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Which Watch?

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Created by Lorgra 30 days ago, 19 Oct 2019
KiteAddicted
32 posts
28 Oct 2019 11:24AM
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i suggest you add wifi update to your requirements list. i have an old garmin 310xt. ticks all your boxes but having to use a pc and plug the ant dongle into usb is a pain. to be fair most modern watches have this feature...

richswing
WA, 723 posts
1 Nov 2019 1:09PM
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I had a Fitbit Ionic and I was very happy with it. Of course there are issues with the touch screen when wet but I found it not to be a concern when kiting. Some have reported issues with the Ionic but mine has been perfect.
I got a Garmin Fenix 5 for a present and it is a much more ruggedised watch than the Fitbit but in someone ways they are very comparable and a fair few of the side by side features of the two watch I prefer Fitbit.

Its only the additional features the Garmin has that I think make it a better watch.

Cheers
Rich

Peahi
VIC, 1106 posts
8 Nov 2019 10:16AM
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KiteAddicted said..
i suggest you add wifi update to your requirements list. i have an old garmin 310xt. ticks all your boxes but having to use a pc and plug the ant dongle into usb is a pain. to be fair most modern watches have this feature...


+1 for that, its a pita. bluetooth/wifi upload will be on my list of upgrades

My 6 years old 910xt now seems waterlogged beyond repair (at least I got my last kite session uploaded :)

So the battery did last longer than the watch (as they said)

Anyone know if the waterproof seals can be fixed?

Weta
WA, 843 posts
8 Nov 2019 2:31PM
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Garmin Quatix 5 is good but $$$$.

JMG- Wind-Kitesufing app is good.

SUP app is good for stoke count and metres per stroke etc.

Bike app is good.

Hiking app is good.

Beers consumed app...........thank fully not a feature ;)

Watch has heaps of features and actually does help track your walk metres, floors climbed and sleep which does make you more aware if you are an old fat lazy bugger ;)

NorthernKitesAUS
QLD, 821 posts
9 Nov 2019 8:08AM
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richswing said..
I had a Fitbit Ionic and I was very happy with it. Of course there are issues with the touch screen when wet but I found it not to be a concern when kiting. Some have reported issues with the Ionic but mine has been perfect.
I got a Garmin Fenix 5 for a present and it is a much more ruggedised watch than the Fitbit but in someone ways they are very comparable and a fair few of the side by side features of the two watch I prefer Fitbit.

Its only the additional features the Garmin has that I think make it a better watch.

Cheers
Rich


I am thinking of getting a Fitbit Ionic because of its retro 80s look, and not to look like a fighter pilot. Chicks these days hate alpha males I hear. So what other features does the Garmin have? May go for something inbetween. At the moment I use a Pebble watch with a gps Bluetooth receiver in a waterproof bag. Works great but it doesn't record my ride, just realtime positioning. However the ForeSail app in the watch is great for direction, position tacking, and speed.

snalberski
WA, 656 posts
9 Nov 2019 12:13PM
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I got a Amazfit Stratos a couple of weeks ago. I'd never had a gps fitness watch previously but am very happy with this purchase. It does everything I wanted (as per original poster) and heaps more that I'd never realised and cost $200 from Toby deals. Highly recommended.

Weta
WA, 843 posts
9 Nov 2019 5:29PM
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NorthernKitesAUS said..

richswing said..
I had a Fitbit Ionic and I was very happy with it. Of course there are issues with the touch screen when wet but I found it not to be a concern when kiting. Some have reported issues with the Ionic but mine has been perfect.
I got a Garmin Fenix 5 for a present and it is a much more ruggedised watch than the Fitbit but in someone ways they are very comparable and a fair few of the side by side features of the two watch I prefer Fitbit.

Its only the additional features the Garmin has that I think make it a better watch.

Cheers
Rich



I am thinking of getting a Fitbit Ionic because of its retro 80s look, and not to look like a fighter pilot. Chicks these days hate alpha males I hear. So what other features does the Garmin have? May go for something inbetween. At the moment I use a Pebble watch with a gps Bluetooth receiver in a waterproof bag. Works great but it doesn't record my ride, just realtime positioning. However the ForeSail app in the watch is great for direction, position tacking, and speed.


Well you are definitely not Alpha if you're purchasing a watch on what Chicks Dig. How about getting a watch that's fit for purpose and within your budget??? Just saying.

CJ2478
NSW, 373 posts
Monday , 11 Nov 2019 8:20AM
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Has anyone tried the Garmin Instinct?

wishy
WA, 1407 posts
Monday , 11 Nov 2019 5:55AM
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More kiting gear is always a better choice than more tech junk. If you have so much money that you already have all the kiting gear you want then just buy some of those diamond teeth covers the rappers have, at least they look cooler than a digital dork watch.

NorthernKitesAUS
QLD, 821 posts
Monday , 11 Nov 2019 2:18PM
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Weta said..

NorthernKitesAUS said..


richswing said..
I had a Fitbit Ionic and I was very happy with it. Of course there are issues with the touch screen when wet but I found it not to be a concern when kiting. Some have reported issues with the Ionic but mine has been perfect.
I got a Garmin Fenix 5 for a present and it is a much more ruggedised watch than the Fitbit but in someone ways they are very comparable and a fair few of the side by side features of the two watch I prefer Fitbit.

Its only the additional features the Garmin has that I think make it a better watch.

Cheers
Rich




I am thinking of getting a Fitbit Ionic because of its retro 80s look, and not to look like a fighter pilot. Chicks these days hate alpha males I hear. So what other features does the Garmin have? May go for something inbetween. At the moment I use a Pebble watch with a gps Bluetooth receiver in a waterproof bag. Works great but it doesn't record my ride, just realtime positioning. However the ForeSail app in the watch is great for direction, position tacking, and speed.



Well you are definitely not Alpha if you're purchasing a watch on what Chicks Dig. How about getting a watch that's fit for purpose and within your budget??? Just saying.


But it works!

Waveswindy
NSW, 96 posts
Thursday , 14 Nov 2019 8:20AM
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Lorgra said..
Hi all

Thanks for your input.

Ended up going with the Garmin Fenix 5 in the sapphire.

Got it half price from Ryda.com.au as the Fenix 6 has taken over.

cheers


$549?

lofty_wa
WA, 17 posts
Thursday , 14 Nov 2019 10:31AM
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Good choice

LuigiKiter
WA, 202 posts
Thursday , 14 Nov 2019 12:45PM
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CJ2478 said..
Has anyone tried the Garmin Instinct?



I have the instinct, good watch and rugged enough for kitesurfing.

westy24
3 posts
Thursday , 14 Nov 2019 7:04PM
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Same love my instinct. Does everything I need it to do and doesn't look like a "smart watch"

Fly on da wall
VIC, 696 posts
Friday , 15 Nov 2019 12:19PM
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Just got another Suunto Ambit Sport 3 @ 198 buck's down from around original $500 odd retail..
Does everything and can read log as soon as you stop. No phone or computer needed. ps.. No I don't work for Suunto!



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