April 2022: Sports Watch Update: All new & current Bike/Run/Tri/Fitness Models with GPS. Rumors + dates for all Garmin Gadgets & Wearables, Plus Apple, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Samsung, Fitbit,

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Polar-pacer-pro-review-heroSports Watch Update – April 2022

V2.385 – 1 May 2022

This frequently refreshed & super-detailed post shows which GPS Run, Bike and Triathlon sports devices are rumoured to be pending release, available NOW, discontinued or which are due to be superseded.

Elsewhere on the site, there are LOTS of detailed hands-on reviews on virtually all of the key run/tri watches and bike computers that you can BUY NOW.

If you are here for the first time and interested in ‘future sports devices & feature sports tech developments‘ then this entire post and another discussing the future of individual features (also linked at the end) will be of interest. Note that most info here is based on high-quality leaks, dual-sourced rumours and the extrapolation of past product release cycles, wider technological changes & their availability. Almost all of these new product ‘predictions’ will happen but the precise timing will differ.

Recent Highlights and the INBOUND Queue

2022 has been good enough so far for new products plus some innovative features. Fenix 7 has sold like hotcakes and we’ve already had new Polar and Suunto sports watches and new Stages cycling computers. We’re already a third of the way through the year but we are NOT a third of the way through what is still to come. 2022 is a BUMPER year so get excited…very excited. Thinking of buying the ‘latest product’ from year ago? Forget it, check here as very many of them will be superseded this year.

Key Trend: Most manufacturers release a new model that genuinely often has significantly improved hardware bits inside and out. Maybe the features haven’t changed too much sometimes but the watch or bike computer genuinely has. So try not to give the makers too much of a hard time as you may often find separate releases of key features that either weren’t quite ready or simply a separate PR buzz was planned for them to occur later. Apple, Garmin and many more all do this.

Polar-pacer-pro-review-carb-usage

The full table of everything, past & future is towards the end of this post.

Here are headlines from recent months and likely headlines for the months to come:

 

Monthly Commentary

Q1.2022 was a nice start to the year as we saw lots from Garmin, Pacer Pro from Polar and the 5 Peak from Suunto not to mention Stages M200/L200 cycling computers that I’m enjoying very much. Coros officially said something was coming from them but for later in the year. So as of NOW it’s really more Garmin products that we are waiting on with the mish-mash of wellness/smart products much more likely to hit later in the year with the run-up to Christmas. Q2 and Q3 (summer) of this year is the time almost all the remaining SPORTS products for 2022 will surface.

We are currently seeing every Garmin CIQ 5-capable device getting that update in preparation for what exactly? ;-).

Personally speaking, I’ll be excited to see the next generation of Garmin MARQ and what that means for Garmin AUSTIN. I won’t be paying for that premium shell but instead, I’ll buy its lower-end ATHLETE sibling (aka 955 Solar) instead. Although at about £/$600 it will hardly be cheap.

Edge 1040 Solar and 1040 (Q3, summer) are also interesting additions that we’ll see soon possibly with the Explore version. If the non-solar version has NFC payments I might just get that instead of the top-end Solar model that I don’t need but it seems that the FCC filings so far do not have NFC capabilities.

Apart from that I have no intel on Wahoo but am looking forward to ANYTHING new from them. Be that a revamped RIVAL or new ELEMNT bike computer. Logic would say that a next-gen ROAM is next (no intel) but I can’t see RIVAL being superseded this year with another tri watch, maybe something else?

garmin venu 2 pro question

 

Garmin Running & Triathlon Tech for 2022

If you analyse previous release cycles, a LOT of Garmin products were due for a refresh in 2021 but now it’s defintely 2022 when most will surface. So if it hasn’t been iterated it WILL be…soon. Exceptions being the 655 and maybe Edge 840/540.

The new move for high-end running tech in 2022 will, for sure, be AMOLED. Which we saw with the Epix2 but there will be more of a material impact as Solar is rolled out to a wider range of products although it will certainly still remain a premium option. LTE remains a mystery; I strongly suspect that it’s not as popular as the industry hoped, especially Garmin. Garmin seems only to be able to use LTE for emergency or positional updates to 3rd parties when really the vast majority of the market wants it for making calls and streaming music…Garmins can’t do that (yet).

Garmin Fenix 7 review GarminPay

The Forerunner 955 absolutely already exists and will come in 2022 but not until at least the spring and maybe as late as Q3 – my hope is for May.

For all new higher-end iterations from Garmin in 2022 expect to eventually see LTE as an option, perhaps even in the high-end bike computer formats like Edge 1040  😉

Garmin has just about refreshed all their accessories to include BLE and ANT+ support. The most glaring omission is the footpod. Whilst I would like to see a direct STRYD-competitor, it’s more likely that Garmin will introduce wrist-based power and PERHAPS also a new iteration of the RD-POD

Garmin’s approach to the smart tech and wellness tech aspect of the market is again at a turning point as 2022 continues. It’s not clear to me how the likes of Vivoactive 4/5 perform in the market. Reasonably well, I’m sure, but I suspect they are becoming less of the money-earners they once were. WearOS 3 and Watch OS9 might cause Garmin ever-increasing problems as more competent competitors emerge and strengthen their positions.

Epix Gen 2 – Reader Pic (I DO have one)

 

Suunto, Polar, Wahoo, Coros & Other Sport-focussed GPS Watches

I don’t expect anything excitingly new here in the entirety of 2022 unless either Suunto or Polar goes deeper with Wear OS, which is unlikely in the latter’s case.

Coros will iterate the Apex/Apex Pro which is a well-made Venu/Vivoactive competitor but lacking in smarts and trying to compete as a finely made and more sporty version in a crowded part of the market. Just as Garmin might find issues in that space then so might Coros. Still, Coros is MUCH smaller so growth might be easier there for it at present.

Polar has iterated almost all their range except the Unite. That one next but then what? Back to Vantage 3 in 2023?

For Suunto, the next ‘obvious’ new watch is the Suunto 7 gen 2 (Wear OS) which would be the only possibility of a game-changer. Suunto has just iterated Suunto 5 to the 5 Peak. We also saw with Suunto 9 PEAK that Suunto is also considering a variety of case/screen sizes as well as new quality case materials to augment their usual approach that lets buyers customise their watch. My bet (no intel) is that Suunto will iterate a larger Suunto 9 with the new tech on the S9Peak and S5Peak and then iterate a larger Suunto 5 in 2023 rather than any new play with Wear OS.

