Garmin Fenix 3 - £249.99 @  Sportpursuit
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Garmin Fenix 3 - £249.99 @ Sportpursuit

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Found 27th May 2016
Available on Sportpursuit, if you haven't signed up yet please could you do so using this link? sportpursuit.com/joi…lal

Even if you don't I think this is a great price for a great watch. Admittedly there are cheaper watches out there, but this has been rated highly and is the perfect watch for triathletes (and keen runners, cyclists etc).

A bit of jargon from the website:

fēnix 3 is designed to assist people during their sport activities and outdoor life. It supports performance sports like running, cycling, swimming, trail running, indoor training, cross country skiing as well as triathlon and recreational activities suchas hiking, climbing and downhill skiing. It measures performance on the go, tracks activities for sharing and navigates the user back home at the end of an adventure. And it does not stop there. The new Connect IQ App support for fēnix 3 opens up the potential to develop many more functions and for all sorts of activities in the near future.
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Amazing watch and very good price. Never heard of this store before...
not a fan of sites where you have to give them details to browse, though asdasdas@ASdasdsa.com seems to do the trick
Excellent price, you won't beat that unless you offer eBayers to deal privately. Unlike the F2 which was a beta device full of bugs, corrupting files, woeful lock on time etc.. the F3 is actually really good. The smart watch features are mostly gimmicks, though the missus likes the activity tracking and uses it for sleep, steps etc. I turned all that crap off on mine, but it is as good as a dedicated activity tracker like a Fitbit etc, if you're in for that sort of thing on top of having a multi sport watch.

The lock on times are sharper, and the advanced running metrics when used with a HRM strap mean that the high end Garmin running watches like the 620 are obsolete basically. This watch really does do everything. Used it for hikes, runs, rides (until I had an Edge 1000) and it's great it all.

Used to always put people off from buying the F2, but this watch really is a solid buy. No need to upgrade for many many years, it's missing nothing, and the battery life is fab.

Avoid the Optical HR version. The HR is unreliable on it. Stick with the strap if you're serious about using HR zones. Optical tech just isn't there yet. Not Garmin's fault, there are only two main optical HR companies and they haven't worked out how to do it right yet.
Edited by: "Vanderlust" 27th May 2016
bought the f3 sapphire from rakuten a few weeks ago. really good 'smart' watch and the only 1 I have worn every day. Battery last for at 4-5 days without charge.

Excellent activity smart watch.

Good price, may want to check out Rakuten as they are doing bank holiday sales.

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Wow super cheap price...why didn't they have this a month ago?!

Excellent price, you won't beat that unless you offer eBayers to deal … Excellent price, you won't beat that unless you offer eBayers to deal privately. Unlike the F2 which was a beta device full of bugs, corrupting files, woeful lock on time etc.. the F3 is actually really good. The smart watch features are mostly gimmicks, though the missus likes the activity tracking and uses it for sleep, steps etc. I turned all that crap off on mine, but it is as good as a dedicated activity tracker like a Fitbit etc, if you're in for that sort of thing on top of having a multi sport watch.The lock on times are sharper, and the advanced running metrics when used with a HRM strap mean that the high end Garmin running watches like the 620 are obsolete basically. This watch really does do everything. Used it for hikes, runs, rides (until I had an Edge 1000) and it's great it all.Used to always put people off from buying the F2, but this watch really is a solid buy. No need to upgrade for many many years, it's missing nothing, and the battery life is fab. Avoid the Optical HR version. The HR is unreliable on it. Stick with the strap if you're serious about using HR zones. Optical tech just isn't there yet. Not Garmin's fault, there are only two main optical HR companies and they haven't worked out how to do it right yet.



Why would you get an edge when you already have this? Does it have more features apart from obviously a bigger screen? I got this so that I wouldn't have to bother with three seperate devices.

