Garmin Fenix 6

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RunEveryInchOfTheWorld

2,150 posts

17 months

Sunday 13th June
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Origin Unknown said:
Is the companion Garmin app for the Fenix 6 any good? What’s not so good about it too?

I’m currently inside a Huawei ecosystem with the watch GT Pro and the digital scales. Worn almost daily for the past 3 years and overall, the hardware is great. The app however, not so much. Lack of feature parity with android version aside, the app is crashy to say the least. It’ll crash two times on initial start, next it’s unresponsive whilst syncing, and does require you to keep the screen on and therefore app active to complete the sync else it fails. Start again. It’ll frequently crash after syncs.

It’s annoying. What about the garmin app?
Garmin software has really improved since the 405 forerunner. When an update used to introduce new bugs. Nowadays, the updates are usually something I look forward to!

Sway

19,445 posts

162 months

Sunday 13th June
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Certainly no issues for me with either app (connectIQ to configure the watch, connect for tracking).

Only thing that's a tad annoying is it's approach to planning/tracking strength sessions - just seems to take far longer than it should need to.

Overall, I bloody love the thing.

Origin Unknown

1,819 posts

137 months

Monday 14th June
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Thanks both.

Birdster

2,433 posts

111 months

Friday 23rd July
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Looking to replace my 235.

Saw a deal for the sapphire titanium for £640. Very tempting, thought about it and it went OOS, local dealer will match, but can’t help thinking the normal 6 pro for circa £350 is a better deal when it pops up again as have a HUKD alerts set. Man maths and want is telling me to just get the sapphire titanium. laugh

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/garmin-fenix-6-sa...

CheesecakeRunner

1,260 posts

59 months

Friday 23rd July
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Handy thread…. Anyone use a Fenix 6 for activity tracking with a Vitality policy?

I had to swap my Fenix 5 for a 6 this week due to killing the 5. Set the 6 up the same, but for some reason Vitality doesn’t recognise ‘Walk’ activities for points any more. Wondered if anyone had experienced similar?

I’ve looked the XML export for the activity and looks identical from the 5 and the 6, so I can’t see why Vitality wouldn’t accept it but then again, they’re notoriously st.

D1on

601 posts

154 months

Monday 26th July
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Any high street shops have these that you can view before you buy? smile

CheesecakeRunner

1,260 posts

59 months

Monday 26th July
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Try the camping shops like Blacks or Cotswold Outdoor.

RunEveryInchOfTheWorld

2,150 posts

17 months

Monday 26th July
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D1on said:
Any high street shops have these that you can view before you buy? smile
John Lewis usually do price match and a get a nice sales engagement.

eyebeebe

2,222 posts

201 months

Monday 26th July
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Birdster said:
Looking to replace my 235.

Saw a deal for the sapphire titanium for £640. Very tempting, thought about it and it went OOS, local dealer will match, but can’t help thinking the normal 6 pro for circa £350 is a better deal when it pops up again as have a HUKD alerts set. Man maths and want is telling me to just get the sapphire titanium. laugh

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/garmin-fenix-6-sa...
If possible, I‘d probably hold off for now. The 6 series have been out for nearly 2 years. I‘d expect a new version to be announced soon. https://the5krunner.com/2021/06/25/july-2021-sport... Suggests either in the next month or so or next year, so maybe worth waiting a month?

So either new shiny shiny tech or discounts on the old model.

FunkyNige

7,537 posts

243 months

Monday 26th July
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CheesecakeRunner said:
Handy thread…. Anyone use a Fenix 6 for activity tracking with a Vitality policy?

I had to swap my Fenix 5 for a 6 this week due to killing the 5. Set the 6 up the same, but for some reason Vitality doesn’t recognise ‘Walk’ activities for points any more. Wondered if anyone had experienced similar?

I’ve looked the XML export for the activity and looks identical from the 5 and the 6, so I can’t see why Vitality wouldn’t accept it but then again, they’re notoriously st.
I can't speak for the Fenix versions, but I think the activities are based on heart rate aren't they? Can you check if your HR is similar in the activities? My Vitality app says "30-minute workout at 60% age-related max heart rate" or "30-minute workout burning 150 kcals at 300 kcals per hour".

