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Currently there are eight product types:

– Watches (and bike computers!!!!)
– Trainers (for cycling indoors)
– Activity monitors (things like Fitbits and step counters)
– Power meters (for cycling)
– Action Cams (things like GoPro’s and the like)
– Heart Rate Sensors (Straps and Optical sensors that measure HR)
– Trainer Apps (for cycling indoors on trainers)
– Drones (primarily sport focused options)

For trainers, the focus is primarily on computer-integrated trainers that provide resistance control. Additionally, like the watches I only include units that I’ve personally reviewed and/or used.

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Note: While many running watches have a basic bike mode, only running units that are multi-sport focused are also included in the bike-only results (in addition to bike-specific units). Hiking units are those that include a Barometric Altimeter, Magnetic Compass and navigational functions.

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Adidas Smart Run GPS
Apple Watch Series 2 & Nike+ Edition
Apple Watch Series 3
Apple Watch Series 4
Apple Watch Series 5
Apple Watch Series 6
Apple Watch Series 7
Apple Watch Series SE
Bia GPS
Bryton Cardio 60 Multisport Watch
COROS APEX
COROS APEX Pro
COROS Pace 2
COROS Vertix
COROS Vertix 2
CycleOps Joule 2.0 (Original)
CycleOps Joule GPS
Epson ProSense 307
Epson SF-810
FINIS Swimsense
Fitbit Ionic
Fitbit Sense
Fitbit Surge
Fitbit Versa
Fitbit Versa 3
Fitbit Versa Lite
Garmin Edge 1000
Garmin Edge 1030
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus
Garmin Edge 130
Garmin Edge 130 Plus
Garmin Edge 20
Garmin Edge 200
Garmin Edge 25
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 510
Garmin Edge 520
Garmin Edge 520 Plus
Garmin Edge 530
Garmin Edge 705
Garmin Edge 800
Garmin Edge 810
Garmin Edge 820
Garmin Edge 830
Garmin Edge Explore
Garmin Edge Touring (Normal)
Garmin Edge Touring (Plus)
Garmin Enduro
Garmin Epix
Garmin Epix (Gen 2)
Garmin Fenix
Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)
Garmin Fenix 5S Plus
Garmin Fenix 5X Plus
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar Series
Garmin Fenix 6 Series
Garmin Fenix 7 Series
Garmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SE
Garmin Fenix3
Garmin Fenix3 HR
Garmin Forerunner 10
Garmin Forerunner 110
Garmin Forerunner 15
Garmin Forerunner 210
Garmin Forerunner 220
Garmin Forerunner 225
Garmin Forerunner 230
Garmin Forerunner 235
Garmin Forerunner 245
Garmin Forerunner 25
Garmin Forerunner 305
Garmin Forerunner 310XT
Garmin Forerunner 35
Garmin Forerunner 405
Garmin Forerunner 410
Garmin Forerunner 45/45S
Garmin Forerunner 55
Garmin Forerunner 60/70
Garmin Forerunner 610
Garmin Forerunner 620
Garmin Forerunner 630
Garmin Forerunner 645/645 Music
Garmin Forerunner 735XT
Garmin Forerunner 745
Garmin Forerunner 910XT
Garmin Forerunner 920XT
Garmin Forerunner 935
Garmin Forerunner 945
Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE
Garmin Instinct
Garmin Instinct Solar
Garmin MARQ Athlete
Garmin Swim
Garmin Swim 2
Garmin Tactix
Garmin Venu
Garmin Venu 2
Garmin Venu 2 Plus
Garmin Venu SQ
Garmin Vivoactive
Garmin Vivoactive 3
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Garmin Vivoactive 4
Garmin Vivoactive HR
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Garmin Vivosport
Hammerhead Karoo
Hammerhead Karoo 2
Leikr GPS
Lezyne Mega- XL GPS
Lezyne Mega-C GPS
Magellan Echo
Magellan Switch & Switch Up
Microsoft Band 2
Mio Alpha Optical HR Monitor
Motorola Motoactv
Nike+ GPS Sportwatch
O-Synce Navi2Coach
Polar A300
Polar Grit X
Polar Grit X Pro
Polar Ignite 2
Polar Ignite GPS
Polar M200
Polar M400
Polar M430
Polar M450
Polar M460
Polar M600
Polar Pacer Pro
Polar RC3
Polar RCX3
Polar RCX5
Polar Unite
Polar V650
Polar V800
Polar Vantage M
Polar Vantage M2
Polar Vantage V
Polar Vantage V2
Samsung Galaxy Active
SIGMA ROX 12 SPORT
Soleus 1.0 GPS
Soleus 2.0 GPS
Stages Dash
Stages Dash L50
Stages Dash M50
Suunto 3 Fitness
Suunto 5
Suunto 5 Peak
Suunto 7 Wear OS Watch
Suunto 9 Baro
Suunto 9 Peak
Suunto Ambit
Suunto Ambit2
Suunto Ambit2 R
Suunto Ambit2 S
Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
Suunto Spartan Ultra
Timex Cycle Trainer 2.0 GPS
Timex Global Trainer
Timex Marathon GPS
Timex One GPS+
Timex R300 GPS
Timex Run Trainer GPS 1.0
Timex Run Trainer GPS 2.0
Timex Run x20 GPS
Timex Run x50
TomTom Multisport
TomTom Multisport Cardio
TomTom Runner
TomTom Runner Cardio
TomTom Spark
TomTom Spark 3/Runner 3
Wahoo ELEMNT
Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT V2/2021
Wahoo ELEMNT MINI
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM
Wahoo RIVAL GPS Watch

