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. Fortun...

Garmin Uses Developer Summit to Announce Smart Home Control and Connect IQ Updates

Garmin’s Connect IQ Summit starts today and with it some announcements including Smart Home Control using Samsung’s SmartThings platform and new updates for Connect IQ for compatible devices. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Garmin Adds Privacy Zones for Public Activities

Using a new feature in Garmin Connect, Garmin users can now create privacy zones to hide fitness activities in specific geographical ranges. Multiple ranges can be added based on map location. Privacy Zones are located here: You must be logged in as a Garmin user. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Garmin Announces Vivosmart 3 Fitness Tracker

Garmin has delivered its latest consumer fitness device. This one builds on the Vivosmart series and adds some pretty significant new features. The thinnest HR-equipped activity tracker from Garmin at 4mm thinner and more form fitting than vívosmart HR While not in use, the discreet display disappears into the device so as not to overshadow your style Measures VO2 Max, which is widely recognized as an excellent measure Stress monitoring enables users to see periods of elevated stress or restful recovery Safe for swimming and showering Battery life: up to 5 days New strength training activity will count sets, reps, and rest times and will push them to Garmin Connect for review   To accommodate the new strength training activity collection, Garmin has also update its app to include an e...

Garmin Adds Strength Exercise Database to Connect App

With the demise of the Microsoft Band and those features that set that particular device apart, I lobbied Garmin early on that the company should figure out how to incorporate similar features into its devices. One of the bigger features that the Band had that none of the others offered, was the ability to create guided strength workouts. Microsoft provided a database of exercises from which you could choose and create custom workouts. Then, the workouts would be synched with the Band and the device would lead you through the routine. Garmin already provides something like it, but the feature is only for runs, bike rides, and swims. A recent update to the Garmin Connect software looks like the company is working to improve that functionality. The update now provides a feature in the Streng...

Garmin Releases the Forerunner 935

Those that have worked with the Forerunner 935 already have stated that it has the guts of the Fenix 5s but is enclosed in plastic. Essentially, its cheaper version of the Fenix 5 series. It has all the same features, including Wi-Fi, but comes in a lighter and less tank-like design. This also lends itself to a cheaper starting price of $649 for the Tri-bundle. Premium GPS running/triathlon watch with wrist-based heart rate Offers advanced running and multisport Features in a comfortable watch you can wear all day, and it only weighs 49 grams Provides elevation changes with a built-in barometer; altimeter and electronic compass help you keep your bearings Evaluates your training status to indicate if you’re undertraining or overdoing it and offers additional performance monitoring Features...

Garmin Announces New Running Dynamics Pod

The Running Dynamics Pod easily clips onto your waistband to measure the running dynamics you need to beat yesterday. It gives you the option to run without a heart rate monitor chest strap. Once paired with your compatible Garmin smartwatch, just clip it to the back of your waistband and start your run. Computes and sends 6 running dynamics metrics to your compatible device (cadence, ground contact time, stride length and more) Battery life: 1 year (assuming 1 hour daily use) Automatically turns itself on and off Tiny size: at less than 5 ounces, you’ll forget it’s there Compatible devices connect with the Garmin Connect Mobile app to automatically sync your data and connect with others   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, an...

Garmin Fenix 5 Series Now Available for Pre-order from Amazon

Introduced at CES this year, the Garmin Fenix 5 series fitness wearable was recently reported to be delayed by a few weeks. Ordering from the vendor is one thing, but when the product becomes available on Amazon, you know things are starting to get serious. Plus — who doesn’t love to order from Amazon? Particularly, if you’re a Prime member. The Garmin Fenix 5 series is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Garmin Fenix 5S Garmin Fenix 5 Garmin Fenix 5X The price of the Fenix 5 series is steep, but these devices aren’t for casual fitness seekers. Follow me on Twitter Add me to your Google+ circles or Connect with me on LinkedIn Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco...

My Attempt at Simulating Microsoft Band Guided Workouts for Garmin Devices

One of the best features of Microsoft’s now defunct fitness wearable, the Microsoft Band, is the ability to sift through a database of existing exercises, create a custom workout, and then be guided through the entire workout directly from the wrist. Talking with many of those now looking for Microsoft Band alternatives, this is the one feature that is still missing from the myriad of devices currently available. Personally, I gave up on the Microsoft Band in July of 2016, after I had my second device replaced due to rips and tears. I tested and reviewed quite a few other fitness wearables at the time and finally decided on the Garmin devices and services as the single best ecosystem available for me. The Garmin ecosystem is rich with athletes and not just part-time exercisers concerned mo...

Garmin Tip: Garmin Connect Service Status

Having problems with some or all aspects of the Garmin service for your fitness device? To help troubleshoot, you can at least eliminate Garmin’s own services to better help determine the actual problem. Use the following link: This shows the status for each service as listed below… Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

The Best Microsoft Band Replacement Device is the Garmin vivosmart HR+

I continue to watch the Microsoft Band communities, despite having moved on from that failed device in June of 2016. Why? Well, the Microsoft Band concept was awesome. The features, the sensors – it was all pretty spectacular and in many ways was a superior device to what was available at the time. Since then, many of the current wearable manufacturers have adopted similar features. Personally, I took a big upgrade when I moved on from the Microsoft Band, but did so only after testing a few devices that were touted to be good enough. I ended up with the Garmin Fenix 3 HR. Its an amazing device but also comes with a hefty price tag. Its not for everyone. Its an expensive athlete device and too much feature-set for casual fitness. As most of you know, I’m an avid fitness person &...

Garmin’s Fenix 5 Series Delayed

Announced at CES 2017 in January, Garmin will be delivering a series 5 of its popular athlete wearable, the Fenix. Garmin started taking pre-orders and promised a March 1st delivery for the new devices. Those who took advantage of the pre-order period have seen their estimated delivery dates change. The original March 1st delivery date has been pushed back a bit. The new delivery date is  April 14 or later. Garmin’s web site still suggest that delivery will take 5-10 weeks. Garmin has not stated the reason for the change, but could be due to the popularity of its unreleased devices or just manufacturing delays. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

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