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2017-02-08 12:32 PM


Subject: Garmin 920XT or Fenix 3
I am looking for a Tri watch and am debating between the 920XT (watch only) or the Fenix 3. I found a good deal on the 920XT (under $200), but I don't know if I should spend the extra money on the 920XT Tri Bundle which includes HR monitors or purchase the Fenix 3 as my Tri watch.

I will be competing in my first triathlon this year and I am not sure how much use I will get out the HR monitors. Should I be using one during swims?

Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!


2017-02-08 2:08 PM
in reply to: ctsmith07

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Subject: RE: Garmin 920XT or Fenix 3

:Hi, Chad, and welcome!

I have the 920XT and also the Fenix 2.  I like the 920 a lot - it just works well for me as a training watch.  The Fenix 2 is much better to wear as an everyday watch because of how it looks - I didn't love it as a tri watch.  So, if you're looking for just a tri watch you can't go wrong with the 920 and deals can be had on it.

As for the HR monitor, I use one for biking and running but not for swimming.  I think there are way too many variables (like water temp) that influence your HR in the water and I don't think those monitors are particularly accurate to begin with.

If you're interested in a ton of research, check out DC Rainmaker (Ray's) blog/site:

He has very detailed reviews of both products you are interested in as well as recommendations.  Good luck!


2017-02-08 3:01 PM
in reply to: jmhpsu93


Subject: RE: Garmin 920XT or Fenix 3
Hi Mike, Thanks for the input. I will probably end up going with the 920XT. It looks like it has everything and more that I would need.


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