JUMP TO:

Incredible deals: Garmin FR910XT for $299, FR310XT for $169, Edge 800 for $229, Ambit for $349

IMG_6167-2

 

 

 

Let me just put this out up front: This is without question the most significant sports technology gadget sale I’ve seen since starting the blog some 5-6 years ago.  No Thanksgiving Black Friday, Christmas, or Festivus deals even comes close to this.

[Update: July 19th, 2013: Please note these deals have EXPIRED!]

Let’s dive right into it, and then I’ll give some analysis and recommendations:

Garmin FR910XT: $299 without HR strap, $337 with HR strap (originally $399/$449) – Until May 27th.  Also, you can get down to $249 with a $50 mail-in rebate from Garmin where you send your old Garmin in to ‘Girls on the Run’ (a non-profit). Details at end of post.

Garmin FR310XT: $169 without HR strap, $199 with HR strap (originally $195/$234) – Until May 27th

Garmin Edge 800: $229 without HR strap, including $100 mail-in rebate (Originally $449) – Note rebate now expired!

Garmin Edge 800 Bundle: $379 with HR strap, Speed/Cadence Sensor, City Maps, including $100 mail-in rebate (Originally $649) – Note rebate now expired!

Suunto Ambit1 (original Ambit): $348 without HR strap, with HR strap $373 (Originally $500/550) – Until May 31st

Also of note, but honestly a bit less exciting are two other deals:

Saris Bones 3 Bike Rack for Car Trunk:  $127 (originally $143)
Saris Axis Steel 2 Bike Rack for Car Hitch:  $159 (originally $179)

I haven’t reviewed or ever touched those two racks, but they came along in the sale bundle, so I figured I’d at least mention them. [Update: These prices were updated due to an error.]

Phew…ok…with that out of the way, let’s talk about what’s going on, and what to do.

Why things are on sale

First up is the Suunto original Ambit (hiking/running watch). This is the easiest of the bunch. With the new Suunto Ambit2 and Ambit2S out, Suunto has removed the pricing restrictions on these products until May 31st.  Allowing companies to price them as they see fit during this time period.  That one is straight-forward given the new Ambit2/2S.

Next is the Garmin Edge 800 cycling unit.  Like the original Ambit, it too was replaced back in January with the newer Garmin Edge 810 unit.  In this case Garmin has removed the minimum advertised price restrictions for the Edge 800, causing the price to drop.  In conjunction with that, they’re also offering an $100 rebate for another 13 days.  It’s like a perfect storm for a massive drop down to effectively $229.

Then we’ve got the Garmin FR310XT multisport/triathlon watch.  This isn’t a huge discount off of the previous price of $195, but it’s the lowest the watch has ever been (and the lowest it ever was until last week when it hit $195).  Obviously with the Garmin FR910XT replacing it over a year ago, it’s not the newest kid on the block.  This is a short-term sale until only May 26th.

Finally, we’ve got the Garmin FR910XT multisport/triathlon watch.  This is a short term sale – and quite frankly what I view as the biggest.  There’s no clarity on why the deep short-term discount, but I have to suspect it’s due to the Ambit2/2S release, alongside with the Tom-Tom release pending this summer – both adding pressure on Garmin and the desire from them to likely ‘lock-in’ any customers on the fence.

Which device to get and why

IMG_6159

Let’s get the easiest out of the way first – the Ambit.  While this is a ‘good’ deal, it’s far from a great deal.  It’s only $50 cheaper than what I believe is the maximum reasonable market price for the device.  Meaning, I don’t see how this device can attract any buyers above $400 anyway, given competitive pressure from the Garmin Fenix.  Further, given Suunto’s declaration of limited future support for the device, it’s sorta headed into the retirement home.  There’s no two ways about it unfortunately.

