Monthly Roundup – February 2017

Now a regular feature, here’s the round-up of recommendations so everything is in one place, and so we have a nice record of speculations updated for February 2017…

OK, so I dropped the ball in January with this one, and February is late. I’m sorry! To be fair, with all the CES kerfuffle it was worth skipping one anyway, and now we’ve had to rethink what’s on the way and when.

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 4 is due imminently
Garmin Fenix 3 Fenix 3 HR, Quatix 3, D2 Bravo, Tactix Bravo This has finally been superceded. Don’t panic though, the Fenix 5 adds very little, so if the Fenix 3 is cheap it’s a great watch to buy. Updates will stop within the next year though, but there isn’t a lot they need to add to this stable and mature watch.
Garmin Fenix 5 Brand new, although pricey. This looks to be the Fenix 3 firmware so the usual “don’t buy Garmin until 6 months in” shouldn’t apply in theory!
Garmin Fenix Chronos Brand New, buy if you wear solid gold underpants. This has been replaced by a Fenix 5 so it’s not without risk, especially given the cost. Garmin have confused the market here and nobody knows the future of the Chronos. In theory it’s a 5 underneath so safe, but I wouldn’t put my money on it at that price.
Garmin Forerunner 910XT Don’t buy – this is very old
Garmin Forerunner 920XT Replacement imminent but this is a very capable and mature device
Garmin Forerunner 930XT/935XT Imminent. Yes, still imminent despite CES coming and going!
Garmin Forerunner 25 This has been out a while but nothing obvious seems planned in the near future.
Garmin Forerunner 35 Buy – this is still fairly new
Garmin Forerunner 230 Buy – this is still fairly new
Garmin Forerunner 225 Don’t buy. Garmin immediately replaced this with the 235 using their own sensor.
Garmin Forerunner 235 Buy – this is still fairly new
Garmin Forerunner 630 Buy – this is still fairly new
Garmin Forerunner 735XT Buy – this is brand new and seems to be running Fenix code so hopefully isn’t buggy
Garmin Epix Buy if you really, really need it – 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 very cheap, but it will feel dated fairly soon compared to the new lineup
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…Sea Otter? I don’t even know any more. It’ll have to be this year though.
Polar v800 Wait – update is probably imminent
Polar Overdue, expected announcement at…who knows! H7i Sensor has been leaked which is likely to be packaged with this watch
Polar M200 Buy, this is just released
Polar m400 Wait – update is probably imminent
Polar Possibly replaced by M600 so may not be updated. This also may be replaced by an M200 to differentiate with M600
Polar M600 Buy, this is brand new
Suunto Ambit 2 Don’t buy unless you need Ant+
Suunto Ambit 3 Replaced by Spartan Ultra – 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 Series has replaced Ambit
Suunto Spartan Ultra Buy, just released. Be aware there may be more models coming
Suunto Spartan Sport Buy, just released. Be aware there may be more models coming
Suunto Spartan Trainer Announcing shortly, just leaked. Be aware there may be more models coming
Suunto Kailash Buy if you can work out what it’s for or who it’s aimed at
Suunto Traverse Why Suunto, WHY!?


  1. h7i nooo, h10!!

  2. What about the Polar Cycle GPS (V650) ? Is it due to replacement ?

  3. Polar have confirmed that an upgrade to V800 is coming but that’s it.

  4. Why is the Edge 520 “new” was released in 2015 no?

    • Well spotted, sometimes I miss an update to a box 🙂

  5. What about vivoactive hr?

  6. This year there should be coming:
    Edge 1010
    Forerunner 935
    Vivofit 4
    Vivosmart 3
    Quatix 5
    Approach S60
    Dash Cam 45

      • Thanks for the update.
        For the other readers the link is part of the Merchandising list and specially the Merchandising Dummy unit list (M08-xxxxx).
        It allows the shop to buy dummy units of products which are released (or a about to be released)
        We have seen the 935 with the New Running Dynamics Pod (also in the list).
        Nice to see The Quatix will be the first Fenix 5 variant.

  7. No mentions about 635

    • 635 might be just 935 with less functions.
      So there is no reason to make a 635 dummy unit.

      • That’s what i first thought but at the moment the FR935 order/”buy me now” links are “semi” live. This also true for the Pod and the Approach plus some not in your list. The FR635 looks a little different at the moment.
        Also for the FR235 every colored version could be bought, so there should be no reason to do the same for the FR635 in my eyes.

  8. I noticed on Evans Cycles that the Edge 1000 was marked as “clearance”. Here is their reply when asked if its being discontinued.

    “Nothing has been confirmed yet on a new Edge model however we have dropped our prices in line with Garmin’s UK supplier. Whilst being in clearance, it isn’t yet discontinued so this could be a great time to pick up an Edge 1000.”

  9. Please consider listing the vivoactive; it’s one of Garmin’s most recommended watches these days and the vivoactive HR is one of the few that support all the latest connectiq sdks.

    Also, for your march update, you may want to go through this and replace all those references to the (never-made due to Chinese number superstitions) Fenix 4.

  10. there was never a windows 4 was there?
    not sure there will be a new vivoactive this year.

    • Yes, Windows NT 4 was one of the most widely used operating systems of the 90s!

  11. i too request that the Vivoactive HR be included on this list. As the “budget Fenix”, it fills a very unique position in Garmin’s lineup. It’s arguably more capable than the Forerumner line due to its sensors (compass, barometer) and mapping functions.

  12. I have just definitively proved to myself how old I am. yes I had nt4 on an old Tosh. Super sigh! (directed at self)

  13. I wish they release a GPSMAP 66

  14. March roundup? 🙂

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