Comparison Results:

Function/FeatureGarmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar SeriesGarmin InstinctGarmin Venu 2Garmin Venu SQGarmin Vivoactive 4
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated January 30th, 2022 @ 6:24 am New Window
Price$849$299$399$199/$249 with Music$299
Product Announcement DateAug 8th, 2019 & July 8th, 2020Oct 11th, 2018Apr 22nd, 2021Sept 23rd, 2020Sept 5th, 2019
Actual Availability/Shipping DateFrom Fall 2019October 2018Apr 22nd, 2021Sept 23rd, 2020Sept 5th, 2019
GPS Recording FunctionalityYes (with Galileo too)YesYesYesYes
Data TransferUSB/Bluetooth Smart/WiFi on Pro onlyUSB, BLUETOOTH SMARTUSB, BLUETOOTH SMART, WiFiUSB, BLUETOOTH SMART, WiFiUSB, BLUETOOTH SMART, WiFi
WaterproofingYes - 100m100 meters50 meters50 meters50 meters
Battery Life (GPS)25hrs to 148hrs (depends on model)Up to 16 hours GPS (40hrs in UltraTrac)22 hrs (just GPS), up to 8hrs GPS+Music (2S: 19hrs GPS/7hrs with music)14 hrs (just GPS), up to 6hrs GPS+Music18 hours GPS
Recording Interval1S or Smart1s or Smart Recording1s or Smart Recording1s or Smart Recording1s or Smart Recording
Dual-Frequency GNSSNo
AlertsVibrate/Sound/VisualVibrate/Visual/AudioVibrate/VisualVibrate/VisualVibrate/Visual
Backlight GreatnessGreatGreatGreatGreatGreat
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceYEsNoYesYesYes
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)YesYesYesYesYes
Voice IntegrationGarmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar SeriesGarmin InstinctGarmin Venu 2Garmin Venu SQGarmin Vivoactive 4
Has Mic/SpeakerNo
Can make/receive callsNo
Voice AssistantNo
MusicGarmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar SeriesGarmin InstinctGarmin Venu 2Garmin Venu SQGarmin Vivoactive 4
Can control phone musicYesYesYesYesYes
Has music storage and playbackYes (Pro Only)NoYesYesYes
Streaming ServicesiHeartRadio, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon (Pro Only)N/ASpotify, Amazon Music, DeezerSpotify, Amazon Music, DeezerSpotify, Amazon Music, Deezer
PaymentsGarmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar SeriesGarmin InstinctGarmin Venu 2Garmin Venu SQGarmin Vivoactive 4
Contactless-NFC PaymentsYesNoYesYesYes
ConnectivityGarmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar SeriesGarmin InstinctGarmin Venu 2Garmin Venu SQGarmin Vivoactive 4
Bluetooth Smart to Phone UploadingYesYesYesYesYes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)YesYesYesYesYes
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)YesYesYesYesYes
Group trackingYesNoNoNoNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)Yes (via phone)NoYesYesYes
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNoNoNoNo
CyclingGarmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar SeriesGarmin InstinctGarmin Venu 2Garmin Venu SQGarmin Vivoactive 4
Designed for cyclingYesYesYesYesYes
Power Meter CapableYesNoNoWith some Connect IQ appsWith some Connect IQ apps
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration OptionsYesN/AN/AN/AN/A
Power Meter TSS/NP/IFYesN/AN/AN/AN/A
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableYesYesYesYesYes
Strava segments live on deviceYesNoNoNoNo
Crash detectionYesNoYesYesYes
RunningGarmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar SeriesGarmin InstinctGarmin Venu 2Garmin Venu SQGarmin Vivoactive 4
Designed for runningYesYesYesYesYes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills)YesYesYesYesYes
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)WITH RD POD, HRM-TRI OR HRM-RUN (NOT VIA OPTICAL HR)NoNoNoNo
Running PowerWith extra sensorNoWITH 3RD PARTY APPSNoNo
VO2Max EstimationYEsNoYesYesYes
Race PredictorYes, plus PaceProNoNoNoNo
Recovery AdvisorYesNoNoNoNo
Run/Walk ModeYesYesYesYesYes
Track Recognition ModeYesNo
SwimmingGarmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar SeriesGarmin InstinctGarmin Venu 2Garmin Venu SQGarmin Vivoactive 4
Designed for swimmingYesYesYesYesYes
Openwater swimming modeYEsYesNoNoNo
Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingYesYesYesYesYes
Record HR underwaterYesNoYesYesYes
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.)YesYesNoNoNo
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)YEsYesYesYesYes
Indoor Drill ModeYesNoNoNoNo
Indoor auto-pause featureNo (it'll show rest time afterwards though)NoNoNoNo
