— Updated guide summer 2020
New update for the best GPS watch guide for 2020. The Polar Grit X arrival to the market makes it fall into one of the categories, just as it makes Suunto disappear from the entire list (in both cases, on its own merits).
There are not many more changes due to the situation we have experienced and are experiencing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the pending announcements for 2020 are being delayed so the start of 2020 has been slow.
The choices I make in this article are the same ones I can offer to friends asking me for similar advice. I do not make the list to satisfy any particular manufacturer, nor do any of them ask me to change my impressions or ratings. Like all the work I do on this page, I try to be as objective as possible.
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Running GPS watches
It's the most populated category and where we have the most to choose from, because basically any running watch starts from this.
The first thing is to cover this basic and elemental function, and from there it is oriented to other more specific uses.
This year we have had some novelties, but everything focused on the high or medium range and the low range has not had too much movement.
New models have entered, the number of features they bring is greater, but in exchange for higher prices.
This means that what yesterday was mid-range, today is almost an access model, which is not bad for the consumer.
As a general rule, the recommendation is, if you are a beginner, opt for a cheaper, basic model , because you probably still don't know where you will want to go.
It is better to buy something cheap and simple and, once you decide which discipline you like best (trail, marathon, ultras, triathlon, etc.), then buy the model that will satisfy your real needs.
There is no point in buying a 600 euro Fenix as your first watch if you still don't know if the mountains and great outdoors are going to give you the most satisfaction.
Be careful, this doesn't mean that if you've fallen in love with a particular model because of its aesthetics, or because you want maps even if you're not going to take advantage of the other features, you shouldn't buy it.
With this brief introduction we'll go through the different categories I have prepared for you.
Best GPS Watch
Garmin Forerunner 245 / 245 Music, Polar Vantage M
They are the two big contenders in the running watch for half marathon/marathon category. All the updates that have been coming to Polar Vantage M caused the entry of this model among the best options. Which is good, more competition for the Garmin Forerunner 245.
The Garmin Forerunner 245, announced in 2019, removed the Garmin FR645out of its seat as the best GPS running watch. And as with the 645, there's also a version capable of music playback straight from the watch, including syncing with Spotify.
Is the Garmin 245 superior to the Garmin Forerunner 645? Well, in some aspects it is: battery life and a new optical heart rate sensor with PulseOx measurement. But there's something that could make you still choose the FR645, mainly the barometric altimeter; but also wireless paymentsor more sports profiles. You can see all the differences between both models in the Garmin FR245 review
At this moment I think it's the best option for the road racer, also taking into account that it's reasonably priced. I would even prefer it over superior models such as the Garmin 945, Garmin Fenix 6 or Suunto 9, at least if what you're going to do is mainly road running.
The Garmin 245 is designed for road running and has no additional features that, if you are not going to use... why do you want them for? And above all, why pay for them?
As for running, the features it offers are the same as on the Fenix 5, but the 245 is a smaller and lighter GPS watch and also comes with the same training metrics as the Fenix 5 (and Fenix 5 Plus, Fenix 6, 945, etc); or the possibility of music playback in 245M.
It also has route navigation , so if you're afraid you won't be able to make a getaway to the mountains or schedule a trail race during the season, don't worry; but I remind you that the altitude data you have will be exclusive to GPS, so you'll have to wait to synchronize the activity to see real altitude details.
>> Garmin 245 Music review
Garmin Forerunner 245
Garmin Forerunner 245 Music
The Polar Vantage M was one of the new additions to the 2019 range and, after the update received with sleep and rest metrics, it runs as a full candidate to be considered the best GPS watch for running, with permission of the Forerunner 245.
It has support for measuring running power (although it requires an external device such as Stryd), TrainingLoad Pro can help you plan your workouts and is generally a well-resolved watch.
And as I said earlier, the fact that it added Sleep Plus Stages and Nightly Recharge makes the Vantage M benefit from the best training-oriented platform there is right now.
Unlike the Garmin Forerunner 245, the Polar Vantage M is a multisport watch, so if you plan to do a triathlon in the near future this is another factor to consider. It does not have route navigation nor does it have the possibility of playing music, something that is present in 245 and that can be decisive.
>> Polar Vantage M review
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Best cheap running GPS watch
Garmin Forerunner 35, Polar M430
The category of cheap GPS watch is the one that has cost me the most to choose from. There are many valid models in a price range between €100 and €150. All of them with the basics (and not so basic) that you can search for in a GPS running watch.
Of the chosen the Garmin GPS is the cheapest GPS watch because it is often on sale. It is a simple watch with a high contrast display where you will see the information very clearly.
It has optical heart rate monitor on the wrist which, although not the best, is perfectly valid for runs at constant pace, but you'll want to use an ANT+ chest strap for intervals and intensity workouts. It's not that it's something exclusive to Garmin, it's the same for all models on the market.
If you're looking for something as cheap as possible and want the basic features, then the Garmin FR35 is the best choice.
>> Garmin Forerunner 35 review
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As for the Polar, its wrist heart rate monitoris better than the one from Garmin. It doesn't mean you're going to get rid of the chest strap for everything, but it's true that you'll find it one step above those you find in Garmin or Suunto.
Its strongest point: the different training options it offers, such as the possibility of performing structured intervals or blocking a pace or heart rate zone so that the watch warns us if we go outside it.
It allows a higher level of configuration and there's a greater number of sports supported, but that makes it a somewhat more complicated watch than the Garmin. Since the prices of both models are quite similar, you should consider what you prefer: features (Polar) or ease of use (Garmin)
>> Polar M430 review
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Other GPS watches to consider
Garmin Forerunner 645, Garmin Vivoactive 4
The Garmin Forerunner 645 was my recommendation as a road running watch until the arrival of the FR245. It would have reasons to continue to be so, but thanks to the fantastic battery life offered by the new GNSS chipset from Sony we find in the 245, it makes me lean more towards the new model.
The only thing I miss in the FR245 that could make me decide for the FR645 is the barometric altimeter. In addition to giving you altimetry data, it would also allow you to use the Garmin Running Power.
However, everything depends on the prices at which each one moves and it is important to take into account the different offers that you find at all times.
>> Garmin FR645 Music review
Garmin Forerunner 645
Garmin Forerunner 645 Music
One of the most recent developments has been the Garmin Vivoactive 4 (which also comes in two different sizes, 4 and 4s). The truth is that it's becoming more and more like its cousin the Garmin Forerunner 245.
Both are similarly priced and even the Vivoactive 4 offers some things that the FR245 does not: barometric altimeter, sweating and hydration metrics, breathing rate, Garmin Pay, video-guided exercises or music without having to buy a specific version.
So why isn't the Vivoactive 4 up there instead of the FR245? Because of the features that the FR245 does have, which in theory will be more adapted to the road runner with the intention of competing: advanced training metrics, training status, Training Effect, etc. And let's not forget either, the FR245 offers route navigation so it can also allow you to make a slight dabble into the mountains.
However, the Vivoactive 4 is also a very interesting option for the road runner - you simply have to assess whether you need the training status functions or you prefer the smart watch possibilities of the Vivoactive 4.
>> Garmin Vivoactive 4 review
Garmin Vivoactive 4
GPS watch for outdoors
Here I include all aspects of mountain enjoyment: trail, ultratrail, climbing, hiking... In general, outdoor and mountain life. What the Anglo-Saxons understand by ".outdoor lifestyle".
What should you look for in a good outdoor GPS watch? Two things.
You must start with an outstanding battery life , as the average duration of activity when you are on the mountain or running trail is much higher than when you run on the road. Not to mention hiking, where you will be walking several hours, even for a whole day.
Second is navigation, although it will depend on whether you are going to use a handheld navigator (such as the Garmin eTrex 30x) or you are going to entrust everything to the GPS watch. In this sense Garmin has advanced several steps thanks to the inclusion of maps that, beyond showing you a route on a map and being able to see the different intersections more clearly, perhaps the most important aspect is that it opens up a world of possibilities when navigating the route itself.
Best Outdoor GPS Watch
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro, Polar Grit X
It couldn't be otherwise. The arrival of the Garmin Fenix 6 on the market has shifted the Fenix 5 Plus from the list of recommendations. But keep in mind that if you want maps you should opt for the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro, as the normal Fenix 6 does not enjoy them.
There's only one downside: the price. But you already knew that in advance so I'm not discovering anything new to you. It's an expensive watch, mainly because Garmin knows that rivals cannot offer something similar.
Extended battery life, music playback, wireless NFC payments, larger screen reducing the edge of the watch... practically anything you can think of, you're going to find it in the Fenix 6 Pro one way or another.
With the new model Garmin has also added the pulse oximetry sensor, something that was exclusive to the Fenix 5X Plus. This time, for the Fenix 6X an even larger screen (supporting up to 8 screen data) and a solar-charged version have been reserved.
If they get too big on your wrist you can also opt for the Fenix 6S Pro, the same features (although with less battery life) but in smaller size.
>> Garmin Fenix 6 review
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Sapphire
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Titanium Sapphire
Garmin Fenix 6S Pro
Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Sapphire
Polar has entered the outdoor segment making some noise. The Polar Grit X is its first specific model for those who enjoy hiking or trail running, but the fact that it is its first one does not mean that it's not a watch that stands out.
Quite the contrary, because adding to everything the Polar Vantage V has to offer, the Grit X added a couple of new features called Hill Splitter and FuelWise . Both oriented to use in the outdoors or for long workouts.
The Grit X is a very well made watch, with a very good choice of materials and, above all, a fairly competitive price (given the category in which it militates).
It's not just aesthetics or materials, but also its software. Thanks to TrainingLoad Pro, training control is very intuitive, and the features of Sleep Plus Stages and Nightly Recharge are the most complete right now in terms of analysis and recording of the rest period.
It has a negative point and it's the route navigation. It is not because of the absence of maps, but because despite having received a renewal and compatibility with Komoot it remains a rather poor solution. Although if you don't usually do a lot of specific route navigation, or do it with another device, the Polar Grit X is a fantastic watch.
