Xmas Edition: Sports Watch Update: ‘All’ new & current Bike/Run/Tri/Fitness Models with GPS. Rumours of replacement dates for Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Fitbit…more

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Hammerhead Karoo Review bikenav navigationThis post is regularly updated before being replaced, periodically, with a new one that contains a refreshed, more pertinent introduction & commentary. This post is intended to give you an idea of which GPS Bike and Run sports devices are available. My personal interest is speculating about new models and replacement models. Obviously this site reviews and discusses some of these devices in detail and also speculates about some potential devices in detail as well.

Recent New Stuff

The full list of ‘everything’ is further below, here are some recent headlines (there are other leaks further down in the table and listed by manufacturer)

  • TOPRUMOUR: Vivoactive 4 PLUS Music…CES2019
  • NOW SELLING: Amazfit Verge
  • ANNOUNCED: WearOS Sports watches. Fossil, MontBlanc
  • ANNOUNCED: Mont Blanc Summit..(sporty!)
  • ANNOUNCED: Huawei Honor Magic (sporty)
  • ANNOUNCED: Withings Sports watch
  • ANNOUNCED: Huawei Watch GT
  • ANOUNCED: Misfit Vapor 2
  • RELEASED: COROS APEX, in review (42mm, 46mm)

Mio Cyclo 210 ReviewMonthly Commentary

Time is running out to announce those Christmas best-sellers. Don’t expect any new bike computers until the new year unless some unsuspecting manufacturer doesn’t realise that these things sell in the run up to the warmer weather. So, instead, we’re most likely to SOON see smart fitness watches (a huge market) and running watches.

November might also see a new Garmin announced simply to annoy Polar who will start to sell the Vantage later in October. This could just be a disruptive announcement of a watch to be available in 2019 (eg Forerunner 945) without any registration at the FCC.

Garmin recently announced the expansion of their music providers to include Spotify and we should see more NEW Garmin devices that can support that over time across many price categories. This is a very significant announcement that will hack-off other companies who wanted Spotify on board – but not WearOS as that is now supported too. But it also marks the start of device makers starting to support multiple streaming providers. Let’s face it – that’s what us customers are likely to want. So “NICE JOB GARMIN”…now get Google Play Music on board too 😉

There are not far off 10 new AERO sensors for bikes that are bubbling under the radar and some are about to be released. There are no big secrets there per se but this new tech will be SUPER interesting to even vaguely competitive cyclists/triathletes as well as those who just have too much cash to splash on great tech. One interest for me in this area is just how we are going to be able to use this data interactively WHILST CYCLING and then if this will spur further changes in bike head units.

Please let me know of any others.


 

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 😉 I have at least a reasonable level of confidence that watches predicted for the future are broadly correct – timings and functionality may NOT be what I expect. Please let me know of errors or omissions. At the end of the table is a brief discussion about current issues and potential future features. Thank you . Enjoy.

