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Review: Third-party Quickfit Band for Garmin Fenix 3 HR and 5X

Garmin released its series 5 fitness watches this year, and while there’s some significant progress in the technology features in this latest series, the thing that made me salivate the most was the new Quickfit band technology. Quickfit bands revolutionize swapping watch bands for the high end Garmin wearables. Prior to this invention, those using Garmin Fenix 3 or Fenix 3 HR had to fumble around with tiny screwdrivers to unscrew the band pin, replace the band, and the fumble around again to secure the new band. Not a horrible option, but tedious, nonetheless. And so much so tedious, I stopped swapping my bands – and I know many others that did, too.

But, with the Quickfit technology, a pressure sensitive plate at the end of the band allows you to swap bands in seconds. Fortunately, Garmin announced that the Quickfit bands would also work with the Fenix 3 HR. I would love to upgrade to a Fenix 5X, but the high price is limiting, considering that the 5X is really not that much of an advance over the Fenix 3 HR. Not really.

Another ding is that Garmin decided to price their Quickfit band at $50 or more. Seriously: watch bands that cost $50 or more. That’s highway robbery in my book. Fortunately, it wasn’t long until third-party options began showing up.  So, of course, I jumped at the chance to get a set into my hands to test. And, I’m glad I did.

The set I received from a company called Feite, took less than 5 minutes to install – even with my fumbling (see the video below) – and is actually more comfortable than the original Fenix 3 HR band. I’ll be testing to ensure the bands hold up and don’t inadvertently detach during fitness activities – but the Quickfit clips seem solid and sturdy.

I’m a bit sad now that I only ordered one set, since delivery took about 3 weeks. I’ve since ordered 3 other colors. These clone bands ship from overseas (I assume from China) which causes the delay in delivery.

UPDATE: While the first set took about a month to arrive, the orange set (I added photos below) arrived in about a week.

Amazon has these bands in a wide range of colors and with the Quickfit technology you can swap quickly for any occasion. And, at less than $10 per set, I’m thumbing my nose at Garmin.

Check them out here: 2017 New Replacement Silicagel Quick Install Band Strap For Garmin Fenix 5X GPS Watch

Feite is just one vendor offering knock-offs. There’s also a company called Coohole and Ancool, but they all look like their stock is being fulfilled by the same company.

Photos

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Installation Video

I apologize for my fumbling around on replacing the first band, but I do get better the second time around. However, I left the video intact so you can see that it can be difficult and gives another reason why you should consider replacing your original bands with these.


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A community professional, keynoter, and evangelist who has driven social media and marketing strategies, editorial successes, delivered customer successes and built some of the largest and longest-running online communities. Rod has created, managed and grown small, medium, and mega-sized conferences; run entire editorial teams to deliver record traffic and market leadership; as product manager, directed the success of hundreds of product releases; supported sales and marketing to ensure customer success; developed, run and sold businesses; written thousands of technical articles, white papers, case studies, and technical documentation; hosted and delivered hundreds of attendance shattering webinars and virtual tradeshows; and delivered keynote speeches and sessions at a wide variety of events including conferences, webinars, events, and user groups.

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