[June 2024] Sports Watch & Bike Computer Update: All new Models, Planned, Rumors + dates for all Garmin, Apple, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo

Sports Watch & Bike Computer Update

V2.5.39 – 10 June 2024

 

UPDATE: Expect 6, maybe more, new products from the established sports brands between now and mid-July, plus Apple software features announced this week!

This article summarises recently released sports watches, bike computers, and the next-gen models that are inbound i.e. Garmin (Edge, Forerunner, Instinct, Venu, Fenix/Epix), Polar (Grit, Vantage, Pacer), Coros (Vertix, apex, Pace, Dura) and more.

I never include info here that contravenes NDAs. 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‘ this post discussing the future of individual technology features will be interesting.

The information here is usually based on quality leaks, industry chats, dual-sourced rumours, the extrapolation of past product release cycles, wider technological changes & their availability. Almost all of these new product ‘predictions’ will happen but precise timings are never set in stone.

RECAP: Highlights of 2023  – a good year

2023 was a decent year for new products, expect more from the second half of 2024.

Fenix 7 Pro, Epix Pro Gen 2 and the Forerunner 965 have sold well, plus we’ve seen significant products from Coros, Polar, Suunto and Apple. Things have been quieter for bike computers with only the Edge 540/840 getting anyone excited, less so Magene’s offerings.

Key Trend: The latest models of most key sports watches have been updated with the widespread use of AMOLED screens and dual-frequency, multi-constellation ‘GPS’ chipsets. Additionally, there’s a noticeable increase in the use of high-quality materials at more affordable prices. Most brands have transitioned to a newer generation(s) of more energy-efficient heart rate sensors capable of HRV/ECG/SpO2 and other peripheral wellness metrics, such as temperature. The significance of sports physiology is gaining attention beyond Garmin/Firstbeat/Polar, although there have been very few noteworthy additions to the range of sports physiology features. It seems we have reached a stage of maturity in both technology and the functionalities sports watches offer.

 

optical hr Garmin 965 vs Suunto Race vs Polar Vantrage V3
Optical HR: Garmin 965 vs Suunto Race vs Polar Vantage V3

 

Many prices haven’t kept pace with the inflation seen in other industries. This is because the sports watch and cycling computer industry faces recession-like conditions in many markets. Set against that the USA’s relatively strong economic position has balanced companies’ fortunes out a bit. Companies in this sector faced both challenges and advantages due to the lingering effects of the Covid years. Consumer spending was brought forward and peaked, but at the same time, research and development were delayed as staff stayed at home on furlough. Adding to the complications, there are high stock levels that make entire supply chains appear unreliable. Despite this sometimes difficult situation, both Garmin and Apple have surprisingly shown strong financial performances in their published accounts whereas others have gone bankrupt.

Here are the headline releases from 2023:

Most of those are on 2+ year refresh cycles. So draw your conclusions on when you will see successors (Hint: 2025-26)

WatchOS 11 Overview Features Summary

What’s Next From Garmin for 2024

  • ✔️Lily 2 (Q1.2024) plus ✔️ HRM-FIT
  • ✔️Forerunner 165 (14 Feb 2024)
  • Instinct 3 (June 2024 – the product will happen, date is speculation)
  • Edge 140 (June 19, 2024 – product is speculation but due, date is speculation)
  • Edge 1050 (June 19, 2024 – product is confirmed by multiple corroborations, date is speculation)
  • Venu SQ 3 (Sep 2025 – date is speculation)
  • Rally 2 (no immediate plans for 2024)
  • Enduro 3/2s (some rumours for 2024 have already started but I have no concrete intel)
  • ? Forerunner 755 LTE aka FR965s – a new generation FR975 (MIP) is not likely
  • ? Refreshed Accessories (Q1-Q3) eg HRM-FIT
  • ? Fenix/Epix: June 2024 at the earliest, far from a certainty…answer the question: What would be the hardware bump(s) this product gets?

The easiest cycling product to predict should be the Edge 140. Expect it to be unchanged in size from its predecessor with trickle-down features from 540/840 and improved hardware components over the 130+

There have also been decent rumours about an Edge 1050 AMOLED for some time now, although why a bike computer needs an AMOLED screen escapes me. Perhaps instead we could see a ‘trendy’ Edge Explore 3 (non-performance navigation) variant with an edge-to-edge SOLAR AMOLED screen that would suit navigation and test out new screen tech before its introduction on the next generation of larger Edge models.