Garmin

Category Links to either a review, opinion article or your local Amazon Comments
Bike Edge 1000 Superseded
Bike Edge Explore Current: Jul 2018’s smaller version of the Edge 1030. Most performance features removed. Good for navigation
Bike Edge 1030 Current, released along with podless Vector 3
Bike Edge 20, Edge 25 Entry level cycling computer
Bike Edge 130 Entry level cycling computer with very interesting specs. May 2018
Bike Edge 200, Edge 500, Edge 510 Effectively Discontinued
Bike Edge 520 Still a great cycling computer
Bike Edge 520 PLUS current. updated hardware capability (CIQ3) and software
Bike Edge 530 530 Q1.2018.
Bike Edge 800, 810 Effectively Discontinued
Bike Edge 820 Flagship top-end, nav cycling computer
Bike Edge 830 Expected March 2019ish.
Outdoors Epix Nice But Effectively Discontinued and replaced by Fenix 5X
Outdoors Fenix, Fenix 2, Quatix Old
Outdoors Fenix 3 Fenix 3 HR + variants Current, still great devices
Outdoors Fenix 5 PLUS, 5s PLUS, 5x PLUS Garmin’s flagship model for 2018-2019. Notbaly updated Fenix 5 models. No update for the 935 yet) though.
Outdoors Fenix 5, Fenix 5s, Fenix 5x Garmin’s flagship model for 2017-2018. Caveat Emptor. The Plus version is the one you want to buy.
Outdoors Instinct Oct 2018 A cut-down outdoors-focussed Fenix
Outdoors Instinct 2 Due 2020
Outdoors Tactix Bravo (disc), Tactix Charlie, Descent MK1, D2 Bravo, D2 Charlie, Quatix ‘military’/hunting, diving, aviation variants of Fenix 5
Outdoors Fenix 6, Tactix Delta, D2 Delta, Descent MK2 Expected 2019, (Delta 2020)
Outdoors Fenix Chronos Quality innards. F5s firmware. Expensive.
Outdoors Fenix Chronos 2 2019, if ever
Outdoors Fenix 2 / Fenix 1 Effectively Discontinued, not as good as subsequent models.
Run Forerunner 210, Forerunner 220, Forerunner 225 Effectively Discontinued
Run Forerunner 230 Probably won’t be replaced. Effectively Discontinued.
Run Forerunner 235 Replacement due 2018. Good
Run Forerunner 235L Apr2018’s cut-down version for the Chinese market.
Run Forerunner 245 Expected Q4.2018-Q2.2019
Run Forerunner 25 Entry level run/sports watch
Run Forerunner 30 Entry level run/sports watch
Run Forerunner 35 Entry level run/sports watch
Run Forerunner 45 and 45M Q4.2018 overdue !
Run Forerunner 610, Forerunner 620 Effectively Discontinued but good enough
Run Forerunner 630 Great device
Run Forerunner 645 and 645M Music and non-Music version Q1.2018. Possibly 645-Triathlon or other variants to follow
Run/Tri Forerunner 735XT (or 645 tri) Current, great mid-range tri watch (no barometer)
Run/Tri Forerunner 745XT 2019
Run Forerunner 910XT Great tri watch in its day, still good enough if you can find one
Run Forerunner 920XT Great tri watch…all you need really. Sometimes CHEAP
Run/Tri Forerunner 935 Top tri watch
Run/Tri Forerunner 945 or Forerunner 935 Plus or 645 tri 2019,  CES
Fitness Vivoactive Effectively Discontinued
Fitness Vivoactive 3 Current – contender to Fitbit Ionic and Apple Watch 3
Fitness Vivoactive 3 MUSIC, Vivoactive 3M VA3 with music. Q2.2018
Fitness Vivoactive HR Great device, effectively Vivoactive 2, replaced by Vivoactive 3
Fitness Vivofit 2, Vivofit 3, Vivofit 4 December 2017: supercedes VivoFit 3
Fitness Vivomove Dress watch, superseded September 2017
Fitness Vivomove HR Current Sept 2017

 

 

 

Manufacturer Category Links to either a review, opinion article or your local Amazon Comments
adidas Run Smart Run Discontinued
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami) Run Bip / Pace / Bip Lite Current
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami) Run Pace 2 This is the Smartwatch 2 (Chinese) or Pace 2 (Chinese), 2S is sapphire model. Replaces A1602 Smartwatch (Chinese) and A1612 Pace (Intl)
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami) Fitness Verge Current model A1811, as over 1 Dec 2018 now selling in USA
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami) Run/Tri STRATOS Current, Multisport 2018 watch.  Intl version
Apple Fitness Watch Series 1 (Sport), Watch Series 2 w/Nike, Series 3 GPS+Cellular, Current
Apple Fitness Watch Series 4 w/Nike Current, runs on WatchOS5.
Bryton Bike RIDER 100, 310, 330, 410, 450h, 530E, Rider 530 T Current, 450E is top model @<$200 with all functions even 310 @<$150 supports a PM
Bryton Bike RIDER numerous other models Effectively Discontinued
Casio Outdoors

WearOS

Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 Current, replaced by F20/F30 announced Aug 2018
Casio Outdoors

