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Garmin Does Us, The Temporarily Disabled, A Great Disservice.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From my Garmin Connect.


Click to ENLARGE. From my Garmin Connect.


As some of you may know, from my prior posts, I tore my quadriceps tendon on February 28, 2018, and had knee surgery to repair it a week later, on March 7, 2019.

The week between the injury and the surgery, when I was wearing just a full-leg knee immobilizer I was quite mobile, didn’t use crutches — just a stick — and managed to even get in 5,000 steps — some of it in snow. Going up and down stairs was not an issue. Though I was not close to averaging my pre-injury 52-floors a day, I was still up and down the stairs a fair number of times. I live in a 4-story house with 3 staircases and I need to get around all 4 floors since our big TV is on the 1st floor and my work PC (for doing these posts and writing books) is on the 4th floor.

My Fenix 5 Plus was fine recording my steps and floors because I was still doing them the normal way — albeit using a walking stick.

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Things changed DRAMATICALLY post-surgery. No weight-bearing on the left-leg. Have to use crutches.

My Fenix 5 Plus does not measure my steps when using crutches! Why. Because I am not moving my arms about that much. Maybe there is a crutch-use setting but I am not aware of it. My first time being disabled — ever.

I have to go up and down the stairs on my BUM — using my arms. That is HARD. I had stopped doing pushups 12-years ago, and at 65 other than my running, climbing floors, shoveling snow and hiking I don’t do much. Upper body strength is not what it used to be. Climbing stairs using my arms is exhausting.

And now hear is the kicker. My Fenix 5 Plus is NOT counting the damn floors I climb — so laboriously. That is not fair. I climb, with help, 6 or 8 floors a day and go down as many, if not more. I climbed one floor to write this. Fenix 5 Plus says ‘0’. That is stupid. Expended more energy climbing that floor than I normally do bounding up 5.

The steps I understand.

The floors I don’t. I thought Garmin told us that floors climbed was calculated using the barometric altimeter. I think my altimeter isn’t busted. So, what gives.

Honestly, the least of my problems right now. Heart rate is working and thanks to my Fenix 5 Plus I know that I am still alive and that my heart rate, even with the surgery, is in the 60 range. So, that is good.

I will keep you posted. Hoped to be more active in about a month.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Forerunner 645(M), With FW 2.50, Might NOT Be Counting Elevation Gains During Runs!

by Anura Guruge


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Right now this is but a suspicion … a rumor.

But, one person who got the latest 2.50 Firmware for the Garmin Forerunner 645 THINKS that elevation gains STOPPED being counted during a run.

What makes this of concern is that 2 of the detailed fixes in Firmware 2.50 had to do with elevation!

This would be a TOTAL dealbreaker for I.

Measuring and keeping track of ALL elevation is a huge part of my fitness regime.

The reason I had to return my 2nd Vivoactive 3 was because the barometric altimeter STOPPED working.

So, this is of CONCERN.

I will, of course, monitor it and keep YOU posted.


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Garmin’s NEW Forerunner 645 — Ruggedized Vivoactive 3 Without Touch-Screen?

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The Garmin Forerunner 645 announced on January 8, 2018. It is still NOT available and the Garmin Website is saying 5 – 8 weeks — which would realistically mean April 2018.

Yes, everybody else other than I is going ga-ga about its music capability. That interests me NOT.

What gets me REAL excited is that it is a Vivoactive 3+ — the only thing missing being a touch-screen.

Other than touch, it has WAY MORE features including a gyroscope. Plus nice size.

Yes, I know I returned a Forerunner 235 within 4 hours. But, the 235, for I, had a FATAL omission. No barometric altimeter to count stairs climbed. The 645 has that and much more.

Yes, VO2 Max.

Yes, alas, there is another negative. It does NOT come in black! YIKES. I might actually try and paint it BLACK. That is how desperate I am.

April availability is perfect. But, I will wait till early June for the 1st batch of watches to get sold.


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Do NOT Buy Garmin Vivoactive 3 Right Now — Too Many Quality Issues. Wait!

by Anura Guruge


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I am not saying this lightly or out of any malice. It grieves me to say so (and right now I am a Garmin shareholder (though that is likely to change)).

I returned the 2nd — yes SECOND — Garmin Vivoactive 3 on Monday. I have had two that have failed since November 16. That is crazy.

There is a definite issue with quality.

When Garmin tells me that users like I should get the Fenix 5 rather than a VA 3 you know that they know something that they really do not want to let on.

I was the 10th person to report the barometric altimeter fail.

