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10/21/16 11:39 P

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Too many choices in today's technology overwhelm me too. Phones, tablets, bicycles, training watches

For the record, I use a Garmin Forerunner 305 but they don't make them anymore.

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10/21/16 12:19 P

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Lately I've been browsing GPS watches online. I've been using an application on my phone to time my intervals, pace, and distance, but I'm looking to upgrade. Shopping for a GPS watch turns out to be a bit more complicated than I expected. So many choices!

So... what makes and models do folks here who train with GPS watches like? What do you wish yours did better?

My biggest requirements are of course accurate timing and distance traveled and good support for setting custom run/walk intervals because hey, we are on the Galloway team. My $3 phone app can do custom intervals very well (and it's easy!) and obviously I don't want to give up that functionality. I can quickly set up intervals of any time or distance and any number of repetitions. It vibrates or speaks to start each interval.

An altimeter with tracking of elevation gain/loss during runs would be a "nice to have". I guess I don't have to have it, but I'm a data geek and I really want one. :) I quickly realized while shopping for watches that finding an accurate altimeter can be complicated and raises the price point. Many GPS watches use a GPS based altimeter and from what I'm reading those have significant accuracy problems.

A barometric altimeter is recommended for accurate readings. Even that's apparently tricky though. I found someone's review who compared a Garmin Fenix 2 to a Garmin Forerunner 910XT using the same route. Both have barometric altimeters. Unfortunately they showed very different results for elevation gain/loss when they should have been identical. Arrgghh!

That said, the Fenix 2 looks good from a features standpoint though it's a bit pricey. It has the running features I want plus some good features for hiking. I'm still looking into how it differs from the Forerunner 910XT. I'm kind of concerned by how many people have reported Fenix 2 defects on Amazon though. Garmin has moved on to the Fenix 3, but that's just too much money. $500. Ouch!

Honestly there are so many Forerunner models I don't know if the 910XT is the one I should be comparing to. Anyway, sorry this is so long. Any thoughts?

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