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This Product Comparison Calculator will allow you to compare products in one of two ways. Choose from the two dropdown menus below to auto-populate the product boxes with results, or click on the product boxes to activate your own personalized choices. Once the product boxes are shaded per your liking, click the “COMPARE NOW” button to retrieve a customized product comparison graph.

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.

Or select products for comparison by clicking the product boxes below:

Adidas Smart Run GPS
Apple Watch Series 2 & Nike+ Edition
Apple Watch Series 3
Bia GPS
Bryton Cardio 60 Multisport Watch
CycleOps Joule 2.0 (Original)
CycleOps Joule GPS
Epson ProSense 307
Epson SF-810
FINIS Swimsense
Fitbit Ionic
Fitbit Surge
Garmin Edge 1000
Garmin Edge 1030
Garmin Edge 20
Garmin Edge 200
Garmin Edge 25
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 510
Garmin Edge 520
Garmin Edge 705
Garmin Edge 800
Garmin Edge 810
Garmin Edge 820
Garmin Edge Touring (Normal)
Garmin Edge Touring (Plus)
Garmin Epix
Garmin Fenix
Garmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SE
Garmin Fenix3
Garmin Fenix3 HR
Garmin Fenix5 (5/5S/5X)
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 25
Garmin Forerunner 305
Garmin Forerunner 310XT
Garmin Forerunner 35
Garmin Forerunner 405
Garmin Forerunner 410
Garmin Forerunner 60/70
Garmin Forerunner 610
Garmin Forerunner 620
Garmin Forerunner 630
Garmin Forerunner 735XT
Garmin Forerunner 910XT
Garmin Forerunner 920XT
Garmin Forerunner 935
Garmin Swim
Garmin Tactix
Garmin Vivoactive
Garmin Vivoactive 3
Garmin Vivoactive HR
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Garmin Vivosport
Leikr 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 M200
Polar M400
Polar M430
Polar M450
Polar M600
Polar RC3
Polar RCX3
Polar RCX5
Polar V650
Polar V800
Soleus 1.0 GPS
Soleus 2.0 GPS
Stages Dash
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 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 MINI

Comparison Results:

Function/FeatureGarmin Edge 520Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated October 27th, 2017 @ 10:29 amNew Window
Price$299$249
Product Announcement DateJuly 1st, 2015Mar 14th, 2017
Actual Availability/Shipping DateJuly 31st, 2015Mar 14th, 2017
GPS Recording FunctionalityYesYes
Data TransferUSB & Bluetooth SmartBluetooth Smart, WiFi, USB
WaterproofingIPX7IPX7
Battery Life (GPS)15 hours15 hours
Recording Interval1-Second or Smart1-second
Satellite Pre-Loading via ComputerYesYes
Quick Satellite ReceptionYesYes
AlertsAudio/VisualAUDIO/VISUAL + LED's
Backlight GreatnessGreatGreat
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceYesNo
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)NoN/A
Can control phone musicNoNo
Has music storage and playbackNoNo
ConnectivityGarmin Edge 520Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
Bluetooth Legacy (pre-4.0) to PhoneNoNo
Bluetooth Smart (4.0+) to Phone UploadingYesYes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)YesYes
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)YesYes
Group trackingNoYes
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNo
CyclingGarmin Edge 520Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
Designed for cyclingYesYes
Power Meter CapableYesYes
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration OptionsYesYes
Power Meter TSS/NP/IFYesYes
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableYesYes
Strava segments live on deviceYesYes
Crash detectionYesNo
RunningGarmin Edge 520Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
VO2Max Estimation(CYCLING YES THOUGH)N/A
Recovery Advisor(CYCLING YES THOUGH)N/A
WorkoutsGarmin Edge 520Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
Create/Follow custom workoutsYesPlanned Fall 2017
On-unit interval FeatureYesNo
Training Calendar FunctionalityYesNo
FunctionsGarmin Edge 520Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
Auto Start/StopYesYes
Virtual Partner FeatureYesNo
Virtual Racer FeatureYesNo
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)YesNo
Day to day watch abilityN/AShows time/date
Weather Display (live data)YesNo
NavigateGarmin Edge 520Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)YesYes
Markers/Waypoint DirectionYesNo
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)Yes for maps (but not routable)Yes
Back to startYesYes
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationNoNo (But can create one-way routes from phone app)
Download courses/routes from phone to unitYesYes
SensorsGarmin Edge 520Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
Altimeter TypeBarometricBarometric
Compass TypeGPSMagnetic
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableYesYes
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableYEsYes
ANT+ Footpod CapableNoNo
ANT+ Power Meter CapableYesYes
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableYesNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoNo
ANT+ Lighting ControlYesNo
ANT+ Bike Radar IntegrationYesNo
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C)YesKICKR/KICKR Snap Only (FE-C Fall 2017)
ANT+ Remote ControlYesNo
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNo
ANT+ Muscle Oxygen (i.e. Moxy/BSX)With appsYes
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP)YesYes
Shimano Di2 ShiftingYesYes
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableNoYes
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableNoYes
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableNoYEs
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableNoYes
Temp Recording (internal sensor)YesYes
Temp Recording (external sensor)NoNo
Compatible with Firstbeat HR toolsNo-
SoftwareGarmin Edge 520Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
PC ApplicationGarmin ExpressN/A
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectN/A
Phone AppiOS/Android/Windows PhoneiOS/Android
Ability to Export SettingsNoNo
PurchaseGarmin Edge 520Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
Amazon LinkLinkN/A
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