December 30, 2020 at 7:46 am #582KatieParticipant
My Garmin 235 is not charging anymore*. It’ll be 4 years old on Jan 2 and most likely has reached the max discharges for the lithium ion battery.
I was looking at the Forerunner 945. Any other recs? Any experiences with the 945?
* Yep, I tried hard resetting; factory settings; etc.
I could send it in to get the battery replaced, but at $100, it’s a bit steep for the age of my watch. My watch also has some other issues – for the last year, it’ll note miles, but have the wrong count (e.g., it’ll tell me I’ve run 22 miles when I know I’m on mile 3… but the mile marker itself is correct. So something internally isn’t working correctly.). I may tried to repair it to learn (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvxwuGMmdL4), but that doesn’t seem long term either (but it’s about $15).
December 30, 2020 at 8:25 am #583saquilaKeymaster
Hi Katie, I would review recommendations on dcrainmaker.com. The 945 is a great watch. I have the 935 (no music storage) and it has worked great. Coros is coming along nicely with their watch as well and is targeted towards the ultra market with a crazy amount of battery life. I would review your health insurance coverage as you probably get a significant discount on one of the common GPS watches. Enjoy!
December 30, 2020 at 9:39 am #585KatieEdmondsParticipant
I love my 245, but I miss having an altimeter, which the 945 has. I’m sure the extra battery life of the 945 could come in handy. It seems like both have a decent set of fancy doodads that are an upgrade from the previous generation. Given the price and size difference, I’m maybe not too sad about ending up without the altimeter.
December 30, 2020 at 7:40 pm #604timshierParticipant
I currently have 3 Garmin watches: Forerunner 35, Forerunner 935, and Vivoactive 4S.
The 35 was my first running watch. It’s super simple… no bells and whistles… but it’s been great and I still use it. It’s about the cheapest Garmin watch there is and if you’re ok with just the basic stats during your run then it’s great.
The 935 is solid… kinda just the 35 on steroids. Fancier screen and more doo-dads. I got this one and have used it about a month, but then decided I really wanted a watch that I could load music onto too.
So I got the Vivoactive 4S. I’ve only used it a few times but I really like it so far. It has a touch screen, which I definitely don’t need on my watch, but I’ve found I like it fine. It seems to have most of the same doo-dads as the 935 but now I can listen to music while running without having to strap my phone to me.
That’s what I’ve got. If you think you’d like the 935 ok, you can have mine. I really don’t need 3 watches, and it’s basically brand new. Or if you’d even just like to try it out, just let me know.
January 1, 2021 at 10:56 am #621KatieParticipant
Thanks, Tim! Can I try your 935?
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