New Garmin needed

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Nov 2019
4:00pm, 16 Nov 2019
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LindsD
I know this was discussed recently but I can't remember where and a thread search hasn't helped so please bear with me. My trusty Garmin 220 has become increasingly erratic and now has to go to the great watch shop in the sky, I think. I need a new one. My budget is modest, but Black Friday is coming. A quick search of the Garmin website seems to suggest that the only waterproof watches are eye-wateringly expensive ones. The 220 is waterproof.

Any ideas? I'm open to other brands also. I think. I don't need multisport, I just need basic running functions pace/GPS and would really like it to be waterproof for the purposes of swimming. Cheers.
Nov 2019
4:07pm, 16 Nov 2019
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HellsBells
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Nov 2019
4:11pm, 16 Nov 2019
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Badger
Pretty much all Garmins are waterproof to at least 50m now, even, the pure running ones, though supporting open-water swimming is a bit more of a high-level feature.

If you don't mind a somewhat out of date model, you can pick up a 735xt for under £200 now; it's a proper triathlon watch including multisport and open water swimming, it doesn't have a barometric altimeter though.

If you can stretch to a 935, it's newer (but still a bit out of date) and has more features, including a barometric altimeter. I had a Fenix 5 which is basically the same thing in a more solid case, and only switched from that to get mapping in the watch.

Or the 245 is the equivalent of your old watch

This might illustrate things:

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I am out of date on other brands, not having used one since a Suunto Ambit 2 about 5 years back.
Nov 2019
4:16pm, 16 Nov 2019
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LindsD
Thank you, both. Happy with an old model, but good to hear about the waterproofing.
Nov 2019
4:17pm, 16 Nov 2019
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LindsD
As opposed to waterproof for the purposes of shark photography, you understand ;)
Nov 2019
4:18pm, 16 Nov 2019
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Badger
Well I am disappointed in you. Get in that shark cage pronto.
Nov 2019
4:20pm, 16 Nov 2019
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LindsD
:)
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Nov 2019
4:23pm, 16 Nov 2019
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I'm in a similar sitiuation - my 610 is losing the will to live (very slow GPS acquisition and battery life dropping). I reallly just want a running (& cycling & walking) watch to track what I do. I don't want music, emails, texts or other add-ons.

As a quick check, I think current web prices are
235 £140 - £170
245 £190 - £220
735 £180 - £200
935 £300ish

Is the new 245 worth the extra? Will black friday deals make much difference?
Nov 2019
4:40pm, 16 Nov 2019
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Badger
Depends what you want out of it. Differences vs 235 under What's New:
dcrainmaker.com
Better battery life, can follow routes which the 235 can't, pool swimming data (not on your list though I see), and various fitness tracking stuff you may or may not care about.
Nov 2019
4:42pm, 16 Nov 2019
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LindsD
I'd like pool swimming data.

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