What is the best Garmin watch for me?
Garmin is the most premium and leading brand in the world for swimming, cycling and running watches and devices. At TRI-BIKE ARUBA, we've been selling Garmin in our shop for many years as an exclusive dealer. With our expertise we can recommend the Garmin watch that you will need to reach your goals. In this blog we will highlight the most popular models from the Garmin collection, that we have available in our shop.
Fēnix Series - starting from AWG 1399
The Garmin Fenix 7 is the newest version of Garmin's most advanced watch. Compared to the Fenix 6, existing features have been improved and a long-awaited touchscreen has been added. Data can be viewed more extensively and graphical displays are possible even during exercise. Also, the performance of the battery and solar charging has been greatly improved.
The Fenix 7 has a robust appearance. At the same time, the materials used provide a luxurious look. This gives confidence that the watch is suitable for use in extreme conditions. The display is somewhat recessed in the metal housing, which is available in full black or metal with black or white accents with straps in different colors and some premium materials. In addition, the Fenix 7 is available with a screen diameter of 42, 47 or 51 mm. Finally, you can choose from Gorilla Glass or sapphire with or without the option of being able to charge the watch with solar energy. The Fenix 7 fits securely around the wrist thanks to the comfortable strap. Although the watch is a bit on the thick side, you hardly notice that you are wearing the watch.
Where previous models of the Garmin Fenix could only be operated via the sturdy buttons, an intuitive touch interface has been added to the Fenix 7. The addition of the touchscreen is particularly useful for quickly accessing the data on the Watch Face. This also makes scrolling on the map much more user-friendly. During activities, the touchscreen is automatically switched off, so that recording your activity is not accidentally interrupted. If you still want to use the touchscreen during an activity, this can easily be switched on and off with a simple key combination.
The Garmin Fenix 7 is aimed at athletes who want to use a sports watch in daily life in addition to recording activities. The Fenix 7 gives you special insight into your physical condition. You can perform an activity of your choice, but you can also choose to follow a training or training program from the Garmin coach, so that you learn to exercise in a constructive and varied way.
Garmin not only gives you insight into your sports performance, but also into your recovery. Recovery advice is given depending on the intensity of activities you do in combination with sleep quality and the amount of rest during the day.
The Fenix 7 also has full-map navigation, so you can also walk, hike, run or cycle on holiday without getting lost. During strength training, the Fenix 7 counts the number of repetitions of your exercise and in some cases even recognizes which exercises you have done.
Garmin has made the most multidisciplinary sports watch even more complete with the development of the Fenix 7. The analyzes are clear, extensive and beautifully presented. In addition, despite the many options, the operation of the watch is intuitive.
Venu 2 Plus, Venu Sq 2 & Vívoactive 4 - starting from AWG 399
We take the Venu 2 Plus, Venu Sq 2 and Vívoactive 4 together, because they have pretty much in common. The Venu 2 Plus is one of the newest members of the Garmin family. The Venu Sq 2 was added to the collection at the end of 2020 in a Standard and Music version with the first generation of the Venu Sq. The Vívoactive is already in it’s 4th generation with the Vívoactive 4 & Vívoactive 4S.
Garmin wants to enter the smartwatch market, and therefore comes with the new Venu 2 Plus that shifts the focus from sports watch to smartwatch. The Garmin Venu 2 Plus is the first example of that and this watch is the first from Garmin to get support for voice assistants (Google Assistant, Bixby and Siri) and making phone calls via the watch.
The devices track your health via Body Battery, Pulse Ox and Incident Detection. The Body Battery function is a representation of your energy level. They calculate this based on your heart rate, stress level, sleep cycle and the activity tracker. The features are available in both the Venu and the Venu Sq.
Both Venu's and the Vívoactive offer you the opportunity to exercise without a trainer. For example, different workouts can be followed via the display on the watch. The offer strength training, cardio, yoga and pilates. To give the runners among us the right support, Garmin also has Garmin Coach. Via Garmin Coach there is access to various training schedules to run a 5K, 10K or half marathon. These training schedules are adapted to your performance during training. This way you always have a personal training schedule. In addition to the animated workouts and training schedules, the Venu and Vívoactive have more than 20 built-in activities, like walking, running, cycling, swimming, golf and yoga. There is a small difference between the Venu Sq and the other devices regarding sports functions. There are less built-in activities and it has no animated workouts.