The Wahoo Rival competes against the V2/935/945 as a true sports watch. I could possibly see a refreshed Gen 2 model in late 2022 but far more likely is a continuous improvement in the features of the existing RIVAL.

The sporty-smart-fitness watches then sit as uneasy bedfellows at the low/mid-price points, all trying to differentiate themselves from the out-and-out smartwatches made by the smartphone manufacturers (Samsung, Apple, etc). The main differentiator of these products seems to be their claimed sportiness/healthiness for the price points they occupy. Ultimately an app or two on an Apple Watch will do the same job(s) and therein lies the long-term fate of companies like Polar & Garmin.

However, even early intel about Apple’s Watch 8 suggests no changes to the new 41mm/45mm case formats but rather progress with new health-related sensors and sleep metrics (heard that before?). This means a focus on general health and wellness and NOT on becoming more competitive with more serious sports watches. Sure, the Apple Fitness+subscription service will improve but I suspect that the rumoured Watch 8 outdoors competitor to the Fenix was simply a MASSIVE over-exaggeration of the slightly more rugged and dust-proof Watch 7 that we’ve already seen.

 

Apple Watch 7 Komoot Shortcut complication
Apple Watch 7 Komoot Shortcut complication – Watch 8 Rugged version to come for outdoor adventures?

 

2022 once again sees these brands & products at an interesting juncture.

  • Polar has thrown the PACER Pro/Vantage M2 refresh dice for 2022. Where next? A move to Wear OS, a revamped web platform? Newer sensors or just a same-old, same-old round of new refreshes? Interestingly the Pacer/Pacer marketing material seems to suggest that Polar admits to itself that it can’t compete in triathlon and that might signal a refocussing on only running – a lack of track mode is a glaring omission.
  • Suunto has more scope to refresh its product line further. However, it is smaller than Polar and we must not forget that its Chinese owners will be looking to massively boost the brand’s fortunes in the Far East. So this could be the start of growth for Suunto globally it’s just that we won’t see much of it in the West. Suunto focuses on the outdoors and yet fails to have maps on their watches albeit compensated by good maps on the partner app – Coros manages maps, why can’t Suunto?
  • Coros is likely to iterate rather than release new models. They have a conundrum though, the app needs significant work and, with the exception of the Pace 2, Coros must realise that their company strengths are “quality materials” and “number of sports features” – its products definitely sell well when they get the price right – Pace 2, but less so the rest. Thus if a next-gen Apex could be $200/£150 cheaper, then it might be a game-changer. At the current price levels, it’s just tickling the toes of the Garmin Venu rather than giving it a stern push and, in any case, I don’t know why Coros targets the smart watch market when its strengths are clearly sports.
  • Wahoo might not release another watch in the foreseeable future but as a company, they have a huge range of options open for their progress. I guess the next move is either an iterated Kickr’22 or new Roam Gen 2 – each of which could easily be as late as Q3.2022. We’ve just seen their acquisition of Wahoo  RGT and a round of redundancies (source:dcr), so they still have platform integration work to do.
  • As an aside for readers of bike tech; 2022 is highly likely to be trainer-tastic. Just about every indoor trainer company will have something new for us later this year.
  • Smaller companies like Sigma, Mio Labs, Bryton and one or two others may well treat us to more good-value and focussed products in 2022.

From all that, what I personally would class as interesting are a Suunto 7 gen 2 (2022 would fit past product lifecycles); a feature-full & revamped Coros data platform (unlikely – what currently exists will be extended); and many more Wahoo RIVAL features like an expansion of running power. None of those is a certainty. In fact, I’d probably bet they don’t all happen! This could make for a boring 2022 unless you are a Garmin-lover or a Wear OS lover.

Garmin Fenix 7 review vs coros vertix suunto 9 Fenix 6 forerunner 935

 

Smart Fitness, Wear OS, WatchOS & Similar Smarts

The game is set to be: Apple’s watchOS vs Google/Fitbit/Samsung’s Wear OS vs Domination of low prices by chinese brands. I’ve been saying that for years and have no reason to change my belief.

Proprietary sports platforms like Garmin, Polar, Suunto will still be here in a year’s time. But…

I would bet money that this year will bring: high-end Fitbits/Pixel, Apple Watch 8, Apple Watch SE Gen 2 and Samsung Galaxy Watch5. Sadly I will get very poor odds on that bet!

The Wear OS bounce has started and will be more obvious by Summer-2022, as we see the impact of:

  • Re-purposed Fitbit devices
  • and Google Pixel Watch for Wear OS (a pixel watch was literally left in a coffee store in April so a release before October 2020 is a certainty).
  • Accelerated take-up of the new SnapDragon 4100/4100+ processors (eg by Fossil) and next-gen 5xxxx processors are already talked about.
  • New strategic movers into Wear OS like Oppo, although at least one Oppo watch will skip Wear OS.
  • Samsung has at least partly committed to Wear OS. It’s likely they will go all-in.
  • Casio released their first Wear OS watch on G-Shock (Protrek too), there could be a revamped PRO TREK in 2022, though Casio needs to produce something much better than before to do well here.
  • Further, Wear OS platform updates

Interestingly, Samsung appears to have exclusive access to Wear OS 3 on its Galaxy Watch4 models, at least for a while. The future of Wear OS appears to be a Google/Fitbit and Samsung duopoly perhaps with Fossil hanging on in the periphery. That could be a pattern that continues for years – ie Samsung/Google giving themselves exclusive access to the latest version of Wear OS for significant periods.

Image|9to5 Google

 

Also interestingly, the image above shows two of 10 new watch faces for the as-yet-unreleased Google Pixel Watch that will run Wear OS 3. Notice the Fitbit logo? Kinda gives a slam dunk to prove that Fitbit will run Wear OS 3, yet there are other concrete rumours to the contrary so let’s wait and see.

Huami (Amazfit/Zepp), Huawei, Realme, Redmi, TicWatch and others will continue in the battle of the budget smartwatches. Several of these have significant sales figures in some Far Eastern markets and some of the products might even be described as increasingly competent. Indeed what we are perhaps seeing right now are the Chinese companies building up significant competencies and sales volumes in their domestic markets before using that strength in other geographic markets. Most of them lack the ability to be cross-sold with a top smartphone from the same brand.