>> Polar Grit X review
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Other GPS watches to consider
Suunto has a problem right now with their platform. The transition from Movescount to the Suunto App is being painful, but mainly VERY SLOW. This is overly penalizing the entire range, so despite having some model that perfectly can fit within the list of recommendations, the platform and slow development is currently a toll that weighs too much.
Even so, the Suunto 9 may be a third option to consider, especially for the reduced price at which it is generally offered. Be careful, the one usually on offer is the Suunto 9 (not the Suunto 9 Baro), so it is the version without barometric altimeter so you will not have valid altitude data during your training or storm warning.
Despite all this, the Suunto 9 still stands out for its navigation. It is frankly good and has a quality performance. Although it doesn't have the maps of Garmin, it is quite a few steps above what Polar offers in its Grit X.
It may be a rival to consider above the Garmin or Polar mainly for its price. Just remember that the interesting prices are always found in the model that does not have barometric altimeter.
>> Suunto 9 Baro Analysis
Suunto 9 Baro
GPS watch for triathlon
This category is reserved for watches that allow for multisport activities, in the sense of being able to chain one after another without having to stop the workout.
When we think of a multi-sport watch we do so with triathlon in mind, but it is not only that. There are many other sports that combine several disciplines in a consecutive way, such as duathlon or aquathlon.
Therefore, they must allow you to switch from one sport profile to another and support specific swimming metrics, both in the pool and in open water. And by the way, if you are looking for a swim watch, any triathlon watch will do perfectly well with what you're looking for.
Best GPS triathlon watch
Garmin Forerunner 945
The Garmin Forerunner 945 continues to occupy the place of best triathlon watch. Aesthetically it is almost identical to the Forerunner 935, but it includes a lot more new features than its slight change of appearance may suggest.
Garmin continues to lead the triathlon segment, if you think of a triathlon watch you think of a Garmin watch. The dominance of the American brand in this segment is simply overwhelming, just take a look at any race transition to realize that Garmin is the most widely used brand in the sport.
Performance wise it is the maximum that is available today, at the same level of the new 1,500€ Garmin MARQ Athlete and very close to the Fenix 6 Pro range (although these have been receiving small updates with new features). And that's in addition to including the novelties of these (music playback, wireless payments and full maps navigation) it also has the new training metrics that, honestly, I'm using now with a lot of.
In fact, 1TP11 could be another of the recommendations as the best GPS watch for mountain, and if I do not include it is because you may prefer the more "rugged" and resistant design of the Fenix or Suunto.
Personally, when I'm not testing any other GPS watch, it's the model that takes up my wrist (replacing the Forerunner 935), and of all the ones I have, it's my choice if I have to race.
>> Garmin Forerunner 945 review
Garmin Forerunner 945
Garmin Forerunner 945 triathlon pack
Other GPS watches to consider
Garmin Forerunner 935
Obviously, the FR945 is an expensive watch, so Garmin continues to offer the 935 at cheaper prices, covering also that part of the market that remains between 945 and 735XT.
It is at the same level as the Fenix 5 range, but it is a much lighter watch due to the use of less noblematerials. Oh! and it has WiFi (that in the case of the Fenix 5 you have to go to the version with sapphire glass to have it) and does not suffer the problems of connectivity with external sensors that those have.
It has been until very recently my trusted watch, the one I have used at all times when I was not testing anything else and that has only been replaced by the arrival of the 945. And at an interesting price I certainly would not rule out buying it, even though it has less features than the new model.
>> Garmin Forerunner 935 review
Garmin Forerunner 935
Garmin Forerunner 935 triathlon pack
Best cheap GPS triathlon watch
Polar Vantage M
The Polar Vantage M repeats on the list and displaces the Garmin Forerunner 735XT that was previously in this section.
The reasons that lead me to recommend it are the same as those seen previously as a road running watch, but we must not forget that it is a complete multi-sport watch, which allows you to set up a specific triathlon profile and has support for open water swimming.
For a basic (and not so basic) use, it fits perfectly whatever your level as a triathlete is. It has more than enough battery life to withstand an Ironman and without any doubt preparing long distance races with many hours of training is where TrainingLoad Pro is going to shine more.
>> Polar Vantage M review
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Garmin Swim 2
One of the surprises that 2019 left is that Garmin has resurrected its specific swimming watch. The Garmin Swim 2 is a rare avis, the only one in its kind. There are no other models that are mainly focused on swimmers since, in fact, pure swimmers are not usually watch lovers.
But of course, swimming in the pool is one thing and open water swimming is quite another. In the pool you can be guided by the clock on the wall, in open water you have no other choice than to look at your wrist.
The Garmin Swim 2 is basically a Garmin Forerunner 45 with software adapted to swimming and with some different features that are not present in any other Garmin watch. But being something exclusive comes with a price. I'm not going to lie to you, the Swim 2 is an expensive watch for what it offers.
>> Garmin Swim 2 Analysis
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And precisely because of that high price I never forget the other options. Basically you can use any of those that are multisport, including the Garmin Vivoactive 3.
But keep in mind that the Vivoactive 3 does not have an open water swimming profile. If you need it, I refer you back to the previous section of triathlon watches, they are the ones that usually have an open water profile with a slightly more lucid GPS management, but don't expect wonders, the performance in these conditions is quite limited by how the technology works.
So there it is, there have been a few categories I have reviewed. If you think I'm leaving something just leave your comment below and I'll add it. And remember that you can expand the information of all the models I have included in their individual reviews. Click on any of the links to access them.
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Thank you very much!
Thank you very much for the guide, it was very helpful
What do you think about the fenix 3hR?
Thank you very much.
If it is already "in the pen" no problem. But if it is to buy it now it is better to jump directly to the Fenix 5. The difference in price is not much, but there is a noticeable generational leap.
Hello, Eduardo. A long time ago I asked you about several activity bracelets. In the end I put it aside and now I'm back to the charge. I am looking for a wristband or watch that will be useful for swimming, walking, yoga and pilates. As well as in my day to day life. I am not considering the Garmin vivosport hr because it is not a replaceable wristband. But I can't decide between the Garmin vivofit 4, the polar A370 and the Fitbit Charge 3. On the other hand, I just saw the Garmin vivomove hr watch, and,....., it's just so pretty..... Anyway, I do not know if any of these bracelets suit what I want, on the other hand, I'm not very sporty, but if I want to motivate me and work more, and I think that if the vivofit 4, which is the cheapest, meets all the requirements I ask, why spend twice as much, when I'm no "elite athlete", but if this bracelet does not reach, then yes then look for something better. That's what I was looking for until I discovered the vivomove, of course, but after reading your review, I've lost my desire for it because of the screen and the light. I wanted to know your opinion, if you know them and advise me one of them in particular, or another that you consider. Thank you very much!!!!
Any of the three can be used for this purpose, depending on which platform you prefer (in case you have friends on the inside).
If you like the Vivomove, you can also have a look at what Withings is going to launch in about a month (https://www.correrunamaraton.com/novedades-ces-2019/) or the Pop activities
Thank you very much, Eduardo. I'll take a look at it.
Hi, Eduardo. Happy New Year to you. I wasn't quite sure where to leave this comment, so I apologize if it's not the right place.
Before Christmas I asked you for help/advice (as I did 5 years ago) so that based on a series of characteristics you could guide my husband and me on which device to buy to go a step further from where we were (I came from a vivofit 2). You advised me VIVOACTIVE 3 for him and VIVOSPORT for me ........we have not bought it until now because for various reasons it was impossible for us at the time and now we have both bought it in different places due to sales......... and here is where I want to not only thank you, but tell you that although we have not bought it through your links, I recently reviewed your website from top to bottom and discovered a section in which you say that while using your links you can subsequently make the purchase of "anything" (I seem to remember that you put a Rick Astley album as an example hahahahahahaha)........and it turns out that I buy a lot of things of all kinds on Amazon; because instead of going directly to Amazon I will first go through your link; in fact between yesterday and today I have already made two purchases (whose value exceeds the value of my Vivosport) and I have done it through your page.
I just wanted to tell you this because not only do you work on the tests, but you spend a lot of time trying to answer people......it's the least you can do. So I said, for my part, practically every month you will receive something from some purchase......I hope this helps you.....once again; thanks for everything.
Well, thank you very much for supporting the web, Susana. Of course, the Rick Astley's album is not mandatory... 🙂 🙂
Hi there, at running time as such (in principle I just want it for that), do you think it's worth the Garmin Forerunner 645 for more than 100 euro difference with the polar vantage m? Apart from this you would recommend me to wait for the new Garmin that is about to come out? Thanks a lot for all the work.
Wait... it can be the same old story. When the next one comes out, you can wait again.
Garmin is superior to Polar in all the features it offers, there's no doubt about it, but only you know if you'll use those extra features or if what Polar has to offer is enough, and also if what Polar has to offer is better for you.
Thank you very much for answering. In the end it will surely fall 645 for 280 Euros. It has no guarantee, but to find one with it and new in Spain it goes up to more than 100 Euros. Thank you very much for the guidance and help!
You can get it in Spain for 339 ? in one of the links above (this).
Be very careful with Asians, apart from the warranty the updates are not the same (much slower)
It's a guy who takes them out of a store here in Spain, nothing Asian about it. Anyway if I see something weird I will pay by PayPal and if necessary I will open a dispute. Regarding your page I think it's a huge job, from now on, anything I buy on Amazon (even if it's a blender) I will buy it through your link, or at least I will try. Thank you very much for all the work.
It's a guy who takes them out of a store here in Spain, nothing about being Asian and on top of that it's the music... Anyway if I see something weird or that is not new I will pay by PayPal and if necessary I will open a dispute. Regarding your page I think it's a huge job, from now on, anything I buy on Amazon (even if it's a blender) I will buy it through your link, or at least I will try. Thank you very much for all the work.
