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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2017, 02:49:57 PM »
Tell my husband what  :) :D
I just hope the refurbished is ok.

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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2017, 02:56:19 PM »
Nice tips guys. I also ordered a Vivoactive HR refurbished directly from Canada - yeah...
I am sure the speed is not as accurate as the Doppler on my Canmore GP-102 but I really wanted stroke information and plugging $500 on a SpeedCoach while I already have a Makai did not appeal to me at all. Especially as the SpeeCoach is not necessarily the do all, record all equipment that the price would warrant.
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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2017, 03:28:20 PM »
Refurbished electronics are generally fine. The only things that get refurb are recently sold stuff that fails under warranty. Repairs for this kind of gear are either straightforward and reliable or impossible. So you're pretty safe. For some products refurbs are better--fixing a known problem generally means the most common failure mode is gone.
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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2017, 03:34:17 PM »
Nice tips guys. I also ordered a Vivoactive HR refurbished directly from Canada - yeah...
I am sure the speed is not as accurate as the Doppler on my Canmore GP-102 but I really wanted stroke information and plugging $500 on a SpeedCoach while I already have a Makai did not appeal to me at all. Especially as the SpeeCoach is not necessarily the do all, record all equipment that the price would warrant.

Yes, that's the main reason I use the Vivo, it records everything my speedcoach doesn't and
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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2017, 03:37:02 PM »
for record keeping and analysis

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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2017, 03:44:30 PM »
Do you need a computer to synchronize? I don't use one.

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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2017, 04:12:59 PM »
I don't have one either! Garmin app on a smartphone IOS, Android, or Windows will do it.

And you don't need the phone with you on the water!
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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2017, 08:59:17 AM »
I was hoping to slip it into my PayPal account without my husband notice so prolly under 250. Any opinions?
Has everything you need along with it's SUP app that gives you the stroke rate, stroke count and distance per stroke metrics.
It has a built in HR which I rarely use but it's there regardless..
https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/538374

Sounds like a solid watch given those features!
I've been tinkering to try something else out there after 4 years of Suunto A2 and A3 + VaakaCadence for stroke accuracy.
New Suunto Spartan Ultra just seem way overpriced - thus no harm looking around I think.



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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #23 on: March 12, 2017, 09:07:01 AM »

Sounds like a solid watch given those features!
I've been tinkering to try something else out there after 4 years of Suunto A2 and A3 + VaakaCadence for stroke accuracy.
New Suunto Spartan Ultra just seem way overpriced - thus no harm looking around I think.


Yes, no harm in that.
The VivoActive HR pretty much rendered my VaakaCadence useless.
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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #24 on: March 12, 2017, 09:17:35 AM »

Sounds like a solid watch given those features!


Yes, no harm in that.
The VivoActive HR pretty much rendered my VaakaCadence useless.

How long does battery last? Can it do route tracking?
The one feature why I'm not giving up Ambit3 yet is the navigation feature which you can program before ultra distance races like the 11CityTour.


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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #25 on: March 12, 2017, 10:51:17 AM »

Sounds like a solid watch given those features!


Yes, no harm in that.
The VivoActive HR pretty much rendered my VaakaCadence useless.

How long does battery last? Can it do route tracking?
The one feature why I'm not giving up Ambit3 yet is the navigation feature which you can program before ultra distance races like the 11CityTour.


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Battery last me a week worth of training (4 training sessions) and all the down time
in between so pretty good.

As for route tracking it's probably asking too much at this price point. I know it has
navigation features with pre-saved locations but it's something I never use so can't
speak to that but I'll guess it's not what you're looking for.
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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #26 on: March 12, 2017, 12:26:58 PM »

Battery last me a week worth of training (4 training sessions) and all the down time
in between so pretty good.

As for route tracking it's probably asking too much at this price point. I know it has
navigation features with pre-saved locations but it's something I never use so can't
speak to that but I'll guess it's not what you're looking for.

For what it's worth, even without route navigation, it's still a great watch. I'll look it up next time at the mall.


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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #27 on: March 20, 2017, 05:35:22 PM »
So my watch came today. My brain hurts from trying to figure it out. I can't really see the face well  but I am indoors and haven't actually used it out doors. The SUP feature seems fine it you can see it when paddling. More to come.

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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #28 on: March 20, 2017, 07:48:33 PM »
First thing I did is to change the face to white over black. works well for me.

Second, try to do most of the setup through the phone rather than on the watch.
made it easier for me.
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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #29 on: March 20, 2017, 07:52:43 PM »
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