There will be an Apple Watch 8 in Sep 2022, preceded by watchOS 9 in August.

This is it. Image|Coros FB

Bike Computers – Hope or Hopeless?

Garmin is clearly dominant in this sector and Wahoo is clearly the main challenger brand. The jury is firmly OUT on the potential longterm impact of Karoo 2 but it is ‘one of the great hopes’ with a realistic chance of success

Other than an occasionally misplaced FCC filing, Wahoo is very good at keeping quiet, so don’t expect any leaks…just hope quietly for something exciting. But Wahoo already has a medium-format and large-format performance satnav. Those models cover most of the bases so, other than an iterative model strategy, what gaps are there in the bike computer market for a significant number of profitable sales?

Apple, Google and maybe “China” will eventually clean out the watch markets but Garmin holds a dominant position with bike computers. Many challengers exist to Garmin’s Edge Series but only Wahoo/Hammerhead(Android) seem to be coherent challengers and they are lagging behind if the number of features is how you judge bike computers. Will Bolt 3/Roam 2 be able to withstand an onslaught from Edge 540/840? It’s an interesting market position to debate as Garmin Edge will NOT pull further ahead either in terms of features or market share as their tech is already well-advanced and their market position too dominant. Catching up in each of those respects is MUCH easier than Garmin pulling further ahead. Interestingly the next Edge we see will be the Edge 1040 (leak first reported here) , maybe alongside a new Edge Explore and that will be followed by the 140/840/540 in 2023. The 1040 might bring LTE, Solar, predictive ClimbPro and a new GNSS chipset but no NFC payments.

How difficult is it for smaller companies to catch or even beat Garmin at cycling? Read this: How to Beat a Garmin Edge. The answer is ‘VERY‘. If there is ever some new product to beat Garmin it will likely be another device based on Android. Why?… Answer: “apps” and a shorter, easier product development cycle, which sounds a bit like the Karoo!! Go figure. That said, Stages seem to be interested in playing this game with the L200/M200.

I suspect that Garmin doesn’t care too much about lower price points, so Bryton, Sigma, Lezyne, CatEye, Polar and other smaller bike computer companies can fight out the price-per-feature battle in that very messy and less profitable arena. One hopeful rumour even suggested that Polar might release a bike computer but I think that ship has sailed especially considering Polar’s reluctance to support ANT+ on their watches (their newer chest straps DO support ANT+)

There are good, well-featured bike computers like Stages M200/L200, Sigma ROX 12 and the high-end Bryton models but all of them, in my opinion, lack that certain ‘je ne sais quoi‘ that could propel them to the same levels as Wahoo. But remember that the ever-successful Wahoo BOLT Gen 1 prospered even past its 4th birthday, so you have to conclude that it’s not high technology that bike riders necessarily want. Maybe it’s the ‘just works’ factor or the platform or the brand image. [Manufacturers, if you are reading that, re-read it and take action before you make a slightly better ClimbPro that no-one really needs. Just make your devices super slick and never ever crash or lose a ride]

Garmin also doesn’t seem to care too much about MTB, gravel or e-bike specific models. Maybe they know something that we don’t? (A: probably!). Maybe the SPD Rally pedals are the first indication that Garmin will take off-road/gravel more seriously. (Don’t forget, cargo biking, electric bikes and many other bike markets are growing and might be attractive distractions to Garmin)

 

Stages Dash M200 L200
Image|stages. I am testing L200 and M200 now

Lists of All GPS Sports Watches & Bike Computers

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 rumours, although please note that any information provided to me under NDA by manufacturers will *NOT* appear here and I won’t talk about it as I always honour agreements I make either written or verbal. So there will be a few more surprises over and above all of this 😉

Garmin – Current and Rumoured Models

🔴 = Discontinued or effectively discontinued and replaced

🔵 = Expected Future Model or ‘very recent’.

CategoryLinks to Review and opinion articlePrice Check LinkComments
Bike🔴Edge 1000Superseded
BikeEdge ExploreCurrent: Jul 2018’s smaller version of the Edge 1030. Most performance features removed. Good for navigation
BikeEdge 1030 Price CheckCurrent, Q3-Q4.2019 saw big updates to the 1030 to match the new 530/830.
 Edge 1030 Plus (2020)Price Check

Price Check: Bundle

Edge 1030 Plus was June 2020
🔵 Edge 1040 (2022)

🔵 Edge Explore 2

Soon!
BikeEdge 20,

Edge 25

Price Check

Price Check

Entry-level cycling computer
BikeEdge 130Price CheckEntry-level cycling computer with very interesting specs. May 2018
Bike Edge 130 PlusPrice check

Price Check: MTB Bundle

Price Check: HRM Bundle

Jun-20
🔵 Edge 140 (due 2021)
🔴 Edge 200,

Edge 500,

Price Check
Bike🔴  Edge 510Price CheckEffectively Discontinued
Bike🔴  Edge 520Price CheckStill a great cycling computer and getting CHEAPER but a bit slow with no maps
BikeEdge 520 PLUSCurrent. Updated hardware capability (CIQ3), maps and software. Replaced by faster 530
BikeEdge 530Price CheckAvailable May 2019
Edge 540540 could be Spring 2022 probably 2023
Bike🔴 Edge 800, 810Effectively Discontinued
BikeEdge 820Price CheckTop-end, medium-sized, nav cycling computer. Dodgy touchscreen. Replaced by 830
BikeEdge 830Price CheckMay 2019
Edge 840840 could be Spring 2023 (or 830+)
Bike🔵 Edge MTB (something more than the 530 MTB bundle)There are gaps in the market here at least two price points. It could be filled by Garmin – just like the Instinct did for budget outdoors.
Outdoors🔴 EpixNice But Effectively Discontinued and replaced by Fenix 5X
Outdoors🔴 Fenix, Fenix 2, QuatixPrice CheckEffectively Discontinued, not as good as subsequent models.
Outdoors🔴 Fenix 3 Fenix 3 HR + variantsPrice Check

Price Check 3HR

Current, still great devices
OutdoorsFenix 5 PLUS, 5s PLUS, 5x PLUSPrice Check

Price Check 5S Plus

Price Check 5X Plus

Garmin’s flagship model for 2018-2019. These are notably updated Fenix 5 models.  Superseded in with better hardware in the Fenix 6.
Outdoors🔴 Fenix 5, Fenix 5s, Fenix 5xPrice Check 5

Price Check 5x

Price Check 5s

Garmin’s flagship model for 2017-2018.

