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GPS Watch
« on: March 09, 2017, 02:49:03 AM »
I use a Speedcoach. It is the older nonprogrammable model. I have a heart monitor but rarely use it. I keep the unit at the bow which I like because I can see it without looking down.  I don't like having to stop and crawl on my belly every time I want to stop it for an interval so I was thinking of supplementing with a GPS watch. I've never owned one. I DON'T want a fitness tracker or HR monitor. I DO want something simple with big numbers so OLD eyes can read. I'm thinking less features and functions, maybe an older model that a mature mind can easily operate.
Garmin 910 keeps popping up. As far as cost goes, I was hoping to slip it into my PayPal account without my husband notice so prolly under 250. Any opinions?


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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2017, 04:06:24 AM »
The Garmins are nice - I have two - but they aren't particularly intuitive to use and they aren't particularly cheap. Technical support is notoriously bad. A friend has a Tom Tom runners watch and swears by it. Easier to use. Decent display. Waterproof 50m. Pretty cheap, as these things go. I'd take a look at one if you can get it in your country.

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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2017, 06:37:51 AM »
I was hoping to slip it into my PayPal account without my husband notice so prolly under 250. Any opinions?

Vivo active HR is probably your best choice. It goes for $219 and I've seen it for $150 on
Amazon.

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 so I don't need to whip out
my HR belt for the off chances I want to use it.

Large Numbers on the display and a small footprint for the watch make it also very nice
and comfortable. The watch is easy to use with its touchscreen, 2 taps and I'm off to the
races. Works great with iPhone connectivity and the Free Garmin connect service
is also very useful.

My experience with Garmin support was good, but YMMV.

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/538374
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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2017, 03:52:46 PM »
I was hoping to slip it into my PayPal account without my husband notice so prolly under 250. Any opinions?

Vivo active HR is probably your best choice. It goes for $219 and I've seen it for $150 on
Amazon.

I've had three GPS watches and my favorite by far is the Garmin Vivoactive HR. This one very easy to use compared to my other two Garmins. Seamless bluetooth connectivity to my smartphone and Garmin Connect website for data analysis.  Great for watersports, hiking, running, workouts. I'm not a golfer, but it has specialized functions for golf as well. 

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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2017, 04:31:13 PM »
value for money is the garmin forerunner 25 not the most techo but will do the job.

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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2017, 06:39:09 PM »
You can find a vivoactive for about the same price as the forerunner that does more SUP functions--like strokerate
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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2017, 06:49:44 PM »
There are great deals on new and refurb Garmins on the link below. Refurb Forerunner 920XT for $245 or brand new for $280. Other models there as well...

http://g.factoryoutletstore.com/cat/57347/Garmin-Forerunner-920xt-Series.html


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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2017, 02:38:11 AM »
Any thoughts in whether buying refurbished is safe?

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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2017, 03:36:32 AM »
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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2017, 06:04:44 AM »
Ordered refurnished Vivoactive HR newer model with paddle board app and got a three year extended warranty total cost 175. Direct from Garmin

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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2017, 07:30:34 AM »
Ordered refurnished Vivoactive HR newer model with paddle board app and got a three year extended warranty total cost 175. Direct from Garmin

Good deal. Congrats :)
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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2017, 08:40:19 AM »
You will love it. I did buy the optional strap for more accurate HR, but the sup app is awesome. Enjoy!!
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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2017, 11:05:03 AM »
Garmin Connect now has a new partner, Relive.cc ( https://www.relive.cc ) , which automatically generates an aerial view of GPS track uploaded to Garmin Connect. It is intended for cyclists using GPS tracking in "Bike" mode, but it worked for me using VivoactiveHR "Run" mode...following is a track I made of a jog on the perimeter of North Island, Coronado:

https://www.relive.cc/view/g10234559125

If it works with "Run" mode, it may also work when doing GPS tracking in "SUP" mode.  Give it a try!

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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2017, 12:56:33 PM »
Ordered refurnished Vivoactive HR newer model with paddle board app and got a three year extended warranty total cost 175. Direct from Garmin

Congratulations! And as you said in your first post, at that price you donít have to tell your hubbie  ;D  ;D  ;D

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Re: GPS Watch
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2017, 01:35:39 PM »
 Here is a screen shot of a paddle from the windows 10 phone app. Finally fixed it.

Hopefully you are on another platform!
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