There are already many similarities to the Venu, Venu Sq and the Vívoactive 4 and 4s, but what are the differences? This is immediately visible when you put the models side by side. The Venu has an amoled screen, which ensures constant brightness and good video display. Of course, this does affect the battery life. The Venu Sq 2 now also has an amoled screen, which is the biggest improvement compared to the first version of this model with LCD screen. The Vívoactive series lasts longer in terms of battery compared to the Venu's, namely up to 8 days in smartwatch mode. In terms of dimensions, the Vívoactive 4s is the smallest, namely 40 x 40 x 12.7 mm. The Venu falls just in between the two Vívoactive models, namely 43.6 x 43.6 x 12.6 mm. The Vívoactive 4 is the largest of these three, namely 45.1 x 45.1 x 12.8 mm. The Venu Sq 2 (which stand for Square) is on average the smallest, with the following dimensions: 40,6 x 37,0 x 11,1 mm.
The Garmin Venu 2 Plus, Venu Sq 2 and Vívoactive 4 both offer features from higher segments. They offer all kinds of possibilities to get the best out of your day. Whether that day is an active day or a recovery day, these watches support it. Thanks to the Spotify app on the watch, you no longer have to take a phone with you during exercise. This way you can listen to music (wireless) via the watch, with compatible bluetooth earphones (keep in mind that not all earphones are compatible). The accurate GPS, a reliable heart rate monitor and the advanced techniques give you confidence in the watch and yourself. To make it even better, the watches are easy to operate due to the touchscreen screen.
Forerunner Series - starting from AWG 399
The Forerunner Series is one of the widest series within the Garmin collection. In the Garmin Forerunner line there is always a training partner that suits you. At any desired running level! From slim, user-friendly GPS watches to advanced smartwatches with an extra long battery life and storage space for your favorite playlists on Spotify, for example.
The Forerunner 55 is a running watch that is perfect for people who want to start running or have just started. Then the Forerunner 55 is your ideal coach and training tool! These user-friendly sports watches have heart rate measurement on your wrist and built-in GPS to record distance, pace and route, among other things. With Garmin Coach you have personal coaching and training schedules at hand to train for, for example, your first 5 or 10 km run.
The Forerunner 55 is also equipped with the option to download Connect IQ watch faces. The accident detection allows you to send your location to emergency contacts in real time if needed. You can get started with various sport profiles, including cycling. Furthermore, you can of course track data such as time, distance and speed while running or walking using the built-in GPS.
The Forerunner 255 series is made for the avid runner who likes to analyze his or her running data extensively and who already has some experience in the field of running. The Forerunner 255 includes advanced physio features that evaluate your training status such as VO2 max, aerobic and anaerobic training effects and training status. It also includes new running features such as a Morning Report, HRV Status, Race Widget, Multi-Band GNSS and much more! This running watch also includes existing features such as handy tracking and safety functions that allow you to share your location with chosen contacts if necessary with built-in accident detection.
With the Music version, you can sync your favorite playlists via Spotify and save up to 500 songs, so you can listen to them with a Bluetooth headset without a smartphone.
The Forerunner 745 is for advanced triathletes and runners with a focus on health and performance. With the Forerunner 745 you break all your personal records. You receive daily workout suggestions, view your race forecasts and analyze your stats in detail. Use Garmin Coach to get even faster and navigate to the most challenging places with Trendline Popularity Routing.
This smartwatch is also equipped with Garmin Pay and Spotify link and you will of course receive all your smart notifications just around your wrist.
The Forerunner 955 series is the top model in the Forerunner series and is perfect if you are a competitive runner or a triathlete. Solar charging, a touchscreen interface and premium training features. Sounds good, no? Athletes looking for the best training tools: Introducing the new Forerunner 955 and Forerunner 955 Solar. The Forerunner 955 Solar is the first running and triathlon watch with a Power Glass™ solar charging lens. This ensures that you can enjoy a battery life of 20 days in smartwatch mode and 49 hours in GPS mode.
Of course, the Forerunner 955 series also features the Music function, contactless payment with Garmin Pay, Mapping, Training Load Balance, advanced running dynamics and a triathlon activity profile.
The Fenix, Venu, Vivoactive and Forerunner series are the most well-known lines from Garmin. Ofcourse, we also sell more specific models like the Descent MK2 dive watches, the high-end Epix for epic work-outs and experiences, the rugged and great-looking Instinct 2 and the women specific classy Lily.