Why would you get an edge when you already have this? Does it have more … Why would you get an edge when you already have this? Does it have more features apart from obviously a bigger screen? I got this so that I wouldn't have to bother with three seperate devices.

At a guess? Navigation, maps, strava segments, number of fields displayed and convenience of installation. Having a watch as a cycle computer isn't really much fun.
As an avid rubber this watch is unparalleled. I enjoy running on footpaths but used to get lost, now I plan a route, upload to watch, never get lost again.
Cold for referral link, sorry. Bad form, that.
avid rubber!lol

Why would you get an edge when you already have this? Does it have more … Why would you get an edge when you already have this? Does it have more features apart from obviously a bigger screen? I got this so that I wouldn't have to bother with three seperate devices.



Yeah the F3 with cadence and speed sensors are all you 'need' for cycling really.

I got the Edge 1000 for the mapping to go on tours and for the Live segments on Strava Premium which by the way is the most fun since Mario Kart.

Devices like the Edge 1000, 520 etc are in for a rough time. People are carrying phones which have more memory, better tracking and better processing power so Garmins, Wahoos etc are in a precarious position. How will they justify themselves over the next few years I'm not sure. Waterproofing? ANT+? Phones are starting to do those too.

For runners I think the watch is here to stay for quite some time. But for cyclists it's probably going to end up phone/Strava app/smart glasses (like the Solos) and no headunit on the bike at all.



http://www.solos-wearables.com

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into-sports/cycling/varia-vision-in-sight-display/prod530536.html

google.co.uk/int…rt/

At a guess? Navigation, maps, strava segments, number of fields displayed … At a guess? Navigation, maps, strava segments, number of fields displayed and convenience of installation. Having a watch as a cycle computer isn't really much fun.



Yeah all those reasons. The larger screen at speed really is just safer. The missus is still using her F3 for cycling, but she's not at the stage where she's fully confident on the bike yet. Just out working her endurance enjoying herself. I'm out chasing my PR's and bombing over seriously crap ground, Edinburgh's like an assault course. Really the larger the screen the faster you can pick out info.

Also the capacitive touch means you can swipe the screen with gloves on. F3 doesn't have an issue there as it has physical buttons, but compared to say a phone screen, it's a massive advantage and one phone makers will have to solve if they want to usurp devices like the Edge in the long term.
I spotted this deal this morning and it has me torn...

I've been after a true multi sport watch for a while (as in a triathlon watch) for doing duathlons (using my phone means I drop a lot of time in transitions saving an activity and starting to record a new one). Anyway I decided on the Fenix 3 over the 920xt and just about had enough money when the new 735xt was announced. The smaller form really makes me want the 735 but as it's exclusive to Wiggle the price is reasonably close to rrp at £340. But at only £40 more than the Fenix 3 it was close enough to justify.

However, this much lower than normal price (£50 cheaper than anywhere else) has got me questioning if the 735 is worth another £90.....

Oh and while this will record all that you would need for the bike (ie cadence etc via connected sensors) I would still rather have a headunit mounted on the bike so it's easier to see my current cadence/heartrate etc. Having it on the wrist would annoy me as it does many others.
Edited by: "binned-it" 27th May 2016

Yeah all those reasons. The larger screen at speed really is just safer. … Yeah all those reasons. The larger screen at speed really is just safer. The missus is still using her F3 for cycling, but she's not at the stage where she's fully confident on the bike yet. Just out working her endurance enjoying herself. I'm out chasing my PR's and bombing over seriously crap ground, Edinburgh's like an assault course. Really the larger the screen the faster you can pick out info. Also the capacitive touch means you can swipe the screen with gloves on. F3 doesn't have an issue there as it has physical buttons, but compared to say a phone screen, it's a massive advantage and one phone makers will have to solve if they want to usurp devices like the Edge in the long term.



Ah so looks like mainly the screen and the navigation then. So I guess there's not much point in getting the lower end Edges if I already have the F3? When I just had a regular forerunner, I thought ages whether I should get an Edge and Swim or get an F3 and get rid of the old one. In the end I went with the F3 with a quick release and an out front mount which seems to work quite well.