CheesecakeRunner

1,260 posts

59 months

Monday 26th July
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FunkyNige said:
CheesecakeRunner said:
Handy thread…. Anyone use a Fenix 6 for activity tracking with a Vitality policy?

I had to swap my Fenix 5 for a 6 this week due to killing the 5. Set the 6 up the same, but for some reason Vitality doesn’t recognise ‘Walk’ activities for points any more. Wondered if anyone had experienced similar?

I’ve looked the XML export for the activity and looks identical from the 5 and the 6, so I can’t see why Vitality wouldn’t accept it but then again, they’re notoriously st.
I can't speak for the Fenix versions, but I think the activities are based on heart rate aren't they? Can you check if your HR is similar in the activities? My Vitality app says "30-minute workout at 60% age-related max heart rate" or "30-minute workout burning 150 kcals at 300 kcals per hour".
On Saturday I tested by doing a walk with a borrowed 5 and the new 6. The stats were basically identical between the watches, and Vitality recognised the one from the 5 but not the 6. So I’ve sent the 6 back and bought a replacement 5.

The difference in functionality between the two wasn’t enough to warranty the difference in price for me, and I need it to work faultlessly with Vitality. They’re a pain to deal with at the best of times, and I’ve got no chance of getting them to fix whatever the bug is, but what they charge me for my level of life cover just can’t be beaten.

R1gtr

3,353 posts

122 months

Tuesday 27th July
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Has anyone found good quality replacement straps for the fenix 6 pro? The Garmin ones are pretty expensive

Calza

1,587 posts

83 months

Tuesday 27th July
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Happy to have found this thread!

Does anyone use a smart wake-up function on their Fenix 6?

I really miss mine but can't seem to find a good offering on here.

Chilly for June

208 posts

43 months

Tuesday 27th July
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R1gtr said:
Has anyone found good quality replacement straps for the fenix 6 pro? The Garmin ones are pretty expensive
I have bought replacement straps for my suunto from Amazon. These were around £10 I think versus £40 for the official suunto one.

Whilst there is a difference in quality it's not £30 worth and I don't regret buying it. I also think the stock suunto strap is of very high quality so the Amazon one punches well above its weight.

I appreciate this isn't a Garmin response but I guess I'm saying give the Amazon ones a try at the price I don't think you will be disappointed.

Also chase the summit on YouTube seems to always put replacements on his Garmin from Amazon as he links in the bottom of his videos.

R1gtr

3,353 posts

122 months

Wednesday 28th July
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Chilly for June said:
I have bought replacement straps for my suunto from Amazon. These were around £10 I think versus £40 for the official suunto one.

Whilst there is a difference in quality it's not £30 worth and I don't regret buying it. I also think the stock suunto strap is of very high quality so the Amazon one punches well above its weight.

I appreciate this isn't a Garmin response but I guess I'm saying give the Amazon ones a try at the price I don't think you will be disappointed.

Also chase the summit on YouTube seems to always put replacements on his Garmin from Amazon as he links in the bottom of his videos.
Excellent, I will take a look. The Garmin prices are a bit daft for a bit of rubber but with this watch pretty much becoming the only watch I wear I thought a few different coloured straps would be a good idea.

S100HP

Original Poster:

11,275 posts

135 months

Wednesday 28th July
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I have a Amazon strap alongside the official one, and there is little difference. I also got a genuine titanium band which is lovely. I tend to wear that most of the time now, even during activities.

robinh73

635 posts

168 months

Wednesday 28th July
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Was having a similar dilemma but have just ordered an Amazon strap in orange. Should arrive tomorrow, so I shall post my initial thoughts.

TheNewBoy

992 posts

6 months

Wednesday 28th July
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I was looking at these the other week, to replace my 235
Had another look last night & £450 on Amazon so I pressed the button! Arrives later today..

Sway

19,445 posts

162 months

Wednesday 28th July
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£450 is pretty cheap!

Regular 6?

On the topic of straps, I love my garmin titanium and regular orange strap - but I really want the navy blue jacquard strap that comes with the "Captain" MARQ. Only problem is, that it's over a £100 for a fabric strap!

TheNewBoy

992 posts

6 months

Wednesday 28th July
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6x pro
Maybe a new model is out soon as in previous posts?