IMG_6175

Then we’ve got the Edge 800.  This is an AWESOME deal if you’re looking for mapping.  As I said in my Edge 810 review, Garmin has not made for a compelling reason to justify the price difference between the Edge 810 and the Edge 800.  The feature set of ‘new’ things on the Edge 810 is just too small to make sense.  A graphical user interface overhaul a new product does not make.  Until they increase the phone connected features and open up 3rd party support to sites like Strava, I remain in the camp that the Edge 810 is overpriced and unimpressive.  Thus, at $229, the Edge 800 is a  steal.  Especially if you download the free Openstreet maps for it – saving you the cost of buying Garmin’s map service (for the how-to on that, see my Edge 810 review section on it, but it applies to the Edge 800 as well).

IMG_6181

Next is the Garmin FR310XT and FR910XT and trying to decide which one to get.  If you’re a runner, and don’t do the swim/bike thing, then the FR310XT is the obvious choice.  The only thing you’d get out of the FR910XT is a tiny bit bigger battery and a barometric altimeter.  Both of those tend to only be applicable to ultra runners (trail runners in the mountains more specifically).  Beyond that, basically the same watch for runners.

Now, for triathletes/swimmers/cyclists – there’s big differences.  Let’s start with those that swim/run.  In this case, the FR910XT is definitely the better bet.  The FR310XT doesn’t do indoor swimming, but does keep track of distance outdoor swimming.  Though, unlike the FR910XT, the 310XT can’t measure stroke outdoors.  So here the clear winner is the FR910XT for swim tracking.

For cyclists, it comes down to two features: Advanced power meter metrics and the barometric altimeter.  The FR910XT supports the TrainingPeaks power meter metrics of TSS/NP/IF, as well as the left/right power balance features that some newer power meters have.  If you don’t have a power meter, or don’t plan a near-term purchase, then go with the FR310XT.  If you have a power meter, stay with the FR910XT.  Then we’ve got the barometric altimeter.  For cyclists in the mountains, this can be valuable.  However, for Florida-folks, don’t bother.  Further, even for mountain folks the elevation data will get corrected afterwards in most online services anyway – so it’s really only if you’re truly using it in realtime that you’d want the barometric altimeter.

Finally – for triathletes just starting out.  For you, save your cash and go with the FR310XT for now.  There’s simply no other triathlon watch anywhere near that price point, let alone one better than that (other than the FR910XT).  The closest non-Garmin competitor to the FR310XT is the Magellan Switch/Switch-Up, just over $250.

Oh, and I should point out – there’s no FR910XT replacement coming this triathlon season. Simply not going to happen, it’s far too late for any announcements for the season, and I assure you, I don’t have one in testing either.  Remember the FR910XT really only hit the market in widespread quantities last March-April 2012 (despite being announced in October 2011).  A typical Garmin product cycle is a minimum of 2 years.

That all make sense?

If not, no worries, post questions below and I’ll be happy to try and get everyone all straightened up.  For in-depth technical questions, I recommend you check out the product reviews (and subsequent comments on each one).  Also, there’s the product comparison tool, which has every unit in it.  And finally, my general GPS recommendations post from a few months ago (still relevant)

Garmin FR910XT: $299 without HR strap, $337 with HR strap [Product Review] – And save another $50 with the mail-in rebate for older Garmin Forerunner users.
Garmin FR310XT:
$169 without HR strap, $199 with HR strap [Product Review]
Garmin Edge 800:
$229 without HR strap, including $100 mail-in rebate [Product Review]
Garmin Edge 800 Bundle:
$379 with HR strap, Speed/Cadence Sensor, City Maps, including $100 mail-in rebate [Product Review]
Suunto Ambit1 (original Ambit):
$348 without HR strap, with HR strap $373  [Product Review]

If you use the Clever Training links above (which I have a partnership with), then you’ll help support the site.  It is somewhat important that you use those links, otherwise it doesn’t exactly support the site as I don’t get credit for it.

Also note that everything above qualifies for free US shipping with Clever Training.  Though, it doesn’t qualify for the usual DCRainmaker Clever Training discount of 10% off your cart via coupon code DCR10MHD because they are deep-sale items (but any accessories you buy do get discounted).  Oh, and the Edge 800 rebate PDF form is here.  And the $50 Garmin Forerunner rebate is here.

