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Ian Williams aka Fetch
07 Dec 2019

Which GPS?

11:40am | 726 views | 74 Comments
If you're purchasing anything on Amazon, it helps us a little bit if you use the Amazon link in the footer. They didn't like it when I used their generic Amazon link, hence I've just picked a Fitbit at random.

The commission is a few percent better if I can publish links to specific products, because (I guess) in Amazon's eyes, I am helping people find their way to those products. Ooh, gosh, does that make me an influencer? I really hope not :-)

In a blatant and honest attempt to harvest some Amazon commission, I'd like to put together a page with links to all the most popular GPS watches. And it might even prove useful, if it could allow people to ask questions about features, or provide reviews, pitfalls etc.

So if you wouldn't mind, please could you leave a comment stating the make and model of GPS watch (if you have one), and perhaps the one you've got your eye on. I'll use this info to make a starter page, listing the most popular ones.

Thanks :-)

EDIT I've made a start here: fetcheveryone.com/gps.php
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  • Great idea Fetch. I got a Forerunner 735XT for my birthday on Tuesday. (What I really wanted was the Happy Birthday badge ;-) ) If money was no object I'd be tempted by a Fenix
    Love Sprouts
    11:44am, 7th Dec 2019
  • I've got a Garmin Forerunner 35 which does me very nicely thankyou.
    11:46am, 7th Dec 2019
  • I’ve got a 910XT which looks a bit like a wrist version of an ASBO young offender but has a 20 hour battery, does triathlon, and can be now purchased for a knock down price. Mine is 5 years old and still going strong
    11:46am, 7th Dec 2019
  • I've got a Fenix 5s - got the s version as it fits my skinny wrists better than the bigger 5 or humungous 5x.
    The Fenix 6/6s/6x is out now which does all sort of fancy things which I don't really need, but of course I want !!
    K5 Gus
    11:51am, 7th Dec 2019
  • Fenix 5 is amazing
    11:54am, 7th Dec 2019
  • I got a 735XT 10 days ago (replacing a 610), a bargain from wiggle, but a day too early for the even better bargain from amazon. Sorry for the loss of your influencer fee.

    I am about to buy some oven mate and an oven scraper from amazon though ...

    Aiming to do battle with the oven before Xmas guests arrive.
    11:55am, 7th Dec 2019
  • I've got a lowly Fenix 3 (pre optical hrm) and won't buy another until the battery dies on this one.

    Can you not harvest (at least Garmin models) from the data import?
    11:56am, 7th Dec 2019
  • Vivoactive 3 - does some things well, but doesn't do some of the basics properly (like measuring distance in hilly areas!!!)
    11:57am, 7th Dec 2019
  • C9 has a Fitbit verso :-) MrS one of them Apple Watch things and I’ve got a Garmin 235 which is lovely but I’d love a Fenix if anyone is offering. You influence me to get out and about and to share my love of running, that’s good surely ;-) ?
    12:01pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin Forerunner 235 :)
    12:08pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin Forerunner 230
    12:09pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • I have a Forerunner 735xt, a Forerunner 35 (which I use most because it recognises walking as A Thing) and an Edge 820 for cycling. I'm in the market for another 735xt for eL Bee! if the price comes back down to what it was on Black Friday.
    Raptors Claws are Coming to Town
    12:14pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Forerunner 230 for me too.
    12:17pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin Forerunner 235
    Big Steve
    12:26pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • V'rap - still £185 on wiggle, less £10 'first time' user. Or £155 on Amazon. (watch only)
    And (probably) influencer fees for Fetch with the link at the very bottom ...
    12:26pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin Forerunner 235
    12:30pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Oumaumau- I did try that a while back, but the model numbers that the FIT files were spitting out didn’t seem to correlate to model names in the FIT SDK.
    12:31pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • I have a Garmin Forerunner 35 (Lime, because it was cheaper). I like it.
    12:32pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • I have Garmin Forerunner 935.
    12:36pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin Forerunner 235
    Hark the Herald Angels ♪♫ Synge
    12:41pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • I’ve got a Garmin 220 but have my eye on the 245 music. Looking to buy for Christmas or shortly after.
    I saw mummy kissing Pothunter
    12:42pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Forerunner 935 - pure loveliness
    Homer! The Herald Angels Sing
    12:48pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • I plan to upgrade my Forerunner 235 to a 245 next year; the 235 was launched in the Autumn of 2015, I got mine in Feb 2017. The 245 replaced it this Spring.

