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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

    Bram Hengeveld Senior Member

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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
     
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  4. arthur666

    arthur666 Senior Member

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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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    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

    arthur666 Senior Member

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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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