WearOS

Pro Trek Smart WSD-F30 (Jan 2019, replacing WSD-F20.
CatEye Bike STEALTH 50, Stealth EVO, STEALTH EVO, STRADA, PADRONE Smart+ 2016 models are current
COROS Run/Tri Pace Pace Multisport M1 Current, Garmin 735XT lookalike
COROS Run/Tri Pace Apex Multisport Current Oct 2018. Appears a modified and extended PACE but is different.
Epson Run/Tri ProSense 17, ProSense 57, ProSense 307, ProSense 347 Discontinued
Epson Run/Tri SF-series Discontinued
Fossil Fitness WearOS Sport November 2018
Fitbit Fitness Blaze Replaced by Versa
Fitbit Fitness Charge, Charge 2 Discontinued
Fitbit Fitness Charge 3 Current
Fitbit Fitness Versa Current SE version has Fit Pay payments
Fitbit Fitness Charge HR Discontinued
Fitbit Fitness Ionic Current, September 2017
Fitbit Fitness Ionic adidas Announced Feb 2018, has an adidas app
Fitbit Fitness Surge Superceded by Ionic
Fossil Fitness WearOS Puma-branded From 2019 to 2028
Geekery Outdoors IronCloud T1 IndieGoGo Campaign Q2/Q3.2018 look but don’t touch. Cheaper Fenix 5 wannabe.
Giant Bike NeosTrack Cycling Computer
Hammerhead Bike Karoo Cycling Computer, first units released in Feb 2018.
Huawei Fitness WearOS Fit, Watch 2 Sport, Watch GT WearOS and a good spec. Current (Watch 2 was 2017 with an incremental 2018 update) The Fit was effectively the “Watch 1 Sport”. Watch 3 could be the FORTUNA in October 2018 but more likely we will see FORTUNA and a sporty “Watch GT” (GT is non WearOS) – these are effectively both the Watch 3.
Huawei Fitness WearOS Honor Magic WearOS and a good spec, November 2018
Huawei Fitness Project Talos Imminent (Q4.2018)
Lezyne Bike Mini, Macro, Micro, Micro Watch, Super, Mega, Watch variants MEGA announced July 2018 @Eurobike
LG Fitness WearOS Watch Sport Current, apparently one of the better WearOS devices – certainly spec looks the best. Watch2 has seen e-sim in china only
LG Fitness WearOS LM-W315 , LM-305, LM-W325, LM-W319, LM-W315 could be called ICONIC. With one of the other models being the ICONIC SPORT. LM-W319 could be as soon as Sep 2018 (likely this is now the W7 which is a non-sports hybrid.) but a Watch3 derivative will be 2019.
Mont Blanc Fitness WearOS Summit 2 Announced – several quite advanced sporty features
Google Fitness WearOS Pixel Smartwatch To be released in 2019. Unclear if a SPORT/FITNESS version will be released as well.
MIO/Magellan Bike Cyclo 605, 505HC+ others Nice devices. The 505HC appears to now be discontinued and replaced with a slightly superior 605HC (Q2.2017). Other models include Cyclo 210 (re-announced Aug2018?), 400, 405, 405HC

Unsure of situation in USA with sister company MAGELLAN. Who have dated ECHO/SWITCH run/bike products

Misfit Fitness WearOS Vapor WearOS. Replaced by Vapor 2
Misfit Fitness WearOS Vapor 2 WearOS. Current.
MiVia Fitness Run 350 2017 Firstbeat goodness, Versa look-alike
Mobvoi Fitness Ticwatch 2 aka Ticwatch Active 2017 budget sport watch with GPS & Music
Mobvoi Fitness E2 2018 budget sport watch with GPS & Music
Mobvoi Fitness WearOS Ticwatch S 2017 WearOS 2.0 budget sport watch. Ticwatch E is cheaper and non-sport version. Ticwatch 2, Active and Classic are different – not WearOS
Mobvoi Fitness WearOS Ticwatch Pro WearOS 2.0
Mystery Fitness WearOS New Entrant WearOS 2.0, Q4.2018 at earliest. Maybe a longer term project for 2019
Moto Fitness WearOS 360 Sport – 2nd Gen/Sport Current
New Balance Fitness WearOS RunIQ WearOS. Current
Polar Bike V660 V650 refresh 2019/2020
Polar Run/Tri Vantage V V800 replacement
Polar Run/Tri Vantage M More run-focussed than the V model and a bit more than the M430.
Polar Fitness A370 A360 replacement with linked-GPS
Polar Run M200 Entry level oHR running/sports watch 2016. replacement 2018/2019
Polar Run M400 Replaced by M430 in Q1.2017
Polar Run M430 An optical M400, released
Polar Bike M450 Replaced by M460 in Q1.2017
Polar Bike M460 M450 with STRAVA LIVE
Polar Run WearOS M600 Best WearOS sports watch for Android
Polar Bike V650 Bike Nav Cycling device. Might get a refresh but fine as -is
Polar Run/Tri V800 Still a great multisport watch, replaced by Vantage V & Vantage M
Samsung Fitness Gear Sport Current (Gear Fit Pro is BAND format and the Samsung Gear Fit Plus could be the 2018 version of that)
Samsung Fitness Gear S4 SM-R800 for Q4.2018. Probably alongside a revamped Gear Sport, perhaps called Gear Sport 4 for consistency of naming? or could be Galaxy Fit.
Sigma Sport Bike Rox GPS 7.0, ROX GPS 10.0, Rox GPS 11.0, Rox 12.0 Sport Good feature set, current.