    For true impartiality, maybe include your link to it on Wiggle as well? The 245 has two main options, with or without Music.

    245 without music at Wiggle (RRP £250, currently £220): wiggle.co.uk

    same at Amazon is £210 + shipping - not actually sold by Amazon but by "BASEo Romford" :-( amazon.co.uk

    245 with music at Wiggle (RRP £300, currently £270): wiggle.co.uk

    same at Amazon is dispatched from a US-based seller at is a whopping £558.51 + £13.36 Shipping :-O amazon.co.uk
    Auld Lang Sigh
    12:50pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • I have Garmin Forerunner 245 Music and my Hubby Garmin Forerunner 735 XT
    Yvonne H
    12:50pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin Fenix 5 here.
    12:56pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin 645 Music, and so still got a 910xt lying around in case I ever get round to doing a tri again.
    12:57pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin Forerunner 235
    1:02pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin forerunner 35
    Wriggling Snake
    1:09pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • 735xt This is a triath watch and was discounted to half price. Fenix 5x ideal for wsw as the maps/courses are very good. It is otherwise robust, heavy and stupidly expensive.
    1:23pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • You might struggle with selling the 735 (did I mention I need to replace my Tom Tom). 1-2 month dispatch date 🙁
    1:36pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • I have a Fenix 2 a few years old but still going strong
    1:39pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • TomTom ☹️
    1:53pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • It's a shame they pulled out. I thought they were pretty nice.
    1:56pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • I have a 735xt. I’ve been using it for 3 years. Best Garmin I’ve had.
    1:56pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • I imagine that with a few data analysis algorithms, you could do quite well at showing targeted relevant links.
    E.g. if someone only logs running using an old device, maybe promote the Garmin FR245, and then if they start logging some bike rides using the same watch you could begin showing them links to the Garmin Edge series bike devices.
    If someone starts logging runs, rides and swims (and especially if they’re logging brick sessions) on an old device like the Garmin FR235, start showing them links to the Garmin 945 and Fenix series, etc.
    If someone logs cycling in spring, summer, autumn and then none in the winter, maybe show them some smart connected turbo-trainers.
    2:01pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garming Forerunner 25, un-adventurously thinking of a Garmin foreruFer 35
    mr d
    2:02pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • 230 and 235
    2:03pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • I used to use the Garmin Forerunner 235, but have upgraded to the Garmin Fenix 6. Also have a Garmin Edge 1000 for cycling.
    2:05pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Thanks for that info, um :) eL Bee! is currently ordering his Welcome Back to Running present.
    Raptors Claws are Coming to Town
    2:16pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Vivoactive 3. Great all-rounder, especially the garmin pay for emergency drinks or transport. Looking to upgrade to the Vivoactive 4 music.
    2:18pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin Forerunner 935. I "upgraded" from a 920XT because I wanted optical HR. The 935 optical HR is hit and miss on me and must be due to a thin wrist as it works well on almost everyone else. And so, Santa, I've been very good and I'd like a 945 with the updated HR to see if works on me. But, Garmin already have more of my money than I'd like and so that's not going to happen unless someone wants a cared for 935 and/or 920XT for Christmas at a fair price. Not that I'm advertising but they still have boxes for the authentic present like appearance. There are also two 305s in the watch biscuit tin that could do with going to good homes. Perhaps then the 945 could be mine to discover that my wrist is too thin for that too. The multi-sport functions on the 935 and 920 are excellent; particularly for those of us who can't count swimming strokes and lengths at the same time.
    2:22pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • I'm yet another Garmin Forerunner 235.

