Ok, so here's the deal...
My trusty (but ageing) Garmin eTrex is proving to be a less than useful companion on walks and runs now that technology has moved on to USB and not serial and, as I am starting a lot of training for a long run, I would like to have something that records my runs that can actually integrate with modern computers and fitness tracking apps.
The problem I have is that a lot of the running-orientated GPS units have a short battery life and require USB and a special clip thing to charge. I'f I am out all day, then these are no good to me if I want to take as little kit as possible. So, I either need a 24 hour plus battery life in normal use, or user-replaceable batteries.
I've seen the Fenix and the Amibt and like the small form factor and the 24+ hour battery life, but I am _not_ liking the 300 quid price tags. The same thing with the 910XT; great training companion, but huge and pricey.
The only thing that really seems to fit into the list of entrants is the Foretrex 401/301 which only has a 17/18 hour battery life, but uses AAA cells which I can replace on the go if I need to. Realistically, I'd need a spare set, although I might get away with one set.
I'm not sure that I need a lot of integration with ANT+ or HRMs so a cut down unit like the ForeTrex seems to be more of a winner, but the geek in me likes the idea of being able to track that sort of data and that makes me think a FR310XT might be an option.
Has anyone got any recommendations or other suggestions for consideration?