Caveat Emptor. The Plus version is the one you want to buy NOT these…

OutdoorsTactix Bravo (disc), Tactix Charlie, Tactix Delta (2020), Descent MK1/MK22s, D2 Bravo, D2 Charlie, Quatix, D2 Delta (& S and PX) Solar & Sapphire‘military’/hunting, diving, aviation, solar, durable variants of Fenix 5/6
Outdoors Fenix 6, Price Check
Fenix models are 6S (Base, Sapphire and Pro), 6 (Base, Sapphire and Pro) 6x (Pro and Solar)
🔵 Tactix Delta, D2 Echo,
🔵 Descent MK2i (Q4.2020)
Quatix 6 (2020)
🔵 D2 Delta (base, sapphire, solar)
 Fenix 6 (further Solar and Sport variants for 2020)
🔵 EnduroUltra Watch
Outdoors🔵 Fenix 7

Epix2

Q1.2022
Outdoors🔴 Fenix ChronosPrice CheckSuper Premium: Quality innards, Quality shell and finish. F5s firmware. Expensive. Replaced by the MARQ.
OutdoorsMARQ (effectively Fenix Chronos 2)Announced. the MARQ range is the Fenix range in a fancy shell eg MARQ ATHLETE is a 945 in an expensive shell.
AUSTIN (effectively MARQ 2)
Aviator (aero), Captain (marine), Athlete (multi-sport), Expedition (Hike/Outdoors), Driver (car).
MARQ Commander 1 Oct2019.
Outdoors🔵 MARQ2/CHRONOS3Q2.2022
OutdoorsInstinctPrice CheckOct 2018 A cut-down outdoors-focussed Fenix. Kinda
 Instinct Solar (plus Tactical, Camo and Surf versions)Price CheckJul 2020
The Instinct Tactical edition is now available and differs only with the NIGHT VISION and STEALTH modes, as well as the JUMPMASTER profile.
InstinctPrice Check
August 2019 TACTICAL COYOTE edition
OutdoorsInstinct 2 (plus SOLAR version)Due in 2021. This WILL eventually come as the Instinct is popular. My guess is Q3.2022
Run🔴 Forerunner 210, Forerunner 220, Forerunner 225Effectively Discontinued
Run🔴 Forerunner 230Probably won’t be replaced. Effectively Discontinued.
Run🔴 Forerunner 235Price CheckReplacement 245 & 245M released
Run🔴 Forerunner 235LApr 2018’s cut-down version for the Chinese market.
RunForerunner 245 & Forerunner 245 MusicCurrent
🔵 Forerunner 255 and 255s (2022)
Run🔴Forerunner 25Price CheckEntry-level run/sports watch
Run🔴 Forerunner 30Entry-level run/sports watch
Run🔴 Forerunner 35Price CheckEntry-level run/sports watch
RunForerunner 45, 45SCurrent, Announced April 2019

FR45 Plus, August 2020 silent announcement

Forerunner 45 Plus
🔵 Forerunner 55 (2021)

Forerunner 65 (2023)

Run🔴 Forerunner 610, Forerunner 620Effectively Discontinued but good enough
Run🔴 Forerunner 630Great device, superseded
RunForerunner 645 and 645MCurrent.
🔵 Forerunner 655 (2022? never?)655 Overdue. may never materialise
Run/TriForerunner 735XTCurrent, great mid-range tri watch (no barometer). it’s the last remaining CIQ2 device hence next to be replaced
Run/Tri🔵 Forerunner 745

Forerunner 755 (2023)

September 2020, top-end smaller tri watch
Run/Tri🔴 Forerunner 910XTGreat tri watch in its day, still good enough if you can find one
Run/Tri🔴Forerunner 920XTPrice CheckGreat tri watch…all you need really. Sometimes CHEAP
Run/TriForerunner 935Still a Top tri watch, with no gimmicks (2022!)
Run/TriForerunner 945 Top Tri Watch, all the features plus LOTS of gimmicks. LTE for 2021
🔵 Forerunner 945LTE (June 2021)
🔵 Forerunner 955/955 Solar, Q2-3.2022
Forerunner 955 LTE, yup it WILL happen maybe late 2022 at the earliest
Fitness🔴 VivoactivePrice CheckEffectively Discontinued
FitnessVivoactive 3A contender to Fitbit Ionic and Apple Watch 3
FitnessVivoactive 3 MUSIC, Vivoactive 3MVA3 with music. Q2.2018
FitnessVivoactive 3 Plus Music LTE VerizonJan-19
FitnessVivoactive 4 & 4S with a great AMOLED screen on the top-end VA4 called VENU.

 

Sep-19

23 Sep 2020

Venu SQ

Venu Plus

Venu Plus 2

Venu SQ 2

🔵 Vivoactive 5 (q2-3.2022)
Fitness🔴 Vivoactive HRGreat device, effectively Vivoactive 2, replaced by Vivoactive 3
FitnessVivofit 2, Vivofit 3, Vivofit 4December 2017: supersedes VivoFit 3. Vivofit 5 due for Xmas 2019.
Fitness🔴 VivomovePrice CheckDress watch, superseded September 2017
Fitness🔴 Vivomove HRSept 2017
FitnessVivomove 3 / 3s /Style / LuxeSep-19
Swim🔴 SwimEffectively Discontinued
SwimSwim 2Oct-19
SwimSwim 32023? this will be on a 3-4 year release cycle if it continues to be sold

 

Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Fitbit, Apple, etc – Current and Rumoured Models

Category Links to either a review, opinion article or your local AmazonLinkComments

ManufacturerCategoryReview, opinion article LinksPrice Check LinkComments
adidasRun🔴Smart RunDiscontinued
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami/Zepp)RunBip (#A1608 – Bip S Supercedes)Price Check 

