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17 Sep
10:29am, 17 Sep 2021
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rf_fozzy
That's not a bad shout flanker.

I am a little surprised there's not a replacement model for the 310xt in the current range in the low/moderate price bracket though
17 Sep
10:55am, 17 Sep 2021
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Badger
The prices for higher-end units have definitely gone up since the 310xt days, but if you paid £120 for it then you paid less than half what I did when it had been on the market a few months (it was £270).

Right now the 745 is on offer for 299 direct from Garmin.
17 Sep
11:05am, 17 Sep 2021
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HappyG(rrr)
£129 for the Garmin Vivoactive 3 that I had. That's comparable, price wise. More of an all day leisure watch, but does the run, bike, swim that I want to.
17 Sep
6:58pm, 17 Sep 2021
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rf_fozzy
I think the 910xt was about £280 when I bought my 310xt.

I remember looking at it and deciding that the step up in price was rather extortionate.

That 745 is way more than I'm willing to pay.

All I need is something to track my running, cycling and if possible outdoor swimming - if it does pool swimming too, that's a bonus, but the swimming isn't strictly necessary as I can put it in a waterproof bag in my towfloat.

It needs to measure time and distance and be able to display laps (for doing intervals) and pace. That's about it!

All the rest is pretty much superfluous and I don't understand why anyone needs the stuff.

I don't want to pay much more than £100, which I think is a lot of money for what it is anyway.

The inflation on the price of phones seems to have spilled over into the garmin market.
17 Sep
7:04pm, 17 Sep 2021
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rf_fozzy
Garmin seem to be selling the Forerunner 45 at £110.

Will that do what I want?
17 Sep
7:05pm, 17 Sep 2021
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rf_fozzy
(Should say that I need one that transfers data via a computer, not a phone - my phone is too old to be able to handle something like that).
17 Sep
7:21pm, 17 Sep 2021
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Weath
Can't comment on suitable models for your budget, but if we're going to compare apples v. apples; the 310XT came out in 2009, so allowing for inflation your £120 would be somewhere around £165.

Have you had a look on ebay to see if you can pick up a bargain? I let go a couple of better(?) spec'd units (620, 630) go for around the £100 mark on both occasions so there may be some value out there.
17 Sep
7:44pm, 17 Sep 2021
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rf_fozzy
Just checked my orders - I ordered my first 310xt in 2013 and cost £165, I then bought a replacement in 2014 for £125.

So accounting for inflation (https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/monetary-policy/inflation/inflation-calculator), that's now £140ish.

The Forerunner 745 is usually £400 (on sale for £300), the 945 is £500. Presumably the former is a replacement for the 310xt and the latter for the 910.

That's *way* above inflation price increases for the replacements!
17 Sep
7:54pm, 17 Sep 2021
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Badger
You bought your first 310 when it was obsolete and replaced by the 910xt, and the second one when the 910xt itself was obsolete and replaced by the 920. Comparing the price with current models is completely unreasonable.

As flanker said, go searching for second hand or end of line models if you want to save.
17 Sep
8:09pm, 17 Sep 2021
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rf_fozzy
Disagree.

Just because there's a new model, doesn't mean it's obsolete.

Garmin were still selling 310xts through their website in 2013 when I bought mine.

I'm happy to buy an "older" version.

There just isn't a comparable version any more except the 745 which is treble the price.

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