Thanks for your support of the site, I appreciate it!  And have a great weekend!

Retweet 85 Like 344 Google +1 46

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked.
If you would like a profile picture, simply register at Gravatar, which works here on DCR and across the web.

*

 Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.

You can click here to Subscribe without commenting

Add a picture

200 Comments

  1. Steve

    Do you have a photo of the Garmin HRM3 box? I just bought it from Amazon but it doesnt say HRM3 and I can’t figure out if they sent me the correct one. It just says “Premium Heart Rate Monitor”.

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Unfortunately I don’t have the box (or pics of it), it game in a plastic baggie when it came for me. That said, the HRM3 SKU should be 010-10997-07 (Garmin HRM3 SKU) – which tends to be written somewhere on the box.

      If you’ve opened it up, you’re looking for a grey stripe along the left side (unique way to tell), as well as “L” and “R” printed on it. No other Garmin strap has that. See some pics mid-way through this post: link to dcrainmaker.com

      Reply
    • Eli

      Without opening the box the pic on the front for the HRM3 shows the strap as mostly gray with the electronics unit black and a bit of black on the left in the pic.

      Reply
    • Steve

      Thanks. I sent you a photo of the box via email. Remarkably, the box and insructions don’t say HRM 3, though the UPC code matches what you sent to me. The box was sealed with tape so I otherwise wouldn’t have known if I had the correct hear rate monitor. So much for Garmin customer service.

      Reply
    • Steve

      Forgot to add that the instruction booklet says it was printed in January 2013.

      Thanks Eli, though a newbie like me wouldn’t have known the colors without your advice and Ray’s.

      Reply
  2. Jennifer

    I made a purchase at Clever Training yesterday and never received an email confirmation, though I did receive a confirmation screen after purchase. I just called them and the person I spoke with could not find my order by looking up my Order Number, Customer ID or Last Name. He said he could not do anything further and I would have to wait until Monday to speak to the warehouse. Kind of unsettling as it’s my first transaction with this company. Now I’m wondering if they have my order, or if I’ll miss out on the sale.

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Hi Jennifer (and the other two folks who didn’t get e-mail confirmations)-

      I’ve been in contact with Clever Training over the last few minutes and they’re investigating. They assured me that if there was any technical problem, they’ll absolutely honor the price – so no worries there.

      If there are others who didn’t get a confirmation, please feel free to shoot me a quick e-mail and I’ll have them track them down. You can use the contact form here, it goes right to my e-mail: link to dcrainmaker.com

      Sorry for the troubles, and thanks for your support!
      -Ray

      Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Just a quick update on the missing e-mails. They tracked it down to a few hung orders in the notification system, those three were then manually processed and should be good to go. As before, if there’s any others, feel free to just contact me and I’ll get you taken care of quickly. Thanks all!

      Reply
    • Jennifer

      I have received my email receipt. Thanks Ray.

      Reply
  3. OK,
    so I have currently a RoadBike, MountainBike,CycloCrossBike, and soon TriBike.
    The Roady and Tri bike have Powertabs and the other bikes a GSC10.
    Electronically I have a Swim a 310XT and a Computrainer.
    My dilemma is that the 310XT only supports 3 bike profiles, I read that the Edge 800 only support 3 profiles as well.
    Though my thought is that changing a profile in the 800 would be easier.
    I can’t see any real benefit to get the 910XT since my combination of Swim and 310XT get’s me all the functions.
    In my mind I think the 800 would give me navigation a bigger screen and some more power data. It would also make it easier to follow routes that I map on a PC, right?

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Hi Tim-

      The Edge 800 with the latest firmware supports 5 bike profiles, I have five on mine now – mostly how I track different power meters.

      As for the maps/etc, indeed. I think I’m going to put together a post sometime this week on ‘How to add free maps to your Edge 800/810’ – as well as how to add courses.

