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Old 02-27-18, 08:32 PM
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Shopping for a new watch/monitor

So my wants in a fitness watch are a tad different than most. I've got a Fitbit Surge whose battery is near the end of it's life. There were enough fit and function issues that I won't be replacing it with another Fitbit.

I'd like a GPS watch that tracks my workout. This includes speed, elevation gain and loss, Max speed, and average. I also want to be able to download it and look at the maps of my adventure.

I'm an odd ball that doesn't want to carry my phone unless I'm pulling the baby trailer. So I want it to have standalone GPS, not utilizing the one on a phone.

I don't care for HR, step counting, or most of the other "smart" functions. They aren't a deal breaker but the more options I can turn off, the better.

I don't even care if it downloads online or just to my computer. I'm not an active member of those fitness stroke fest websites.

Really, it seems like I want the Strava phone app on my wrist, turned to private, with no phone.

10+ hours in GPS mode is a huge bonus.

It'll mostly get used on the bike but will see running, hiking, and cross country skiing. I'll also just wear it to tell time.

Does this exist?
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Old 02-27-18, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by rosefarts
I'm not an active member of those fitness stroke fest websites.
See, right here you lost me.

It is find if you don't want to track your fitness publicly but insulting 90% of the community from which you seek advice doesn't make sense.

Apart from the fact that what you wrote is disgusting.

It would serve you right if no one gave you advice.


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^^^ I kinda thought the same thing, but you can't fight ignorance by ignoring it. So here goes.

Garmin Forerunner 735XT. Likely does more than you want, but the stuff you do want won't generally be found on simpler units. Or just get an Apple Watch 2. You can install Strava on it and use it without a phone.
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A cheapo Garmin Forerunner 35 (got mine for $150) will do everything you’ve asked and more. I am not a watch guy but have gotten used to wearing mine all the time. With Garmin Connect there’s no need to upload to Strava and risk some day giving into temptation and seeing what all the stroking, I mean fuss, is about.
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Fenix 3 or 5 should do what you want. I use one for running and just as a watch. I wear it while riding but usually use a Garmin 520 to record my rides. Battery life on the fenix 5 is excellent.
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Old 02-28-18, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH
See, right here you lost me.

It is find if you don't want to track your fitness publicly but insulting 90% of the community from which you seek advice doesn't make sense.

Apart from the fact that what you wrote is disgusting.

It would serve you right if no one gave you advice.


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My apologies, I meant circle jerk.
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Originally Posted by gregf83
Fenix 3 or 5 should do what you want. I use one for running and just as a watch. I wear it while riding but usually use a Garmin 520 to record my rides. Battery life on the fenix 5 is excellent.
Do you also record the rides with your Fenix for the training load function?
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest
Do you also record the rides with your Fenix for the training load function?
Not usually. I primarily use it for running. Iíve recorded a few rides just to make sure it works but the battery drains too quickly.

Of course, my 520 battery life has gone downhill so I may end up using the fenix when I go to Spain in a couple of months. Not sure if the 520 will last for long rides anymore.
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Originally Posted by gregf83
Not usually. I primarily use it for running. Iíve recorded a few rides just to make sure it works but the battery drains too quickly.

Of course, my 520 battery life has gone downhill so I may end up using the fenix when I go to Spain in a couple of months. Not sure if the 520 will last for long rides anymore.
For long rides, I put a USB battery with cable in my little top tube bag. They're quite small and cheap. Can't have it plugged in when it's raining is all. My 800 is down to about 8 hours now.
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy
For long rides, I put a USB battery with cable in my little top tube bag. They're quite small and cheap. Can't have it plugged in when it's raining is all. My 800 is down to about 8 hours now.
Thanks. I may have to do that. Shame the 520's only 18 months old.
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Originally Posted by rosefarts
My apologies, I meant circle jerk.
So...are you going to respond to any of the feedback you've received or just continue to try to start a fight?
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Originally Posted by joejack951
So...are you going to respond to any of the feedback you've received or just continue to try to start a fight?
I think I can do both.

BTW, between here, a different outdoor activities website and FB, I got great suggestions. I won't really shop until the weekend, but now I have some ideas.
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Encouraging people to block you en masse is not the way to access the wealth of information available here. Even your username is a form of bullying. I suggest moving to a different forum.
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