The second VA3 I got was noticeably better than the 1st — which, given that I preordered it (in Gunmetal)) — which had to have been from a very early batch.

Lovely watch. One of the nicest and MOST feature rich. That I have to now make do with a butt ugly Fitbit Ionic breaks my heart.

Yes, I could have got a 3rd VA 3. I was offered one. I said NO THANK YOU. I can’t take it.


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Garmin Vivoactive 3 — KNOWN Problem With Barometric Altimeter; I Was The 10th To Report!

by Anura Guruge


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My 50-day old Garmin Vivoactive 3 being RETURNED
— via UPS — for good.

I am getting my money back.

I do NOT want another Vivoactive 3.


This was my 2nd. 1st last all of 15-days.

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Talked to Garmin Support.

Known problem. I was the 10th to report — on the VA 3.

No fix as yet. Engineering has it on their list.

Their recommendation:
The Garmin Fenix 5 is more robust.

Yes, at double the price.


I have had it with the Garmin Vivoactive 3.

Not getting another one.

Going through TWO (2) in 65-days is enough.

Not sure what to do.

My wrist, however, is NOT naked.

I had got the Samsung S3 Frontier (at Christmas) as a backup, as I had a nasty feeling that the VA 3 was not going to last the course.

So, why don’t I just stick with the S3. It is tad too big and doesn’t continuous Heart Rate monitoring — for a start.


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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Barometric Altimeter Died After 48-Days! My 2nd Vivoactive 3. 1st DIED After 15-Days.

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This is when I noticed. Saturday, January 27, 2018.

NO elevation on run. It is run with over 400′ elevation change.

So, same run. When altimeter was working …. after it failed.

Notice, in this graph the elevation is FLAT! Not right.


Today, Saturday, January 27, 2018, after my run — on course that I run at least twice a week — I noticed that there was NO elevation reading!

Strange.

Then I remembered that 2 nights earlier, on Thursday night, it had said I had hardly climbed any stairs. It was late, I was tired … I just let it go as a temporary glitch. The altimeter must have stopped working around then.

As of today, this Garmin Vivoactive 3 is ONLY 48-days old.

I had it delivered from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

It was my 2nd Vivoactive 3.

First one died, totally, after just 15-days. ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’, a class outfit, replaced it.

Now this one is not fully working. Elevation is important to I.

Yes, I have done everything.

  • I cleaned the sensor holes with compressed air.
       
  • I did a SOFT RESET.
       
  • I cycled power.
        
  • I turned off/turned on Altimeter auto-calibration multiple times.
       
  • I manually calibrated it.

I am at a loss. Don’t know what to do.

It is a Saturday. It had to be. Garmin & ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ are both closed.

Not sure I want another Vivocative 3.

Help?

I am so upset. So, distressed.

Bloody Garmin. And as of last week I became a Garmin shareholder.


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I Returned The Garmin Forerunner 235 After Just 4-Hours On My Wrist!

by Anura Guruge




Yes, WOW!

It arrived around 2:30pm yesterday, November 6, 2017, via USPS. I plugged it in to be charged and registered it via Garmin Express.

I did NOT get around to putting it on my wrist, with it turned ON (and working), till around 8pm.

It is a NICE WATCH. Extremely light. Noticeably so. That was nice.

So, why am I returning it and why did I go ahead, at midnight, 4-hours into wearing it, PRINTING the Amazon UPS label to return it.

First and foremost the backlight was beyond finicky and annoying. I turned OFF sleep mode and even with it turned OFF, I could NOT keep the damn light on for more than 10 seconds — even with the TIMEOUT set for: 30-seconds, 1 minute and ALWAYS ON! That drove me nuts.

It also took me 40 minutes, yes 40 minutes, to pair it with my 10″ ASUS Tablet running Android 7. I had to uninstall and REINSTALL Garmin Connect before I eventually succeeded. That my old Vivoactive HR was in the house appears to have been an issue. Garmin Connect and the ASUS wanted, so badly, to connect with THAT rather than the FR235. So, I was not happy.

Then, I discovered, to my intense chagrin (and embarrassment) that it does NOT measure STAIRS CLIMBED (because, I found out, it does not have a barometric altimeter)! Yikes. Climbing stairs is one of my favorite exercises and per my old Vivoactive HR I average 30 stairs climbs a day. I did NOT want a tracker that couldn’t track stairs.

Not being touchscreen was MORE of an issue than I had hoped!

Amazon, as ever, was cool. Plus, I hadn’t even had it for 12-hours and everything including the box are in pristine condition.

I am JUST going to wait for the Garmin Vivoactive 3 in Slate


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by Anura Guruge