Hi Eduardo, I was thinking of changing GPS, I currently have a 910XT, q works perfectly and still lasts me up to 17h. The issue is that GPS buy me or if I wait. The truth is I'm not in a hurry. My use is exclusively for running, both asphalt for training and mountain both for training and competition. I'm looking for a watch that works well, that helps me to improve something, and that has enough battery, because when you pass the hundred and some kms... I mean about 20h, do not stay stranded. I don't care about navigation, I hardly use it, and with a line I'm fine, as with the Garmin 910xt. And I also don't care about the nonsense of screens, pay and such.... That's why I had thought about the Polar Vantage V... For the battery, the use of power to control effort over long distances, the price is not bad (450 €) and it already seems to me a lot of money... But I do not know if the battery that you indicate is real, and if it is a watch adapted to the ultra.... Anyway, I don't know if I should get that one or if it is still very green, wait to see if they release the 945 or Garmin fenix6, or the suunto 9 with stryb.... What would you do or what would you advise me?
Yes, the range is perfectly real. As for the ultras watch, it's not that it's not a watch for that (which can be perfectly useful), it's just that the Fenix 5 or Suunto 9 are better suited for that use. But if the Vantage V's performance is sufficient in terms of what it offers below Garmin, I don't see any objection to the use you want to make of it.
Hello Eduardo, I am in doubt about buying either the Garmin 645 music, the 735xt or the polar vantage M. In the Garmin I got a good offer ( 325 the music), the polar and the 735XT would be by Amazon. I do multisport, mainly running, functional training and in summer I swim in the Olympic pool. What would you recommend ??? Thank you
Well, any of the three will work perfectly for you. Logically, the 645 is the most capable of all, but it's also the most expensive. You're the one who can assess whether you're going to appreciate those differences.
Good afternoon Eduardo. I want to buy a sports watch with GPS and I'm hesitating between these two models: Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR or Garmin vivoactive 3. I only go out to run on asphalt and mountain bike (I use speed and cadence sensors) and also as a non-competitive sport. Which one would you choose? Who in your opinion has better software for PC and/or app? Thank you very much
If you put so much emphasis on the app, then Garmin is definitely out of the question. Suunto is in the middle of switching from Movescount to the Suunto app and right now it's with one foot in every place. With Garmin you'll have a much better experience. By the way, the price of Amazon right now is pretty good, take a look.
Hi! I would like your advice on which gps or activity bracelet to choose. I have a m400 polar fleece but it is a little short, especially as an activity bracelet, because for me, who spend the day sitting, it is important that I measure steps, calories ... etc. I was hesitating to get the m430 polar fleece, or perhaps another of similar characteristics for quality / price. Mainly the use I will give it would be for gym, walking and some outings to run the weekend. What would you recommend? ?? Thank you very much. Great job yours ...
The M430 will give you exactly the same information as the M400, you won't notice much difference.
For that use and if you want a good daily monitoring of activity, you have the Vivoactive 3 or, if the GPS is not essential (because you always go out with your phone, for example), the Fitbit Versa which is a better option as an activity monitor although a little simpler when it comes to practicing sports.
Good. I was thinking of changing my garmin vivoactive hr, the use would be multisport (running, cycling, swimming pool and open water and gym). The budget would be 250-300. I am hesitating between the spartan trainer and the vantage m. Opinions?? Recommendations??
Either one meets your needs, and it depends more on which platform you're leaning towards and whether you prefer the advantages of one or the other. Take a look at both tests so you can make the right decision about what you prefer.
Eduardo, thank you for this detailed analysis! For now, I'm going to continue with my old and dear Forerunner 920XT, which despite the years still works wonderfully (the years weigh more heavily on me, for that matter...) But when I decide to change the model, I know where to look for the information I need.
Thank you Santiago
Good night, Eduardo.
I want to buy a GPS watch and after reading your analysis I have some doubts, basically I'm going to use it to run in the mountains since I live in the Sierra de Madrid and I do about 50-60 kms / week and I like to change routes in long runs and get to know different routes.
I'd like a GPS watch that has the following:
-possibility to load / import routes from wikiloc or other platforms and then follow them with the gps
-that the GPS is point navigation and that it warns me of milestones / changes of direction on the route or that I have gone off course
-good heart rate sensor on the wrist
-I'm not worried that I have a lot of training planning possibilities
-easy to use, both directly and in conjunction with the manufacturer's software platform
-good battery life with GPS on
With those features and after reading your analysis I have doubts between going to the basics (Polar M430) or take a leap of quality and price more and go for the Garnin Vivavoce 3 or Sunto Spartan.
What can you advise me?
Thank you in advance and congratulations on your work
Neither the Polar M430 nor the Vivoactive 3 are intended for your intended use, and neither offer route navigation.
With these features you should choose either Garmin Fenix 5 or 5 Plus (depending on budget) or Suunto 9.
Hi, I'm thinking of replacing my Suunto Ambit 2 with a Garmin. I currently have a Garmin 820 for biking and I'm looking for a Gps watch for running (asphalt and trail) and maybe swimming (sporadically), which has better connectivity than the Suunto, it goes by cable to download the activities. What would you recommend?
Thank you very much and congratulations on the website.
If you are now using a Garmin, the most comfortable option will be to also choose a Garmin watch. For that use, the Fenix 5 will do well. If you don't want something so big and you are more of a road than a trail, the FR645 is also a good option and now it's very well pricedIt has more basic mountain functions, but retains navigation.
How is the FR645 in terms of navigation if I want to do some trail riding? Navigation difference between Fenix 5 and Fenix 5 Plus, is it worth the price difference?
Fenix 5 Plus plays in another league because it has maps.
As for the other two, navigation on the 645 is considerably simpler. It does not include POIs, advanced functions, etc. You can only follow a downloaded route, repeat an activity or navigate to a saved point from the watch.
Hi! I'm looking for a watch for 100km, I use garmin and until now I was happy despite being an old model (220) because I only ran marathons but now I'm doing longer races and it doesn't have enough battery. According to what I've read the best ones would be the Fenix 5 and Fenix 3hr but I think it's a very high price. What could I buy? What do you recommend? I would like it to have a battery of at least 15h and be able to charge the routes
I've heard of xiaomi sports watches... are they good? Do you know them?
You have the Amazfit Stratos test on the page, you can take a look at it, but I don't think it's the best choice for ultra-trail.
If you want autonomy you have no choice but to go for the high range: Fenix 5, Forerunner 935 (for being equal but a little smaller) or Suunto 9.
Once you're at Garmin, the option would be either of those first two. Which, by the way, are on sale right now: https://www.correrunamaraton.com/oferta-garmin-primavera-2019/
As for the Fenix 3, with the small price difference right now, I would rule it out.
Hello from Costa Rica.
I need a running and trail watch and I'm sold a newly used 3hr Phoenix at $360.
Is there another option or is this a good opportunity? I've heard that the 3hrs are not very accurate in measurements
Well, I don't know how prices are in Costa Rica, but this way by boat soon seems a high price for a Fenix 3 HR
I'm thinking of changing my heart rate monitor (I have a Suunto 3 sport), basically because I've been wearing it all day. I've had the Suunto for about 4 years now and I'm comfortable wearing it for running, but not for regular use. I'm not interested in connectivity with my mobile phone, apps, etc. I just want it to be reliable, to last longer and to be easy to schedule. Which one would you recommend?
If you make enough use of the training scheduling feature then one of the new Suunto's is not an option, which would be the most logical step since it is already on the platform...
The option would be something from Garmin or Polar, both of which meet your requirements. The Polar Vantage M could be an option.
The sports that I practice are mountain biking and running, both in a non-competitive way. what I value most is that it has a good reading of the data, (since in the race it is difficult for me to read the numbers), that it has a good connectivity with the app, and that it is easy to use. just as it is interesting for me that it warns me if I climb from a set pulse, and that it warns me when I complete an interval (for example every kilometer). my doubt is between the GARMIN VIVOACTIVE 3 and the SUUNTO SPORT WRIST HR. So superior is the GARMIN app and web with respect to SUUNTO?
Suunto is still working on the implementation, it is improving little by little but the truth is that they are going very slowly... Garmin's has better overall performance but perhaps it is too broad in terms of information.
Both the Vivoactive 3 and the Spartan have good readability, although the Spartan is larger.
Hi Eduardo, I need you to recommend a watch to do 500m and 1 km series but also to be able to swim and do some cycling. I was reading that the polar m430 goes well for series and that the garmin vivoactive 3 does not count the rest of the series. The forerunner 735XT I see it too much because I will not do triathlons either.
Thank you for the greeting.
The Polar M430 is not suitable for swimming as it does not have any specific metrics. If your series training is simple and only repetitive series of 500 and 1000, a Suunto is also perfectly valid. Both Spartan Trainer and Spartan Sport are a very valid option.
I'd like you to have notice to keep up the pace of the race and notice how much rest is left between sets, thank you.
If you want to prepare training sessions with a lot of detail, you'll have to go to Garmin.
How about it? I'm like crazy to decide for one of these, I want a mix between smart watch, quantifier and good results.
As far as sports are concerned, I do daily weight training at the gym and go in for crossfit, go for a run once or twice a week and do spinning once a week.
I hesitate between the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music, the Garmin 645 Music, Amazfit Stratos.....but I can't decide, too much leap in price between one and the other.
For this use the Vivoactive 3 will be the best suited. And then if you want it with music, the Music
Thank you very much!
Good afternoon Eduardo, I have in use for more than two years the POLAR M430, I am satisfied but I do not know either GARMIN or SUUNTO, I do not like at all to carry pulse band, the biggest problem that gives me is the duration of the bracelet, if you change in the near future which would recommend me ?? practice athletics, filming, series, farlek, racing, hiking, mountain biking and yoga, your research work seems to me commendable and important for us popular athletes, thank you very much , greetings.
Good afternoon Eduardo, I have used the POLAR M430 for more than two years, I am satisfied but I do not know GARMIN or SUUNTO, I do not like wearing a wristband at all, the biggest problem is the duration of the bracelet, if you change it in the near future you would recommend me ?? I practice athletics, filming, series, farlek, racing, hiking, mountain biking and yoga, for me it is important the reliability and accuracy of the reading of pulses among other things that now I do not use for not knowing them, congratulations on your research work I think commendable and important for us popular athletes, thank you very much, greetings.