Current products

Pace (#A1612, #A1602)Price Check
Huami is renaming to ZEPP
Bip Lite (#A1915)
Bip S (2020)
Ares (Rugged, hexagonal Bip, May 2020)
Xiaomi Mi Watch Color (2020), plus sports edition
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)RunPace 2Pace 2 is Stratos. The only difference between the Chinese (A1609 Amazfit Pace 2) and the International version (A1619 Amazfit Stratos) is the firmware.
Amazfit Stratos 2 means Stratos (A1619)
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)FitnessVerge, Verge Lite,Current model A1811 (Lite #A1818), as over 1 Dec 2018 now selling in the USA. Verge 2 / Nexo imminent with eSIM.
 Verge 2 / Nexo
🔵 GTR, GTR2, GTR 3GTR2 released Aug2020

GTR 3 released October 2021

🔵GTS  , GTS2GTS2 announced Aug 2020, it’s their version of the apple watch
🔵NeoGarmin Instinct rip off Aug 2020
Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami)Run/Tri🔴STRATOS 1/2Current, Multisport 2018 watch. Intl versions v1 & v2 are same.
🔵STRATOS 3STRATOS 3 Aug 2019 – model #A1929
Huami Amazfit T-Rex – model #A1919,
🔵T-Rex
T-Rex 2 (April 2022)
🔵Ares
AppleFitness🔴Watch Series 1 (Sport),Current, great pricing on the AW3 beware inferior hardware compared to AW4.
🔴 Watch Series 2 w/Nike,
Series 3 GPS+Cellular, 
AppleFitness🔴 Watch Series 4 w/NikeCurrent. A notable hardware upgrade from the AW3. Discontinued
AppleFitness🔵 Watch Series 5Aluminium, stainless steel, titanium and ceramic versions as well as the 40mm and 44mm versions. Also a Nike co-branded version.
AppleFitness🔵 Watch Series 6

🔵 Watch Series SE

Watch SE Gen 2 (my bet for September 2022)

Apple Watch Series 7 – Sep 2021

Apple Watch Series 8 (may have ‘explorer’ variant) Sep 2022

 

 

WatchOS 8 September 2021,

 

BontragerBikeTREK Ride Time Elite, Trip 300, Bontrager Garmin Edge 1030low spec own-branded devices and Bontrager-branded Garmin device
BrytonBikeRIDER 100, 310, 330, 410, 450h, 530E, Rider 530 T, aero 60, one, Rider 860, Rider 420, Rider 750, Rider S500 with one thing in common…few people in Europe/USA buys themCurrent, 450E is the top model @<$200 with all functions even 310 @<$150 supports a PM (Full model list here). Aero 60 is a fully-featured bikenav. The Sep 2019 Rider 860 and Rider 420 might see the 860 as the new top-end model built on Android – a first for Bryton
BrytonBikeRIDER numerous other modelsEffectively Discontinued
CasioOutdoorsPro Trek Smart WSD-F20Current, replaced by F20/F30 announced Aug 2018
WearOS
CasioFitnessPro Trek Smart WSD-F21 HRSep 2019. Updated F20 with oHR
WearOS
CasioOutdoorsPro Trek Smart WSD-F30Announced: Jan 2019, replacing WSD-F20. Expect a WSD-F40 in Jan 2020 😉
CasioOutdoors
WearOSCasio G-Shock Move GBD-H1000

G-Shock Pro GSW-H1000 (Wear OS)

CatEyeBikeSTEALTH 50, Stealth EVO, STEALTH EVO, STRADA, PADRONE Smart+, Stealth evo+ CC-GL51 (2015), full spec’d Aventura2016 models are current (full model list here), Avventura might only be available in Japan
COROSRun/TriPace Multisport M1Current, the Garmin 735XT lookalike
Pace 2

Pace 3 ?2023?

2020 should see an update of the Pace, as Coros return to revisit their road running roots
COROSRun/TriApex 42mm 46mmCurrent Oct 2018. Highly credible endurance run and tri alternative. A competent small format is available. Jan 2019 a special edition announced for 46mm.
COROSRun/TriApex PRO

Will iterate in 2022

Q4.2019 Somewhere between Apex and Vertix
COROSOutdoorsVertix

Vertix 2

Current May 2019. Premium case and SpO2
CooSpoBikeBC200Current (hey! they made the effort to include power meter support, I made the effort to include it in this list, I’ve no idea who they are)
EpsonRun/Tri🔴ProSense 17, 🔴ProSense 57, 🔴ProSense 307, 🔴ProSense 347Discontinued
🔴SF-series
FacebookFitness newOSAfter failing to buy Fitbit, Facebook will enter the market possibly with WearOS possibly in 2022.
FossilFitness WearOSSportNov-18
FitbitFitness🔴BlazePrice CheckReplaced by Versa
FitbitFitness🔴Charge, Charge 2Discontinued
FitbitFitnessCharge 3Price CheckCurrent
FitbitFitness🔴Versa,THE current SE version has Fit Pay payments
🔵 Versa 2Versa Lite – March 2019
Versa 2 – available 15 September 2019 with Aug 28th Announcement
Versa 3 / Versa 3 SENSE

Versa 4 – Q3.2022

September 2022ish
FitbitFitness🔴Charge HR (Band)Discontinued, replaced by Charge 2, Charge 3, Charge 4 (2020).
FitbitFitnessIonicCurrent, September 2017
Overdue, might never happen
FitbitFitnessIonic AdidasAnnounced Feb 2018, has an Adidas app
FitbitFitness🔴SurgeSuperseded by Ionic
FossilFitness WearOSPuma SmartWatchSep 2019 (Prob same watch inside as the Fossil sport)
Michael Kors MKGOSep 2019 (Prob same watch inside as the Fossil sport)
Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3
FossilFitnessSportSport Uses 2019 Snapdragon processor. Fossil is a BIG WearOS watch producer for many sub-brands. Sport uses a new 3100 processor.
WearOS
FossilFitness WearOSGen 5

Gen 6 (27 Sep 2021)

Still 3100 chipset but looks sweet and runs smoothly enough

4100/4100+ chipset for fall premium models

GiantBikeNeosTrackCycling Computers. The NeosTrack is a reasonably high-spec model.
Neos ANT+
AXACT 13W
GoogleFitness WearOSPixel SmartwatchTo be released in 2020 maybe. Unclear if a SPORT/FITNESS version will be released as well.
DecathlonBikeBC900Cycling Computer, records power
iGSPORTBikeiGSPORT iGS618Cycling Computer, I think these guys are owned by Xiaomi and could be one to watch at the budget end
HammerheadBikeKarooFeb 2018.
Expect even more significant firmware updates throughout 2020
HammerheadBikeKaroo 2

Karoo 3 ?2023?