      Reply
  4. Dan

    Ray –

    I cannot decide between the Edge 800 and the O-Synce Navi2Coach,

    Any reason(s) to get one over the other?

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Hi Dan-

      The main reason to get the Edge 800 over the Navi2Coach is that the Edge 800 understands map routing, whereas the Navi2Coach doesn’t. Meaning that the Navi2Coach is like the Edge 500/510 in that it does breadcrumb style GPS tracks for navigation. So it’s essentially just hundreds (or thousands) of little dots that you’re following.

      Whereas the Edge 800 actually understands streets and routing. So it knows you’re on Maple Street and need to turn left on Cowbell street, and that if you miss Cowbell street, you can take a left instead of Redemption Street. Whereas the other units on the market simply point you back in the direction of the breadcrumbs via arrows.

      Hope that helps!

      Reply
    • Dan

      Thanks, Ray. I just ordered an Edge 800 from CT!

      Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Thanks Dan for the support!

      Reply
  5. Joseph

    While the original Ambit with HR monitor is on sale at REI this weekend for $374.93, it still might make sense to buy the Ambit2 no HR monitor for $400 assuming you have the 20% coupon. I did and love the watch!

    Reply
    • Allen

      How did you use the 20% coupon on the Ambit2 when the coupon excludes GPS products?

      Reply
  6. Shaun Hurry

    Well played Garmin…I see what you did there. It’s time to upgrade to a new watch and have been on the fence with getting the 910XT, or holding out for the Ambit 2/2S. And then TomTom comes along with their vague ‘summer’ release! Any hints on what month they are referring to on that? Hmmm what-to-do-what-to-do…

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Hi Shaun-

      No, in general when folks say ‘summer’, they tend not to mean the beginning of it. Only because then they’d say ‘June’, as to entice you to wait. Just my guess.

      Reply
  7. JakeB

    Did garmin ever fix the 910xt pace problems? I remember hearing a lot of complaints about that feature. I train by pace not HR so it is a concern for me. Although I know I can always set it to auto-interval with very short intervals. It just seems like for that price I shouldn’t have to do a workaround for a broken feature not working.

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      For most people, yes. There are some folks out there that still see it – and for those, neither I nor anyone else seems to have a good answer as to why there’s a subset of folks that have the problem. Wish I knew why and whether it was tied to a certain batch/etc…

      That said, I don’t see any issues today, and I know many others that don’t.

      Reply
  8. Moe

    Hi Ray,

    I want to jump on the 310xt deal but one thing that’s keeping me on the fence is Garmin’s support for it. Obvioiusly software/firmware can’t be updated much longer if at all but what about parts and accessories? How much longer do you think they and 3rd parties will continue to support the 310xt?

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Hi Moe!

      For the most part there’s only a handful of FR310XT-specific parts out there, primarily the quick release kit and straps. The rest of the accessories are in use across the entire range of Garmin products (including the FR910XT).

      That said, Garmin support still covers you for quite a while (years+). So I don’t think you have much to worry about there.

      Reply
  9. Dan

    Has anyone experience with the Oregon 450 for general cycling? I already have a 310xt, and now I am looking for a GPS for navigation to explore new routes and find my way through the city. I don’t train very seriously, I am more of an everyday bike user.

    It looks like the better value than the Edge 800 for general cycling use, larger screen, much more memory, and a 3-axis compass. Does speed/cadence and heart rate, but no power meter and no virtual partner.
    It is a bit larger and takes replaceable batteries, which is a big plus for me.

    link to forums.mtbr.com

    I’ve found some conflicting reviews about the screens in sunlight. In general the Oregon seems to get more consistent good reviews and the Edge has a much better mount..

    Has anyone both Oregon and Edge and can comment?

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Sorry, I don’t have an Oregon 450 to compare with, sorry!

      That said, I know a few Oregon users to frequently read here, so i suspect someone else may be able to help there a bit.

      One minor note, is that the Edge 800 does support external charging with a battery pack, so that may mitigate things for you slightly (it can be a bit messy on the bars, but if you have a front bag/pack up there then it’s not too bad).