Change pool sizeYEsYesYesYesYes
Indoor Min/Max Pool Lengths14M/15Y TO 150Y/M14M/15Y TO 150Y/M13M/15Y TO 150Y/M13M/15Y TO 150Y/M13M/15Y TO 150Y/M
Ability to customize data fieldsYesYesYesYesYes
Can change yards to metersYesYesYesYesYes
Captures per length data - indoorsYesYesYesYesYes
Indoor AlertsYesYesYesYesYes
TriathlonGarmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar SeriesGarmin InstinctGarmin Venu 2Garmin Venu SQGarmin Vivoactive 4
Designed for triathlonYesNoNoNoNo
Multisport modeYesNoNoNoNo
WorkoutsGarmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar SeriesGarmin InstinctGarmin Venu 2Garmin Venu SQGarmin Vivoactive 4
Create/Follow custom workoutsYesYesYesYesYes
On-unit interval FeatureYEsYesNoSorta (Pre-loaded)Sorta
Training Calendar FunctionalityYesYesYesYesYes
FunctionsGarmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar SeriesGarmin InstinctGarmin Venu 2Garmin Venu SQGarmin Vivoactive 4
Auto Start/StopYesYesYesYesYes
Virtual Partner FeatureYEsYesNoNoNo
Virtual Racer FeatureYesNoNoNoNo
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)YesYesYesYesYes
Day to day watch abilityYesYesYesYesYes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataYesNoNoNoNo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoNoNoNoNo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)YesNoNoNoNo
GeocachingVia GPS coordinatesNoNoNoNo
Weather Display (live data)YesYesYesYesYes
NavigateGarmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar SeriesGarmin InstinctGarmin Venu 2Garmin Venu SQGarmin Vivoactive 4
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)YesYesNo (but some 3rd party apps can)No (but some 3rd party apps can)No (but some 3rd party apps can)
Markers/Waypoint DirectionYesYesNoNoNo
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)Yes (Pro Only)NoNoNoNo
Back to startYesYEsYesYEsYEs
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationYes (Pro Only)NoNoNoNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitYesYesNoNONO
SensorsGarmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar SeriesGarmin InstinctGarmin Venu 2Garmin Venu SQGarmin Vivoactive 4
Altimeter TypeBarometricBarometricBarometricGPSBarometric
Compass TypeMagneticMagneticMagneticMagnetic
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internallyYesYesYesYesYes
SpO2 (aka Pulse Oximetry)YesNoYesYesYes
ECG FunctionalityNo
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYesYesYesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableYesYEsYEsYEsYEs
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableYesYesYesYesYes
ANT+ Footpod CapableYesYesYesYesYes
ANT+ Power Meter CapableYesNoNoNoNo
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableNoNoNoNoNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoNoNoNoNo
ANT+ Lighting ControlYesNoYesYesYes
ANT+ Bike Radar IntegrationYesNoYesYesYes
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C)yesNoNoNoNo
ANT+ Remote ControlNo (can control VIRB though)No (Yes for VIRB camera control)NoNoNo (Yes for VIRB camera control)
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNoNoNoNo
ANT+ Muscle Oxygen (i.e. Moxy/BSX)Yesnononono
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP)YesNoNoNoNo
Shimano Di2 ShiftingYesNoNoNoNo
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableYesYEsYEsYEsYEs
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableYesYesYesYesYes
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableYesYesYesYesYes
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableYEsNoNoNoNo
Temp Recording (internal sensor)YesYesNoNoNo
Temp Recording (external sensor)YesYesYesYesYes
SoftwareGarmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar SeriesGarmin InstinctGarmin Venu 2Garmin Venu SQGarmin Vivoactive 4
PC ApplicationGarmin ExpressGarmin ExpressGarmin ExpressGarmin ExpressGarmin Express
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectGarmin ConnectGarmin ConnectGarmin ConnectGarmin Connect
Phone AppiOS/Android/Windows PhoneiOS/Android/WindowsiOS/Android/WindowsiOS/Android/WindowsiOS/Android/Windows
Ability to Export SettingsNoNoNoNoNo
PurchaseGarmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar SeriesGarmin InstinctGarmin Venu 2Garmin Venu SQGarmin Vivoactive 4
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