Cycling Computer, small format, Xmas 2020
HuaweiFitness WearOS/Harmony OSFit, Watch 2 Sport, Watch GT ActivePrice CheckWearOS and a good spec. Current (Watch 2 was 2017 with an incremental 2018 update) The Fit was effectively the “Watch 1 Sport”.
Watch Gt2eWatch 3 Watch GT and this was codenamed FORTUNA (GT is not WearOS anymore)
Watch 3 GT Runner

Watch 3 GT Pro (May 2022)

To run Harmony OS
HuaweiFitness WearOSHonor MagicWearOS and a good spec, November 2018
HuaweiSport ?WearOS?Honor GS Pro/KanonQ4.2020, TomTom map partnership could be interesting
HuaweiProprietary Android?Watch Fit
LezyneBikeMini, Macro Plus GPS (Macro, Macro Easy, Micro, Micro Watch, Super Pro (Super GPS), Mega, Watch variantsMEGA announced July 2018
MACRO EASY GPS announced Jul 2019
Macro Plus & Super Pro are revamped from earlier models, announced Jul 2019 with FE-C…cheap, sturdy and highly featured.
Full, current list here
LGFitness WearOSWatch SportPrice CheckCurrent, apparently one of the better WearOS devices – certainly spec looks the best. Watch2 has seen e-sim in China only
LGFitness WearOSLM-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 BlancFitness WearOSSummit 2Announced – several quite advanced sporty features
MIO/MiTAC/MagellanBikeCyclo 605, 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, Discover/Plus (May 2020)
DiscoverUnsure of the situation in USA with sister company MAGELLAN. Who have dated ECHO/SWITCH run/bike products
Discover Plus
🔴505HC+ others
Mio LabsRunning🔴 Mio Alpha 2revolutionary at the time
Mio LabsRunning/TriathlonmioEXPFirst sports watch in a long time by Mio. in fact since about 2015. Triathlon focussed and looking good for Q4.2020
MisfitFitness WearOSVaporPrice CheckWearOS. Replaced by Vapor 2
MisfitFitness WearOSVapor 2WearOS. Current.
MiViaFitnessRun 3502017 Fitbit Versa look-alike
MobvoiFitnessTicwatch 2 aka Ticwatch Active2017 budget sports watch with GPS & Music
MobvoiFitness WearOSTicwatch E22018 budget sports watch with GPS & Music, the replacement for Ticwatch E
MobvoiFitness WearOSTicwatch S2CES2019 replacement for Ticwatch S (ie S1). S=Sport
MobvoiFitness WearOSTicwatch S2017 WearOS 2.0 budget sports watch. Ticwatch E is a cheaper and non-sport version. Ticwatch 2, Active and Classic are different – not WearOS. Replaced by S2.
MobvoiFitness WearOSTicwatch Pro

Ticwatch Pro 3

TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS

Ticwatch E3

WearOS 2.0, Pro 3/Ultra & E3 have snapdragon 4100
🔵 Ticwatch Pro, 4G LTE

🔵 new Ticwatch Pro  Jul 2019 with LTE (USA only).

Moto (brand bought by CE)Fitness WearOS100S and 200 will be Wear OS probably Snapdragon 3100.

 

 

🔴360 Sport – 2nd Gen/SportPrice Check
🔴Gen 3 November 2019

🔴Moto G Smartwatch,(Summer 2021)

🔴Moto Watch,(Summer 2021)

🔴Moto One,(Summer 2021)

🔵Moto Watch 100S and Moto Watch 200 – by March 2022

New BalanceFitness WearOSRunIQWearOS. Current
OmataBikeOmata OnePrice CheckTrendy Bike Computer Current
BKK, OnePlusFitnessLikely WearOS

Sister brand RealMe introduce Watch 2 and Watch 2 Pro

Vivo (2020)

Vivo (2021)

Probably due Q4.2020, probably based heavily on the Oppo Watch

RealMe are a cheap and proprietary OS. June 2021.

 

BKK, OppoFitness Android

Fitness Wear OS

Watch

Watch (Wear OS Version)

Watch 2

Looks like an Apple Watch with very limited EU/USA availability as of July 2020. Based on Android

Wear OS version released 31 Jul 2020

Watch 2 – 27 Jul 2021

Ordnance SurveyBikeOS Horizon GPSHigh-quality MAPS on a bikenav
OS Velo GPS
OS Trail Bike GPS
OS Trail 2 Bike GPS (2019)
PolarBikeV660V650 refresh 2020? Well Overdue…perhaps never
PolarRun/Tri🔴 Vantage V

Vantage V2

Vantage V2 EDITION

V800 replacement
There are no published plans to take the features any further. Polar will fix bugs though.
V2 new for October 2020
Who knows if they will iterate either the hardware or software.
PolarRun/TriVantage V Titanium

Vantage V2 Titan

high-end case variant of the Vantage V
PolarRun/Tri/OutdoorsGrit X

Grit X PRO

Grit X PRO Titan

Polar Grit X – outdoors version of Vantage V
PolarRun/Tri🔴 Vantage M

🔴 Vantage M2

Pacer Pro takes over here

More run-focussed than the V model and a bit more than the M430.
I’m not convinced there will be a Vantage M lite model ie something to theoretically replace the M200. Looks like the Ignite/Unite covers that.
No intel on the M2. My guess would be Q1.2021
PolarFitnessA370A360 replacement with linked-GPS
PolarFitnessA380 I guess you could speculate that there is an A380 due but I would not be so sure that Polar (or anyone else beyond Garmin/Fitbit) will pursue a premium band format.
PolarFitness🔴 Ignite

