Garmin Instinct, thoughts and options please.

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  • Garmin Instinct, thoughts and options please.
  • Premier Icon robbo1234biking
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    Just need to find a deal on one now. Cant find them particularly cheap anywhere (looking for graphite). Everyone seems to have them at or near RRP or not in graphite.

    Premier Icon julians
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    Hs Johnson are doing the graphite one for £241, and then you can get 10% off this with the code aff10, taking it to £217

    I paid £197 for a graphite one from hs Johnson a few weeks ago, but it looks like the prices have gone up slightly

    Premier Icon robbo1234biking
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    @julians The 10% off code doesn’t work but there is a 5% one which takes it to £230. Would prefer to get around the £200 mark though

    Premier Icon nuke
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    Do the button get pressed when flexing the wrist when riding at all or are they suitably protected?

    I found they did for me and, after accidentally stopping the recording and losing part of a ride, i found & turned on ‘auto-lock during activity’ which has solved it

    Premier Icon robbo1234biking
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    Right ordered one. HS Johnson dropper the price to £220 with a further 5% off taking it to £208 so happy with that. Will hopefully be here tomorrow.

    Premier Icon robbo1234biking
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    Mine came yesterday.

    Really happy with it. Like the styling (but I do wear G-Shocks). Pretty simple to use (once you get used to the menus).

    Although it isn’t a colour screen I actually prefer that and definitely better than the Vivoactive 3 that I tried. Don’t really notice it on the wrist either as it is light and comfortable. Gave it a full charge last night so will see how it does!

    plus one
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    Mine has made my g-shocks redundant ! I picked up couple of new straps £3 each of eBay. Quick fit too 🙂

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    plus one – a link to the straps please?

    CraigW
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    It uses the same size straps as the Fenix 5, 22mm wide.
    I got a couple of cheap straps off AliExpress. About £2 for the silicone straps, quick fit.
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/12colors-Soft-Silicone-Replacement-wristband-Watch-Band-bracelet-strap-for-Garmin-Fenix-3-Smart-Watch-26mm/32824968622.html

    Also got a stainless steel strap, £10. It is noticeably heavier than the standard strap, probably not as comfy for sports etc, but nice if you want a bit of bling…
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Strap-Watchband-Classic-Stainless-Steel-Metal-Strap-for-Garmin-Fenix-5-GPS-Watch-Replacement-Quick-Release/32831007259.html

    Premier Icon robbo1234biking
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    Well had mine a week now and very happy with it. Much easier to measure my commute etc now and see how it contributes to my fatigue (measuring heart rate rather than how I feel). HRM seems accurate. Might have to pick up a couple of spare straps from the links above for a few quid. I haven’t worn it swimming and prob never will as I have found chlorine damages G Shocks (they still function bit the chlorine seems to cause discolourisation and white marks). Alerts are fine and battery life seems good so far. 60% in a week with some GPS use (and lots of playing!). Silent alarm is great as I don’t disturb junior when my alarm goes off now.

    Not sure about the stress measurement. Said I was highly stressed on a weekend. I was busy but enjoying all the stuff I was doing. Kicking a ball around the park with the little one is not a high stress situation!

    Only downsides I have:

    1. The HR graph – I like the standard watch face apart from I am not that interested in the heart rate graph or any of the other graphs that can be in the top left corner. Would be good to have some more options for what you can use that part of the screen for.

    2. Garmin Connect – when do a workout on the turbo Garmin Connect doesn’t seem to recognise the data from Zwift instead of the watch. I take the watch of for turbo workouts and would ve good for the HR data to be filled in by the strap I wear but it seems to keep the two separate.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    Garmin Connect – when do a workout on the turbo Garmin Connect doesn’t seem to recognise the data from Zwift instead of the watch. I take the watch of for turbo workouts and would ve good for the HR data to be filled in by the strap I wear but it seems to keep the two separate.

    There’s an option in the setting of Connect app to make 1 a “preferable device.   I use this as I wear a Vivosmart 24/7, but swap my Instinct out for shiny watches at work.   Therefore it defers to using the Vivosmart to upload data, but data recorded in the Insinct still uploads/syncs.  E.g. HR is from the VivoSmart and not overwritten by the Instinct, but Instinct recorded activities still appear.

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    Not sure about the stress measurement. Said I was highly stressed on a weekend. I was busy but enjoying all the stuff I was doing. Kicking a ball around the park with the little one is not a high stress situation!

    I think the stress measurement just refers to heart stress (ie kind of similar to time spent in various heart rate zones ) as opposed to measuring ‘wellbeing’ stress. I find it a pointless measurement.

    Premier Icon robbo1234biking
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    Cheers @Kryton57 – will have a look at that later

    @julians – I agree it does seem a pointless measurement!

    claudie
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    For everyone sitting in the fence on these, H S Johnson are now selling the graphite version at £191.90 with the 5% code

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