January 2018: Cycling/Running/Triathlon ‘Watches’: New Models, Current Models and expected replacement dates. Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Epson, etc


Wahoo Tickr Fit Review

It’s behind you….

V1.78 – 25 January 2018 – This is an old version >> – latest version for current month HERE.<<


2017 was a great year. Post CES in 2018 then the future looks interesting. The Suunto 3 was the big surprise at CES. Let’s hope for (err expect) more.

2018 brings us hope for: a new Polar tri watch (rumours of slipping dates); a new Garmin 245 (cut down 645); a new Garmin 745XT (maybe); a new Garmin Edge 630 or Edge 530; a new Garmin Fenix 5 plus; plus new XPLOVA bike computers above and beyond the already announced X5 EVO. That should be a bright enough prospect, perhaps.

Shake up: Xiaomi is coming.

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.

What have I missed? Are there others? Note information that has become available about accessories is NOT included below (too many of them). There are also too many Power Meter variants 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’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 Pay, Apple Pay, Ali 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); common firmware across numerous watch variants; simultaneous dual-band workout recording (ZWIFT+your main recording device with BLE); on-watch SIM card/eSIM (for live services like CRASH and WEATHER and FRIEND LOCATIONS).

Future Challenges: Music on watches has still not been properly addressed with TomTom 3, Garmin VA3 and Androidwear 2 all including music but needing to figure out how to properly handle multiple streaming services. But just how exactly will streaming services be properly handled other than through on-watch SIM. And only the Apple Watch has an eSIM?

Product Cycles: Some companies try to copy the Apple model of a new version each year. That’s needs a LOT of R&D to make plausible improvements. The arrival of material improvements can stagnate, as phone handset manufacturers are now finding. Garmin often have more plausible 2-3 year cycles for a replacement. When a new base hardware model is announced (usually the higher spec one) there then follows various cut-down versions to make cheaper less able devices – they can have cheaper components &/or restricted firmware, whilst essentially otherwise being the same product.

Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)Pace / Pace SmartCurrent
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)Pace 2Lower end sports watch, 2018
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)Sports Smart Watch 2S (STRATOS)Multisport 2018
adidasSmart RunDiscontinued
AppleWatch Series 2 w/Nike, Series 3Current
AppleWatch Series 4Sep-18
BrytonRIDER 100, 310, 330, 530Current
BrytonRIDER numerous other modelsEffectively Discontinued
CasioPro Trek Smart WSD-F20Current, replacing WSD-F10. Will we see a WSD-F30 in 2018
CatEyeSTEALTH, STRADA, PADRONE2016 models are current
COROSPace Multisport2018, aims to match Garmin 735XT on functionality (RB)
EpsonProSense SeriesCurrent, USA initially
EpsonSF-seriesReplaced by ProSense, in USA
FitbitBlazeCurrent, a replacement device relying on a smartphone for GPS unlikely.
FitbitBlaze 22018, there WILL BE models beyond the Ionic in 2018
FitbitCharge 2Current
FitbitCharge 32018 maybe?
FitbitCharge HRDiscontinued
FitbitIonicCurrent, September 2017
FitbitIonic adidasA 2018 sporty refresh planned
FitbitSurgeAbout to be superceded by Ionic
GarminEdge 1000Superseded
GarminEdge 1030Current, released along with podless Vector 3
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
GarminEpixNice But Effectively Discontinued and replaced by Fenix 5X
GarminFenix 3 Fenix 3 HR + variantsCurrent, still great devices
GarminFenix 5 PLUS, 5s PLUS, 5x PLUSRefreshed model for Q2.2018
GarminFenix 5, 5s, 5xGarmin’s flagship model for 2017-2018
GarminFenix 6Expected 2019
GarminFenix ChronosQuality innards. F5s firmware. Expensive.
GarminFenix 2 / Fenix 1Effectively Discontinued, not as good as subsequent models.
GarminForerunner 210, 220, 225Effectively Discontinued
GarminForerunner 230Probably won’t be replaced. Effectively Discontinued.
GarminForerunner 235Replacement due 2018. Good
GarminForerunner 245Expected Q2.2018
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 610, 620Effectively Discontinued but good enough
GarminForerunner 630Great device
GarminForerunner 645 and 645MMusic and non-Music version announced. Q1.2018 aailability UK/USA
GarminForerunner 735XTCurrent, great mid-range tri watch (no barometer)
GarminForerunner 745XTPossible Q3.2018
GarminForerunner 910XTGreat tri watch in its day, still good enough
GarminForerunner 920XTGreat tri watch…all you need really.
GarminForerunner 935Top tri watch
GarminForerunner 9452019
GarminVivoactiveEffectively Discontinued
GarminVivoactive 3Current – contender to Fitbit Ionic and Apple Watch 3
GarminVivoactive HRGreat device, effectively Vivoactive 2, replaced by Vivoactive 3
GarminVivofit 4December 2017 supercedes VivoFit 3
GarminVivomoveDress watch, superseded September 2017
GarminVivomove HRCurrent Sept 2017
HammerheadKarooCycling Computer, due ‘uncertain’, beta units released
LezyneMini, Macro, Micro, Super, Watch variantsActively releasing and improving Year 10 (2017) models. No idea if plans for Year 11 exist..probably?
LGWatch Sport (Google collaboration)Current
MIO/MagellanCyclo 505HC + othersNice but all is quiet on the Western front
MisfitVaporCurrent, Ships 24 Nov 2017
Moto360 – 2nd Gen/SportCurrent
New BalanceRunIQCurrent
Polar?V660?Possible V650 replacement 2018, no rumours whatsoever
Polar?V810/V850/V900?V800 replacement Q2.2018, likely later
PolarA370A360 replacement with linked-GPS
PolarM200Entry level oHR running/sports watch 2016. replacement 2018/2019
PolarM400Replaced by M430 in Q1.2017
PolarM430An optical M400, released
PolarM450Replaced by M460 in Q1.2017
PolarM460M450 with STRAVA LIVE
PolarM600Best AndroidWear sports watch
PolarV650Bike Nav Cycling device
PolarV800Still a great multisport watch
SamsungGear SportCurrent (Gear Fit Pro is BAND format)
StagesDashCycling Computer
SuuntoAmbit 3 variants (Peak, run, Sport…)Still great devices. In many ways superior.
SuuntoAmbit 4The SPARTAN TRAINER is the replacement AMBIT3, at least in terms of looks.
SuuntoAmbit/Ambit 2Effectively Discontinued
SuuntoSPARTAN SportCurrent, OK to buy now
SuuntoSPARTAN Sport with oHR (WHR)Released
SuuntoSpartan Sport Wrist HR BaroCurrent with more variants possibly in 2018
SuuntoSPARTAN TrainerNew outdoor variants in Jan 2018, further variants possibly in 2018
SuuntoSPARTAN UltraCurrent, OK to buy now
SuuntoSuunto 3Announced Jan 2018, no GPS low-end model with interesting specs
TomTomAdventurerStill a great watch. But it looks like TomTom sports division is being closed down
TomTomRunner 3, Spark 3Still a great watch But it looks like TomTom sports division is being closed down
TomTomRunner, Runner 2Effectively Discontinued
Wahoo fitnessELEMNTA great cycling computer
Wahoo fitnessELEMNT BOLTA great cycling computer
Wahoo fitnessELEMNT New??? Speculation for 2018 CEO/Chip is on record saying Wahoo are looking beyond cycling.
Wahoo fitnessELEMNT MINICut down cycling computer no GPS, no power compatibility, Wahoo-only sensors
XPLOVA/AcerX5Superseded by EVO
XPLOVA/AcerX5 EVOCurrent, refreshed model

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About hopes for a WAHOO watch: I‘m not sure if I have hopes for it (=to buy/wear one). Yes, of course I have hopes for it, as I think it’s good for the sake of competition – if they‘ll come up with one, I‘m sure it will work work quite well; better than Grrmin does. But… will it be wearable without feeling ashame for that cheap greyish plastic look (=like the ELEMENTs have)? ?


Wahoo might be nice… If they integrate with other platforms.

I’m still holding out hope for the v800 replacement. I like polar’s ecosystem, they just need to put out a few more devices a year (more than the 2-3 they might put out)


Might be nice: Let‘s ?

Polar: Yeah, the V800 upgrade is really overdue.


“Current, great but limited CIQ and no barometer amongst other things.” is your comment on the FR735xt. However, it’s CIQ capabilities are roughly the same as those of the FR935 (CIQ 2.0 with more memory than the Fr920xt and the FR630)


How about a watch that can do HR while in water (pool or open water) accurately without a strap?