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

 

V1.72 – 30th August 2017

In this version: Garmin, Garmin, Garmin, Fibit, WAHOO.  There will be some newer brands too that I need to get my head around first.

I did say back in October 2016 that 2017 would be the year of the Garmin. And so it is.

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 will be a few more surprises 😉 Please let me know of errors or omissions. Thank you . Enjoy.

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). There are too many Power Meter models for me to keep track of. I have more than a passing interest in PMs for triathlon disciplines but I don’t keep an eye on the whole market. (I have a day job).

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 (eg for the Fitbit Ionic); 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); simultaneous dual-band recording (ZWIFT+your main recording device).

 

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 tri watch in its day, still good enough
GarminForerunner 920XTGreat tri watch
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 but good enough
GarminForerunner 630Great device
GarminForerunner 645Expected relatively soon in Sept/Oct 2017
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 Imminent
GarminVivoactive 3BATTLEGROUND: Very early September 2017 – contender to Fitbit Ionic and Apple Watch 3
GarminVivomoveDress watch, superseded September 2017
GarminVivomove HRAs above, with HR, Imminent Sept 2017
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 1030Expected August 2017 along with podless Vector 3
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 variants (Peak, run, Sport…)Still great devices. In many ways superior.
SuuntoAmbit 4The SPARTAN is the replacement AMBIT3
SuuntoSPARTAN UltraOK to buy now
SuuntoSPARTAN SportOK to buy now
SuuntoSPARTAN Sport with oHR (WHR)Released
SuuntoSPARTAN TrainerJust Announced available start Sept 2017
SuuntoSPARTAN (other)Expected 2018-
FitbitBlazeCurrent, a replacement device relying on a smartphone for GPS unlikely.
FitbitCharge HRDiscontinued
FitbitCharge 2Current
FitbitSurgeAbout to be supesceded by Ionic
FitbitBlaze 22018
FitbitIonicBATTLEGROUND: Imminent September 2017
FitbitIonic adidasA 2018 sporty refresh planned
FitbitCharge 32018
HammerheadKarooCycling Computer, due Oct2017
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 MINICut down cycling computer no GPS, no power, Wahoo-only sensors
Wahoo fitnessRunning – Tri WatchSpeculation for 2018/19 CEO/Chip says they are looking beyond cycling
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
AppleWatch Series 3BATTLEGROUND: Rumours of a Q3/Q4 Announcement
EpsonSF-seriesCurrent but all is quiet
HuaweiFitCurrent
SamsungGear Sportdue September 2017
Moto360 – 2nd Gen/SportCurrent
MisfitVaporOct’17..apparently not vapourwear
LGWatch 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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Matt
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There will be a mid- cycle Fenix (and possibly 935) upgrade in spring 2018. Nothing too new other than NFC and maybe Galileo support (expect marketing jargon around it). There will be a “copper” style color as well. Garmin will be adopting more of the tick-tock approach.

Peter UBERTO
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I presently use the 920XT and the Ambit3 Sport for run training and racing. And use my 910XT whenever I go on a drive over 5 miles to see where and how I went that day. In case I have to prove to my significant other ( spouse ) where and when I went.
Having said that. My question to each you 5krunners. What do you mean when you say that the Ambit3 series Sports watch is “somewhat Superior” to the other watches? Is it the metrics or accuracy or whatever?

the5krunner
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hmmm. I’ll have to double-check on my use of the English language (as above).
Lots of words on this site, some superlatives occasionally slip through unchallenged.
to answer, let’s go with “Accuracy (in a few respects), build quality and whatever”

Peter UBERTO
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You must be some sort of lawyer of sorts. ” I did not have Triathlon with that watch”

the5krunner
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nice 🙂
that comment gets you into my Top 10 comments that made me lol…keep up the good work!

Joop
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Samsung leaks the existence of the Garmin Forerunner 645: https://support.smartthings.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001815503-Garmin-Watch

the5krunner
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nice