Polar Pacer (non-Pro) takes over here

Fitness & Running watch. With GPS. Scope for a 3Fitness-like model with no GPS. Scope also to beef up the shell quality a little.
PolarRun🔴M200Entry-level oHR running/sports watch 2016. Replacement due in 2020 maybe? M200 looks out-of-date
PolarRun🔴M400Replaced by M430 in Q1.2017
PolarRun🔴M430An optical M400, released. this is mostly replaced by the Vantage M, although the Vantage M has notable extra stuff kinda making it a model higher. M430 has been confirmed as remaining in the Polar product set as a full-featured running watch BUT it will not receive new functionality.
M430 looks out-of-date
PolarBike🔴M450Replaced by M460 in Q1.2017
PolarBike🔴M460M450 with STRAVA LIVE. M460 looks out-of-date
PolarRun WearOS🔴M600WearOS sports watch for Android
PolarBike🔴V650A good Bike Nav Cycling device. Might get an ANT+ refresh but fine as-is. Does Polar want to go down the route of giving this proper onboard maps?
PolarRun/Tri🔴V800One of the greatest multisport watches of all time, replaced by Vantage
SamsungFitness🔴Gear SportPrice checkCurrent (Gear Fit Pro is BAND format and the Samsung Gear Fit Plus could be the 2018 version of that)
SamsungFitness🔴Galaxy Watch ActiveGalaxy Sport is Galaxy Watch Active
SamsungFitness🔵 Galaxy Watch Active2Jul-19
🔴Galaxy Watch2 (never existed)
🔴Galaxy Watch3 (SM-R840)

Galaxy Watch4 / 4 Classic

Aug 2020

Galaxy Watch 4  Released 27Aug with Wear OS 3 (4 is the sport version)

Galaxy Watch5 leaked November 2021 for release in Aug/Sep 2022

Sigma SportBikeRox GPS 7.0, ROX GPS 10.0, Rox GPS 11.0, Rox 12.0 Sport, id.TRI, id.FREE, Ro 2.0, Rox 4.0, Rox 11.1Good feature set, current.
Rox 12.0 Sport June 2018 looks like a massive leap forward for the company. Highly competent bikenav
id.TRI is a very interesting budget TRI offering
Full list of Sigma products here
SkagenFitness WearOSFalster 2With GPS & oHR added, this now counts as a sports watch. It aims to be seen as the prettiest WearOS
Falster 3Falster 3 uses the fastest processor
SonyFitness WearOSSmartwatch 3 SWR50Price CheckWearOS. Current
SoWatchFitnessSoWatchIndieGogo – Sports and other stuff
PioneerBIKENAVSGX-CA500, SGX-CA600Cycling Computer looks nice. OSM, ANT+, power
Full list here
SpecializedBike SpeedZone Sport / SpeedZone IIBasic Cycling Computers
SRMBikePowerControl 7 (PC7) / 8 (PC8)Cycling Computer
StagesBikeDash (L10)Cycling Computer. cheap and well-featured
StagesBikeDash L50, M50

Gen 2?

New models for release Q1-2.2019

Not sure we will get a Gen 2.

SuuntoVarious🔴 Ambit 3 variants (Peak, run, Sport…)Still great devices. In many ways superior. Discontinued
SuuntoVariousAmbit 4The SPARTAN TRAINER is the replacement to the AMBIT3 and then to the Suunto 5
SuuntoVarious🔴 Ambit/Ambit 2Effectively Discontinued
SuuntoRun/Tri🔴 SPARTAN SportCurrent, OK to buy now
SuuntoRun/Tri🔴 SPARTAN Sport with oHR (WHR)Current
SuuntoOutdoors🔴 Spartan Sport Wrist HR BaroCurrent
SuuntoRun/Tri🔴 SPARTAN TrainerNew outdoor variants in Jan 2018, superseded in 2019 with Suunto 5
SuuntoOutdoors🔴 SPARTAN UltraCurrent, OK to buy now. Suunto 9 is an effective replacement
SuuntoFitness🔴 Suunto 3Current. A low-end model with interesting specs. GPS only from a paired and present smartphone.
🔴 Suunto 3 Fitness (April 2018)

Gen 2 overdue but may not happen.

The Suunto 3 dropped the FITNESS suffix in 2020 and DOES have very slightly different hardware
SuuntoFitnessSuunto 9 Baro (spring 2018)

Suunto 9 Peak (smaller with new hardware)

Suunto 9 Gen 2 (larger 9Peak) my best bet for what’s next

Current. High-end Spartan ULTRA replacement. My GUESS is that this will iterate next in some way in 2021 (no intel)
SuuntoFitnessSuunto 7

Gen 2 perhaps due in H2.2022 (Aug)

Wear OS Smart sports watch
Suunto might iterate bi/tri-annual versions of 3/5/7/9
SuuntoRun/Tri🔵 Suunto 5 from May 2019

Suunto 5 Peak (smaller version of 5 with new hardware)

Suunto 5 Gen 2 (larger 5Peak) my best bet for what’s next

Good mid-range tri watch. Replacement for SPARTAN Trainer. Due a refresh in 2021
Tag HeuerFitnessConnected Gen 1Wear OS on snapdragon 3100 and a big price tag. yet still a smart fitness watch
Connected Gen 2
Connected Gen 3
TimexRun/triIronMan R300#Sigh
TomTomRun🔴 AdventurerTomTom sports division is closed down. Firmware updates as of 8 May 2018
🔴 Runner 3, Spark 3
TomTomRun🔴 Spark, Runner, Runner 2Effectively Discontinued, there was never a Spark 2
VivoSmartWatchSmartwatch running FunOS, from BKK who own Oppo, Realme and One Plus.
WithingsFitnessMove & Move ECGCES2019, Sweet Fitness ecosystem
WithingsFitnessSteel HR SportCurrent
Wahoo FitnessBike🔴 ELEMNTA great cycling computer, due a refresh. Might not happen if ROAM is seen as the replacement
Wahoo FitnessBike🔴 ELEMNT BOLT (launched in 2017!)A great cycling computer, due a refresh
Wahoo FitnessBikeELEMNT ROAM (Sep 2019)Colour version of a super-sized Bolt with navigation
Wahoo FitnessBike🔴 ELEMNT MINICut down cycling computer no GPS, no power compatibility, Wahoo-only sensors. Due a refresh but unlikely
Wahoo FitnessRun/TriELEMNT RIVAL (Nov 2020)

I think they will surprise us here

A mid-tier, mass-market triathlon watch. Gen 2 is not imminent and I would instead inspect another watch or two from Wahoo before a reinvigorated RIVAL. Maybe a small format RIVAL maybe a run-only rival.
Wahoo FitnessBikeBOLT 225 May 2021
XPLOVA/AcerBike🔴 G3, G5, E5, E7Effectively discontinued
XPLOVA/AcerBikeX3 EVO

X2 (May 2021)

Current, FYI they are releasing a turbo trainer Q3.2019

X2 Bolt-sized unit, most features except maps.