      Reply
  10. lucian

    I found this offer for ambit 1, for $309.Is this valid?

    This is the link:
    link to campmor.com

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Unfortunately I don’t have any affiliation with them, so I can’t be sure either way. Sorry!

      Reply
  11. David

    I was going to grab the 310xt, but last night I saw a 910xt for $265 at amazon (like new at the warehouse deals). Couldn’t resist. Bought it through your links. Thanks Ray!

    Reply
  12. Leanne

    Given the sale, is it just plain stupid to pay more for the Edge 500 than the Edge 800?

    There’s been lots of comments already about the 500 vs. the 800 but what’s your advice for someone completely new to the cyling world? I’m a runner at heart but recently bought a road bike for cross-training (and as a much needed concession to my knees). Already hooked and can see myself really getting into it (and for that reason ruled out the Edge 200 because of the lack of ANT capabilities.

    Do I need the mapping abilities? Not daily. I’m doing mostly group rides on pre-set routes in a small(ish) Florida beachtown. But if I start traveling with my bike, the mapping abilities would be useful.

    I prefer the size of the 500 but am having a hard time paying more for less features. Am I missing some key consideration? Is durability of the touch screen on the 800 a concern at all for anyone?

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Yup, it really does come down to preference in size (size matters?). From a functionality standpoint, the 800 obviously does more, but takes up more space. For triathletes, the Edge 500 fits a bit better because of the limited places to put it (aerobars/etc…). But for road/MTB folks, the Edge 800 tends to fit quite nicely on the stem, so it’s not bad.

      No problems with the touch screen, never heard any complaints there. ‘It just works’. Gloves/water/etc are no problem.

      Reply
    • Leanne

      Thanks. Your site is fantastic (I’m sure you hear that a lot) but it’s been super helpful.

      Reply
  13. Joe Rzepiejewski

    I cant find my 310 so I needed decided to upgrade to 910 (wanted to for a while now). I actually had an order with TriSports.com as it was the same price, but cancelled and went to link to clevertraining.com to support ya. :-)

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Thanks for the support Joe, I appreciate it!

      Reply
  14. tony

    Just got my 310xt upgraded to the 910xt using the links through the site. Man using the credit card details on clever training was super sensitive, it kept rejecting my card. Lucky they have PayPal there to use!

    Now its time to get the 310xt out the door to help pay for the upgrade!

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Thanks for sticking in there Tony, I appreciate it! They do a lot around fraud-filtering, and sometimes it catches a good guy. Sorry about that!

      Reply
  15. For those of us duathletes who primarily bike/run and live in Canada with more than our fair share of indoor training… Is the FR910XT still the winner? (currently have Edge 500 GSC10 & Powertap 2.4SL Ant+).
    Want: foot-pod capable watch with multi-sports!

    In reading DCR’s awesome reviews, I think the 310XT has everything I’m looking for (including an extra race entry fee), but I couldn’t seem to be able to compare the 910XT & 310XT in the product comparison tool.

    I note DCR personally uses the FR910XT, which would usually be the one I’d get… but with not swimming???
    Any input from any duathletes or tri-guys who have used both appreciated!

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      If you primarily bike/run, then the FR310XT probably does have everything you need. Since you have the Edge 500, you’ve already got the additional power meter fields there.

      On the comparison tool, here’s the two side by side: link to dcrainmaker.com

      And I’d agree, given you’re not a swimmer, the only benefit for you with the 910XT over the 310XT is really those power meter fields. And on your Edge 500 you have those fields, as well as the barometric altimeter.

      Reply
  16. is the 100$ trade in, possible in germany too?

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Unfortunately not – at least not unless you have a US forwarding address (there are many companies that do that, but typically not for a single letter). Sorry!

      Reply
  17. Larry

    I’m mostly a runner, but I also like to do some kayaking in the summer. Since that doesn’t really involve my arms going under water, can I presume that the 310 and the 910 (even the TRT 2.0 for that matter) would all be perfectly fine for simply tracking distance and pace?