How is the screen on the Edge in daylight? I also mount my phone for navigation purposes but I can never see anything so I just revert to the navigation on the F3 which is actually better than I thought.

Ah so looks like mainly the screen and the navigation then. So I guess … Ah so looks like mainly the screen and the navigation then. So I guess there's not much point in getting the lower end Edges if I already have the F3? When I just had a regular forerunner, I thought ages whether I should get an Edge and Swim or get an F3 and get rid of the old one. In the end I went with the F3 with a quick release and an out front mount which seems to work quite well.How is the screen on the Edge in daylight? I also mount my phone for navigation purposes but I can never see anything so I just revert to the navigation on the F3 which is actually better than I thought.



Edge 1000 screen is ace in daylight (think it auto adjusts itself) and I'm guessing the newer 520 is too. Not sure what your phone is, but an iPhone 6 for example is useless in daylight unless the backlight is up really high which would burn through the battery. Fine for most ride lengths though.

Google maps app on the phone is still the best for navigation that I've used. Way better than trying to plot a course on the Edge unit which takes longer.

Lower end Edges like the 520 have crap navigation. Line drawings like you have on your F3, definitely wouldn't buy a 520 for nav.

Only reason to go from a F3 to a 520 is for Live Segments. If you don't need Live Segments then stick with the F3 imo. If you do end up wanting a proper navigation head unit then go all the way up to the Edge 1000 and take the hit on the wallet. Garmin still update it regularly with new features and it really is the business. Nice and easy to use and has every feature you'll ever need. But it is a really big hit just for a bike computer.

Are you using cadence, speed and HR sensors?
benjai

How is the screen on the Edge in daylight? I also mount my phone for … How is the screen on the Edge in daylight? I also mount my phone for navigation purposes but I can never see anything so I just revert to the navigation on the F3 which is actually better than I thought.



I have a 520 and it's viewable in pretty much all conditions. That's not to say the screen is great, if you've ever seen a cheap mobile phone from 2005 then you'll probably recognise the resolution...

It doesn't have a dynamic brightness though so you need to adjust to the prevailing conditions to maximise battery life.

Edge 1000 screen is ace in daylight (think it auto adjusts itself) and … Edge 1000 screen is ace in daylight (think it auto adjusts itself) and I'm guessing the newer 520 is too. Not sure what your phone is, but an iPhone 6 for example is useless in daylight unless the backlight is up really high which would burn through the battery. Fine for most ride lengths though.Google maps app on the phone is still the best for navigation that I've used. Way better than trying to plot a course on the Edge unit which takes longer. Lower end Edges like the 520 have crap navigation. Line drawings like you have on your F3, definitely wouldn't buy a 520 for nav.Only reason to go from a F3 to a 520 is for Live Segments. If you don't need Live Segments then stick with the F3 imo. If you do end up wanting a proper navigation head unit then go all the way up to the Edge 1000 and take the hit on the wallet. Garmin still update it regularly with new features and it really is the business. Nice and easy to use and has every feature you'll ever need. But it is a really big hit just for a bike computer. Are you using cadence, speed and HR sensors?



Yeh I have an iPhone 5s and its pretty much useless if there's any sunlight. I have yet to find any half decent navigation app where you can preload a course. I don't mind paying, but there's nothing out there! Google maps is decent, but you can't upload in advance so is only useful if you want the shortest distance to somewhere.

Ah yes, I did want to ask, what's the point of the speed sensor? Cadence I get, but speed is already measured by GPS which I would have though is more accurate? £30 seems a bit steep just to measure cadence..

I do have the HR strap from my old fr220 but I don't really bother much with it any more since I know roughly where all my zones are.
Edited by: "benjai" 27th May 2016

Lower end Edges like the 520 have crap navigation. Line drawings like you … Lower end Edges like the 520 have crap navigation. Line drawings like you have on your F3, definitely wouldn't buy a 520 for nav.