XPLOVA/AcerBike🔴X5 (March 2017)Superseded by X5 EVO
XPLOVA/AcerBikeX5 EVO (Nov 2017)Current, refreshed model. onboard video, guess there’ll be an X6 next…
ZeppSmart Fitness WatchZepp E

Zepp Z

Zep E: 2x Apple watch wannabes

Zep Z: likely sports watch

 

Notes

  • 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, FitCare, iGPSport, Xoss
  • There are probably also some Kickstarter and Indegogo type new models planned. My broad opinion is that if this is the first sports watch from a company with no track record then you will lose your money or, at best, receive a pile of junk. Spend a little bit extra and instead get a real product now.
  • If you’ve found a brand that I’ve not listed above and the price looks too good to be true…there’s probably a reason. Just go for the brands above…eg Lezyne & Bryton offer cheap and perfectly good bike computers that support complex usage.

What have I missed? Are there others?

Note: information that has become available about accessories is NOT included here as there are too many of them to keep up-to-date with. 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 wrist bands from the lists above, like the Vivokids v2, although some bands have sneaked in there already.

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23 thoughts on “April 2022: Sports Watch Update: All new & current Bike/Run/Tri/Fitness Models with GPS. Rumors + dates for all Garmin Gadgets & Wearables, Plus Apple, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Samsung, Fitbit,

    1. i’d heard about that link from the original source of the Swedish Retailer’s site but unsure if it’s meaty enough to be included in this post. I’ll wait for more details to emerge.
      that link otherwise only confirms what is above although no mention is made of 955 Solar which I’m fairly certain of.

  1. It would be nice if you added the most popular in the world sportband “Xiaomi Mi Band 7” (it is supposed to have GPS) to the list, which premiere at any moment.

  2. Edge Explore had a five-eight week ship time removed and along with the option to buy on the Garmin website. Canceled my heavily discounted backorder on another website when the ETA was pushed out to 2035.

      1. Normally its about a month from FCC filing to product release, why would they wait until Q3? Can’t see 140/540/840 on the FCC site either. Would have thought it makes sense to go for the premium option first.

        1. you’re right in normal times but normality has gone out of the window this last 2 years.
          my bet is for a sole release of 1040 and 1040 solar with some new software feature maybe linked to Air maybe linked to Group radar (those two are just guesses)
          recent history might support the 1040 plus another of 140/540/840/Explore gen 2

          1. I did wonder about parts availability being a reason to delay with supply chain issues. Air would be very cool and so would be building on the Radar, I love the idea of camera/radar integration to save camera battery life. They have all the tech from the Virb days, and the patent now. Guess we’ll find out in a few weeks (or in Q3) 🙂

          2. i dont think we will see physical camera integration into an edge unit (xplova did this years ago). i’m reasonably sure its forerunners before Edge in the release schedules.

  3. I have seen in SUUNTO´s website SUUNTO 3 with a large discount for a while. Would it be a new gen is coming or just dropping the model? Realized also added Suunto Guides in the latest firmware so is bringing the latest integration with various platforms. In addition, not having a GPS, if going out with a phone anyway, is something attractive. For the price bracket is good value for money.

  4. Have you seen FCC IPH-A4211? They forgot to remove “Edge 1040” text from Label Sample document 😉 Both versions (04211 and A4211) don’t have frequency range for NFC payments.

    1. You spoilt my day! hope you’re happy now;-)
      yes well spotted and, no I hadn’t noticed the NFC omission !
      I can’t remember looking at those FCC filings but as there are two I guess it’s yet another confirmation of the Solar option.
      don’t forget dates can change and this is destined for Q3.

    2. Hmm, they did the exact same leak for the 1030plus, makes me wonder if it might be caused by a quick ssearch/replace job which might hint at a very “lightweight” update that does little more than ensuring potential buyers that there won’t be a replacement right around the corner.

      The A4211/04211 parallel is certainly intriguing, could be anything from solar/regular (if they keep porting over endurance improvements from the watches, perhaps with the regular version also opting for a smaller battery, for a slim/light “racer” device, and the solar going all in on endurance?), to an “S” version replacing the 530/830, to a boring (for us) Explore variant offering the same big screen to ebikes and tour operators (tour operators are the invisible market that keeps the Explore variants afloat I think). I’d certainly hate not seeing a synchronous release of 1040 and the yet to be named “540/840”, not because I’d buy one but because I’ve spent too much time predicting a shared release.

      Regarding Garmin pay, I don’t think that it would ever come to an Edge. Not only because it would provoke that kind of naysayer who would rather not see a feature than one that isn’t quite as convenient as in a watch (“I refuse to pay for something I won’t use!”, as if NFC hardware would cost more than cents…), but also because the entire security premise of Garmin pay is that you can keep the PIN primed as long as the watch is worn, requiring retyping as soon as the sensor detects detachment from the wrist. An Edge can’t offer that. Still safer to enter the PIN on your own device than on a pad that might be rigged, but I don’t think that Garmin would consider that second class use case for pay.

      1. hi
        yes you are right but the 1040 is leaked in multiple places and i would bet money on a q3 release.
        solar regular – maybe the explore version and regular+solar?

        NFC – yes you make an excellent point about skin contact. that’s probably a killer against my wishes to have it included. maybe a time-based pin would suffice.
        ik the UK my unscientific research suggests that something like only 1% of smart payments are made with a watch (as opposed to card or phone) and I live in an affluent part of London (always an odd one out isn’t there? 😉 ) people simply don’t leverage the tech they have would be my concussion. for 20-somethings in Manhattan maybe the ratio is very different.

  5. Hypothetically if you had a 735XT with a dying battery that you want to replace before starting to really train for a fall marathon in July/August. Would you buy a Fenix7/Epix today or wait for the (hopefully thinner and lighter) 955?

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