Cycling/Running/Triathlon ‘Watches’: Current Models and expected replacement dates. Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, TomTom

This is my opinion of current & future devices across the running/cycling market. Updates to this will be issued as and when information emerges.  Please let me know of errors or omissions. Thank you . Enjoy. [Alternate monthly perspective by @lustyd at gpsrumours.com)

Manufacturer Device Comments
Garmin Fenix/Fenix 2 Effectively Discontinued
Garmin Fenix 3 Fenix 3 HR + variants Still great devices
Garmin Fenix 5, 5s, 5x Garmin’s flagship model for 2017-2018
Garmin Fenix 6 Expected 2019
Garmin Fenix Chronos Quality innards. Will get F5 firmware
Garmin Forerunner 910XT Great device
Garmin Forerunner 920XT Great device
Garmin Forerunner 935 Imminent Q1.2017
Garmin Forerunner 25 Why?
Garmin Forerunner 35 Entry level run/sports watch
Garmin Forerunner 210, 220, 225 Effectively Discontinued
Garmin Forerunner 230 Probably won’t be replaced as such
Garmin Forerunner 235 Replacement 2017
Garmin Forerunner 245 Expected 2017
Garmin Forerunner 610, 620 Effectively Discontinued
Garmin Forerunner 630 Great device
Garmin Forerunner 635 Expected Q2.2017
Garmin Forerunner 735XT Great device
Garmin Epix Nice But Effectively Discontinued
Garmin Vivoactive Effectively Discontinued
Garmin Vivoactive HR Great device
Garmin Edge 20/25 Entry level cycling computer
Garmin Edge 200, 500, 510 Effectively Discontinued
Garmin Edge 520 Still a great cycling computer
Garmin Edge 530 Expected 2018 at earliest
Garmin Edge 800, 810 Effectively Discontinued
Garmin Edge 820 Flagship top-end, nav cycling computer
Garmin Edge 1000 To be superseded in 2017
Garmin Edge 1010 Expected 2017
Lezyne Mini, Macro, Super, Watch variants Currently releasing Year 10 (2017) models
Polar V800 Still a great watch
Polar ?V850/V900? V800 replacement hoped for 2017
Polar M200 Entry level oHR running/sports watch 2016
Polar M400 2015 running watch. Unsure if replacement due
Polar ?M500? Not sure if M400 will be replaced as M600 released
Polar M600 Best AndroidWear sports watch
Polar M450 Fine, basic unit. Uncertain future
Polar V650 Nav Cycliing Unit. Last of Polar’s cycling watches?
Polar ?V700? Possible V650 replacement 2017
Suunto Ambit/Ambit 2 Effectively Discontinued
Suunto Ambit 3, several variants Still great devices. In many ways superior.
Suunto Ambit 4 This IS the SPARTAN, visually like spartan trainer
Suunto SPARTAN Ultra Wait for Q2.2017 firmware updates unless you research closely
Suunto SPARTAN Sport Wait for Q2.2017 firmware updates unless you research closely
Suunto SPARTAN Sport with oHR Imminent Q1.2017
Suunto SPARTAN Trainer Possibly Q3.2017
suunto SPARTAN (other) Expected 2018-
Fitbit Charge Current
Fitbit Surge Current
Fitbit ‘smartwatch’ Expected 2018, maybe 2017.
TomTom Runner, Runner 2 Effectively Discontinued
TomTom Runner 3, Spark 3 Still a great watch, possible Q3.2017 update
TomTom Adventurer Still a great watch, possible Q3.2017 update
Wahoo fitness ELEMNT A great cycling computer
Wahoo fitness ELEMNT BOLT A great cycling computer
Wahoo fitness ELEMNT MINI Expected Q2.2017
XPLOVA/Acer X5 Nice cycling computer
Bryton RIDER 100, 310, 330, 530 Current
Bryton RIDER numerous other models Effectively Discontinued
CatEye STEALTH, STRADA, PADRONE 2016 models are current
MIO/Magellan Cyclo 505HC + others Nice but all is quiet on the Western front
New Balance RunIQ Expected Q2.2017
Casio Pro Trek Smart Expected Q2.2017
adidas Smart Run Discontinued
Apple Watch Series 2 w/Nike Current
Epson SF-series Current but all is quiet
Huawei Fit Expected Q2.2017
Moto 360 – 2nd Gen/Sport Current
LG Watch Sport (Google collaboration) Expected Q2.2017

Garmin Timeline (Original Source: Zitasport, modified)

Garmin-timeline-zitasport-javier-ortiz

Polar timeline (Original source: zitasport, this is slightly outdated eg M600, M200)

Source: zitasport

 

4 thoughts on “Cycling/Running/Triathlon ‘Watches’: Current Models and expected replacement dates. Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, TomTom

  1. Huawei Watch 2 (Sport and Classic) could be interesting. It has integrated FirstBeat analytics for advanced training metrics.

  2. yes I saw that. i’m super keen to get my hands on one and indeed spoke to FB the other week about TE2.0. The FB stuff is super-great BUT no guarantee of success. PulseOn were one of the first to use the FB stuff but it didn’t help them with an own-branded device..

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