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Advice on gps watch

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Mar 2016
10:18pm, 29 Mar 2016
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Oakey
After years of getting by with a £20 Argos watch and manually uploading each training run and race onto Fetcheveryone, I have just discovered strava and like what I've seen so far - plots your route if you haven't pre planned it, split timings etc. Is there a relatively inexpensive GPS watch (less than £150) that I can use that links in with both strava and Fetch so I can simply download each run direct into both?
Mar 2016
10:35pm, 29 Mar 2016
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Heinzster
Hi Oakley.

I use a Polar m400, and I love it! It syncs straight to strava (via bluetooth connection to my phone) and I use an android app "Syncmytracks"to send data to Garmin connect and then to Fetch (and other apps that friends use like mapmyrun).

My wife has a TomTom runner - think it was on sale for around £50 in sweatshop a couple of months back. She is delighted with it, upgraded from Garmin 15. It syncs in a similar way, not 100% sure what is direct from TomTom and what syncs with the app.

The best bet is probably to go to dcraimaker.com and have a look at his product comparisons. He has a hugely comprehensive list of all the latest running (swim/bike) tech around and gives exhaustive reviews. Have fun looking around!
Mar 2016
10:36pm, 29 Mar 2016
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Heinzster
Oakley - sorry, dcrainmaker.com - left out an "n"!
Mar 2016
11:30pm, 29 Mar 2016
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Oakey
Hi Heinzster - many thanks for the advice. I'll look at the polar for sure. And check out dcrainmaker.com. Always good to go with a product that someone else already likes! Any downsides you can think of?
Mar 2016
11:18am, 30 Mar 2016
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Uyuni
Another vote for the Polar M400.

I’ve had mine 18 months and also love it – it did have to go back as there was a design flaw with the cover to the usb connection that trapped water and caused it to go rusty. I assume they have sorted that out now.

It syncs to strava fine but I have to download manually to fetch – although Heinzter has posted a solution above so I will try that :-)
Mar 2016
11:30am, 30 Mar 2016
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flanker
The Polar is generally considered to be the best entry level GPS watch that will do what most people want.

(this is from a long-term Garmin user who generally hates all things Polar after bad previous experiences)
Mar 2016
11:01pm, 30 Mar 2016
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Oakey
I have done some research since Heinzsters post, looks like the polar ticks all the boxes for what I want it to do, plus 2 others votes since. Birthday next week so just convinced the Mrs to get me one. Just have to find where to get it the cheapest now!!!

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