Out of the box the 520 is woeful I agree (the lack of decent pre-installed maps is a shocker from Garmin) but with the OSM it's more than adequate for following a pre-loaded route.

You don't get turn-by-turn of course and you can't get it to navigate to a destination for you so if you need those things then it's a 1000 (so many horror stories about the 810, wouldn't consider one) or just revert to phone for the odd occasion it might be needed for most riders.

Yeh I have an iPhone 5s and its pretty much useless if there's any … Yeh I have an iPhone 5s and its pretty much useless if there's any sunlight. I have yet to find any half decent navigation app where you can preload a course. I don't mind paying, but there's nothing out there! Google maps is decent, but you can't upload in advance so is only useful if you want the shortest distance to somewhere.Ah yes, I did want to ask, what's the point of the speed sensor? Cadence I get, but speed is already measured by GPS which I would have though is more accurate? £30 seems a bit steep just to measure cadence..I do have the HR strap from my old fr220 but I don't really bother much with it any more since I know roughly where all my zones are.



Plan your route on Google maps on your computer, then in the menu choose 'share or embed map'. Copy the link it generates and email it to yourself. Now go to your iPhone 5 and open the email you just sent yourself and click the link. The link should auto open in Google Maps App on your phone. The route should be there, fully loaded.

I say should, cos I have issues sometimes with the app ignoring all waypoints I created and just doing a simple A to B.

I still get the phone out and use Google Maps app even when I have the Edge 1000. It's just quicker and easier to use mostly due to the screen on phones being more advanced.

The speed sensor is really just for accuracy. GPS relies on constant signal to work and some clever smoothing from algorithms. Really, GPS for speed is more than good enough for the majority of the time. If you stick a speed sensor on your F3, then the Garmin will override GPS speed and use the sensor as a preference.

Reason I asked about the sensors is because if you start racking them up, like speed, cadence, HR, power.. then it can make sense to move to a larger screen to be able to see them all clearly and easily. F3 with just speed and cadence on screen 1 is decent visibility though. My eyes aren't so keen to be able to pick up 4 data sets on the F3 at speed, so I prefer just two per screen and tap through them..

Do you use Strava too?

Out of the box the 520 is woeful I agree (the lack of decent … Out of the box the 520 is woeful I agree (the lack of decent pre-installed maps is a shocker from Garmin) but with the OSM it's more than adequate for following a pre-loaded route.You don't get turn-by-turn of course and you can't get it to navigate to a destination for you so if you need those things then it's a 1000 (so many horror stories about the 810, wouldn't consider one) or just revert to phone for the odd occasion it might be needed for most riders.



Yeah really the whole navigation think is almost moot now cos the phone is always there in the back pocket ready to bail you out. And there's signs on the roads too, not easy to get lost these days!

Plan your route on Google maps on your computer, then in the menu choose … Plan your route on Google maps on your computer, then in the menu choose 'share or embed map'. Copy the link it generates and email it to yourself. Now go to your iPhone 5 and open the email you just sent yourself and click the link. The link should auto open in Google Maps App on your phone. The route should be there, fully loaded. I say should, cos I have issues sometimes with the app ignoring all waypoints I created and just doing a simple A to B.I still get the phone out and use Google Maps app even when I have the Edge 1000. It's just quicker and easier to use mostly due to the screen on phones being more advanced. The speed sensor is really just for accuracy. GPS relies on constant signal to work and some clever smoothing from algorithms. Really, GPS for speed is more than good enough for the majority of the time. If you stick a speed sensor on your F3, then the Garmin will override GPS speed and use the sensor as a preference. Reason I asked about the sensors is because if you start racking them up, like speed, cadence, HR, power.. then it can make sense to move to a larger screen to be able to see them all clearly and easily. F3 with just speed and cadence on screen 1 is decent visibility though. My eyes aren't so keen to be able to pick up 4 data sets on the F3 at speed, so I prefer just two per screen and tap through them..Do you use Strava too?



