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Tech fail ... again


Evening all. Just finished my eight run after finishing C25K and have a question / rant about tech.

Started out using my Fitbit Blaze to track my runs so I can glance at my pace as I run (and it means my phone can stay in my running belt all the time as I can start tracking when I start my run using the watch). I’m hopelessly inconsistent so mainly it helps me stop setting out too fast.

But in heavy rain wet clothes / rain drops can catch the touch screen and stop tracking the run. And now tonight it stopped tracking for no reason when dry.

It really shouldn’t matter I know but I’m quite hooked on the stats and having bits of runs rather than the whole thing really annoys me, so I think a present to myself might be on the cards.

So the question is what watch do you use and how have you got on in heavy rain etc.? Also good to know if anyone has had similar problems.

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I have a Garmin Forerunner 235, I love it. At the time I bought it my phone was playing up and dropping out of apps all the time, and it was driving me mad. I have no regrets about buying it and really love looking at all the data it records when I get home from a run because graphs are just my thing. It's water resistant...but I hate running in the rain so haven't tested this. Have run in all other weathers however, including giant blizzards, and it's done just fine. Basically, I like that it has just one job to do, track my running, and it does it well.

tony_aGraduate10 in reply to Sqkr

Thanks. I was thinking Garmin was probably the way to go.


I really would get a Garmin. I've had several Fitbits and the more sophisticated, the more flakey they are. i had to return the Ionic because it wouldn't track my swims. My Garmins (I've had two) have been pretty consistent. I've had my Fenix 5s stop tracking a run once, but it was a blip. It works flawlessly 99.9% of the time, including in the rain. the thing with the Garmins are they are not touch screen, they use buttons, so you don't have problems with rain, sleeves, accidental swipes etc.

tony_aGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

Really helpful, thanks. Been doing some browsing on the Garmin website. Now need to think about how I justify this to my better half as an essential purchase 🤔

FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to tony_a

the other thing, of course, is you don't have to have your phone with you with the Garmin watches as they have very accurate built in GPS. And tell your better half that some if not all have a compass and tracking so you can't get lost in the wilds ;)


I have a Garmin Vivoactive HR and I love it. It is great in the wet also. Some people use them during swimming. Had a Fitbit too, but it got wonky on distances so I replaced it. My wife uses a Fitbit now and it has gone completely whacko, saying she is burning over 2000 calories in her sleep. If only:)

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