As far as the heart rate monitor is concerned, they are all in a similar situation. Polar may have the most advanced hardware but has not yet finished taking advantage of it.
At Garmin I would recommend the new FR245. At Suunto you may find it too big, but Spartan Sport could also be a candidate.
For the FR245 test there is some week left, I just started with it this week.
Thank you very much, I am waiting for the test of 245, thank you very much and greetings.
Recommend me something good, nice and cheap.
I use a pulse meter to train, and I look for something with GPS to see distances and rhythms. Is there anything that traces the route taken? The latter is not definitive.
As a very simple watch with the basics my recommendation is always the Garmin Forerunner 35You have what it takes in terms of distances and rhythms and it's very easy to use.
Hi Eduardo, thanks in advance and congratulations for your work. For about three years I followed the indications you gave about a Tom Tom Spark Cardio, for what I wanted then (cycling, only MTB and spinning) was enough, and the truth is that I have not taken much advantage of the GPS and I have the problem that every 9 months I break the strap but I have not yet lost it, buf. At MTB level I see that the offer is still fair, but if it is not too much to ask could you advise me some watch for about 275 ? maximum facing the BTT?
Thank you again
Well, there is no specific MTB or cycling focus, but I would opt for something that has a barometric altimeter and the lighter the better. Garmin Instinct may be the best fit for you because of its features and rugged design.
Hello, thank you very much for your guidance. It's very good, but I would like you to help me with something.
What would be the best time to do triathlon and also mountain. Please help me with that. Thank you.
The Garmin FR935 or FR945 are the same in software as the Fenix series, but in smaller size and being lighter.
Hi, thanks a lot for the guide. It's really useful. One question, I'm looking for a cheap watch, less than 200 euros, that allows:
- hiking: decent gps and pulse meter, load routes
- smartwatch: smart notifications (just read whatsapps, mail etc and reject calls) and basic daily activity tracking (heart rate, steps, calories, sleep, etc)
- I don't need it to have the capacity to store music, or calls, or to have specific training for various sports. Logically, if you have a wheel, this is better.
I've seen that the garmin vivoactive 3 is pretty much what I need despite being for running and it also has interesting features such as payment from the clock and stress meter (I don't know how that will work...).
What do you think? Can you recommend someone else?
Thank you very much.
Vivoactive 3 does not support route tracking, at least natively, there are applications to do this through Connect IQ, but if you are going to make a lot of use of that feature it is better to choose something that does include it.
You have the Garmin 735XT which does have navigation, but the price is slightly higher. In Suunto you would have the Spartan Trainer.
I'm almost convinced to buy the Suunto that you indicate me. I appreciate the recommendation. Some more questions. I have not found that you can install applications as if it happens in the case of Vivoactive 3 through Connect IQ. is it correct? are they really worth it? I imagine that the features and functions really important are those that brings the clock itself, am I missing something that really brings value? On the other hand, you can confirm me if from the clock I can cancel calls. Thank you very much.
No, it does not support applications.
Garmin's are simple applications, some of which may have their uses, but they are not like the ones you can find on Apple Watch or Wear OS.
It is possible to hang up calls from the phone.
Amazfit stratos. Reliable and faster wrist pulse meter k the new polar ignite. Check. You load routes, you have music, good battery, comfortable, not heavy, and elegant... 150 euro or so it will be. It's amazing. I returned the fenix 6 to continue with this one.
First of all congratulate you for your analysis. I tell you a little, in my case I am looking for the first watch of these characteristics, I was looking for one that has a price of at most 200 €, and looking at your analysis and this guide I think that the ones that would suit me best are the forerunner 235, the M430 and the spartan trainer wirst hr. The basic function for which I would use it would be for running (3 times a week and some popular race) and something for the gym (although it is more secondary to me), then I would like that apart from having GPS and pulse sensor, which although they have the 3 I have already seen that in some things are better some than others, I would like poder mount my workouts, and that the watch warns me for example when to start a series, or when I do not go as planned, ... things like that. The latter is what is not very clear to me if the 3 have it, I know that the garmin does have it, but you indicate that if it does not go below 150€ you would not advise to buy it. I was also looking at the vivoactive 3, but I saw that it does not have some of these warnings. And on the other hand I do not know if the new forerunner 45 would suit what I want.
In short, which would you advise me to compare myself knowing my needs?
Thank you very much, a greeting!
Yes, Forerunner 45 supports advanced training, just like Forerunner 235. It has some more and some less features than 235, but overall they are quite similar.
Any of the four can handle what you want, but I'd trade in the M430 for the Vantage M, which is more interesting in many more ways. It's already a matter of weighing up the individual pros and cons to see what best suits your use and preferences.
Thank you very much. Knowing that both the forerunner 45 and 235, the spartan trainer wirst hr and the vantange M fit what I'm looking for, which would you advise me for quality-price?
Since from the suunto to the polar there is a 70 euro difference right now, and for example between the forerunner 45 and the polar is 30 euro, but I understand by the analysis that the polar has more functionalities, right? to know if it is worth paying a little more, and have a more complete clock.
Thank you very much, a greeting!
If you want navigation then the best option would be the Spartan Trainer, otherwise I would value between the Forerunner 45 and the Vantage M.
Eduardo, thank you very much for your analysis. A doubt now that the Garmin 245 has come out and the 645 and the Fenix 5s have dropped in price to equal the 3 price...what would your choice be? Thank you very much
Yes, I have to update the guide now that I have well tested everything on the market in 2019 (including FR945 and Suunto 5, although they are not published).
It depends on the use you are going to give it. The Fenix 5S I discard it because of the low screen resolution. Between 245 and 645 depends on if you need the barometric altimeter or not. In case you don't need it I consider the 245 better option. You can see the comparison between both here: https://www.correrunamaraton.com/garmin-forerunner-245-review/#Garmin_Forerunner_245_vs_Garmin_Forerunner_645
Hi Eduardo, I just wanted to thank you for the work you do, the precision you bring and the passion you put into it. A hug and thank you very much!
Thank you, David.
Complement to a garmin edge 820 for running:
Fenix 5, FR245 or FR645?
I use asphalt and mountain (trail running and some walking).
If you are going to do a lot of mountain, then Fenix 5, because of the extended range and the specific options for mountain that you do not have in the 645. The 245 was discarded because of the lack of barometric altimeter.
Hello good morning Eduardo, first I want to thank you for the work you do to solve doubts to those of us who don't understand much. I saw your analysis of the stratos and the poor optical pulse sensor threw me back. What watch do you recommend for running indoors and outdoors and swimming? Well if it comes out any better sport. Thank you very much in advance and best regards.
If you don't have very high requirements and it's just to stay active, both the Garmin Vivoactive 3 (which is now at a very good price) such as the Polar Ignite are two very important options, each with its own particularities.
That's for sure, Please note that the Vivoactive 4 is about to arrive on the market.
Thank you very much for your recommendations, I prefer garmin, as I have a fr210 and I like it. I will keep in mind the vivoactive 3 but I will wait to see what price the vivoactive 4 has. Thanks again for your work ????
First of all, I found your website by chance, it's wonderful! They make more equal with such a good review from someone who really knows and tries everything about the products.
Second, after the corresponding flowers, I'll tell you:
some time ago since I started walking and running, cycling, conditioning (Crosfitt) all without competing, without mountain (running and cycling)
I can't decide between Polar M600 - Garmin VivoActive3 - Suunto Spantan Trainer
For the use you want to give the most recommended are Vivoactive 3 and Polar IgniteThey both do what you want and both support interval training.
As for notifications, they only show it on screen but you can't reply. Well, in Vivoactive 3 with Android you can send predefined messages, but that and nothing...
The M600 is a very good choice as a smart watch, it allows you to answer messages and is first a smart watch, then a sports watch. It has a very limited range and a somewhat outdated design already.
Both the Garmin and the M600 are now on sale, take a look
(sorry, I ate some lyrics...)
Needless to say, I am interested in receiving notifications, and I wish I could answer them.
and know which ones have intervals
Thank you very much for your prompt response... I'll see the analyst from Polar Ignite
Good morning, thank you very much for your articles.
I'm thinking of buying a mountain watch (summer and winter climbing, climbing, skiing...) as well as for training purposes. Which one would you recommend? My doubt is between the garmin fenix 5 plus, the fenix 6 pro or the forerunner 945 (the latter calls me a lot, especially if the functions in the more mountain-oriented fields are the same as in the fenix since it is lighter, the only doubt is how it will behave in temperatures of -10 or -20 degrees and wind)
Thank you very much.
I would certainly opt for 945 or Fenix 6 Pro, to have more autonomy.
If the weight of the 945 catches your eye, then it is the option to value, because it is practically the same. In theory, the 945 should receive all the new features of the Fenix 6 soon, in the last beta it has already included the 6 data screen and PacePro. The rest should arrive soon.
As for operating temperatures, they are the same for both models.
Hi, I'm looking for a GPS watch to replace my first watch which was a Tom Tom multisport 2015. I run on the road, mountain, I ride a bike and sometimes I've gone swimming. I'm sure I want a multisport although what I practice most right now is running and trail (with a barometer). I would like it to be simple in terms of handling and with various types of training especially that it is good for series, fartlek, poder see who calls me (as I usually wear Bluetooth helmets and I am forced to take all calls while running in case it is the daycare or work) what watch would you recommend? Thank you very much.
Yolanda, I recommend that you take a look at what is recommended according to the type of sport and each of its tests
Very good recommendations. As a suggestion, there could be a subcategory of cheap GPS watches, with Amazfit Bip type watches, which for 50 euros, can do basic GPS tracking, although to tell the truth, they don't have the best GPS, nor a reliable pulse sensor, etc.
Even another category of bracelets, which for tracking activity (steps, sleep, etc.) are infinitely more comfortable than a watch.
Thank you for your work.
Thank you, Jose Angel.
As for bracelets, you have the corresponding section here: https://www.correrunamaraton.com/mejor-pulsera-actividad-2019/
Any watches focused on the crossfit?
