My garmin vivoactive died today. RIP.
What do you wear while running to track distance and pace?
By The Beard
(is wearing Arm Panties)
2018-05-31 12:34 PM
I don't need or want a bunch of fancy features so I have the cheapest Garmin
that I could find.
Works just as well as the more expensive Garmins that I have had in the past.
2018-05-31 5:15 PM
I concur. All my expensive crap died on me just as well as my cheap gear
I second this. People with the fancy ones are always complaining.
Mine works every time!
I had this one, but it died after a 15 miler in the pouring rain. I was very disappointed. Other than that, it was perfect!
The Forerunner 10 that The Beard linked to is great if you only need to track running stuff. It doesn't have a step counter for regular everyday activities. I currently have the Fenix 5s which is a multisport watch that also tracks steps and stairs and all of that good stuff, and it's super cute. It was super $$$ too and probably overkill for you if you are just tracking running.
Oh those are so pretty and fancy but yeah, I have no clue what all that one does.
I liked my vivoactive because it did steps, floors, all kinds of workouts, etc. The new vivoactive 3 looks like the fenix so I'm leaning towards that one.
I love that it's a smartwatch and a regular watch too, which is similar to the vivoactive 3.
sorry about your device. I wear one of the Garmin Forerunners they don't even make anymore.
Perhaps I should change my forum name.
Eons ago I had one that took up half my forearm
I saw your post about meeting up! How far would it be for you to meet me for a run one morning? I think I'll have a car but um, not sure I'll even WANT to drive.
No definitely, I will come to you! Based on where you said you are staying, I could join you at VB or thereabouts if that works for you. I'll pm you closer to your dates and we an make a plan.
I wear the Garmin Forerunner 35. Fairly simple as it tells me how far I ran, how long it took me to run that distance and my pace per mile. I actually wear all day to keep track of my steps. It also tracks HR, which is fun to see, but I don't train by HR. It is synced to my phone and I can read my texts on it as long as I am near my phone.
Get the one that rounds your distance to the nearest whole number.
2018-05-31 8:23 PM
I have the 630. It's a touch screen, super light, very accurate compared with other Garmin models, and exceptional battery life.
The 235 is pretty OK too - no touch screen, no exceptional battery life, but a built in HRM.
2018-05-31 8:26 PM
Tom Tom Spark, I found it on sale for $99 a little over a year ago. The only thing I don't like about it is the cheap watch band. I actually bought two and one of the bands has already broken completely. I looked initially into changing the color of the band but they wanted $39.99 for a replacement band. I think they designed them to break.
(I like wool!)
2018-05-31 8:30 PM
I've got a fossil garmin 305 which still works fine, so don't ask me.
I kept my 305 as a spare so when someone in my running group had their watch die, they could use it until they could replace/fix theirs. I just gave it to my sister who is partially blind as it is MUCH easier to read than the new versions. The 305 is a workhorse which doesn't ever seem to die!
(I like wool!)
2018-06-04 4:16 PM
That thing really has been a workhorse for me and you're right that it's easy to read even with three displays and aging eyesight. And the battery still lasts for over 30 miles and close to 10 hours of use which I find pretty amazing.
I went through two generations of timex systems with an armband transceiver plus watch, so am living the tech dream even holding onto the fossil 305.
because Sears is going broke they had very cheap Garmin 15s I bought three of them
I have a Polar M400 HR, but it also died on me. Can't get it to connect to my other devices (bluetooth and cable) and now it won't charge anymore
My next purchase will probably be one of those slimmer fit things with GPS and HR on the bracelet itself, rather than those chest bands.
2018-06-01 11:03 AM
Get whatever is cheapest for the battery life you want. The problem with the Forerunner 10 is the battery life is crap. They say 5 but never hear people getting that especially as it ages a little.
2018-06-04 8:17 AM
I use the Forerunner 220
I got on the garmin support center and she walked me through some steps after telling me that I should be able to swim with it.
It didn't turn on so she's sending me a replacement. That's pretty cool!
2018-06-04 3:44 PM
I had to look it up. SNF bought me a Garmin 920XT that I love for long runs. Battery life lasts probably a good 15 hours, maybe more. (We'll see at my 100K later this summer.) But for almost all of my shorter runs, I use the Strava app on my Apple watch. I love this watch for so many reasons, but being able to run with it is big among them.
I decided to get the vivoactive3. I liked my previous vivoactive and this one is so pretty.
I love new toys!
2018-06-14 9:10 AM
I know it’s probably not as accurate as a Garmin (I still have my Garmin 205 that I haven’t used in years), but I use Strava (free version) on my Galaxy 7. This way I have one device that I time/measure distance and can play Pandora. Strava gives you a voice announcement every half mile for pace and distance.
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