Jul 2017 : Cycling/Running/Triathlon ‘Watches’: New Models, Current Models and expected replacement dates. Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, TomTom, etc

Polar-V800-RedV1.6 – 11th July 2017 – This is an old version >> – latest version for current month HERE.<<

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 please note 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.

In this version: Polar & TomTom. Polar self-leak the V800 replacement and TomTom are on the hunt for beta testers for something that follows the Spark3/Runner3.

There are more detailed thoughts on this topic (here) for the remainder of 2017

Considering adding: others? What have I missed?

Recent Trends/Future Trends?: higher res colour screens; music on watch; battery-duration innovation; 1m GPS accuracy Galileo; vendor apps/app store; WORKOUT DATA standards, openness and integration; mapping/navigation; support for novel accessories & sensor data – environmental (weather), physiological (hydration) & spatial (radar); optical HR; deep smartphone integration (AW2).

Interesting: TomTom also announced a couple of weeks ago that they have high-resolution maps from the beidou constellation of satellites for driving. You can bet your bottom (middle and top) dollar that the same is already being planned for sports.

ManufacturerDeviceComments
GarminFenix/Fenix 2Effectively Discontinued, not as good as subsequent models.
GarminFenix 3 Fenix 3 HR + variantsStill great devices
GarminFenix 5, 5s, 5xGarmin’s flagship model for 2017-2018
GarminFenix 6Expected 2019
GarminFenix ChronosQuality innards. F5s firmware. Expensive.
GarminForerunner 910XTGreat device
GarminForerunner 920XTGreat device
GarminForerunner 935Lightweight Fenix 5 with quick release kit
GarminForerunner 25Why?
GarminForerunner 35Entry level run/sports watch
GarminForerunner 210, 220, 225Effectively Discontinued
GarminForerunner 230Probably won’t be replaced as such. Good.
GarminForerunner 235Replacement 2017/. Good
GarminForerunner 245Expected 2017 by me, Q1-2.2018 by others.
GarminForerunner 610, 620Effectively Discontinued
GarminForerunner 630Great device
GarminForerunner 635Was expected Q2.2017, possibly could be the 935 which is now released
GarminForerunner 735XTGood. Again the 935 could be the replacement for this too
GarminEpixNice But Effectively Discontinued and replaced by Fenix 5X
GarminVivoactiveEffectively Discontinued
GarminVivoactive HRGreat device, replacement 2018
GarminEdge 20/25Entry level cycling computer
GarminEdge 200, 500, 510Effectively Discontinued
GarminEdge 520Still a great cycling computer
GarminEdge 530Expected 2018 
GarminEdge 800, 810Effectively Discontinued
GarminEdge 820Flagship top-end, nav cycling computer
GarminEdge 830Expected Aug 2018 earliest
GarminEdge 1000To be superseded in 2017
GarminEdge 1030 (1050)Expected Q3.2017 – a 1000 replacement probably like the 820’s firmware but with new hardware bits.
LezyneMini, Macro, Super, Watch variantsCurrently releasing Year 10 (2017) models
PolarV800Still a great multisport watch
Polar?V810/V850/V900?V800 replacement Q2.2018
PolarM200Entry level oHR running/sports watch 2016. replacement 2018/2019
PolarM400Replaced by M430 in Q1.2017
PolarM430An optical M400, released
PolarM600Best AndroidWear sports watch
PolarM450Replaced by M460 in Q1.2017
PolarM460M450 with STRAVA LIVE
PolarV650Bike Nav Cycling device
Polar?V660?Possible V650 replacement 2017
PolarA370A360 replacement with linked GPS
SuuntoAmbit/Ambit 2Effectively Discontinued
SuuntoAmbit 3, several variantsStill great devices. In many ways superior.
SuuntoAmbit 4This IS the SPARTAN, although the upcoming Spartan trainer looks like an AMBIT. The SPARTAN TRAINER may in fact be the AMBIT 4 SPORT…or not
SuuntoSPARTAN UltraOK to buy now
SuuntoSPARTAN SportOK to buy now
SuuntoSPARTAN Sport with oHR (WHR)Released
SuuntoSPARTAN TrainerExpected Q3.2017
SuuntoSPARTAN (other)Expected 2018-
FitbitBlazeCurrent, a replacement device relying on a smartphone for GPS unlikely.
FitbitCharge HRDiscontinued
FitbitCharge 2Current
FitbitSurgeCurrent, due for replacement in some form perhaps by ‘smartwatch’ and its app store
FitbitBlaze 22018
Fitbit‘smartwatch’Expected 2018, maybe late 2017.
FitbitCharge 32018
HammerheadKarooCycling Computer
StagesDashCycling Computer
TomTomRunner, Runner 2Effectively Discontinued
TomTomRunner 3, Spark 3Still a great watch, possible Q3.2017 update as TomTom ask for beta testers
TomTomAdventurerStill a great watch, possible Q3.2017 update
Wahoo fitnessELEMNTA great cycling computer
Wahoo fitnessELEMNT BOLTA great cycling computer
Wahoo fitnessELEMNT MINIExpected Q3.2017
XPLOVA/AcerX5Nice cycling computer
BrytonRIDER 100, 310, 330, 530Current
BrytonRIDER numerous other modelsEffectively Discontinued
CatEyeSTEALTH, STRADA, PADRONE2016 models are current
MIO/MagellanCyclo 505HC + othersNice but all is quiet on the Western front
New BalanceRunIQCurrent
CasioPro Trek Smart WSD-F20Current, replacing WSD-F10
adidasSmart RunDiscontinued
AppleWatch Series 2 w/NikeCurrent
EpsonSF-seriesCurrent but all is quiet
HuaweiFitCurrent
Moto360 – 2nd Gen/SportCurrent
LGWatch 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

 

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While I agree that the v8x0 will ship in q2 2018 I think there will be an announcement later this year at the end of summer. They did this with the v800 and no reason to think they won’t again. Their xmas will already be poor with such an out of date device so no reason not to announce early and hope people wait it out.