Key Trend: Expect this to be a trickle-down year where the software and hardware features we know about are rolled down from the top-end models to the middle and lower-end ones. Expect more sizes for models that currently are only sold in one size and expect a thoughtful and progressive introduction of AMOLED screens to ever-cheaper models. Finally, expect Garmin to continue to use premium materials to justify its price premiums on some models.

Forerunner Range

On the running/triathlon side of things, now that we have the Forerunner 165 there is no real gap beyond that in Garmin’s key offerings as everything has already been AMOLEDed (yes, that is a word). A smaller 965s, perhaps called a 755, would probably include whatever Garmin chooses to do next with LTE. Don’t forget that the Forerunner 265s already gives the smaller format option to people who want a triathlon watch, perhaps Garmin has decided there isn’t the market for a top-end small format triathlon watch.

Another good bet is an Enduro 3 MIP-Solar for the Ultra community, either that or an AMOLED Enduro or an Enduro 2s Solar (small).

The 645/655 product gap seems discontinued, so don’t expect anything there.

For adventure products, expect Instinct 3 or Enduro 3/2s rather than Fenix 8 in early 2024. There could be a gap in the Instinct or Enduro ranges for an AMOLED version – I’m in two minds about that as one of the negative differentiators of Instinct is the poorer screen compared to Fenix and one of the key differentiators for Enduro is an obscene battery life which AMOLED would negatively impact. Garmin won’t want to cannibalise too many Epix/Fenix sales to Instinct by making Instinct/Enduro too good.

 

Fenix 7- this is the end – Fenix is dead, long live Epix

In my opinion, Solar has its place only in MIP-screen watches and possibly on bike computers. The usefulness of SOLAR is restricted by the fact that sufficiently awesome battery lives are possible without solar. So do we ever need solar on Epix watches? I think not. That said, we will see solar Fenix models despite there not being a widespread need for them. We’ll probably see Solar Epix watches too because it should be profitable for Garmin! 😉

We could see a Fenix 8/Epix 3 in H2.2024 but early 2025 feels more likely followed by all the Tactix/Quatix/Descent/MARQ etc variants and then a PRO version a year or so later.

Garmin secured patents for SOLAR (AM)OLED in 2022, maybe that will be the new feature innovation for high-end watches we see in 2024.

As I’ve said before, Epix will become the dominant outdoor watch for Garmin overtaking Fenix (unless Garmin renames them to maintain its investment in the Fenix brand!). Probably not in 2024 though!

 

The problem with all my predictions is that there aren’t enough. Garmin needs more new products than that in 2024 to keep the shareholders happy.

So there has to be a ‘next big thing’ in terms of a piece of tech that justifies a set of refreshed and renumbered models. The most likely in 2024 are micro-LED displays and more advanced LTE. However, te technology for the former (on watches) might just not be ready at scale until 2025 and I’m still unconvinced Garmin can produce meaningful LTE features given its restrictive access to iPhone features. That said, December 2023 gave us insights into the new CIQ capabilities for 2024 and these give strong clues about the upcoming headline features for new watches and DO hint at new LTE capabilities rather than anything else.

Deep Dive: Decoding Garmin’s CIQ 7 Software – The Connect IQ Features That Will Power 2024 Watch Models

The current Elevate Gen 5 HR sensor is a recent innovation with ECG capabilities. That tech will eventually be rolled to most watch ranges over the next 3 (three) years in some form but I’m not at all excited by the prospect and suspect that much of the market won’t be as well. Wrist-based ECG is highly limited and nothing like what is offered by Fourth Frontier X2.

So where are the next-gen HR sensors that can sense novel biomarkers? Apple is supposedly lining up its new sensor package for 2025, so I guess it’s plausible that conservative Garmin could sneak ahead of cautious Apple on that front. Things will become clearer in the first half of 2024 *IF* the more aggressive Asian brands introduce new (sensor) technologies. Where they lead, Garmin and Apple follow soon after.

Next Gen Sports Sensors for 2023 and beyond – Lactate, blood pressure, hydration, creatinine

2024: I see fewer new products than the norm for recent years. It could be a bad year for Garmin FITNESS/OUTDOOR. It could be a turning point for the sports device market generally.

