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

 

Fitbit Ionic Starling Bank Contactless Payment

XXX Pay , yet another trend to smarten your smartwatch

V1.75 – 2 November 2017

In this version: Garmin Forerunner(s) still imminent, 5 new Epsons, another imminent Xplova, Samsung Gear Fit, possible 745XT, more Fitbits next year, goodbye TomTom plus some tidying up too.

I did say back in October 2016 that 2017 would be the year of the Garmin. And so it has been despite reducing sales in some traditionally strong markets like EMEA Cycling.

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

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). I’m generally going to exclude bands like the Vivokids v2.

Recent Trends/Future Trends?: higher res colour screens; music (on watch and thru eSIM); battery-duration innovation; <1m GPS accuracy Galileo – now confirmed in Garmin FORETREX; vendor apps/app store (eg Fitbit Pay, Garmin Apy, Apple Pay blah blah Pay); WORKOUT DATA standards, openness and integration; mapping/navigation (on watch and thru eSIM); support for novel accessories & sensor data – environmental (weather), physiological (hydration, blood glucose) & spatial (radar); optical HR; deep smartphone integration (AW2, Apple); simultaneous dual-band workout recording (ZWIFT+your main recording device with BLE); on-watch SIM card/eSIM (for live services like CRASAH and WEATHER and FRIEND LOCATIONS).

Future Challenges: Music on watches has still not been properly addressed but how will streaming services be handled other than through on-watch SIM (Apple Watch)/eSIM?

 

ManufacturerDeviceComments
GarminFenix/Fenix 2Effectively Discontinued, not as good as subsequent models.
GarminFenix 3 Fenix 3 HR + variantsCurrent, still great devices
GarminFenix 5, 5s, 5xGarmin’s flagship model for 2017-2018
GarminFenix 5 PLUS, 5s PLUS, 5x PLUSRefreshed model for Q2.2018
GarminFenix 6Expected 2019
GarminFenix ChronosQuality innards. F5s firmware. Expensive.
GarminForerunner 910XTGreat tri watch in its day, still good enough
GarminForerunner 920XTGreat tri watch…all you need really.
GarminForerunner 935Lightweight Fenix 5 with quick release kit
GarminForerunner 25Why?
GarminForerunner 30Entry level run/sports watch
GarminForerunner 35Entry level run/sports watch
GarminForerunner 45Unsure if the FR35 will be refreshed. If so possible Q1/Q2.2018
GarminForerunner 210, 220, 225Effectively Discontinued
GarminForerunner 230Probably won’t be replaced. Effectively Discontinued.
GarminForerunner 235Replacement due 2017/8. Good
GarminForerunner 245Expected 2017 by me, Q1-2.2018 by others.
GarminForerunner 610, 620Effectively Discontinued but good enough
GarminForerunner 630Great device
GarminForerunner 645Expected imminently in Week 1-2, Nov 2017
GarminForerunner 735XTCurrent, great but limited CIQ and no barometer amongst other things.
GarminForerunner 745XTPossible Q2.2018
GarminEpixNice But Effectively Discontinued and replaced by Fenix 5X
GarminVivoactiveEffectively Discontinued
GarminVivoactive HRGreat device, repalced by Vivoactive 3
GarminVivoactive 3Current – contender to Fitbit Ionic and Apple Watch 3
GarminVivomoveDress watch, superseded September 2017
GarminVivomove HRCurrent Sept 2017
GarminEdge 20/25Entry level cycling computer
GarminEdge 200, 500, 510Effectively Discontinued
GarminEdge 520Still a great cycling computer
GarminEdge 530Expected Q2.2018
GarminEdge 800, 810Effectively Discontinued
GarminEdge 820Flagship top-end, nav cycling computer
GarminEdge 830Expected Aug 2018 earliest
GarminEdge 1000Superseded
GarminEdge 1030Current, released along with podless Vector 3
LezyneMini, Macro, Micro, Super, Watch variantsActively releasing and improving Year 10 (2017) models. No idea if plans for Year 11 exist..probably?
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 TRAINER is the replacement AMBIT3
SuuntoSPARTAN UltraCurrent, OK to buy now
SuuntoSPARTAN SportCurrent, OK to buy now
SuuntoSPARTAN Sport with oHR (WHR)Released
SuuntoSPARTAN TrainerCurrent
SuuntoSpartan Sport Wrist HR BaroCurrent with more variants possibly in 2018
FitbitBlazeCurrent, a replacement device relying on a smartphone for GPS unlikely.
FitbitCharge HRDiscontinued
FitbitCharge 2Current
FitbitSurgeAbout to be superceded by Ionic
FitbitBlaze 22018, there WILL BE models beyond the Ionic in 2018
FitbitIonicCurrent, September 2017
FitbitIonic adidasA 2018 sporty refresh planned
FitbitCharge 32018 maybe?
HammerheadKarooCycling Computer, due Q1.2018
StagesDashCycling Computer
TomTomRunner, Runner 2Effectively Discontinued
TomTomRunner 3, Spark 3Still a great watch But it looks like TomTom sports division is being closed down
TomTomAdventurerStill a great watchBut it looks like TomTom sports division is being closed down
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 fitnessELEMNT TRISpeculation for 2018/19 CEO/Chip says they are looking beyond cycling
XPLOVA/AcerX5Superseded by EVO
XPLOVA/AcerX5 EVOCurrent, refreshed model
XPLOVA/AcerX3November/December 2017
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 3Current, September 2017
EpsonSF-seriesReplaced by ProSense, in USA
EpsonProSense SeriesCurrent, USA initially
HuaweiFitCurrent
SamsungGear SportCurrent (Gear Fit Pro is BAND format)
Moto360 – 2nd Gen/SportCurrent
MisfitVaporCurrent, Ships 24 Nov 2017
LGWatch Sport (Google collaboration)Current

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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Chris
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Why is the Garmin 735xt only “good” device?

Joop
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For the Garmin Forerunner 645 the period of confidentiality ends on the 10th of November, if I interpret this well: https://fccid.io/IPH-03380

steve
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That’s the filing for the Vivofit Jr 2 (you can see the MN # on the second page http://static.garmin.com/pumac/vivofit_JR2_OM_EN.pdf). Given there’s no FCC filing that seems to match is it safe to say release is probably more than a few weeks away?

JB
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Hi, what’s your take on a FENIX 3 HR Sapphire. I can get one just below 300€. My main worry is that it won’t be further developed as it also doesn’t support the newest Connect IQ platform, while as a Vivoactive 3 at the same price will still be developped.