In case anyone finds it useful: I've been looking for a long time for a heart rate monitor to replace my RX300 fleece (no joke; it's a 300 year old model, but it's the only one that gave average reliable readings in the water).
I recently tried the Garmin swim, it was giving me not at all credible readings, so I returned it; now I'm trying a Polar Ignite, and I'm delighted; with an H10 band it doesn't give any weird results; I guess the Vantage, which uses the same system, will also go very well
I know your site for only a couple of months (looking for information for a purchase) and the first thing is to congratulate him, you do a huge job and in a very clear and accessible way.
I compete in athletics on a route and track, but I live in the mountains so I train almost always in the countryside and/or mountains. That also implies active breaks doing hiking trails and some sporadic mtb-bike outings.
My first choice (I come from the Polar RS800, M400 and now M430) was the Garmin 245, but since I make the jump I would like something else. I was waiting for the rumors of the possible 745 to come true, but I see that it doesn't arrive, so I am looking at the 945.
Once the money has been spent, I opt for the 945, but I have little wrist and there is something big left and that "nonsense" makes me value the 245 (plus a specific bike, a 520) but I read on the Internet that the route tracking only allows 50 points. Do you know if it is so? Because it would be short to do mountain routes. And if by chance you know something about the possible 745 (we start talking about it in the foreign pages you recommend) I would appreciate information. Pure is the ideal size.
Thank you very much in advance.
Well, the one I would recommend would be the Fenix 5S PlusIt's the same size as FR245 and you have the maps that, if you do a lot of mountain and navigation, believe me you'll appreciate it.
good day, after exte excellent analysis goes the question: amateur runner I have come to run up to 21 kms, in 5 occasions, I have 52 years, and for three months I go to functional gym, alternating the two activities, I have always used polar currently the polar m400 but it is time to change I have 3 options forerunner 245, vantage M and vivoactive 4, which would recommend me taking into account my activities ? 2 .- the links you put have international service or only in Europe, I live in Mexico, thanks for your advice and congratulations for so excellent analysis
Thank you, Ernesto.
If you're already at Polar with all your training in Polar Flow and you're used to its operation, I would definitely recommend the Vantage M (if you don't need route navigation). It's a remarkable leap from the M400 in every respect and doesn't change the basic operation you're used to.
The links are for Europe, but I leave you the one from Amazon.com here: https://amzn.to/2XtK9gnAnd thank you for wanting to help!
GOOD AFTERNOON, between Garmin Forerruner 245 and Suntto, which one has the biggest screen so that the numbers and letters look bigger? I want it just to run.
thanks and greetings
The Suunto has the largest display, but you should also keep in mind that it is a much larger clock in general. If you want to have large numbers with the Suunto you will have no problem because you can set the data display in different ways and with few data it is very generous in size.
Besides, Today you have it at a Black Friday price.
Hello Eduardo, thank you very much for your analysis, it is difficult to find pages where so many products are tested so thoroughly. I want to take advantage of this Black Friday to give my wife an optical pulsometer, mainly to monitor spinning, and also to analyze the daily activity. I am concerned about your comments about the validity of the data from these pulsometers in cycling related activities, since what I am looking for most is accuracy. It would be worth both watch and bracelet, and you do not need either a map or a barometric altimeter, since that is why we have the Edge 1000.
Thank you, Christopher.
In spinning there is not so much problem, because there are no vibrations in the handlebar due to the bumps. The roller sessions I do do not have any problem, because it is a much more controlled environment.
For daily use a good option is the Vivoactive 3 which is now at a great price in RunnerInn or Amazon.
Today I took advantage of the day to go over the analysis of watches between 100 and 200 euros, seeing price on offer, valuation you gave in the analysis and date of the analysis:
Garmin Vivosmart 4 / 89.99 / Feb'19 / 8.0
Garmin Forerunner 35 / 99.90 / Nov'16 / 8.4
Polar M430 / Jul'17 / 8.5
SUUNTO 3 / 133.99 / Jun'18 / 8.2
Garmin Forerunner 45 / 159.90 / Sep'19 / 7.9
Garmin Vivoactive 3 / 159.99 / Nov'17 / 8.3
Polar M600 / 169.90 / Nov'16 / 7.7
Garmin Forerunner 235 / 199.00 / Feb'16 / 9.2
Polar Ignite / 199.00 / Sep'19 / 7.8
Garmin 735XT / 199.90 / Jul'16 / 8.7
Polar Vantage M / 219.00 / Apr'19 / 8.3
I understand that being valuations done over 3 years, the current points are more "valuable" than the 2016 points, because of the advancement of technology, but see if you can help me stay with 3 candidates in the low/mid/high segments of my price range:
1) Low segment: which one do you recommend between Vivosmart 4, FR35 and M430?
2) Middle segment: which one do you recommend between Suunto 3, FR45, VivoActive 3 and M600?
3) High segment: which one do you recommend between FR235, Ignite, 735XT and Vantage M?
Thank you very much for your time.
The scores are not comparable from one model to another, because what I demand from a low-range model is not the same as what I demand from a high-range model. Anyway, from those lists you propose, these would be the ones:
- Polar M430
- Garmin FR45 if you want training, Garmin Vivoactive 3 if you want something more "everyday".
- Polar Vantage M
For now prices (Black friday 2019) with which you would stay Garmin foreruner 735xt (200 ?) or The Fenix 5 (320 ?) Is it worth the price difference? The only thing that catches my attention is the biggest battery and the most complete navigation possibility of the fenix.
Greetings and thank you very much for your reviews!
If you are going to do triathlon the 735XT. Otherwise the Fenix 5 is more complete and better finished.
Anyway, with the rise that has given the 735XT, would wait for the offers on Friday both for possible descents and new additions.
By the way, the Fenix 5 is a little cheaper. Here you can find all the updated offers.
He has joined the fight at Suunto 9 (280 euros). Thanks a lot for the advice!
You're welcome. Good buy!
Very good your article, I would like to know between Forunner 245 (USD299), Vantage V (USD384) and Forunner 645(USD245) which would advise me, I practice running on asphalt, cycling and occasionally swimming.
Thank you, Daniel.
I assume you're referring to this offer of Forerunner 645.
With those prices I'll definitely take Forerunner 645 Music, it's a very good offer.
Which is the most reliable watch? I think it is essential that the pulse count is reliable, because if it is not, the information provided by the watch (calories consumed, recovery time, etc) will be wrong.
I play football and it would be to monitor my training. It would be a clock with a pulse meter that reacts quickly to changes in the sport. I don't want a chest band.
I already had the Amazfit Stratos 2 a year ago and returned it because of how bad it was in terms of heart rate, which meant that the information provided by the watch was wrong.
If you just want to record the pulse and nothing else, I recommend the sensor Polar OH1+It has memory so that you can record the activity, and because of the location where it is taken, it is the most reliable option.
I have the polar m400 that has been my companionop the last few years currently thinking of changing it, my activity is running 3 or 4 times a week in total between 25 and 35 kms weekly I ran up to 21 km the last time 1 week ago just for recreational purposes and I do funconal exercise 3-4 times a week which I like very much, I read a lot but every time I am more indecisive between the options I have are vivoactive 4, forerunner 245, polar vantage M and lately I read the forerunner 735 xt which would be your recommendation believe me you will be the faithful of the balance greetings
For that kind of racing use the most interesting options are Forerunner 245 and Vantage M. In your case, coming from the M400, it's probably the Vantage M you'll be most comfortable with and you have your previous training on the platform.
Well, first I want to say that I love your blog, it's super easy to understand and fast (which should be the blogs we are going to). To what I'm going, I was planning to buy a Garmin Vivoactive 4 watch, I enter here and good rating and all good... until they show me the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2.
The use I will give to the watch will be to wear it at work (I am an accountant, sitting all day) and in the evenings I usually go out for a run, apart from the weekends I like to take the mountain bike for routes by lanes (medium distance, about 50 km) and that summarizes all my physical activity...
Because of my work I carry my mobile all day long (calls from work, clients, etc).
I would like a watch that gives me features for running, cycling and so on because I want to spend more time exercising, but that has functions associated with the mobile phone (for example I know that garmin supports notifications and samsung even answers calls, although not with all phones).
NFC is a prerequisite.
In short, I don't know which one to buy from me, because other amazfit-type watches appear.
Thank you for your answer and sorry for the bump I dropped, but I think the more information you have, the better you can advise me.
Thank you, Antonio.
If you want a "sport" watch, I would forget about the Galaxy Watch 2 and focus on other models that do have that function as the main one. In addition to the Vivoactive 4 you can take a look at the Garmin Venu if you prefer an AMOLED screen. And if you want more mobile integration then the new Suunto 7 it can make you feel pretty good.
good day eduardo
with your recommendation I have already discarded some options and reviewing I read that the Vantage M with updates and nghtly recharge as well as fit spark, is this correct? and finally you recommend me to discard completely vivoactive 4 taking into account non-competitive recreational running but many kms, and functional training, this watch more than anything for being recently released thanks and now if almost ready to buy according to your suggestion greetings and congratulations
Good afternoon, Eduardo,
I have a question and it's: I practice roller hockey and I can't wear a watch, I should wear a band. What watch can I buy to keep the information stored in the band and when I synchronize with the watch all the information will be passed on?
I can't wear a watch and with what it entails, I have to leave the watch in the locker room, about 50 meters from where I train, so I wouldn't have any connection between the watch and the band while I practice.
Apart from this, I don't know if there is any sport that measures the distance and all the information, that you can put that I go with skates, not walking or cycling.
Other than that I go for a run and ride my bike.
See if you can help me...
Thank you very much!
If you only want to have heart rate data, then the sensor Polar OH1+.
If not, you should opt for a Garmin multisport watch that supports the HRM-Tri sensor memory (Fenix 5, FR935, etc)
Hello again Eduardo, thanks for your time to answer me. I think I'll finally buy the garmin vivoactive 4. The Suunto 7 is very cool and promising. What happens is that right now it's going to 470-something euros. I think for an amateur like me... it's a lot of watch, besides they start selling it at the end of the month.