Ah, I think I'll give that a shot on the weekend and see how it goes. I tend to use gpx routes created by other users or ones I've ridden in the past. I think you have to manually draw the routes out in google maps as opposed to just uploading a gpx file?

Yeh I use Strava as well but not for anything live, just tracking events after the fact.

Good point on the number of fields on the F3. I already use all 4 spaces so wouldn't have room for cadence anyway. Guess I'll just have to save some cash!
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Quite tempted by this as its a fantastic price, Says that this is a Newly Overhauled device in the description though, anyone have any experience with this? It says its done by Garmin and still has the years warranty so assume it must be good as new
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Quite tempted by this as its a fantastic price, Says that this is a Newly … Quite tempted by this as its a fantastic price, Says that this is a Newly Overhauled device in the description though, anyone have any experience with this? It says its done by Garmin and still has the years warranty so assume it must be good as new



I took the plung and ordered it last night using the code - figured this at £230 (mind £5 delivery) was better than holding out for the price of the 735 to drop. I've never owned a Garmin device before but have bought refurbished Apple products before, other than the plain packaging then I haven't noticed a difference what so every so I have confidence that Garmin will be the same - I hope...
This is a noh device, they are refurbished by garmin, not new!

What is a newly overhauled (NOH) device?

A newly overhauled (NOH) device is a device refurbished at the Garmin factory. Newly overhauled devices go through extensive testing to bring the units up to the same specifications as when they were manufactured as new, maintaining high quality standards. Newly overhauled devices will still have a one year manufacturer's warranty when purchased from a Garmin dealer. The device comes in plain packaging.
Edited by: "Balb0wa" 2nd Jun 2016

This is a noh device, they are refurbished by garmin, not new!What is a … This is a noh device, they are refurbished by garmin, not new!What is a newly overhauled (NOH) device?A newly overhauled (NOH) device is a device refurbished at the Garmin factory. Newly overhauled devices go through extensive testing to bring the units up to the same specifications as when they were manufactured as new, maintaining high quality standards. Newly overhauled devices will still have a one year manufacturer's warranty when purchased from a Garmin dealer. The device comes in plain packaging.



This has been pointed out already. However, refurbished by Garmin themselves and with a 1 year warranty means they are effectively new. I have bought refurbished from the likes of Apple before and other than the plain packaging (which you need to take into account if you plan to sell on again) they are just as good.
Anyone ordered and could confirm that it looks like new?

Thanks

Anyone ordered and could confirm that it looks like new?Thanks



Mine was delivered on Saturday. I was expecting plain packaging so was a little surprised to see it was in a box with "Garmin reconditioned" (or something like that) all over it. While the watch and all other bits were individually wrapped in bubblewrap everything looked brand new with no marks or signs of use what so ever. Loving it.
Vanderlust

Yeah the F3 with cadence and speed sensors are all you 'need' for cycling … Yeah the F3 with cadence and speed sensors are all you 'need' for cycling really. I got the Edge 1000 for the mapping to go on tours and for the Live segments on Strava Premium which by the way is the most fun since Mario Kart. Devices like the Edge 1000, 520 etc are in for a rough time. People are carrying phones which have more memory, better tracking and better processing power so Garmins, Wahoos etc are in a precarious position. How will they justify themselves over the next few years I'm not sure. Waterproofing? ANT+? Phones are starting to do those too. For runners I think the watch is here to stay for quite some time. But for cyclists it's probably going to end up phone/Strava app/smart glasses (like the Solos) and no headunit on the bike at all.http://www.solos-wearables.comhttps://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into-sports/cycling/varia-vision-in-sight-display/prod530536.htmlhttps://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/glass/start/


That solos looks great.
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