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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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    Do you need a watch with specific golfing features, or a watch that will be able to track your activity while playing golf or any other sport for that matter?

    If it is the latter, and you really really need oHR, I would recommend you to also investigate the Polar M430. Keep in mind the limitations of oHR! (BTW it can also be linked to a chest HRM via BTLE)

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    Suunto Spartan is probably the best watch with all the features you require on a reasonable budget.

    I like the fact that it works underwater too, and had pretty impressive battery life. Only downside is that vitality don't use the step counter it has.... Not sure why, because it is far more accurate then my fitbit ever was

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