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).

 

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 tri watch in its day, still good enough
Garmin Forerunner 920XT Great tri watch
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 but good enough
Garmin Forerunner 630 Great device
Garmin Forerunner 645 Expected relatively soon in Sept/Oct 2017
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 Imminent
Garmin Vivoactive 3 BATTLEGROUND: Very early September 2017 – contender to Fitbit Ionic and Apple Watch 3
Garmin Vivomove Dress watch, superseded September 2017
Garmin Vivomove HR As above, with HR, Imminent Sept 2017
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 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 variants (Peak, run, Sport…) 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 Just Announced available start Sept 2017
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 About to be supesceded by Ionic
Fitbit Blaze 2 2018
Fitbit Ionic BATTLEGROUND: Imminent September 2017
Fitbit Ionic adidas A 2018 sporty refresh planned
Fitbit Charge 3 2018
Hammerhead Karoo Cycling Computer, due Oct2017
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
Wahoo fitness Running – Tri Watch Speculation for 2018/19 CEO/Chip says they are looking beyond cycling
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
Apple Watch Series 3 BATTLEGROUND: Rumours of a Q3/Q4 Announcement
Epson SF-series Current but all is quiet
Huawei Fit Current
Samsung Gear Sport due September 2017
Moto 360 – 2nd Gen/Sport Current
Misfit Vapor Oct’17..apparently not vapourwear
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

 

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

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