If you're a runner 🏃♀️
|Entry Level Forerunner||Mid-Level Forerunner||Advanced Forerunner|
|Forerunner 35||Forerunner 235||Forerunner 630|
|Forerunner 45||Forerunner 245||Forerunner 645|
Key update: Garmin has completely changed the game with the Forerunner 45 and the Forerunner 245. Both of these watches are significantly better than their predecessors.
Also, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is also a very good option for runners, especially when you consider all the extra sports modes, and the fact that it’s currently going for less than $199 on Amazon.
- Accurate GPS
- Wrist-based HRM
- Outdoor running mode
- Indoor running mode
- Walking mode
- Cycling mode
- Cardio mode
- Customizable Watch Faces
- Advanced running metrics
- Music Storage
- Contactless Payments
- Upgraded Battery Life
If you enjoy fitness and going to gym 💪🏼
Before we unpack Garmin’s two best fitness trackers, it’s worth mentioning that all of the Forerunner watches mentioned above (FR35, FR235 and FR645) are also very capable activity trackers. So, if you have your eye set on a Forerunner, you can rest easy, knowing that they are perfectly capable activity trackers as well.
If you do triathlons 🏊🏽 🚴 🏃♂️
Garmin Fenix 3 HR – Even though it’s a slightly older model, the Fenix 3 is still a force to be reckoned with.
It includes wrist-based HRM, GPS an altimeter and open water swimming, so you are covered in terms of the basic essentials for a triathlon watch. It also has multisport mode, which means that it’s designed to switch seemlessly between each triathlon discipline.
So if you want a Garmin Fenix watch but you’re on a limited budget, the Fenix 3 HR could be the solution for you.
If you're a cyclist 🚲
- All Garmin Forerunner Watches
- All Garmin Fenix Watches
- Garmin Vivosport
- Garmin Vivoactive 3
- Garmin Instinct
- Garmin Edge 130 – Entry level cycling computer
- Garmin Edge 820 – Mid level cycling computer
- Garmin Edge 1030 – Advanced cycling computer
If you play golf 🏌️♂️
Interestingly enough, golfers are also spoilt for choice from Garmin. There basically two categories here. Golf specific Garmin watches and Garmin watches that have a Golf mode. Personally (and I speak as a super passionate golfer), I think you get much better value for money when you invest in a Garmin that has a golf mode, rather than a golf specific watch.
But some might people might only be interested in the golf features, so fair game if you fall into this camp. The table below should make this distinction clear.
|Golf Specific Watches||Watches with Golf Mode|
|Garmin Approach S60||Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music|
|Garmin Approach S10||Garmin Forerunner 935|
|Garmin Approach X40||Garmin Fenix 5|
|Garmin Approach S20||Garmin Fenix 5 Plus|
You can see from the table above that all Garmin’s golf specific watches include the word ‘Approach’ in the product title.
On the other side, the Vivoactive 3 and the Fenix 5 clearly have golf modes as well. Most people aren’t aware that the Forerunner 935 also has a golf mode. It’s one of the FR935’s hidden gems in terms of features.
Garmin Instinct – By far the manliest watch that Garmin has ever made. The Instinct is clearly inspired the designs of G-Shock, and it’s a look that creates a ‘love or hate’ effect.
More importantly, the Instinct is a great option for men who enjoy blazing through the wild and don’t want to worry about their watch getting damaged.
Basically if Bear Grylls had to choose a Garmin, the Instinct would be right at the top of his shopping list.