Hi all, I have a vivoactive watch and it is does many things well .... hardly any of which it turns out I actually use.
Looking around (after Amazon kindly let me return it after a few months and an unexpected cash birthday gift) and I have decided the features I would really like are really just around running. Ideally:
- a virtual partner (two little stick figures, one running at the ideal pace, and one representing me either in front or behind)
- a virtual racer (same two little stick figures but one is running a previous run)
- (running) cadence
- custom training plans
- heart rate monitor
Now, looking around there are very nice watches like the fr630 that do this bot they are close to £300! I noticed the old fr610 which had all of these features was only £121 on Amazon + foot pod for ~£40 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gps-Garmin-Forerunner-Running-Watch-Monitor/dp/B0050HKOXQ).
Sure, you don't get funky whizzy cool things like activity tracking, smart phone notifications or colour and it is 5 years old, but in terms of black and white, cold hard facts, it pretty much does everything I want. Needing a foot pod for cadence is a bit of a pain, but a bit of superglue, velcro and defacing my fantastic vibrams should sort that out.
I haven't found a single bad review of the fr610 other than hardware issues to do with corrosion etc. that have been manufactured away by now.
I am currently tossing up between the fr620+HRM (which only has virtual pacer), the fr610 and the fr235 (simply because it is the new kid on the block and my colleague highly recommended it).
I am all a-dither!
On the one hand, it does what I want and is ~180 all in, on the other it is 5 years old....
So what do you think? (Yeah, I really can't make up my mind on this) - any experiences one way or the other?
Any and all (polite and constructive ;-)) comments welcome.
P.S. In a previous comment I said I wouldn't consider a HR chest strap - I would still prefer not to have one, rather use the rhythm scosche+
P.P.S. and yes, I have read DC Rain Maker _to death_ (http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2011/04/garmin-forerunner-610-in-depth-review.html) and still can't decide!