One question, the link of the English court that you have, you also get a percentage? is because now there is an offer there.
Thank you very much.
Thank you, Antonio.
Yes, you can also help the web through the links of El Corte Inglés. You also have this summary with the best deals of the day without VAT for today and tomorrow here.
Good morning Eduardo. First of all, congratulations on your website and the great reviews that help so much!
I am thinking of buying a watch and I wanted to ask your advice between 3 models: Polar Vantage V, Garmin 935 and Coros Apex. The use I would give it would be 100% for running, both on asphalt and in the mountains. I know that none of the 3 is specific to the mountains, but it is the majority use I would give it (especially for ultras from 5-6 h).
I attach more importance to GPS accuracy and altitude (barometer), battery and route tracking, although I would not need maps. The accuracy of the pulse sensor or the ability to schedule workouts are more secondary to me, although I also consider them important. In the price range in which all 3 move, what would you advise?
Thank you very much.
If route tracking is important, you would rule out Vantage V first. The possibilities it offers for routes are very basic.
As for the other two, the COROS is superior in terms of battery power and the GPS and barometer are on par. The Garmin is superior in terms of navigation performance and the rest of the functions, in which it is considerably more complete than the COROS.
Thank you, Eduardo.
The truth is that I am between the 935 and the Coros Apex. The Coros throws me a lot because it has very good performance at a relatively good price but makes me doubt that it is a brand of recent implementation and that there are problems with the SAT, updates, etc.
Is there really that much difference in performance metrics between the 935 and Coros for the average rider? Do you think that based on upgrades you can compete with Garmin and Polar?
Finally, would the Apex Pro be worth a shot? I hear it's a good improvement over the regular Apex.
Thank you again.
As for performance metrics, it already depends on how you're going to use them. If you have a plan drawn up and you're not going to pay much attention to it either (although it's useful for adjusting intensities and checking sensations) it won't be a determining factor.
COROS updates very quickly, but has a long way to go to catch up with Garmin and Polar.
As for the APEX Pro, I'm finishing up the test, to see if I can have it ready by next week.
Thanks again Eduardo. I'll wait for the test then to finish deciding between all the models. If you could make some reference comparing it with the normal Apex, it would be great.
One last question, is there any proof about the actual battery life of the 935 (with GPS, pulse sensor, etc.)? Thank you!
No, I can't test the autonomy anymore because the watch, when it detects no movement, it goes into a low consumption mode. So either I run with each watch for 24 to 30 hours in a row or there's no way to know...
Hi Eduardo, I bought the Garmin Vivoactive 4 through the traininn link and the watch is great, the only thing is that when I put in my bank card it turns out that it is not compatible with Garmin Pay. There are other ways like Revolut or Transferwise. What do you recommend? Thank you.
I've used boon, it also supports Garmin Pay
Good morning Eduardo. I am a road runner and occasionally stop by the gym for functional/strength exercises. I currently use the m400 with the h7 band and want to upgrade. I hesitate between garmin fr 245,645 and vantage v (when on sale all three are very close in price, 300-320). I'm very interested in all the features I saw in your review that the v came with; recovery status, power training, etc. I doubt since I have seen that garmin also measures the power, but I do not know if it gets to use it as polar and in general I do not know if it will have all the functions currently offered by polar or even more because I do not know the garmin platform. The truth is that polar advertises quite better all its functions because I do not know everything that garmin offers, I guess that the platform will be clearer. I don't mind changing platform if the garmin one is better, or if the watch offers me more. Between the two garmin I guess better the 645 because if you can use power but I have also seen that it does not have other functions of the 245. Anyway to see if you can help me decide because mostly I get lost trying to compare functions between brands. Thanks in advance and congratulations for the site, you can see how much work you put into it.
P.S. If there is no stock and I get it from a third party vendor on Amazon does the affiliate thing still work for you?
When it comes to power measurement, I like the Vantage V solution best because it's simple and doesn't need the external pulse sensor that you would have to add to the price of the 645. The 245 can't display power because it doesn't have a barometric altimeter.
I think that with the requirements you set and that you're already on the Polar platform where you have your workouts and you're comfortable, the Vantage V is going to fit your needs better.
As for buying from third party sellers without problem, it works the same way.
I'm looking for a watch to run on a gym treadmill, do static cycling and running outside (with track load and easy tracking) to get started in some simple non-technical trail outings.
Preferably platform Garmin as it is the one I have for cycling and so I unify platforms.
If it can be a big dial better, I have a wide wrist and depending on the watches it looks like a toy.
Thank you very much.
The economical option would be the Garmin FR245, because right now you can't find the Fenix 5 cheap.
You get it cheap in El Corte Inglés
Hi, I am hesitating between buying the polar m430 or the Garmin Forerunner 45. I am a beginner runner and right now I do 10km races but my idea is to keep improving. Which one do you recommend? Thanks
The M430 has a bit more features, but the FR45 is easier to use. If you are not very "techie", you will probably find the Garmin more comfortable.
Hi, I do some crossfit, swimming and I'm starting to run in the mountains. I had quite clear to buy a vantage m. My idea is to have something that encompasses everything I'm doing. But after reading your review of the 245, I have many doubts. Of everything I've read on the internet, you are the one who best and most objectively evaluates the products and your evaluation of the 245 has put me very high. I think the Polar offers more for multisport but I have the feeling that the 245 is more reliable. What do you recommend to have a good record and analysis?
Thank you very much for your work
The main difference is in the platform. If you want to track your workouts and see how your training load is evolving, the Polar platform is better and more complete for this type of use. Of course, with the FR245 you will have the advantage of route navigation for running in the mountains.
In day-to-day use, either will more than meet expectations.
I'm a novice runner (I've been running 5 marathons) who wants to apply myself to start running in a deeper way, my activities are usually running on pavement, cycling from time to time, functional training, among others.
I have never owned a sports watch and I am very interested in the following watches: fr645 which at the moment is on very good offer, fr245 as I see it has a good reputation, the Suunto 9, the polar vantage m and v and it looks very good the Coros Apex,
I like the idea that the watch can train you in a certain way according to objectives (like polar watches do, I've seen).
There are many options and I really can't decide, I hope you can help me.
Pd. At the moment I don't consider running triathlons because I don't think I'm physically fit for one haha but I don't rule out poder doing it in the future.
Greetings from Mexico.
If you are interested in training load tracking (and being a marathon runner, it will come in handy), I would say that the Vantage M is a very good choice for what it will offer you.
Hello Eduardo! I found your article very interesting. I wanted to ask you a question. I have had the Garmin Forerunner 235 for 3 years, I have been doing well with it although there are a few times that the synchronization, GPS or data collection has failed. I am looking into the possibility of changing it for another one. My main activities are running, gym, racquet sports and swimming. I have been looking around and have come across a watch that is going to be released the Huawei Watch GT2e, which apparently is going to be focused on desportistas and its previous version the GT2 has very good ratings. I wanted to know what you think, even if it is not of the brands focused on the world of sport. Thank you very much!!!
In general, if what you want is a watch for sports, you should opt for a watch focused on that purpose. Smartwatches shine in being smart and the possibilities they offer, but not in terms of GPS or pulse sensors.
Hello, I have a Polar M400 for 3 years or so and I am delighted but I want to renew and go a step further, I am Trail runner,and sometimes road,,and I would like to buy a new one that includes Track or route tracking, good management of Frequency etc..and if we add some Smartwath then better ... I always run with mobile, so I have that support, for music and / or calls, discarding the high-end, more than 450Euros or so, I am between polar Vantage M, Suunto 9, Garmin Fénix 5 .., that idea we go ...even dig into the amazfit,or even wait for the new Polar Grit X, which I think is oriented to mountain runner like me.,, If I've had the M400 for 3 years, imagine the change to a new one and how much I care for them. Thanks for the recommendation!
If you are going to use it for trail, it is recommended that you look for a model that fits that type of use. So I would rule out the Vantage M (and of course the Amazfit) and focus on Suunto 9, Fenix or wait for the new Polar.
Thanks for the quick response, the truth is that your fame is well deserved!
The leap from Trail this year will be from the 21km to the 42k, with road training as well,
Focused on your recommendation of Suunto 9, Fenix 5 or New Polar.
I don't follow specific pre-set workouts, I don't use the watch regularly, I can't because of my job, I carry my music on my cell phone, and yes, as a novelty I would try to load routes.
The pvp influences, but if they were all at the same price, put 350 Euros, which one would fall?
PS: if you put purchase link, I'll collaborate with you too! 😉
Given the use you are going to make of them all three fit perfectly, so it is up to personal choice by the platform to use, or by the size and aesthetics of the watch (being the Suunto 9 the largest).
You should also note that the normal Suunto 9 does not have a barometric altimeter so if you want to consult accumulated altitude data during the route the data will not be accurate.
In any case, wait for what Polar offers (for that stay tuned to the site ;-)) and then you can make your choice.
You can use the links you have in this section, or in the links for each of the tests. Thank you!
Hi, Very good and sincere analysis. I have been given the Garmin Fenix 6x Sapphire and in some video I've seen that on the watch screen there was a little doll doing push-ups, as that indicated you to do them at the same pace or similar. But fiddling with the watch from top to bottom, I do not see this option anywhere. Do you know how to do it?
These are the training sessions. You can see it in the analysis of the Vivoactive 4
Running watch that can follow tracks, price adjusted price and good size I have wide wrist. Preferably Garmin.
The cheapest in Garmin to follow navigation routes is the Forerunner 245. But it's not a big watch. If you want it larger Fenix 5 / Fenix 5 Plus (with maps).
I am hesitating between the Forerunner 645 and the Forerunner 245 which are at the same price or cheaper the 645 , which one do you think would be a better buy.
After many turns and many pages visited... I am writing to see if you can help me.
I was looking for a simple smartwach, for steps, sleep, simple activities and most importantly gps and poder put tracks to follow routes (from wikiloc for example). And the other condition I'm looking for is that it should be small... I'm a girl and I have a very small wrist.
