Monthly Roundup – August 2016

I thought it might be useful to have a roundup of recommendations so everything is in one place, and so we have a nice record of speculations updated for August 2016…

In alphabetical order of manufacturer.

Manufacturer Device Current Speculation
Garmin Fenix Don’t buy – this is very old
Garmin Fenix 2 Don’t buy – Fenix 3 is now cheap and Fenix 2 is not getting updates.
Garmin Fenix 3 Fenix 3 HR Buy – this probably won’t be updated until winter
Garmin Fenix 4/HR Probably coming in January
Garmin Forerunner 910XT Don’t buy – this is very old
Garmin Forerunner 920XT Buy – this probably won’t be updated until autumn/fall
Garmin Forerunner 930XT/935XT Probably coming in autumn/fall
Garmin Forerunner 735XT Buy – this is brand new and seems to be running Fenix code so hopefully isn’t buggy
Garmin Epix Buy – this probably won’t be updated until winter. It does appear abandoned by Garmin though with no new firmware for a very long time
Garmin Epix 2 Probably abandoned, the Epix has had no firmware updates for a very long time. Expect maps in the Fenix 4 instead
Garmin Edge 510 Don’t buy, this is very old
Garmin Edge 520 Buy, this is very new
Garmin Edge 810 Buy if you get a good deal, but this won’t receive new updates
Garmin Edge 820 Buy, just released
Garmin Edge 1000 Buy if you get a good deal, this is overdue for replacement
Garmin Edge 1010 Coming soon, possibly to align with new ConnectIQ features or at CES in January 2017
Polar v800 Wait – update is probably imminent
Polar Overdue, expected announcement at Kona in October. H7i Sensor just leaked which is likely to be packaged with this watch
Polar m400 Wait – update is probably imminent
Polar Overdue, hopefully August (M600)
Suunto Ambit 2 Don’t buy unless you need Ant+
Suunto Ambit 3 Replacement announced – buy if you get a good deal and are not bothered by being a generation behind
Suunto Ambit 4 Officially not going to happen, Spartan Ultra has replaced Ambit
Suunto Spartan Ultra Released and due in stores by September
Suunto Kailash Buy if you can work out what it’s for or who it’s aimed at
Suunto Traverse Why Suunto, WHY!?


  1. I’m thinking of buying the Garmin Forerunner 235. What’s your take on that device?
    It’s about half a year old and a store I talked to thought it might soon be replaced…

    • Personally I don’t think the FR235 will be replaced this year. If you look at DCRainmaker’s excellent product comparison here it shows the progression of that range (sorry they are on my list to do!). Note that the FR225 and FR235 are very close together because the FR225 was sort of an experiment with a third party sensor. If Garmin is your thing and you’re OK with the HR on the back then go for it. These are mature in firmware and you probably have a clear year before they introduce anything to replace it. Even then you’d want to wait 6 months or so for firmware to stabilise. I make no guarantees though, I’m often caught by surprise! The FR220 was 2013 which was the previous watch in the range, and the FR210 was 2010 so I think we’re safe to assume a late 2017 launch of a FR245 and FR240. Hope that helps.

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