/ GPS/heart rate/altimeter/watch type device
i want to buy a basic watch based device that when i run in the hills can tell me how far i went, what speed i did and how far up and down i went.
Very happy to buy 2nd hand off ebay.
I have done some research but as i was interested in 2nd hand ( i am skint so need it as cheap as possible ) i was finding it hard without wading through a lot of info.
Any pointers most welcome.
I preferred the fenix but they both seemed very good.
If you want ocasional HR, you could try https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/instant-heart-rate-heart-rate/id409625068?mt=8
So if you have a smart phone you could have what you want for free.
don't have a smart phone as i keep dropping my phones off cliffs and such like.
My brother may be giving me his old i phone soon though so that could be the way ahead. Thanks a lot.
Garmin have brought out some more affordable devices for those that don't want the added bells and whistles. Eg.
However you don't say exactly what your budget is which would help. I seem to remember hearing about some around the £100 mark, but I'm still using my Forerunner 405 from about 5 years ago so didn't pay much interest.
Smartphone apps are good, and I use Strava on my iPhone when I don't have my watch, or its not charged up, but:
- Its annoying to use the screen when hands are wet, cold, sweaty
- You keep it in a pocket so hard to keep easily checking distance/time, unlike a watch
- The app (especially on the iPhone) is a bit flaky (although I think this is down to the poor GPS in the iPhone)
- less likely to drop it off a cliff if its strapped to your wrist
tis indeed very good but also quite a lot.
Garmin 405 + HRM could be the way ahead. About £80 on ebay 2nd hand.
I want to buy a device that will make basically my brainless 1-2 day hikes and long trail runs that are advertised as "bring a map and compass", given that I can pre-load it the day before. After a thorough review of the technology out there, I've decided that such a device is 1-2 years away. There are too many compromises with the existing stuff, though its getting closer.
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