Monthly Roundup – September 2016

Now a regular feature, here’s the roundup of recommendations so everything is in one place, and so we have a nice record of speculations updated for September 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 4 is due imminently
Garmin Fenix 3 Fenix 3 HR Replacement is due imminently but this is a stable and very capable device
Garmin Fenix 4/HR Imminent, certainly by CES 2017
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
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 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 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 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 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. There’s even more imminent than that 🙂

  2. What are your thoughts on the Garmin Forerunner 235?

    • I think it’s pretty safe to buy at the moment as it’s fairly new. When I have time I’ll put a page together for it and add to the monthly roundup, sorry it’s been on my list a while!

  3. Any ideas if Garmin are going to update the 235. The 225 then 235 seem to come out in quick succession….

    • That was an unusual thing due to HR monitors in the watch. Don’t expect another quick cycle there.

  4. check the version of CIQ on the devices Aikido vs Biker monkey. all the old ones will effectively be unsupported (for CIQ) at the end of 2016. *SO* they will ALL need to be replaced. Presumably next year (2017)

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