Cheapest Garmin watch that does Power?

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Cheapest Garmin watch that does Power?

Post by herzigma » August 28th, 2021, 10:38 am

I love my Bikeerg and really like Garmin but I'm bummed my Vivoactive 3 doesn't support the Ant+ power meter (only accepts Speed & Cadence). Garmin really wants me to but a Forerunner 745 but that's $$$. Does anyone have a suggestion for the "cheapest" reasonable Garmin to get so I can get Power data on my wrist?

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Re: Cheapest Garmin watch that does Power?

Post by btlifter » September 8th, 2021, 6:41 pm

I know it's not what you asked, but for what it's worth COROS products are considerably less expensive, and I have had great experience with them. They also have a better battery life. In fairness, I haven't used a premium Garmin watch, but I prefer my Pace to the Vivoactive, and it displays power, as well.
33, 6'4, 111kg
60s: 405m
500: 1:14.6
1k: 2:44.8
2k: 5:57.3
5k: 16:28.3
10k: 34:15
60min: 16997m
HM: 1:14:27.9
Ma: 2:47:47

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100k: 2:54:44


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Re: Cheapest Garmin watch that does Power?

Post by Ernits » September 9th, 2021, 1:43 pm

Why record with Garmin instead of having LogBook sync activities to Garmin?
Sure, you lose the training effect and cycling VO2max but Vivoactive doesn't support it anyway.

If you go for Forerunner or something, you have to dual record if you still want to use LogBook. And for cycling, a Garmin cycling computer would probably be better instead.

For reference, I have a Vivoactive 4 and use Logbook sync for rower and Zwift for cycling (since I have a road bike and a smart trainer). Garmin still estimates my VO2max and records 20 min max power, 40k best time etc. I don't really feel I'm missing much.

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