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

V1.3 – 23rd May 2017

This is my opinion of current & future devices across the GPS running/cycling market. Updates to this will be issued as and when information emerges which may include rumors, although note well that any information provided to me under NDA by manufacturers will not appear here. So there might yet be a few more surprises 😉 Please let me know of errors or omissions. Thank you . Enjoy.

Manufacturer Device Comments
Garmin Fenix/Fenix 2 Effectively Discontinued, not as good as subsequent models.
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. F5s firmware. Expensive.
Garmin Forerunner 910XT Great device
Garmin Forerunner 920XT Great device
Garmin Forerunner 935 Lightweight Fenix 5 with quick release kit
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. Good.
Garmin Forerunner 235 Replacement 2017/. Good
Garmin Forerunner 245 Expected 2017
Garmin Forerunner 610, 620 Effectively Discontinued
Garmin Forerunner 630 Great device
Garmin Forerunner 635 Expected Q2.2017, possibly could be the 935 which is now released
Garmin Forerunner 735XT Good. Again the 935 could be the replacement for this too
Garmin Epix Nice But Effectively Discontinued
Garmin Vivoactive Effectively Discontinued
Garmin Vivoactive HR Great device, replacement 2018
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Garmin Edge 1000 To be superseded in 2017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 multisport watch
Polar ?V810/V850/V900? V800 replacement hoped for Q3.2017
Polar M200 Entry level oHR running/sports watch 2016. replacement 2018/2019
Polar M400 Replaced by M430 in Q1.2017
Polar M430 An optical M400, Q2.2017
Polar M600 Best AndroidWear sports watch
Polar M450 Replaced by M460 in Q1.2017
Polar M460 M450 with STRAVA LIVE
Polar V650 Bike Nav Cycling device
Polar ?V660? Possible V650 replacement 2017
Polar A370 A360 replacement  for 2017 with linked GPS
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, although the upcoming Spartan trainer looks like an AMBIT. so the SPARTAN TRAINER may in fact be the AMBIT 4 SPORT.
Suunto SPARTAN Ultra OK to buy now
Suunto SPARTAN Sport OK to buy now
Suunto SPARTAN Sport with oHR (WHR) Released
Suunto SPARTAN Trainer Possibly Q2/Q3.2017
suunto SPARTAN (other) Expected 2018-
Fitbit Blaze Current, a replacement device relying on a smartphone for GPS won’t happen.
Fitbit Charge HR Discontinued
Fitbit Charge 2 Current
Fitbit Surge Current, due for replacement in some form
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/Q3.2017
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 Current
Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 Current
adidas Smart Run Discontinued
Apple Watch Series 2 w/Nike Current
Epson SF-series Current but all is quiet
Huawei Fit Current
Moto 360 – 2nd Gen/Sport Current
LG Watch Sport (Google collaboration) Expected Q2.2017

Garmin Timeline (Original Source: Zitasport, modified)

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

Source: zitasport

 

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