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    Hi guys,

    Since my previous watch got redistributed and doctors orders to look into my health, I am looking to get myself a gps watch.
    My requirements are the following:
    - Heart rate monitor
    - GPS (obviously)
    - Ability to use when playing golf
    - Daily fitness tracking (steps, sleep, etc)
    - Good Battery life

    If money was no object, I would love to get a Fenix 5x. But I am sure that it is overkill for my purposes.

    From my research, I have narrowed it down to the Garmin Approach s60, Garmin Vivoactive 3 HR, Garmin Fenix 3 or Fenix 5/5x.

    Can someone maybe provide some feedback/suggestions/considerations?

    Reviews for each watch looks great, but I am struggling to determine which way to go. As mentioned, I don't want to spend R10-12k if something for R6k will do.

    To add, my fitness activities will be limited to gym, outdoors with the little ones and playing golf.
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    Don't have one, but I see people buy them:

    https://www.fitbit.com/blaze
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    Wife has a Forerunner 35, loves it. (doesn't do golf though)
    Mate just bought a Fenix 5, and I reckon for what you are going to do with it, it would be good value.

    If you are on Discovery, depending on your tier, you can get a decent discount on the watch from Sportsmans Warehouse.

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    Fenix 5 has some v. good reviews.
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    I have the Fenix 5x and I'm very happy with the watch.

    You mention golf. Do you need the watch to double up as a range finder?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jplab View Post
    I have the Fenix 5x and I'm very happy with the watch.

    You mention golf. Do you need the watch to double up as a range finder?
    Ideally yes. While I have the opportunity, I am considering it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badprop_za View Post
    Ideally yes. While I have the opportunity, I am considering it.
    Ok. The Garmin Approach doesn't have a built-in HR monitor as far as I know. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    The Vivo Active will cover most of your needs minus the golf functions.

    Fenix 5 will cover everything and more, but will not give all the golf analysis that the Approach offer. It does however do scores and ranges, maybe more I haven't played enough golf with mine to test it properly.
    Fenix 3 HR is available at very decent prices these days and should offer what the Fenix 5 does. I know the HR monitor on the Fenix 5 got a major update from the 3 HR.

    I bought my watch from Amazon and paid about 70% (with VAT and import duties etc) of what the cost is in SA.
    Maybe something to consider.

    Just as an after thought. Can you put a price on your health? Buy the Fenix 5x.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jplab View Post
    Ok. The Garmin Approach doesn't have a built-in HR monitor as far as I know. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    The Vivo Active will cover most of your needs minus the golf functions.

    Fenix 5 will cover everything and more, but will not give all the golf analysis that the Approach offer. It does however do scores and ranges, maybe more I haven't played enough golf with mine to test it properly.
    Fenix 3 HR is available at very decent prices these days and should offer what the Fenix 5 does. I know the HR monitor on the Fenix 5 got a major update from the 3 HR.

    I bought my watch from Amazon and paid about 70% (with VAT and import duties etc) of what the cost is in SA.
    Maybe something to consider.

    Just as an after thought. Can you put a price on your health? Buy the Fenix 5x.
    Spending R13k is a bit much to swallow.

    Thanks for the feedback. Planning on going to shops to have a look and get a feel for each. There will be some compromise whichever route I go.
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