    I love it but then it's my first GPS watch and after so many years of using a phone it's soooo good to have one :-)
    2:27pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Vivoactive 3 for me
    Yorkshire Pie
    2:38pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Forerunner 230 at the moment , considering a 45S as I’ve got dinky wrists.
    Fragile Do Not Bend
    3:10pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Oldest model Garmin Vivoactive for me - going strong, and now going cheap on places like EBay, and tbh if my one broke I’d be buying a second hand one as there’s nothing it doesn’t do that i would want from a newer or higher spec watch.
    3:14pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • I've got a 235. Not in the market for a new one at the moment but if I was it would be a 245 for the Garmin Pay.
    3:15pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Hey chief, I have a Shinto Ambit 3 Sport with no plans to change it yet. I did buy some security cameras from Amazon this week and used your link. I hope you get something for your trouble.
    4:13pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin 920XT, Edge 520 and 1000, Forerunner 60, Garmin Swim (the first version, now 7 years old)
    4:17pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • I’ve got a 945 but for garmins the best sellers of the new watches would be the FR245 and Vivoactive4. The FR45 is also a good low cost option
    4:40pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Stop encouraging people to buy pointless crap!
    4:56pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • :-0
    5:01pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin Forerunner 235
    5:20pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin Forerunner 35. My first and only GPS watch. Basic bur suits my needs and is reliable.
    Eynsham the Red knows rain dear.
    5:23pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin 310XT which was my Christmas present in 2012 (before that I had a stopwatch, a map, and a bit of string). I have recently bought a 910xt from a clubmate because the 310 is being a bit... inventive with its pace and distances.

    I didn't want anything with a touchscreen. That's basically anything else.
    6:34pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin Forerunner 235
    6:42pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin forerunner 235, bit damaged following my recent fall so being upgraded to the 245 for my Christmas present (if I am lucky)
    Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
    7:29pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin 235, does the job for me!
    7:58pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • I've a Garmin Forerunner 225 which does the job. Not as all-singing as the 235 but perfectly adequate.
    Let it snow Daisy
    8:37pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • A Forerunner 620
    Wintryfree Wonderland
    9:14pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin forerunner 235,only upgraded this year as they're now coming down in price since the new models came out
    9:19pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • Garmin Forerunner 35, infinitely better than the Suunto Amit 2 it replaced!
    9:31pm, 7th Dec 2019
  • I've got an original square Vivoactive (3 years old I think) and am looking at the Vivoactive 4s wondering if it's worth the switch.
    12:38am, 8th Dec 2019
  • Forerunner 235
    7:49am, 8th Dec 2019
  • Garmin 910
    9:00am, 8th Dec 2019
  • Garmin forerunner 235
    10:15am, 8th Dec 2019
  • Garmin fenix 5s
    Wine Legs
    11:05am, 8th Dec 2019
  • Polar M430. Fairly basic but fast and reliable GPS and accurate(for me)wrist HRM
    12:22pm, 8th Dec 2019
  • Garmin forerunner 245 (with music) I don’t really use the music function, but it came in white so preferred it to the just the normal 245. I got it as it’s a smaller watch and worked out the cheapest that had all the run features on it.
    cheshire lady
    12:31pm, 8th Dec 2019
  • Garmin 230 for the day-to-day stuff, Fenix 3 for navigation. Both old, I’ll update to the latest model in each series when they need replacing.
    12:34pm, 8th Dec 2019
  • Garmin Fenix 6x
    1:52pm, 8th Dec 2019
  • Recently upgraded to Garmin 235, 2x runs recorded and happy so far. My 220 did me very well for about 4 years, if I get that again I'll be a very happy boy. Hope the influencer role is still going strong then
    2:44pm, 8th Dec 2019
  • Garmin 310XT GPS - old fashioned, big and clunky but does everything i want, i can read it easily and you can get them for under £100
    4:43pm, 8th Dec 2019
  • Fenix 5x plus
    5:02pm, 8th Dec 2019
  • I'm currently using a Tomtom runner, that I got in a £20 job-lot of non-sports watches of eBay.
    It won't sync with my Android Blackberry, so I have to keep an old iPhone around for syncing it.

    I might be tempted by a Garmin 45 in the near future, or a 245 if the price gets below £150.
    5:28pm, 8th Dec 2019

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02 Dec 2019

Fetch Shop (of sorts)

8:12am | 873 views | 24 Comments
NB The listed stock is up to date, as of 2.30pm on December 3rd

A few people have been asking recently where the Fetch Shop has gone. The answer is that because I tend to buy kit in batches, most of which has been pre-ordered, I try to end up with as little spare stock as possible. And therefore a permanent Fetch Shop would be a bit understocked. But I would be delighted to sell any of our remaining items to help clear our cupboard.

The following is *everything* we have left. If you would like something, leave a comment (or send me a feedback if it's a surprise) saying what you want. I will drop you an fmail explaining how to pay (bank transfer or Paypal) and asking for your delivery address. I will also keep this list up-to-date if any items get sold.

