Feb 2018: Cycling/Running/Triathlon ‘Watches’: New Models, Current Models, Replacement dates. Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Epson…more

 

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I’m afraid this February update offers little new after the fallout from CES2018 – which wasn’t that amazing either.

Don’t get me wrong. 2018 is still going to be interesting. In terms of the official info released so far that interest will be from some of the new guys on the Block – Amazfit, COROS, Epson and Xplova. Challenger brands perhaps? We’ve already heard about the Suunto 3 and the Spartan Trainer WHR (Outdoor) from Suunto; I’ve no inside information from Suunto but I’d imagine there will be more variants to come. There are at least 2 more brands with interesting stuff to come this year. But I’m not going to talk about those yet. We all know that Garmin will give us several months of excitement perhaps releasing; a new Garmin 245 (cut down 645); a new Garmin 745XT (maybe); a new Garmin Edge 630 or Edge 530; and, possibly, a new Garmin Fenix 5 plus.

We’ve had the FCC application for an updated Fenix 5 antennae. Of course that is irrelevant and of no interest to anyone about to buy a Fenix 5S/5. Garmin obviosuly re-design stuff all the time for absolutely no reason whatsoever. So I can’t read anytihng into that FCC application at all. No doubt performance will be exactly the same as before with the unmodified antennae…do you buy that line of argument? No. Neither do I.

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.

ManufacturerDeviceComments
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
HuaweiFitCurrent
IronCloudT1IndieGoGo Campaign Q2/Q3.2018 look but don’t touch. Cheaper Fenix 5 wannabe.
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. Don’t expect the obvious from Polar this year.
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)
SoWatchSoWatchIndieGogo – Sports and other stuff
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 2018/19. 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/AcerX32018
XPLOVA/AcerX5Superseded by EVO
XPLOVA/AcerX5 EVOCurrent, refreshed model
XSXS 4 SmartwatchIndiegogo – Watch, phone, everything.

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I may be the only human on the planet to use it….but I use google play music for streaming my music. I’ve owned android phones forever so naturally i’m pretty deep into the the entire ecosystem.

Couple that with the fact i’ve uploaded nearly my entire music library to play music and also have the family plan (which shares pretty much ALL the Play services libraries and purchances AND YouTube red), There is no real reason for me to now go out and pick up a spotify or pandora account.

On-board music doesn’t mean much to me, I have to my phone near me at almost all times (business) so streaming music is from my phone anyways, but still, might as well include it. I know that it’s there for those Android watches, but why not beyond that? Same for iTunes? If it’s coming from the root company–do they not like money?

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since i got amazon prime, i´m using amazon music.
In my whole life i´ve never spent one penny on online music shopping, all i ever did was tuning in on streaming channels which fitted to my current mood.

naiboo
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the ELEMNT watch you are refering to seems to be “rival”:
name WF119, dual BT and ANT+, baro
https://fccid.io/PADWF119

Boris
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Have you found some leaked pics of it? I‘m curious how it will look like. Hopefully good™.