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Tech Smartwatch / Wristwear?

Discussion in 'Cycling Department Forum' started by arthur666, May 10, 2019.

  1. arthur666

    arthur666 Senior Member

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    I'm wondering if anyone uses a smartwatch or something similar to log rides and runs with Strava. Many times I'd rather leave my phone behind, especially on a run. Was wondering if a wrist device would be enough to take it's place.
     
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  2. Bram Hengeveld

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    I know a few of my triathlete mates swear by a watch (Garmin I believe) to record all of their sessions. Personally I don't see the added value on just a bike, as I love looking down to see my route, data and such and keep both hands on the handlebar :)

    For running and swimming I think it's vital indeed so you can leave the phone at home.
     
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  3. Flaviu

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    I have a Garmin Vivoactive. In one word BEAUTIFUL. Can be used to ... everything. This is an old entry level. I bought it (used for few bucks) for swimming and occasionally running. But, now I wear it all time. It is also smartwatch, so at work it is VERY useful. Battery last 2-3 weeks with bluetooth on. Can be paired with a lot of devices, HR, cadence&speed sensors, pod (for running) etc.
    I think it is good for someone who just want to keep track of cycling ride and want to use it also for other sports. An even this low level can have maps installed and zillions of other application. Just take a look here: https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/;jsessionid=45278810FC0255F3165D16CFD46439BF
    Select the model (for example Vivoactive3 Music) and see all the app you can install.
    Long story short, especially, if it is not just for cycling, YES it's worth every penny. And they have also bike mount for their watches
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2019
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  4. arthur666

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    Nice! I like that Garmin. It's swimming season again, and I'd love a way to log that as well. Usually I just guess, or don't even bother.
     
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  5. Flaviu

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    Just one amendment. For open water swim you must install a third party application. I use the triathlon one and have to jump over running and cycling every time I enter water. Not a deal breaker for me. You can avoid this buying one with native triathlon support (forerunner 735, 935, etc). Mine, from my estimation, is (almost) doubling the swimming distance.
    Below are two very "brutal" comparison:
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1720821550 and https://www.strava.com/activities/1720821588 (and now I saw we had same conversation on Strava, last year :grinning:)
     
  6. arthur666

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    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/602063/pn/010-01986-01#
    I think this is what I want, ideally. Pricey, but can receive and send texts independently of phone. Could truly leave my phone out of the equation. I have a working partner, 2 kids, and a crazy schedule so I need to be always connected unfortunately.
    I need to give it some thought because $400 is a lot more than I was budgeting. Though, don't really care about music while I'm running/riding. Never have. It's nice to have some quiet time.
     
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  7. Flaviu

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    About send/receive text it is only for Android. On Iphone it is just reading if I remember right).
    I don't know how it is the market there, but here I found mine used. I looked after it for some time, but founded relatively fast. I strongly recommend used one at half of price.
    And if you don't want the music get the Vivoactive 3 (without music) (Removed, see post bellow - which is 120 USD cheaper.) Vivoactive 3 Music have inbuilt memory
    With every Vivoactive you can control the music from your smart phone. So you can put the phone in backpack and control it with your watch if you want some music during your ride.
    Latter edit: and also you can respond and initialize calls
     
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  8. Flaviu

    Flaviu Senior Member

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    It is not 400$
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    Oh, the one I posted has a SIM card and works with my wireless carrier. I have an Android, but I would like to leave my phone at home and still be able to at very least get texts.
     
  10. Orione532

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    Do you have any knowledge of watches that allows to upload GPX tracks and/or to run runtastic app?
     
  11. Flaviu

    Flaviu Senior Member

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    Even on my Vivoactive (1) I can use dwMap (I don't use it in fact because I have my Edge but I read about it and sound very good)
    https://dynamicwatch.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360007149512-Using-dwMap-on-your-watch
    https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/2750f280-82f4-4f21-a32c-57acc7ce4870
    And the watches which fully support GPX/TCX upload are:
    "You can add GPX or TPX routes to your Garmin watch and follow them as you run. It's not possible on all Garmin sports watches, but the Fenix 5 Plus, Fenix 5, Fenix 3, Forerunner 630, Forerunner 645 Music, Forerunner 735XT and Forerunner 935 are all capable" - from https://www.wareable.com/garmin/how-to-add-gpx-routes-to-your-garmin-gps-watch-4470
    And about Runtastic App you can use any Garmin watch and sync Garmin Connect with the app:
    "This feature was really at the top of our users’ list! Instead of bringing your phone with you during your activities, you can simply use your Garmin watch, and your workouts will be available in the Runtastic app for further analysis.
    Here’s how to sync your Runtastic account with your Garmin watch: Open the Runtastic App click on the gear icon on the main screen, click “Partner Accounts” and click “Connect” in the Garmin Connect section."
    From - https://www.runtastic.com/blog/en/runtastic-smartwatch-and-app-integration/
     
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  12. Orione532

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    Well @Flaviu what con I say... multumesc mult!

    Very interesring info
     
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  13. Flaviu

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    Cu placere :grinning:
     

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