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Yup, absolutely. The FR910XT doesn’t capture stroke information in a kayak (I tried), so definitely either would work. Enjoy!

      Reply
    • Eli

      Yes it does. See:
      link to thinkkayak.com.au
      ok, not built in and the 310xt can do it too :-p

      You would think that a watch with an accelerometer could do it built in so it could be added. I’m sure Garmin won’t do that for any of their existing products but maybe the Ambit 2?

      Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Yeah, but those are just cadence sensors (ultimately). Thus data comes out at cycling cadence. Not discounting it (it’s cool), but it’s not stroke or other things like stroke length, etc… They’d work on anything from the FR305 to 910XT. The TRT2 actually wouldn’t work there because it doesn’t support that sensor type.

      Ambit2 could see something there.

      Ultimately though, all these companies only have so many resources and focus on the most bang for their (development) buck.

      Reply
    • Eli

      I would think anything more then cadence would be much more complicated. Well maybe add some strain gauges to the shaft where the blade attaches to measure power and with kayak paddles having two blades you could make use of left/right power. What else would you measure?

      Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Without going too far off topic, yes, kayaking power meters are out there today. It was announced about two years ago, and then the NZ national team got ahold of them pre-London for the Olympics, it wasn’t until just late last year that they opened it up to others: link to kayakpowermeter.com

      Simply uses the ANT+ PM spec.

      Reply
  18. Larry

    Thanks for all the great info. The 310 is probably overkill for me, but at the price I don’t see any reason not to go with that.

    Reply
  19. Cesar

    Thank you for this posting and all the information that you always provide. I’m in my third tri season and have been eyeing the 910xt for a while, just ordered it from clevertraining!!!

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Thanks for the support Cesar!

      Reply
  20. Gene

    Hi,
    Thank you for mentioning the deals!
    If I mainly do running now, would you recommend the Forerunner 410 or the 310, given that they are about the same price (at least on Amazon for the 410 & Clever Training for the 310)? I kind of want something that I do not have to charge daily or remember to charge before an activity. Even though I don’t need something like the 310, I prefer something more water-resistant than IPX7 because my other regular watches are all resistant to 100 m, and I’m used to taking them into the pool without a second thought. I already own a Garmin for running, but plan on given it to a member of the family who is starting to get back into shape.
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Hi Gene-

      Definitely the FR310XT. In part because I find the FR410 a highly annoying unit with the touch bezel (different than touch screen on FR610). Most people either tolerate or hate the FR405/FR410. I generally hate.

      From a battery standpoint, the FR310XT is about double the FR410, though obviously not everyday watch-style.

      Hope this helps!

      Reply
    • Dave

      I note that Ray has a strong dislike for the 410, but its worth mentioning that I and at least 4 friends have the 410 and love it.

      I also have the 310xt and find it frustrating after the 410, i’m not sure why but the 310 takes longer to start up and get a gps lock, scheduled workouts take a few button presses compared with the 410 which comes up as soon as you touch the watch. Also the time is always on which is handy.

      The biggest reason for me using 310 is having four items on the screen at once opposed to three. I was tempted to upgrade to the 910 as hoped the interface might be more the 410 but i think is more like the 310 so holding off.

      Reply
  21. Chris Brown

    Picked up the 910 w/o HR for 299 at REI with my membership will give 25 back – great deal. Ray you rock

    Reply
  22. Jeff Stucky

    Hey Ray,

    Just FYI, I ordered the 910 from CT to help support your site. I’m sure you’re probably aware, but your product reviews are becoming popular globally. I left MS in 2011 to join Novartis in Switzerland. I actually found out about this sale from a German friend in Novartis. He’s not into SBR, but he loves your gadget reviews. Kudos and Cheers!

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Thanks Jeff for the support (and comments!).

      Reply
  23. Dan

    Hi Ray,

    I love your reviews and tried to support you by buying from Clever Training, but they didn’t let me.
    There is something wrong with the way they do the address verification. I tried many times but I always got a fraud warning. I called them and they were friendly and told me my address was wrong, but it is exactly as it appears on my credit card bill. In the end they couldn’t do anything. Highly frustrating.
    You may want to pass that info on, the address problem will cost them some customers.

