Wahoo (and other) users who own Garmin products, is it a pain to be in both worlds? If I buy a Garmin watch am I going to want to switch everything else over to Garmin too?
As per the subject, I’ve always avoided Garmin because I bought my first bike computer in 2018 at the height of Garmin’s reputation for head units crashing, eating ride files, etc… Then I avoided all their other products because I didn’t want to end up in their ecosystem with the connect app, etc. I have a Cycliq camera rather than a Varia, I have a Whitings smart scale rather than Garmin, I have Oura for sleep tracking, etc. And when my Wahoo Bolt V1 died (waterproof button covers came off and mount tab snapped, but unit still functions), I bought Bolt V2. Now I’ve been looking for a first run/hike/multi-use watch for a year or so and I keep avoiding looking at Garmin, but they’re not crashtastic anymore so it’s starting to feel a bit dogmatic and I wonder if it’s finally time to give in and join their
I’m not a runner at all and have no running ambitions but have started running 3-5k after my Tuesday interval session on the trainer, mostly just to keep a bit of impact in my routine for the sake of joint/bone health. The eccentric muscle contractions also help me to not be in DOMS agony after I go hiking twice a month. And it means I can handle a bigger run (10k-ish) in place of my cycle training if I have to travel for a few days and can’t bring a bike.
I’m sure I don’t need to list the reasons why I want more than just recording runs on the strava app on my phone. I actually really loved the Wahoo app for this at first, but now it crashes all the time and loses the run file (irony, eh?), so I’m done with that too. Sometimes when hiking I’ll put the old Bolt V1 in my pack and then re-label the file from a ride to a hike after the fact, but that’s not ideal either. And I’m kind of ok with using my phone for navigation whilst hiking, but it would definitely be an improvement to know I’m not relying on just that one device for my maps. Only other use-case I can think of is that I want to try cyclocross racing, and I know with bike swaps a watch can be the preferred recording device.
Based on all that, @dcrainmaker’s guide basically says I should go get a Fenix. Maybe a generation older to save a bit of money, but really that’s the watch to have. That or a Coros Vertix, but it sounds like the Coros ecosystem doesn’t integrate that well with other brands.
I’ve been watching the market for a while now, sort of hoping that the Wahoo watch would finally come up to speed for my liking (or that they’d launch a V2 which fits the bill), but with Black Friday sales coming up I wonder if I should just make a move instead of waiting another year. And then if I do pull the trigger do I go straight for the does-everything watch or do I try to tick most but not all of my boxes for a cut price to get me started? I’ve seen Elemnt Rival for £199 but that seems poor VFM when a Fenix 6 Pro can be had at £299.
Anyone got anything else to recommend based on what I’ve said?