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    Cheap as chips gps watch for strava mtb and kitesurf.

    Hey Bros,


    Whats your recommendation for a cheap and chearful waterproof watch i can use for stravaing, mtb, kitesurfing, and drawing gps cocks. Heartrate would be good too and being able to read elevation on the screen.

    I'm prone to smashing watches and phones so dont want to spend too much.

    Currently looking at the Garman forerunner 35m.

    https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Foreru...SIN=B01KPUHBK6

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    IMO I'd want more then 5ATM water resistance for any water use.
    Niner WFO9, Sunday Soundwave (BMX), Nashbar CXSS (workout/gravel), 6KU SS (town bike)

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    5 ATM is 165' of water. That's good enough for SCUBA diving.
    Do the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    5 ATM is 165' of water. That's good enough for SCUBA diving.
    I misread 5 ATM = 50m as 50ft. My bad. You are right.
    Niner WFO9, Sunday Soundwave (BMX), Nashbar CXSS (workout/gravel), 6KU SS (town bike)

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    Feedback from the kitesurfing forum suggests the garmin works well on the water. So i'm happy with the waterproofness.

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    I used a Garmin Vivofit HR for a while. Battery life wasn't good enough for my endurance racing, nor had the option for using a power meter, so I upgraded. Other than that, I thought it was great. Never had any problems, including swimming with it on during a triathlon.

    It was an older model I found on Amazon at a clearance price.

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    You want cheap, I'm sporting a Garmin Vivoactive which is still widely available for <$100. Pretty much checks all your boxes but uses a standalone HRM which you can buy for $15 for the Garmin unit if you hit the clearance sites like Buy Dig, et al. Any ANT+ strap works like my Wahoo Tickr. I see the Forerunner 35 does not utilize Connect IQ which allows for apps to be loaded. The Vivoactive does.

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    ^^^ optical wrist HR monitors don't really work well at all for active sports. If HR is important, a separate chest strap or optical arm band monitor will be much more reliable.

    FWIW: The definitive reference for all sports tech stuff is the DCRainmaker.
    Do the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    ^^^ optical wrist HR monitors don't really work well at all for active sports. If HR is important, a separate chest strap or optical arm band monitor will be much more reliable.

    FWIW: The definitive reference for all sports tech stuff is the DCRainmaker.
    I concur with all the above. I prefer a standalone HRM and usebone every single ride. Same with DCRainmaker but your dealing with low budget stuff in the realm of gps watches. Thus Vivoactive is working very well for me and interfaces well and easily with my S7 phone. I seldom take it off.

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    Indication of heart rate is good enough. In truth I'm more interested in resting heart rate than while active. So would not go to the hassle of an additional hr band.

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    I rode last night with just the optical, I wasn't concerned with accurate, just close enough.

    When I care about accurate, I use a chest strap, which still connects to my current watch (and older Garmin's listed above). So you can have the best of both worlds there.

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    Vivoactive 3 looks pretty good

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    I'm finding the OHR on my Garmin 935 is pretty damn close to the chest strap. If I forget the chest strap, I don't consider the OHR to be an issue.
    BUT, someone could borrow my watch and have issues. It just happens to work well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    I'm finding the OHR on my Garmin 935 is pretty damn close to the chest strap. If I forget the chest strap, I don't consider the OHR to be an issue.
    BUT, someone could borrow my watch and have issues. It just happens to work well for me.
    Seems to work great on my GF, horrible for me.

    I didn't realize my HRM didn't connect before my race Saturday. I looked down at my watch, gasping for air, and I see 90 BPM. Ugh. Manually connect it on an easy section on lap two and my HR jumps to where it belongs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plummet View Post
    Vivoactive 3 looks pretty good
    My VA3 works very well.

    Enough that it's made me even more pissed at the various dysfunctions of my Edge520+, which cost almost twice as much.
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    ^^^ Using "Garmin Edge" and "dysfunctional" in the same sentence is redundant.
    Do the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    someone could borrow my watch and have issues. It just happens to work well for me.
    That's a weird thought, to me. Strikes me like borrowing someone's underwear. I don't know why, it's just not something I ever thought about loaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    That's a weird thought, to me. Strikes me like borrowing someone's underwear. I don't know why, it's just not something I ever thought about loaning.
    They "could" borrow my watch.
    But I wear it 24/7 apart from charging...

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