I had already decided on the 42mm huawei gt2 classic... perfect: aesthetically beautiful, battery, complete, cheap, small... But, here comes the failure when I already have it in the shopping cart.... You can not put tracks! Quite a disappointment. And from huawei it seems that they have no intention to use poder for this (they have been working on it for 6 months...).
The other option I am evaluating is the polar Ignite in size s, but it seems much sportier and the GPS is not very good.
I don't know if you podrias help me find my right watch.
If you want navigator and tracks you have to forget about smart watches.
The Garmin Forerunner 245 fits everything you're looking for.
I currently have the FR235 and am happy with it, except for the GPS issue. There is a park where I sometimes go to train that has very tall trees and the measurement leaves much to be desired. Also 1TP11I would be interested in a watch with a barometric altimeter, since I also train on route in Galicia and here it's all mountain breaks and I would like to know the level changes with more precision. What 1TP11Would you recommend in the Garmin range with that type of altimeter and greater accuracy of GPS and heart rate? I wouldn't mind waiting if there is an upcoming release that has these things?
Thank you very much.
In Forerunner range with altimeter you would have to go to the 645 or 945, I do not know if you want to spend as much as the latter is worth. If not, you have the Fenix 6 range.
There are always releases... but right now with the COVID-19 situation, everything is being delayed. It all depends on when you want it by....
Thanks for the prompt reply. Hurry, I don't have much, I can wait all this year.... 😉
Thanks for the prompt response. The truth is that I don't plan to reach those budgets. And, wait, I can even wait until next year.....
Good morning, Eduardo,
I am a novice runner who runs about 3-4 times a week on asphalt (about 10 km per outing) and I want to keep track of my activity. Weekly I also do some functional training, and very sporadically I go out on road bike. In all cases I do it for health and not with competitive intention.
I have never owned a sports watch and my intention is that the one I buy, is suitable for the type of activity I told you about above, apart from being submersible and having sleep activity tracking functions.
Ultimately, I'm looking for a sporty watch for everyday use.
The ones I am interested in are as follows:
- Garmin Forerunner 245
- Gramin Vivoactive 4
- Polar Ignite
- Polar Vantage M
- Suunto 3
Which one do you recommend?
Garmin FR245 or Vantage M
Good afternoon, Eduardo,
First of all congratulate you for the blog, I have read enough but not enough to know what watch to buy. I'll situate you a little, I like you, I've always been running with a ball (basketball) and currently I go out in Btt, outings of between 18-40 km maximum, my other great hobby is hiking, routes of many kilometers and often several stages and I want to start running little thing, goal a 10k.
I am looking for a watch with good map navigation, with long autonomy and that I can use it for everything, cycling, running and hiking.
Can you help me a little?
Greetings and keep up the good work.
Thank you Pau, and thank you for reading "my story".
If you are looking for good navigation and good autonomy, Garmin Fenix 6 Pro. It is what you are looking for and what you need.
Hi Eduardo , do you know if they are going to incorporate in the fr945 the swimming metrics of the garmin swing as so announced ? Greetings and thank you very much
Yes, the new features of the Garmin Swim 2 are already present in the FR945 (critical swim speed calculation, pace alert, automatic pause and delayed start).
Hi, I come from a Garmin FR230 and I was thinking of making the leap to a Fenix 5, but after your analysis (congratulations by the way) I have doubts about the FR245. I mainly use it for running and for daily activity tracking (steps, sleep, etc). Is it worth spending more on the Fenix 5? Thank you very much in advance.
FR245 and Fenix 5 have very similar functions, the only difference the Fenix 5 offers is its focus on mountain use (altimeter, navigation functions, etc.). But from what you indicate, these are things you won't be using. In everything else the Forerunner 245 is a more modern watch, and probably better suited to the use you're going to make of it.
Hello, what watch do you advise me for various sports, cycling, running, swimming, fitness, mountain routes and for the day to day ...? They also call my attention smarwach-pulsometro type. It is important that it is for a narrow wrist. I broke my forerunner 735 xt and I do not know if it is worth repairing it or put a little more and get me a more advanced one.
Garmin does not do repairs but replaces the clocks. I don't think you would find it worth the repair for the cost of the fee.
From the triathlon watches section, you can use any of them. For example the Polar Vantage M. Or the Garmin FR245 if you do not swim in open water.
I'm between the venu, the fr 245 or the fr 945 (which is going out of price). I prefer garmin since I have the tri band.
For mountain logically the ideal choice is the 945 for the maps and the barometric altimeter. If you are going to do a lot, I would not think about it. If it is something sporadic then it is not so decisive. In which case and between the FR245 and Venu will depend on whether you prefer the OLED screen of the Venu, or the autonomy of the Forerunner.
Hi again Eduardo, after evaluating your recommendations I have ruled out several watches. I have been looking at the foreruner 245 (I really liked it), the forerunner 645 and the fenix 6s. I do not know if it is worth spending a little more and go for the fenix for the altimeter, since when I do routes or cycling are usually mountain. What do you recommend?
The altimeter is worth it if during training you are interested in having accurate altimetry data. If you are only going to be aware of this detail at the end of the activity you will not notice any difference. Here you can read all the information about it.
Good morning Eduardo, first of all I would like to say that your analysis is very good.
I have a doubt about which watch to choose. I mainly practice swimming in the pool, and I complement it with gym sessions, and TRX, crossfit... Lately I am also venturing with other exercises such as running, mountain trails or open water.
My initial idea is centered around the Polar Vantage M. I have been recommended the Suunto 5 or the Garmin Swim 2 (but this would only be for swimming...). I don't want to go higher end like the Garmin Phoenix would be, as it would be my first sports watch (since a smartband is not functional at this level).
Would you consider the Suunto 5, any of the other Garmin's you have indicated in this post (which have made me hesitate) or would I stick with my initial Polar idea?
Greetings and thanks in advance.
I would recommend you to decide between Vantage M or Garimn FR245. The Suunto is a good watch, but the problem is that the display is too small and not very visible.
I'm just starting in this world of gps watches, I've had an amazfit Bip for almost a year and I would like to improve, especially thinking about rowing, canoeing, kayaking in open country. could you recommend me one?
Doing those sports, I recommend that you opt for a Garmin model because they have specific profiles for all rowing. Take a look at the Garmin Vivoactive 4
Thanks for your answer, I've been reading your blog all afternoon, the conclusion I got from reading you is to choose between vivoactive 3 or 4. Much difference in sensors, apart from the music? The 3 is almost 100€ cheaper, is it worth it?
Hello Is a suunto ambit2 worth the peno today?
Good morning Eduardo. For postureo, Pay and some trail and hiking. Suunto 7 or Garmin Fénix 5 S? My daughter wants white and these are the most affordable for us. Thank you very much and good 11-11 and Black Friday ????????
Given the inclusion of the S and that it is for your daughter, I'd say better the Garmin for a matter of size. For the Suunto 7 you have to have a good caliber wrist, although if that is not an important detail and you don't need a huge autonomy, it would be another good choice.
If the sports practice is not too intensive or prolonged in time and you want something that looks good and with which poder can "play", the Suunto 7 is a better option.
Either way, both will be present on Black Friday ;-).
Eskerrik asko, thank you very much, Eduardo ????
Eskerrik asko, thank you very much, Eduardo ????????. We will stay tuned ????
I find it strange that there is no Coros brand watch on any of your lists....
I'm waiting for the COROS PACE 2 to arrive. If everything goes as it should with this model, it will be in a category or two for sure. But I don't like to add models to this list until I have thoroughly tested them.
With the rest of the models I have already commented on occasion. While other brands are gradually discounting the price, COROS keeps its price always stable, which makes them commercially somewhat lame when compared with models in the same price range. But that is something that does not happen to the PACE 2.
Good morning Eduardo, first of all congratulations for the post so pleasant and well explained. I would like you to advise me some model of watch with gps that I can use to walk (every day about 10 km), run and bike (sporadically) and that has if possible to hear songs by blueetooh, measure blood oxygen, heart rate and enough autonomy. I would appreciate if you could tell me 2 or 3 models that do not exceed 300 euros to have room to choose. Thank you very much in advance
Well, with those requirements, the truth is that there is not much to choose from... Garmin Vivoactive 4 or Garmin Venuwhich are the same watch but with a different display.
Of the two, the Vivoactive 4 has the greater autonomy.
Thank you very much Eduardo, I will take a look at the Vivoactive 4, by the way looking at amazon has left me the Huawei Watch GT2 with 15 days of autonomy, would it fit into what I'm looking for?
It is much more limited in terms of music, in that aspect it is much more basic and with restrictions. It also does not have wireless payments, and in terms of sport there is quite a difference. Let's say it is more oriented towards the smartwatch.
You can take a look at the Honor Watch GS Pro new this year, which is also on offer.
I'm not an athlete but I'm going to start preparing to become a firefighter and I need a watch that will help me record my strength training, swimming pool and running. I am hesitating between the FR245 and the Vantage M. In principle I like the features of the FR245 more, I like that I can put routes to go to the mountain and that it can automatically send an alert to my contacts if it detects an accident. But for the main thing, which is to help me improve my performance, I don't know if I should opt for the Vantage M because of the TrainingLoad Pro (which I'm not sure what it will do for me). I have a Polar H7 heart rate monitor that I would like to work with the watch. This one works with both, doesn't it? And the navigation, in the end I got lost and didn't find out if the Vantage M has the option to load routes to it or not.
Could you please help me to return?
With what you indicate, go for the Garmin. Although not as detailed as TrainingLoad Pro, the FR245 also has training load tracking. And the Polar H7 sensor can be used with either pod or Polar H7.
By the way I forgot to say that you do some great analysis that is very helpful.
And just in case I also wanted to ask whether or not I should add the Garmin 735xt to my options.
Thank you very much.
No, it is certainly better than the 735. offer FR245.
I have a suunto ambit and suunto is making a loyalty offer to change watch with a 30% discount.
I was looking at Garmin to unify platform with my Garmin 820 cycling.
But the suunto 9 baro is at a very tempting price and I don't know how much higher the Fenix 6 is over the suunto 9.
