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

Wahoo ELEMNT MINIV1.7 – 1st August 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 please note that any information provided to me under NDA by manufacturers will not appear here. So there might (will be!) yet be a few more surprises 😉 Please let me know of errors or omissions. Thank you . Enjoy.

In this version: tidying up with Garmin 1030 and Wahoo ELEMNT MINI. There are LOTS of interesting things coming up soon, both for devices that I can’t mention below and other accessories of various interesting flavours. and I suspect that I don’t know half of what is about to be announced!

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

Considering adding: others? What have I missed? Note information that has become available about accessories is NOT included below (too many of them)

Recent Trends/Future Trends?: higher res colour screens; music on watch; battery-duration innovation; 1m GPS accuracy Galileo – now confirmed in Garmin FORETREX; 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).

 

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 by me, Q1-2.2018 by others.
Garmin Forerunner 610, 620 Effectively Discontinued
Garmin Forerunner 630 Great device
Garmin Forerunner 635 Was 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 and replaced by Fenix 5X
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
Garmin Edge 800, 810 Effectively Discontinued
Garmin Edge 820 Flagship top-end, nav cycling computer
Garmin Edge 830 Expected Aug 2018 earliest
Garmin Edge 1000 To be superseded in 2017
Garmin Edge 1030 Expected w/c 7 August 2017 along with podless Vector 3
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 Q2.2018
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, released
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 with linked GPS
Suunto Ambit/Ambit 2 Effectively Discontinued
Suunto Ambit 3, several variants Still great devices. In many ways superior.
Suunto Ambit 4 The SPARTAN is the replacement AMBIT3
Suunto SPARTAN Ultra OK to buy now
Suunto SPARTAN Sport OK to buy now
Suunto SPARTAN Sport with oHR (WHR) Released
Suunto SPARTAN Trainer Released
Suunto SPARTAN (other) Expected 2018-
Fitbit Blaze Current, a replacement device relying on a smartphone for GPS unlikely.
Fitbit Charge HR Discontinued
Fitbit Charge 2 Current
Fitbit Surge Current, due for replacement in some form perhaps by ‘smartwatch’ and its app store
Fitbit Blaze 2 2018
Fitbit ‘smartwatch’ Expected September 2017
Fitbit Charge 3 2018
Hammerhead Karoo Cycling Computer, due October
Stages Dash Cycling Computer
TomTom Runner, Runner 2 Effectively Discontinued
TomTom Runner 3, Spark 3 Still a great watch, possible Q3.2017 update as TomTom ask for beta testers
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 Cut down cycling computer no GPS, no power, Wahoo-only sensors
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, replacing WSD-F10
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)

Garmin-timeline-zitasport-javier-ortiz

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

Source: zitasport

 

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