Rox 12.0 Sport June 2018 looks like a massive leap forwards for the company

Sony Fitness WearOS Smartwatch 3 SWR50 WearOS. Current
SoWatch Fitness SoWatch IndieGogo – Sports and other stuff
Skagen Fitness WearOS Falster 2 With GPS added, this now counts as a sports watch. It aims to be seen as the prettiest.
Pioneer Bike CA600 Cycling Computer
SRM Bike PowerControl 7 (PC7) Cycling Computer
SRM Bike PowerControl 8 (PC8) Cycling Computer
Stages Bike Dash (L10) Cycling Computer. cheap and well featured
Stages Bike Dash L50, M50 New models for release c Q4.2018.
Suunto Various Ambit 3 variants (Peak, run, Sport…) Still great devices. In many ways superior.
Suunto Various Ambit 4 The SPARTAN TRAINER is the replacement to the AMBIT3, at least in terms of looks.
Suunto Various Ambit/Ambit 2 Effectively Discontinued
Suunto Run/Tri SPARTAN Sport Current, OK to buy now
Suunto Run/Tri SPARTAN Sport with oHR (WHR) Current
Suunto Outdoors Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro Current with more variants possibly in 2018
Suunto Run/Tri SPARTAN Trainer New outdoor variants in Jan 2018, further variants possibly in 2018
Suunto Outdoors SPARTAN Ultra Current, OK to buy now. Suunto 9 is effective replacement
Suunto Fitness Suunto 3 Fitness Current. Low-end model with interesting specs. GPS only from paired and carried smartphone.
Suunto Fitness Suunto 9 Current. High end Spartan ULTRA replacement
TomTom Outdoors Adventurer Still a great watch. But it looks like TomTom sports division is being closed down at least in US.
TomTom Run Runner 3, Spark 3 Still a great watch, also a CHEAP MUSIC version. But it looks like TomTom sports division is being closed down. Still firmware updates as of 8May2018
TomTom Run Spark, Runner, Runner 2 Effectively Discontinued, there was never a Spark 2
Wahoo fitness Bike ELEMNT A great cycling computer
Wahoo fitness Bike ELEMNT BOLT A great cycling computer
Wahoo fitness Bike + ? ELEMNT New ??? Speculation for Q3 2018/19. CEO/Chip is on record saying Wahoo are looking beyond cycling. Could be a swim watch, who knows? It wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect a new ELEMNT with improved screen+hardware
Wahoo fitness Bike ELEMNT MINI Cut down cycling computer no GPS, no power compatibility, Wahoo-only sensors
XPLOVA/Acer Bike X3 EVO Current
XPLOVA/Acer Bike X5 Superseded by EVO
XPLOVA/Acer Bike X5 EVO Current, refreshed model
XS Fitness XS 4 Smartwatch Indiegogo – Watch, phone, everything.
  • There are many other low-priced brands, several of which are visual rip-offs of the main brands’ models.
  • Some low-priced brands include: PARNERME, UWEAR, GoLife, GooPhone, Reabeam, igSPORT

What have I missed? Are there others?

Note: information that has become available about accessories is NOT included (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 – the document I keep up-to-date on PM is my guide to the best power meter. I’m generally going to exclude bands, above, like the Vivokids v2 although some bands have sneaked in there already.

Recent Trends/Future Trends?: The big trend is ‘not here guv’….the smart money is now in MEDICAL-WEARABLE tech rather than sports wearable tech. Otherwise there will still be innovation in higher res colour screens; music (on watch and live-streamed thru eSIM/nano SIM); battery-duration innovation; <1m GPS accuracy Galileo – now confirmed in Garmin FORETREX and Edge 130; 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 mostly for cyclists and STREAMED MUSIC for runners); smart home integration/Internet of Things integration; integration of video recording onto Bike computers.

Future Challenges: Music on watches has still not been properly addressed. You might cite TomTom 3, Apple Watch, Garmin Forerunner 645M/VA3M/F5SPlus and WearOS as all including running with music capability but eventually someone needs to figure out how to properly support multiple, live streaming services (albeit with only one active). But just how exactly will live streaming services be properly handled other than through on-watch SIM. And very few sports+music watches have an eSIM eg Apple, LG and Samsung.

Product Cycles: Some companies try to copy the Apple model of a new version each year. That needs a LOT of R&D to make plausible improvements. Furthermore, the arrival of material improvements in functionality can stagnate, as phone handset manufacturers are now finding. Garmin often have more plausible 2-3 year cycles for a replacement model – but their vast range of products keeps the marketing deparment continually busy. When Garmin announce a new hardware ‘base’ (usually the highest 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.


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The new Baby of Garmin, Instinct™, $299.99:

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/621802

Is that watch the mysterious Garmin of the FCC certification?

Dcrainmaker already made a review.

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Re “it looks like the Tomtom Sports division is being closed down”: From what I read on the Tomtom user forum the last time I visited it (about a couple of weeks or so ago) it ALREADY HAS been closed down. Word was that the staff had been laid off and all production had ceased, to the extent that people are now unable to get replacement straps when they break.

I can attest that there is still a semblance of tech support in that someone will answer if you contact them, but response is laggy and after an exchange stretching over a full month they were still unable to find a fix for the issue I’m having (Android app refusing to pass synced watch data through to my Sports account). Effectively, as one of the power users on the user forum said, “the watch is dead”.

My unit is still working fine and the hardware (GPS and WHR) is as good as ever, but if you run into issues, expect to be on your own — and expect to invest in a new watch the moment the strap breaks!