Cheapest Garmin watch/head unit for outdoor workouts and AT progression

Does anyone have a view on the cheapest Garmin watch/head unit that can pickup ant+ power pedals, and be able to send outdoor workouts to and then allow those to show up as input into Adaptive Training?

Thanks in advance,


Recommend the Edge 530, probably $300USD. Might be able to find it for a little less. If you can afford the Edge 830 with touch screen ($400USD) I highly recommend it for ease of use.

Im in the uk so the 530 is £259, was thinking I could get a previous generation watch for sub £200??

I use an Edge 130 plus which is about £150. No bells or whistles but works for outdoor workouts and AT. It doesn’t support the more advanced Garmin training measures.

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I wasn’t ready to shell out for a new headunit and I was interested in smartwatches, so I found a model from this list that has phone and/or wifi connectivity and was available second-hand (also no asterisk next to the name): Garmin Devices Compatible with Outside Workouts – TrainerRoad

I got a second-hand Fenix 3 HR smartwatch for 135 AUD (75 GBP). I use it for recording and timing workouts, but I still use my Pioneer headunit for displaying realtime power, lap times because following very short intervals is tricky with a watch only.

I use a forerunner 910xt. can be had for $75 or so used.