many firmware upgrades. Have a look at the tomtom discussion forums for details.

My wife's garmin fitness tracker has seamless bluetooth connectivity with her phone.

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Re: info req on gps watches

Post by paramart » Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:40 pm

thanks for the info in the end I went for the tom tom runner3 cardio,
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