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

I don’t expect anything excitingly new here in 2024 unless Suunto or Polar re-enter the Wear OS market. Those companies have no other way to get support for payments and Spotify inside the watch, so you would have thought they have to jump on the Wear OS wagon at some point in the next 5 years or be left a long way behind on the smart features they can offer. Set against that is the closing up of the latest versions of WearOS to Samsung/Google-only products.

These companies all have mostly predictable product ranges and refresh strategies although Suunto is the most likely to surprise us as evidenced in recent months with the excellent Suunto RACE and Shokz-like headphones (Suunto Wing). That said, Polar is taking a similar but distinct route by opening up its platform to Sennheiser’s optical HR earbuds…actually Suunto has opened up its app to Xiaomi too.

Coros

This is speculative information

  • ✔️ Vertix 2S – modest hardware refresh
  • Apex 3 AMOLED, Q3.2024
  • Vertix 3 + 3 AMOLED, Q3.2024
  • ✔️ Coros DURA  – June 2024
  • ? Pace 3 Pro (large)
  • ? Other

Coros is likely to prove an interesting company to follow in 2024. They’ve taken Apex/Pace and Vertix as far as they need to with the capabilities of the product internals. The obvious omission is AMOLED which I expect to see first with Apex 3 and then perhaps Vertix 3, with Pace 4 AMOLED coming as early as Q2.2025.

I don’t think we will ever see a Coros Solar watch. Instead, like Garmin, I think the best we will see is a MIP version of Vertix 3 remaining alongside Vertix 3 AMOLED but the rest of the range will eventually move to AMOLED, with an outside possibility that Coros could skip a generation of tech and go straight to micro LED screens.

Musing: I don’t see any new watch sub-brands created by Coros. Instead, it makes more sense we will see a larger version of Pace 3 (like Garmin Enduro) or a smaller version of Vertix 2. This would follow a similar theme to what the company has done with the Apex 2 Pro successor to its smaller Apex 2 sibling. Maybe we will see something completely different.

The new Coros DURA bike computer adds a solar boost to market-leading battery life. It’s not the prettiest of bike computers but will be one of the easiest to operate by way of a large digital Crown on the side. It appears to have the same depth of features found on the watches. No more, no less. (It’s basically a big watch with a solar panel in a rectangular case).

Polar

This is speculative information

Next up from Polar will be AMOLED versions of Grit X (adventure watch), Pacer (Pro) and maybe also the Unite (fitness) watch. I would expect Pacer/Unite much later in the year.

Set against that we could SPECULATIVELY say that Unite might be a poor performer in terms of profit generation and could be skipped or dropped.

Suunto

This is speculative information

  • ✔️New Suunto Vertical SOLAR, March 2024 (minor iteration)
  • Suunto 5 PEAK PRO AMOLED Q3.2024 or a RACE-branded version or
  • Suunto 9 PEAK PRO AMOLED/VERTICAL AMOLED Q3.2024

I hope Suunto Race AMOLED is a success. If it is, it might give Suunto the confidence to price lower with new AMOLED versions of 9/9 Peak and 5/5 Peak. I don’t think we will see a Suunto 3 AMOLED fitness watch.

TAG HEUER

The TAG Heuer Calibre E5 was expected in H1.2024 but that is now rumoured to be delayed until 2025.

TAG was known to be prototyping microLED screens and would have been the first to release that technology in any kind of volume. Like other players, high screen costs have delayed the adoption of the technology. However, it was thought that TAG could absorb such high component costs in its high sale price.

Wahoo

This is speculative information

  • Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT 3 Q2.2024
  • Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL 2 – not happening
  • Wahoo KICKR Run super-smart treadmill Q3.2024 (USA) – Q1.2025 (globally)
  • Wahoo is also due to update several of its peripheral products like the TICKR HRMs, CLIMB and HEADWIND

Wahoo is now on a firm financial footing and BF 2023 sales have cleaned the company of Rival stock in Europe. I had hoped for a RIVAL 2 which was previously planned but a recent interview with DCR and Chip (CEO) says no watch is due. Rival has been sold at $/£99 on a few occasions now and is awesome value and sells well. Wahoo could get some more made and sell for minimal profits just to undermine the competition and keep its brand name up.

I would assume Bolt 3 is likely for 2024, with ROAM 3 more likely in Q2.2025. Expect a spec bump with better battery lives, a better GPS chip and a better colour touchscreen (perhaps larger but not AMOLED)

Hammerhead

Released

These will become a part of the SRAM groupsets. Don’t expect Karoo 4 until 2026.