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Hi Dan-

      I checked in with Clever this morning and they’d definitely like to get it sorted out with you (or at least understand more on why so it doesn’t prevent others). I have the e-mail address you provided before, but can you confirm that’s correct? Feel free to just drop a quick yes/no note here – or use the contact page. Would love to help you out (and ensure you get in on the deal).

      Thanks for the support, and sorry for the troubles!

      Reply
  24. Dan

    Hi Ray,

    Thanks for looking into this, the email is correct.

    Dan

    Reply
  25. Jeremy

    Thanks! Just bought a Garmin 800 for a killer deal, hope you get a $$ kickback for the great post!

    Reply
  26. What is the likely hood of the Ambit 2 and/or Ambit 2S going on sale by 2014? Also, what is the likely hood of another similar watch to the Ambit & Ambit 2S being created by this time at a competitive rate? I really like the Ambit 2/S features, but $400-550 for a watch is somewhat steep. I am an Open Water Lifeguard and enjoy swimming, hiking (2-5hrs), running, and would like to eventually get into biking. For these interests, the Ambit 2/S seems pretty spot on to what I’m looking for.

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      By or within 2014? Plenty of opportunity for new watches similiar to the Ambit2/2S to be created by then. I’d expect that in 2014 you might see an update to Fenix, or might see others get in the game (i.e. Polar/Timex/etc…).

      On the triathlon side, you have Tom Tom this summer, and surely Polar will release an updated triathlon watch by next spring.

      I’d say that honestly it’s a bit too far out. Sorry!

      Reply
    • Has Tom Tom contacted you yet about reviewing their upcoming product? Do you think it will be in the Ambit-tier or more like the Nike SportWatch-tier?

      Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Yup, I’m in good contact with them. Expect more info in about a month or so.

      Reply
  27. Larry

    Received my 310XT, through CT of course. I read in your 910 review that you generally recommend 1s over Smart Recording. I just run with my watch and no accessories. Does 1s remain your recommendation.

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      Yes, definitely. Primarily because it’ll reduce some of the cut-corner issues you’ll otherwise see.

      Reply
  28. stevea

    well, bit the bullet and bought the 310 through CT and got it on 5/24. ran that next week and had it for a half marathon this past saturday. so far, i LOVE it. i am sure i haven’t even put a dent in discovering all the features since i have not done any cycling on it, yet. one feature i had not realized: it distracts me enough right now my runs are done before i am ready for them to be done. thank you for your great reviews and for the heads up on the sales.

    Reply
  29. Adrian

    Hi Ray, edge 510 and 800 seems to be similar in price.

    Except for the mapping capabilities of the 800, would the 510 be a better choice since it is a “newer” model?

    Reply
    • Rainmaker

      If you don’t need mapping, then yeah I’d go towards the Edge 510 for the added connectivity features. But really, they’re very different models because of the mapping.

      Reply
  30. Kevin Tan

    Hi Ray,

    Used your code to buy FR10 from CT. Now am looking for a little extra and am looking at 310. Unfortunately, missed this promotion. Will there be a promotion coming around soon? Keeping my fingers crossed.

    Reply
    • I don’t know of any specific upcoming sales (or any sales at all). Generally I’m pretty much told at the last minute.

      That said, the FR310XT is still $191 (w/o HR strap) on Amazon, which is pretty darn low: link to amazon.com

      Reply
    • Kevin Tan

      Thank you very much for your prompt reply. I’ve ordered 310 with the HRM using your code at CT. :)

      Reply
    • Thanks for the support, I appreciate it!

      Reply
  31. Dognews

    I’m seriously considering the garmin 910 in the near month 2014, should I hold out for the new garmin that may replace the 910.

    Reply
    • If you’re planning on using it this season, I’d likely go ahead and get what’s on the market today.

      Reply