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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 SE
Bia GPS
Bryton Cardio 60 Multisport Watch
COROS APEX
COROS APEX Pro
COROS Pace 2
COROS Vertix
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 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 6S Pro Solar
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 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 Instinct
Garmin Instinct Solar
Garmin MARQ Athlete
Garmin Swim
Garmin Swim 2
Garmin Tactix
Garmin Venu
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 Ignite 2
Polar Ignite GPS
Polar M200
Polar M400
Polar M430
Polar M450
Polar M460
Polar M600
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 7 Wear OS Watch
Suunto 9 Baro
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 Bundle
Wahoo ELEMNT MINI
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM - Bundle
Wahoo RIVAL GPS Watch

Comparison Results:

Function/FeatureFitbit SurgeGarmin Vivoactive
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated November 28th, 2016 @ 8:29 am New Window
Price$249$169 (on sale)
Product Announcement DateOct 27th, 2014January 5th, 2015
Actual Availability/Shipping DateDec 10th, 2014March 2015
GPS Recording FunctionalityYesYes
Data TransferBluetooth SmartUSB, BLUETOOTH SMART
WaterproofingATM5 (~50m), but no swimming50 meters
Battery Life (GPS)10 hours GPS on (5-7 days in time/step mode)10 hours GPS on
Recording Interval1-secondSmart Recording (Variable)
Quick Satellite ReceptionSo-soYes
AlertsYesVibrate/Visual
Backlight GreatnessGoodGood
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceNoYes
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)YesYes
MusicFitbit SurgeGarmin Vivoactive
Can control phone musicNoYes
Has music storage and playbackNoNo
ConnectivityFitbit SurgeGarmin Vivoactive
Bluetooth Smart to Phone UploadingYesYes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)Text and Call notifications onlyYes
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)NoYes
Group trackingNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNo
CyclingFitbit SurgeGarmin Vivoactive
Designed for cyclingYesYes
Power Meter CapableN/AWith some Connect IQ apps (but cannot record data)
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableN/AYes
Strava segments live on deviceNoNo
Crash detectionNo
RunningFitbit SurgeGarmin Vivoactive
Designed for runningYesYes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills)NO, HAS INTERNAL ACCELEROMETERYES (Also has INTERNAL ACCELEROMETER)
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)NoNo
VO2Max EstimationNoNo
Race PredictorNoNo
Recovery AdvisorNoNo
Run/Walk ModeNoYes
SwimmingFitbit SurgeGarmin Vivoactive
Designed for swimmingNoYes
Openwater swimming modeN/ANo
Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingN/AYes
Record HR underwaterN/ANo
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.)N/ANo
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)N/AYes
Indoor Drill ModeN/ANo
Indoor auto-pause featureN/ANo
Change pool sizeN/AYes
Indoor Min/Max Pool LengthsN/A17M/18Y TO 150Y/M
Ability to customize data fieldsN/AYes
Can change yards to metersN/AYes
Captures per length data - indoorsN/AYes
Indoor AlertsN/AYes
TriathlonFitbit SurgeGarmin Vivoactive
Designed for triathlonNoNo
Multisport modeNoNo
WorkoutsFitbit SurgeGarmin Vivoactive
Create/Follow custom workoutsNoNo
On-unit interval FeatureNoNo
Training Calendar FunctionalityNoNo
FunctionsFitbit SurgeGarmin Vivoactive
Auto Start/StopNoYes
Virtual Partner FeatureNoNo
Virtual Racer FeatureNoNo
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)NoOnly on Garmin Connect
Day to day watch abilityYesYes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataNoNo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoNo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)NoNo
GeocachingNoNo
Weather Display (live data)NoVia Connect IQ app
NavigateFitbit SurgeGarmin Vivoactive
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)NoNo
Markers/Waypoint DirectionNoNo
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)NoNo
Back to startNoYes
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationNoNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitNoNo
SensorsFitbit SurgeGarmin Vivoactive
Altimeter TypeBarometricGPS
Compass TypeN/AGPS
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internallyYESNo
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleContains optical HR SENSORYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableNoYes
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableNoYes
ANT+ Footpod CapableNoYes
ANT+ Power Meter CapableNoNo
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableNoNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoNo
ANT+ Lighting ControlNoNo
ANT+ Bike Radar IntegrationNoNo
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C)NoNo
ANT+ Remote ControlNoYes for Garmin VIRB
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNo
ANT+ Muscle Oxygen (i.e. Moxy/BSX)NoNo
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP)NoNo
Shimano Di2 ShiftingNoNo
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableNoNo
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableNono
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableNoNo
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableNoNo
Temp Recording (internal sensor)NoNo
Temp Recording (external sensor)NoYes (Tempe)
SoftwareFitbit SurgeGarmin Vivoactive
PC ApplicationWindows/MacGarmin Express
Web ApplicationYesGarmin Connect
Phone AppiOS/Android/Windows PhoneiOS/Android/Windows Phone
Ability to Export SettingsNoNo
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