Apple

This is speculative information.

  • Apple Watch – Q3.2024. Maybe…just maybe 😉
  • Apple Watch will feature updated algorithms to detect hypertension and Sleep Apnea
  • Either the Apple Watch SE 3 or the Watch X will be redesigned. I’m unsure if this will be a round screen, which would require significant changes to watchOS 11 announced earlier in the Summer.

We will see the Apple Watch X (10) and a 3rd generation SE but not an Ultra 3.

Don’t get excited by features the Apple-rumour sites want to see or the hardware upgrades they won’t get. Micro LED screens and super-sensors WILL come but that’s for 2025.

Google Fitbit

This is speculative information

We should see if Google plans to iterate PIXEL watch every year. I guess they will.

  • rumour: 2024 will see a Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 (small)

Perhaps the most exciting evolution will be to see what happens with the next generation of Fitbit VERSA 5/ Sense 3. Internally, Google will have set the direction for Fitbit and we will see those plans come to fruition with the next generation of Fitbit watches.

2024 again sees the sports tech brands & products at an interesting juncture.

The era of companies easily adopting advanced technology for continuously expanding global markets has come to an end. Significant technological advancements are now more challenging to achieve, and the certainty of ongoing economic growth in Europe is no longer guaranteed.

Global powers (countries) are making significant geopolitical moves to secure their positions for the rest of the Century. There’s a decline in birthrates, mass population migrations, and changing climates. Smartphones and smartwatches have reached a mature or peak stage of development. Thus, studying AI or robotics might be more promising than electronics if you’re thinking about your kids’ future. In my opinion, only the USA possesses the security, size, raw materials, population demographics, democratic structures, and growth potential necessary for a country to prosper. (Brit here, we’re stuffed as is the EU! 51st state anyone? #NAFTA)

  • Garmin has filled all the main product niches. Can a US-Taiwan-based company improve sales in its weaker markets like China? Probably not.
  • Polar still has no running track mode and once admitted it can’t compete in triathlon. Its web platform and app may well get a makeover, the first hints at that come as Flow Sync has entered sunsetting. Wear OS is still a possibility for the company.
  • Suunto seems to be moving in many of the right directions – aesthetics, price and on-watch apps. Its Chinese owners can likely make the Suunto brand sell more in Asian markets and hence have more confidence to expand the brand offering beyond what we currently see with Haylou (part of the same group). It will need more than 3rd party watch faces from its app store or a Wear OS model to become a key player.
Suunto’s other products

 

  • Coros has done very well in the last few years but faces the dilemma of incorporating competitively priced modern hardware at its chosen price points. I don’t see it making much profit from Vertix/Apex; so it’s a small company that makes its profit in the volume game with Pace 3/4. That volume game requires noticeably lower prices than Garmin and it requires Garmin not to care about it…or Garmin will crush it (FR165 🙂 ). Coros risks disaster if it makes one key mistake with its products.
  • Wahoo has many technological ways forward but the indoor bike training market must not be the cash generator it once was. There’s probably little scope for Kickr Move 2 to be any different to the current model (which isn’t selling that well in a deathly quiet market despite being an awesome product), the company is refocusing its online training services. So can it make a financial go of 2 new bike computers and a treadmill over 2024/25? IDK. It won’t be easy. Having great products only gets you so far.
  • Smaller companies like Sigma, Bryton, igSport and Magene will continue to innovate as they catch up technologically but I can’t see any of them making much progress in their market shares in Western Europe or North America. Magene is most likely to do better.
  • There are a large number of lesser-known smartwatch and sports watch brands emanating from SE Asia and India. It would just take one of them to get some financial backing and buy Polar to become a global player rather than a struggling regional player few in the West have heard of.

 

 

Garmin Fenix 7

 

Smart Fitness, Wear OS, WatchOS & Similar Smarts

As I’ve now said for several years that the end-game is: Apple’s watchOS vs Google/Fitbit/Samsung’s Wear OS vs Domination of low prices by Asian brands (China/India).

Proprietary sports platforms like Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo will still be here in 3 year’s time. But…how big will they be?

I would bet money that this year will bring ever-more competent SMART watches to eat into the traditional customer base of sports watches: high-end Fitbits/Pixel 3, Apple Watch 10, Apple Watch SE Gen 3 and Samsung Galaxy Watch7. EVERY year they get better.

