I promise I’ll update the monthlies this weekend! I’m currently on hols again relaxing in Lanzarote. Well, not relaxing so much as putting in hours of pool time, miles of cycling and a little bit of running. A couple of times I had a whole Olympic pool to myself too. Not just a lane, a whole POOL with 8 50m lanes and just me.
A few months on from my previous holiday moans now, and certainly many new firmwares on various devices. This time I brought the Suunto 9 and a Varia radar.
I’m glad I have the radar.
Issues? Yes. Months on not a lot has changed for the better. The Fenix 5 Plus crashed in the exact same way as last time – I think Spotify makes it crazy under certain circumstances. To be fair this wasn’t that disruptive now I know to just long press the off button to fully reset. The restart or power off don’t work, it just pauses for a bit and comes back broken.
The Vantage V is just not ready. Pool distances are often wrong and sometimes missing, meaning I ALWAYS have to wear a Garmin to get accurate data. So why wear the Polar? I like Flow. Even though Flow and the V spent all week telling me to stop exercising! This is due to the almost pointless algorithm it uses (similar to Garmin) whereby what you did 3 weeks ago affects the advice more than your current state. With my job, and I’m sure a lot of yours that means the advice will never be useful due to schedules getting busy and quiet. Maybe I need a human coach? Nah, I’m not keen on humans 😉
Suunto? I finally tried the 9 Baro WHR whatever in the pool. It’s fine in the pool and accurate from what I could tell. Pointless though because the Suunto app doesn’t have any function to let me consume that data. This means, like the Polar, I have to wear a Garmin as well so why wear a Suunto?
I’m really trying to get away from Garmin – they don’t seem to have an appetite to do what I want them to and improve usability/interface. The Marq looks promising though to be fair.
Oh, and the 1030? No real complaints there. The Varia was awesome in Lanzarote. It takes all of the worry out of descending and I no longer spend much time looking over my shoulder at 45mph on a mountain. This is a really good thing. The Fenix also vibrates when a car is coming which helps with headphones. Yes I wore headphones a few times, I like music while I ride. Let’s not debate the whole headphones are dangerous thing, it’s ridiculous as hearing impaired people have proven many times over. And a little buzz on the wrist really takes away the surprise of a vehicle 🙂