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.
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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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