The Wear OS bounce has happened and it’s apparent that Samsung and Google get first dibs at new versions of Wear OS before the likes of Michael Kors/Fossil to the point now where Fossil has decided to exit the Wear OS market.

Something big needs to happen to disrupt markets and change the medium-term trajectory. Be that a war over Taiwan or the EU forcing Apple to open up iMessage to a common API. Without such disruptions, the inevitable trajectory is for the Apple vs Google/Samsung showdown.

Coros Pace 1 vs Pace 3 vs Pace 2 – rear view

 

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. Many of them cannot be cross-sold with a top smartphone from the same brand. Even those that have a decent partner smartphone like Huawei face other issues (Huawei is effectively excluded from many Western markets for political/security reasons).

This is it. Image|Coros FB

Bike Computers – Hope or Hopeless?

Garmin dominates this sector, with Wahoo as the main challenger brand. The long-term impact of SRAM/Hammerhead Karoo 2/3 remains uncertain, but it is viewed as a hopeful contender with realistic success potential. Lower-end brands, such as Lezyne or budget high-spec options like Bryton (Taiwan)/Magene(China),  Mio Cyclo (MiTAC, Taiwan) and iGPSPORT (Korea) appear to face challenges to get even the smallest of footholds in non-Asian markets

Wahoo, adept at maintaining secrecy, is not expected to leak information; so keep quietly hoping for exciting developments. Despite already offering medium and large-format performance satnavs, Wahoo seems to cover most commercial bases in the bike computer market. Apart from iterative model strategies, there are few gaps for significant profitable sales of bike computers. Perhaps Wahoo could make a Varia-like smart radar and light system.

While Apple, Google, and potentially Asian players in domestic markets may dominate the global watch market, Garmin stands strong in the bike computer domain. Many challengers exist to Garmin’s Edge Series but only Wahoo/SRAM-Hammerhead(Android) seem to be coherent challengers and whilst they lack in numbers of features they are catching up but it is difficult. Will Bolt 3/Roam 3 withstand an onslaught from Edge 550/850/1050? It’s an interesting market position to debate as Garmin Edge will NOT pull further ahead in terms of features or market share as their tech is already well-advanced and their market position is too dominant. Catching up in each of those respects is MUCH easier than Garmin pulling further ahead.

Smaller companies face a challenging task in surpassing Garmin in cycling. The likelihood of a new product outperforming Garmin is higher if it’s Android-based, owing to the advantages of apps and a shorter development cycle, as seen with the Karoo. Stages, with its L200/M200, seems interested in this competition, despite being somewhat behind in its overall usage experience but possessing great features.

Garmin’s focus on higher price points may leave room for smaller companies like Bryton, Sigma, Lezyne, iGSport and CatEye to compete in the lower-priced, less profitable arena. Ancient rumours about Polar releasing a bike computer are ever-wishful thinking.

While there are well-featured bike computers like Stages M200/L200, Sigma ROX 12 EVO, and high-end Bryton models, they seem to lack the unique appeal that propels them to Wahoo’s level. Wahoo BOLT Gen 1’s enduring success beyond its fourth birthday suggests that riders may prioritize reliability, user-friendliness, or brand image over high technology. 

Then comes Coros. Make a sentence from these words CAT, PIGEON, AMONGST. I think it’ll struggle to expand beyond a relatively small niche unless it adopts predatory pricing strategies.

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62 thoughts on “[June 2024] Sports Watch & Bike Computer Update: All new Models, Planned, Rumors + dates for all Garmin, Apple, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo

  1. It would be cool to see the Fenix screen and innards in the Instinct case, maybe call it the Destinct.
    An extra band that can provide you with ECG and blood pressure and maybe a few other data which can be worn in addition to any other existing Garmin watch. It would make SW updates for watches much easier and you could easily “upgrade” any Lily or Instinct or Fenix 6.
    A HRM armband based on the E5 sensor.

  2. In the Garmin releases, you say Garmin Forerunner 45, I am assuming that’s a typo and you meant Forerunner 65? How confident are you in an Instinct this month, I am hoping for basically a smaller version of the 2X haha (of course would not mind bonus features).

      1. the garmin leaks are very scant ATM
        there will prob be something next week and then in another 4/5 weeks after that

  3. Garmin rules and seem to control the marketing and with the quality of their products, it seems difficult to challenge them. I wish they made action cam’s.