NB Some of our batches have labelled the ladies stuff with letters, other batches use the numbering system. Soz.

1 Red Vest
3 'Standing on the shoulders of Fetchies' black shirts

1 Red Vest

LADIES 10 (£26)
2 Black 15th Anniversary Vests
1 Red 15th Anniversary Vest

LADIES 12 (£26)
3 Red 15th Anniversary Vests
2 Red 15th Anniversary Shirts
1 Black 15th Anniversary Shirt

LADIES 14 (£26)
1 Red 15th Anniversary Vest
1 Red 15th Anniversary Shirt

LADIES 16 (£26)
1 Red 15th Anniversary Shirt

LADIES 2XL (£26)
1 Red Vest

MENS XS (£26)
1 Black 15th Anniversary Vest

1 Red 15th Anniversary Shirt
1 Red 15th Anniversary Vest
2 Red Vests

4 Black Vests
2 Red 15th Anniversary Shirt
2 Black 15th Anniversary Vest
1 Red 15th Anniversary Vest

4 Grey Small Hoodie (£30)
10+ Fetch Swimming Caps (£8.50)

What to do: If you would like something, leave a comment (or send me a feedback if it's a surprise) saying what you want. I will drop you an fmail explaining how to pay (bank transfer or Paypal) and asking for your delivery address. I will also keep this list up-to-date if any items get sold.

Thank you!
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  • Could I have a fetch buff please. I've temporarily misplaced my old one!
    8:20am, 2nd Dec 2019
  • Sure Garfield - I will send you an fmail with details.
    8:29am, 2nd Dec 2019
  • Can I have a buff and a swimming cap please! :-)
    Love Sprouts
    8:33am, 2nd Dec 2019
  • Ooh - can I order a buff please if there is still one available?
    Hark the Herald Angels ♪♫ Synge
    8:40am, 2nd Dec 2019
  • Can I have the xs hoodie please. Mines getting a bit worn out
    9:11am, 2nd Dec 2019
  • A large duvet please
    9:42am, 2nd Dec 2019
  • :-)
    9:43am, 2nd Dec 2019
  • Could I have another swimhat please? (Nothing wrong with the last one; it vanished into someone else's bag at Box End)
    Hark the Heleg-Advent Angels Sing
    11:48am, 2nd Dec 2019
  • Of course Helegant - shall I send it to your next river swim with K?
    11:52am, 2nd Dec 2019
  • Re this thread...
    Could we please have a Fetch visor, like a cap but without the bit that covers your head. It could have Fetcheveryone around the bit that goes round your head making fetchies easier to spot 😉
    1:06pm, 2nd Dec 2019
  • By the way, how does the size of the xs men's anniversary vest compare to women's sizes?
    1:10pm, 2nd Dec 2019
  • ^^ Yes please.
    Hark the Heleg-Advent Angels Sing
    1:12pm, 2nd Dec 2019
  • Ooh yes please to a visor!
    Let it snow Daisy
    4:03pm, 2nd Dec 2019
  • I’d be keen on a buff but I presume the single one listed is spoken for already.
    6:27pm, 2nd Dec 2019
  • Halfpint - no, it’s still available. I will fmail you and take it off the list.
    6:30pm, 2nd Dec 2019
  • I’d like a buff and men’s large black anniversary shirt please
    12:50pm, 3rd Dec 2019
  • Are the 15th anniversary vests/shirts the ones with the chevrons?
    1:06pm, 3rd Dec 2019
  • Dunc - fmail coming your way.
    Pegg - yes, they are these:
    1:12pm, 3rd Dec 2019
  • Fetch can I have one of the mens large aniversary shirts please? :-)
    2:23pm, 3rd Dec 2019
  • 1step - fmail coming your way...
    2:24pm, 3rd Dec 2019
  • Helegant and LazyDaisy (and everyone else 😉) can I draw your attention to number 448 in the site suggestions. Fetch told me to put it there and said if there was enough interest he would think about having them made.
    4:08pm, 3rd Dec 2019
  • +1 for a buff
    10:03pm, 3rd Dec 2019
  • can i have one large mens black fetch shirtz.
    12:20pm, 4th Dec 2019
  • Do you still have the ladies size 14 red shirt?
    Mistletoe Meeps
    4:36pm, 6th Dec 2019

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