And suunto 9 baro vs suunto 7, inagino que solo los mapas no?
Thank you very much for your website
The advantage of staying with Suunto is that you already know the platform, how it works, etc.
Between Fenix 6 and Suunto 9 Baro it all depends mainly on whether you want navigation maps. That should be the first thing you have to decide.
Suunto 9 and Suunto 7 have nothing to do with each other. The 9 is a sports watch and the 7 is a smartwatch that can be quite complete for sports, but the approaches of the two are very different.
I get the suunto 7 at 250€ and the suunto 9 at 350€, I don't know at platform level if it is worth to unify everything in Garmin or for 130€ more to opt for the Garmin Fenix 6x Pro which is at 480€.
Thank you, Eduardo.
It all depends on how much you're going to rely on the platform and how much you're going to track your workouts. If you're just going to check it sporadically, it's not something you should be too concerned about.
Be careful where you buy. That Fenix 6X Pro of 480€ I guess it will be from an Asian site. That price does not include VAT (customs), has no warranty in Europe and most likely the maps are not European either.
Yes, it's Eglobal, I've seen the bad reviews and problems with the warranty.
Thank you very much, Eduardo.
It is best to buy European, both for the product and for the warranty. And remember that if you buy through the links on the web you will be helping the site.
First of all thank you very much for all the info you publish.
I am looking for a watch. Mostly I'm looking for it to poder load mountain/hiking routes and track them. I'm also an amateur runner, but I also don't need to know and plan my activities like a pro. Just times and distances, something simple.
I have a budget of about 200-300 euros. I had looked at the Suunto 5, because pod would fit what I was looking for (I have a small wrist), however I am put off by not having enough brightness on the screen when I'm in the bush or running and also that it is very small.
I would like your advice on whether the Suunto 5 is for me or should I look for other models (Suunto 9) or other brands.
Thank you very much in advance.
In my opinion the Suunto 5 is too small for comfortable navigation. I would opt more for the Suunto 9, although if you have a small wrist it is possible that it will be too big. In that price range you can find the FR245, if the type of navigation you are looking for is basic it will serve you perfectly.
Thank you very much for the review. I am looking for a watch to run on asphalt and sporadically trail (3 or 4 days a month). For a price difference of 20 euros (more expensive the 645), which one do you recommend, the FR 645 music or the FR 245 music?
Thank you very much.
It depends on how much importance you place on the barometric altimeter (and Garmin Pay). If you are not going to need altitude data during training, the 245 is a better choice today.
First of all, congratulations for your analysis. They are quite complete.
I am thinking of renewing my sports watch. I have an inherited Garmin 235 that is getting less and less battery life and has a regular strap. It serves me for what I do, but since I'm going to change, I'm thinking of going to something more and that has the following features:
- Of course, GPS and wrist-based HR sensor
- Possibility to load routes/tracks and follow them, either with or without a map
- Possibility of setting up series type training (run X time/distance and rest Y time/distance)
My usual use is going to be running on asphalt or known roads, but I would like to poder use it both in MTB outings and hiking trails in which poder check the track in case of forks, moments of fog, etc.. I do not know if in this sense there is any model that can serve as an alternative to a specific GPS mountain or not worth the price that would entail.
I have thought about the following models, with their pros and cons:
- Suunto 7: initially it was my first choice, but the battery with GPS does not seem to last long enough for a regular hiking trip in the mountains (about 8 or 9 hours). Also, I don't think it has the ability to program series-type workouts either.
- Suunto 5: solves the drawbacks of Suunto 7, although it does not have offline maps. I don't know if the compass is digital or magnetic. It has been in the 240-250€ range and now it seems to go above 300€.
- Garmin 245: I think the most complete, although it does not have an altimeter and the straps and finishes seem to be not as high quality as in Suunto.
- Garmin Vivoactive 3: has compass and altimeter, which I think the 245 does not, but I read that there is no possibility of loading maps if not through a specific application. I don't know if that will make it consume a lot of battery or if it gives me the performance I'm looking for for mountain/MTB.
From these 4 options and for the needs I am looking for, which one do you recommend? Any other option that I have not considered?
Thank you very much in advance.
None of the four fits, either because of the workout programming (Suunto very basic) or because it is not very mountain focused. The FR245 would work if you don't need altitude data during activity. The Vivoactive 3 does not have route navigation natively.
In that price range and for mountain use, the Garmin Instinct.
Thank you very much.
Maybe I'll go for the Suunto 5, because in the end I often train a bit rudimentarily and most of the outings are "simple" races. In that sense, I rely a little more on Suunto's way of tracking tracks.
In any case, the Garmin 735XT is available again and there are some models with prices around 200-240€. Between the 735 and the FR245, which one do you recommend?
Thank you very much again.
The 245 is superior in every way.
Thank you very much for the information on the blog. I have doubts about which watch to get, it will be the first, and I need it to walk in the mountains basically, so the most important thing would be the theme of routes and tracks, but I also go running. I had looked at the 245 or the 645, and I do not know which one to choose, any other option?
thank you very much and best regards
At a basic level both 245 and 645 will work for you. Take a look at to the test of the Forerunner 245 because I detail the differences between the two.
Hello Eduardo, I am thinking of buying a sports watch, I already have a polar M430 and I use it for hiking and mountain to see my heart rate mainly. It is a whim to want to buy another one and I am thinking about the Polar Vantage V2 or the Garmin Fenix 6 pro. What interests me most is the performance of the heart rate monitor because I have some problems with my heart rate. I would like to ask you which of these two options you advise me. Thank you for your interest and receive a greeting.
Note: If you can help me to choose the purchase, then again thank you.
Whether it's the Vantage V2 or the Fenix 6 Pro it's going to be a huge leap in performance and quality over your current M430.
In your case, what would define the purchase is if you do navigation routes frequently. I understand that coming from an M430 is not something that worries you too much, but if you are going to make use of it in that sense the Garmin is a much more capable watch. In terms of pulse measurement with the optical sensor both models have very similar performance.
And remember, if you make a purchase through the links on the website you will be helping the site, thank you!
Thank you for the immense amount of information you provide.
I would like to change my current Huawei Watch for something more complete but without going over 150€. The use I give it is for daily and sports level, hiking, some running and yes I would like to poder export or import (this is not if you can) routes to Wikiloc or Strava, I understand that with gpx format or something like that.
Do I have any interesting options in this price range? I have seen the Polar M430 and the Garmin Fr45, do any of them have the routes function?
In that price range the Garmin FR45 may be the most interesting, but you don't have route navigation. To have it you would have to spend more money.
Thank you for your answer.
Would it be worth the extra outlay to buy the Garmin FR245 or FR645? I believe they don't have maps but do have navigation.
The FR245 would be a remarkable step. If you are going to do routes regularly, it can be a good option because it will solve that problem.
Very good Eduardo, I am a follower of yours for a long time and I read all the contributions that you give with respect to the models that are falling into your hands, which are not few. A real pleasure to read and for your immense objectivity.
I was looking for a watch, which prime the training, ultra race, and more than loading tracks (for that I take the etrex when it touches) altimeter ... the 245 is very good choice but I fail to mount in that ... is there anything in the hat? the purchase will do from your page, you are a piece of Krak!!!
Thank you Alvaro.
With barometric altimeter a good option, and not too expensive, can be the Polar GritX. It has good training metrics and its main shortcoming is navigation, but as that does not worry you... the autonomy is also very good.
If you want it to be Garmin, then the regular Garmin Fenix 6 (not Pro, no maps), is also at a very similar price.
Hello Eduardo. First of all thank you for your very transparent and unbiased analysis on watches, I value them very much. I would be very grateful if you could please help me to recommend a watch model based on my situation and use:
Current watch: Suunto Traverse
Activities I practice: mountain biking, hiking, sightseeing and indoor activities such as yoga and bodybuilding.
I am looking for a watch suited to this "mix" of sports activities, which is more "up to date" than my current Suunto, basically to monitor my heart rate during exercise (the Traverse does not have a built-in heart rate monitor).
I had considered the following models: Suunto 5 or Suunto 9 Baro (to stay on the Suunto platform), or Garmin Fenix 6 Solar. Having the maps on the watch doesn't matter to me, as I have an Edge 1000 for when it's time to explore on an adventure.
I am happy with the Suunto experience, but I recognize that they have become a little "outdated" and that they are slow to incorporate new models and new developments, which is making them lag a little behind, unfortunately... so the Fenix 6 with heart rate monitor, pulse oximetry and NFC payments has made me reconsider the brand a little...
What would you recommend?
Thank you very much in advance, and congratulations for the website!
Thank you José,
Since you're not going to use the maps (and you're not talking about music either), why not a regular Garmin Fenix 6? It's quite a bit cheaper than the Pro and doesn't have those features you don't think you'll use.
In fact, I have it included in the new 2021 buying guide (this article is from 2020), along with purchase links.
Thanks Edu! And between normal and solar option? Do you think it would be worth it?
Unless you are going to make trips of several days (and even then...) I don't think it's worth the extra outlay for the additional autonomy it provides.
Thank you very much! I will keep it in mind!
one feature I really like on the fr645 is the guided lactate umbrella test, which the fr245 does not have.
Thank you for your well explained work.
I am starting to participate in triathlons and I want a Garmin. Is the FR945 the best option? Is it worth the economic effort? Right now it is x 399€.
Do you think there can be a price de-escalation, right now, of this watch?
If you're just starting out with triathlon and you're not going to use the other specific features (map navigation mainly) you might be aiming too high. It is a significant outlay, and there are more models just as capable at a lower price for someone starting out in triathlon. Of course, performance-wise it is the top of the range of the Forerunner series.
What would you recommend then?
The Garmin Forerunner 935 is the same in aesthetics and size. Prestacionalmente for triathlon is the same, although you do not have music / maps / wireless payments that already depends on whether you are going to use them. But it costs half the price. You have it at a good price in Runnerinn and iRun.
One last question: what function do the maps do for triathletes?
None for triathlon. It is useful if you do hiking or trail routes in areas you do not know.
One last question: what function do the maps do for triathletes?