    However, ergonomics can kill Garmin. = Apple can kill them, enlargening the marketing and making the product simple and understandsble tu use. I’d be surprized if more than 1% understand all the features.

    On side of ergonomics is delivering big screen for bike computers and even watches, attention! Much bygger. You can run or bike after 40.

    And need I say anything about Garmin connec? User ergonomics? Hire an ergonomics Guru, Now.

    Garmin is the unbeatable leader. But will they survive downsizing to à nice planer again? That’s were they will be in three years, despite perfektion. Sade.

  4. It’s been more than 2 years since the Fenix 7 / Epix 2 release and that was clearly delayed 6 months by pandemic logistics. It’s also just about a year from the minor refresh of the “pro” release.

    It’s about time for a Fenix 8 / Epix 3.

    1. What do you think they can add to the Fenix 8/Epix 3 that would differentiate it from the 7 Pro/2 Pro? Both are already at the Elevate V5 with ECG and Multi-band GPS.

      1. F8 generation possibilities off the top of my head:

        – larger display
        – generational chip die shrink (less space, lower power envelope)
        – larger battery capacity
        – LTE worldwide integrated with the inReach system for txt and weather
        – incident detection and emergency assist without phone

      2. Garmin use i.MX processors from NXP, and they haven’t launched a new ultra low power processor in several years, so we’re likely not going to see a die shrink or a faster processor this year as it would have already been announced by NXP if it were going into a product.

        That said, there are many features the Fenix 8 could be released with this year. LTE and a voice assistant come to mind. AI coaching similar to Whoop comes to mind as well. All are big enough step changes for Fenix/EPIX to warrant a version bump.

      3. @Joel thanks for that info on the processor.

        I don’t think AI would count as a feature bump for the next Fenix as it would likely be software-only and predominantly also on Connect unless a voice assistant is added . But sure, they could add it quickly enough: https://the5krunner.com/2024/04/13/can-garmin-learn-from-whoop-bot-will-it-introduce-an-ai-coach/

        Voice assistant – I’m not sure if a Garmin-specific assistant is easily possible. Garmin already supports voice assistants on venu 2/3 and d2 air. For Fenix to get that it would need speakers and a mic (I know earbuds are possible) and i don’t think their addition is likely but agree it could happen FYI: speaker/mic add waterproofing issues and I’m unsure that’s possible to add and still get WR100 and MIL-STD accreditation both of which are important for the Fenix line.

  5. I’m hoping for 965 Pro (v5 w/ECG, flashlight?, LTE?), but Ray’s trip also has me leaning Instinct 3.

      1. all Garmin watches cannibalise to a degree as there are so many of them with overlapping features
        however the core targets market of 965 is triathlon/running whereas Epix is adventure/multisports…or something along those indecipherable lines that garmin has drawn!!

  6. REI has the 1040 back in stock today (available in a week) after having it unavailable for a few weeks. Not ideal for the release of a 1050.

      1. It’s like reading tea leaves on the internet today. DC Rainmaker posts his story about his hike, saying he used a Polar Grit x2 and Garmin Epix Pro. So it doesn’t look like those breadcrumbs meant anything!

    1. The only thing that was released was DC’s blog post about something not even close to releasing a new gear 🙂

  7. (indirect) Intel that new Garmin watches (plural, but maybe just different versions) will ben released on april 22th.

  8. Well… I must admit that my intel was wrong… It was just something about a local ad for some store :/$
    So no more release expected tuesday 23.

  9. His blog post about this trip makes it sound like it was just a vacation. He described the trip as “just scratching an itch”. In his gear section he says he was mostly just interested in putting his Polar Grit X2 through its paces. None of his photos show clever use of a wrist sleeve to hide anything that shouldn’t be shown yet.

    I think this trip was just a run of the mill fun vacation, with some additional testing of already-known products thrown in for good measure.

      1. It is almost June and still no Instinct 3. Do you have any info when it will be announced?

    1. Good question! I would like to know that as well.
      I’ve been waiting since February and now it’s almost June…

  10. Is Instinct 3 imminent tho?! Instinct 2 Sollar is 2.32 and Instinct 2X is 1.15 years old.

  11. Hi 5k Runner,

    you wrote that we will see 6 new products in the next few weeks. Can you say how many new Watches will see and from which brands? 🙂

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