Women’s | Top 3 | Running, Fitness & Tri Gadgets

We originally took a sneaky look at, probably unintended, gender bias in this article about the wider reporting of the suitability of the Fenix 5S to ‘various demographics’. Have a read if you don’t remember it; it probably would be classed as ‘vaguely humorous‘ by a small percentage of the population

PARODY: Garmin Fenix 5 – for women, girls and other fellow members of the lesser sex

So now, in a very much tongue-in-cheek way, could we say that the top women’s product would be this little pink number variant of the same watch?:

Garmin 5S Pink

Or maybe it would be the 38mm Apple Watch I’m using at the moment with STRYD? Actually, the 38mm version is a bit small.


But in seriousness that are VERY MANY similarities between men and women. Apparently some even have similar tastes 😉 However there are some differences too and I’m sure you don’t need me to cover any of those here. Here are 3 products that do take into account issues that are faced by many women athletes and, in two of the case, by men too!

So here are my Top 3, in no particular order:

  • Polar OH1 – Some people just don’t get on with chest straps. Yet they want accurate HR results. They want app compatibility and watch compatibility. Yet they might not want to have a phone strapped to their arm OR a watch strapped to their wrist all the time when exercising. The OH1 has Scosche-levels of accuracy and also gives you a few more water-based options too.
  • Fenix 5S – Some people prefer small watches or simply have small wrists. Scarily enough this even includes younger people. Who would have guessed that? With a 42mm case size the Fenix 5S is positively more negatively sized than the rather whopping 51mm of the Fenix 5X. The screen resolution suffers a bit further because of the smaller size but apart from that you have oodles of features. Yes you can buy the pink one if you really want to but it does come in a rather sweet and gender-neutral grey/gray. Let’s be frank tho if you are not too bothered about sporting metrics then you’d buy the Apple 😉
  • Elvie – This really is not one for the guys. And you would need a REALLY good excuse to use one. I’ll say REALLY GOOD EXCUSE again.


The Top 3:

Polar Verity Sense Review | the other opinion, in detail


Garmin Fenix 7 ☀️ First Thoughts, Solar too


▷ Elvie Review | Discount | Pelvic Floor Kegel Fitness

Amazfit Stratos Amazon
Best REI/Wiggle/PMC price is linked to. Prices are $/Eu199/£169 and will only fall in sale period.


The watches below are better suited for smaller wrists – put another way they are the smallest format for the category in which Garmin is targetting. eg the 735XT is the smallest tri watch from Garmin.

Best REI/Wiggle/PMC price is linked to. Prices approx £265/$299 and likely to fall in 2019.
Best REI/Wiggle/PMC price is linked to. Prices approx £235/$270/Eu250 and likely to fall slightly in late 2018.
Garmin Fenix 5S
Best REI/Wiggle/PMC price is linked to. Prices are about Eur495/$550/£425 and will stay around that level until 2019 but sale prices will come and go. .
Best REI/Wiggle/PMC price is linked to. Prices approx $400-$450 or £480-£520 and UNlikely for non-Music to fall below $400 in 2019.

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