Fitness Tracker or Sports watch

el manana

Thru Hiker
I'm looking to get one of these in the sales. Not sure whether to go for a fitness tracker like a fitbit or look at sports watches like Fenix or Garmin with useful outdoor functions .

Looking at up to £400, happy to pay less if no real value in added functionality.

Whats everyone using and what do they like about it?

Cheers
 

EM - paul

Thru Hiker
Fitshit are crap ime. Just not accurate enough with the metrics. My fenix is still my most treasured possession in the tech realm. Fenix 5 is good value now the 6 has launched and will give you everything apart from blood ox and complex stuff you'll never need.
 

craige

Thru Hiker
I rate my fenix 5x+. The mapping (with talkytoaster maps added) is really handy for a quick view and saves a lot of time checking my phone or paper map. Obviously not very good for overviews though. Saying that, it's huge! And it takes ages to charge.

If the forerunner 945 is available at your budget in sales from what I've seen it's about the best available with all the same features of the 5x+ and a couple more I think, plus it charges much faster and is smaller/lighter. Current cheapest I found with a quick look was £442, so it might go cheap enough.
 

Arne L.

Thru Hiker
Forerunner 945; it’s basically the Fenix 6 in plastic with slightly less impressive battery.

I’m really happy with mine. The maps were very handy in the Pyrenees.

I can get two long days out of mine before I need to charge it.
 

EM - paul

Thru Hiker
I rate my fenix 5x+. The mapping (with talkytoaster maps added) is really handy for a quick view and saves a lot of time checking my phone or paper map. Obviously not very good for overviews though. Saying that, it's huge! And it takes ages to charge.

If the forerunner 945 is available at your budget in sales from what I've seen it's about the best available with all the same features of the 5x+ and a couple more I think, plus it charges much faster and is smaller/lighter. Current cheapest I found with a quick look was £442, so it might go cheap enough.

It funny you should mention size. I got the normal 5 and thought it was a monster. Having lived with it a good while I wish I'd got the.plus. guess it's the same with big screen TVs lol
 

Odd Man

Thru Hiker
I have the Skurka's favourite Suunto Ambit 3 Peak, which can be found under £200, probably a lot less. It's been solid tracker for my hikes, I don't use it for anything else, as I have Apple Watch as my daily driver.


Although there is the Suunto 9 Baro which is the improved version of Ambit 3 and is at £250 in Amazon now.
 

craige

Thru Hiker
It funny you should mention size. I got the normal 5 and thought it was a monster. Having lived with it a good while I wish I'd got the.plus. guess it's the same with big screen TVs lol
It's not the screen size that bothers me. I actually like the screen size. It's the bulk and weight on my wrist. I find myself catching it on things quite a lot and definitely notice the weight.
 
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edh

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My Fenix 5 was through work; I've sort of got used to it - going from never wearing a watch at all.
I'd prefer one of the lower profile, lighter versions probably; with much the same functionality.
The two week battery life is a great point with the Fenix though.
 

Charlie83

Thru Hiker
Loving my fenix 5

Drowned my suunto diving earlier in the year, was ever so chuffed tbh, although it looked fine I just didnt like it
 

EM - paul

Thru Hiker
It's not the screen size that bothers me. I actually like the screen size. It's the bulk and weight on my wrist. I find myself catching it on things quite a lot and definitely notice the weight.

I think the 6 us a but thinner but not like apple thin. I guess over time things should shrink. I hear you though, I've snagged mine a few times
 

edh

Thru Hiker
Yeah, I wear mine on my left wrist turned in when backpacking or it snags on my pack strap and pole strap.
 

Mountain Mackem

Trail Blazer
I guess it depends what you want to use it for and/or it to do. I use a Garmin Vivoactive 3 mainly to track my runs. It's a lot less expensive than a Fenix and smaller which suits my skinny wrists. But it doesn't do maps/navigation. Battery with GPS on is about 8 hours otherwise about 6 days.

The Coros Apex is getting some really positive reviews. Amazing battery life. Not sure about maps/nav.

DC Rainmaker on YouTube provides very comprehensive reviews.
 

Nigelp

Thru Hiker
I cover my Apple Watch with a wrist sweat band when I’m working or think I will knock the screen. My series 2 lasted for 3.5 years until I smacked the edge on with a floor sander! I didn’t have it on that day! I nearly didn’t replace it but missed some of the features and after looking at other options went for a newer model.

I looked at the Garmin watches but opted for a new Apple Watch series 5. I’ve had Garmin GPS units and their software is usually appalling and I can use ViewRanger on my phone and that’s a polished product. The Apple watch is the best all rounder for me and I usually track walks with ViewRanger on the phone rather than navigating with the watch. The other health tracking is very good and when I want to get fit I can set the daily move goal up and it motivates me to get out and do something. The Apple Watch will display maps via ViewRanger but a watch is too small for my old man eyes anyway!
 

craige

Thru Hiker
I think the 6 us a but thinner but not like apple thin. I guess over time things should shrink. I hear you though, I've snagged mine a few times
Yeah, that's why I suggested the forerunner 945. It's got all the new stuff in a less bulky and lighter package. Had a play with a mates and it's pretty nice and a good size. Charging it while packing up in the morning got it up to 80+% each morning (must be an hour or less from 0 to full), which was enough, even on a 14 hour day of hiking. Mine takes 2 hours to charge. If I had the choice now I'd go for the fr 945.
 
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Davy

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Like my Fenix 5 but not used it much for hiking mainly for logging runs and rides. It's a chunky thing and catches on pack straps as mentioned.

Lasts for days on the commute, less tracking hikes.

I rarely use the Garmin software but like the easy linking to Strava which may not be relevant.
 

edh

Thru Hiker
I've used the Fenix for tracking and it's handy, but quickly decided that since I almost always had the phone it was largely redundant as a feature for me.
 

TinTin

Thru Hiker
If I was buying a new watch my #1 criterion would be battery life. Everything else would come after that. My Garmin Forerunner 235 doen't last 8 hours in GPS mode which is annoying when you are out longer than that.

Mrs Ho has a Fenix 5s Sapphire that she bought for longer events. She loves it but has been seen recently researching Fenix 6 watches.

Added - a friend has a Suunto watch and I was very impressed with their customer service. He sent his back, out of warranty, for some issue and they just sent him a new one.
 

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WilliamC

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I came across the Garmin Instinct today. It looks good for hiking, though it lacks some fitness functions, apparently. It's available for under £200.
Edit: Looking a bit more closely, I wonder if the small memory (16MB) might be a problem. One of the advantages of the Fenix 5 Plus and 6 series is the 16GB memory, especially if you want to load up a number of routes to the watch.
 
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