Garmin Vivosmart 5 vs Vivosmart 4 vs Fitbit Charge 5 Compared – Lagging behind the competition

It is a big year for Garmin; they have already launched two flagship products, the Fenix 7 and Epix 2 as well as the popular Garmin Instinct 2. They are also believed to be launching the Forerunner 255 and 255s soon, then the Forerunner 955, Venu Sq 2, Vivomove Trend, Austin and Instinct Analog. First … Read more

Polar Pacer Pro vs Vantage M2 vs Garmin Forerunner 245 Compared – Or wait for the Forerunner 255

This week, Polar announced two new watches, the Polar Pacer Pro and the standard Pacer. These are geared toward runners but should function well as multisports watches. The two watches shake up the Polar range, effectively making the M2 obsolete and reducing the appeal of their premium-priced watches. In theory, that’s good for the consumer, … Read more

Garmin Instinct 2 vs Instinct vs Fenix 7 Compared – Initial Impressions

The Garmin Instinct proved to be a huge hit for Garmin. The Casio G-Shock design combined with a feature set similar to the Fenix at a more affordable price was very appealing. It is, therefore, no surprise Garmin were eager to continue this new line, and they have now expanded it to include a smaller … Read more

Garmin Epix Gen 2 is available to buy now on Garmin from £799.99

Similar to my recent Fenix 7 post, Garmin has been a little overeager with publishing their product pages. The new Garmin Epix Gen 2 is live on the site but not currently available to buy. Price and Availability Considering the high price of some of the Fenix 7 models, the Garmin Epix 2 doesn’t feel … Read more

Tacx Neo Bike Smart Trainer Review – Better than a dedicated indoor bike + trainer

The Tacx Neo Bike has been reviewed by plenty of other sites that are more experienced and knowledgeable in this field than me. But I bought it, I like it, so I am going to review it. This is very much a luxury expense, there are much cheaper options on the market, and I know … Read more

Garmin Discounts: Instinct Solar for £96, Garmin Enduro for £240 – Cheap Fenix 6 Alternatives

Garmin has a 2022 New Year New You promotion on with a couple of insanely good deals on. The sales includes a wide range of watches and also bike computers, most of which have relatively small discounts that can be matched elsewhere online. The two stand out options are the Gamin Instinct Solar and the … Read more

Garmin Fenix 7 Details – Launch Date & Feature News – Fenix 7x / 7S

[Update 18/12/21] Added new images that are reportedly the Garmin Fenix 7. [Updated 07/01/22] More Fenix 7 specs revealed including likely ECG and longer battery life The Garmin Fenix 6 series was launched back in August 2019, back when times were simpler. Garmin then followed this up with new Fenix 6 Solar variants in 2020. … Read more

Garmin Venu 2 & 2S Launched with a bigger display, better Battery vs Venu + new Elevate V4 HRM & Connect IQ 4.0

[Update: 24/02/21] The Garmin Venu 2 & Venu 2S are now official Garmin has been a little quiet recently; they are hopefully gearing up for the Fenix 7 launch at some point later this year. However, in the meantime, it looks like the Garmin Venu 2 will launch. The Garmin Venu appears to have been … Read more

Garmin Enduro vs Fenix 6 – A £700 base model Fenix 6 but with an incredible battery life of 65 days for the smartwatch & 80 hours GPS

Garmin hasn’t had a big launch recently, hopefully we will get the Fenix 7 at some point later in the year. In the meantime, they have launched the Garmin Enduro. The is an appealing but somewhat niche watch. The main issue it has is the high price tag of £699.99 putting it £170 high than … Read more

[Fixed] Garmin GPS accuracy Issue caused by expired CPE (January 2021) – Affecting Forerunner 245, 945, Vivoactive 4, Polar & Suunto Watches

[Update 3rd of January 2021] Fix rolled out for Garmin It now looks like Garmin have pushed the CPE file update to their users, if you have phone syncing on, this should update automatically. You can also manually update via Garmin Connect If you check System > About and CPE and it shows expired, the update has not … Read more

Garmin Venu SQ vs Venu vs Forerunner 45 Compared – A new affordable square Venu, similar to the Fitbit Versa 3

Today, Garmin launched its latest watch, the Venu SQ. Unlike the Forerunner 745, this is a more affordable mainstream consumer-focussed watch. Functionality-wise it is just a cut-down Venu, so there is not that much to compare really. Garmin Venu SQ Overview A new square 1.3” 240 x 240 pixel LCD display Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen … Read more

Garmin HRM-Pro vs HRM-Tri vs HRM-Run vs HRM-Dual vs Wahoo Tickr X Compared – What’s changed and is the HRM-Pro the best heart rate monitor for Garmin

Yesterday, Garmin announced the new Forerunner 745, and also the new HRM-Pro chest strap. There are a lot of heart rate monitors on the market, and you would think they all do the same thing, so it doesn’t matter, but that is not quite the case. Compared to Garmin HRM-Tri & HRM-Run In short, the … Read more

Garmin starts syncing data again – sort of – Garmin Connect & Activity Uploads working.

It looks like Garmin is slowly getting back up and running. This morning I got a notification that an activity had synced. I excitedly opened up the Garmin Connect app, but disappointingly I was greeted with the usual sorry we are doing for maintenance message. However, more data was there than usual. Heart rate data … Read more

How to upload Garmin activities to Strava while Garmin Connect Sync is down & will steps, sleep data, and challenges still count for badges?

Like millions of others, I am affected by the disastrous situation Garmin is currently in. It is a PR nightmare for the company, and Garmin has no been dealing with the situation well. It is almost certainly a ransomware attack with multiple third parties confirming a $10m demand. Garmin has refused to state anything other … Read more

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