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Using 22mm ‘Quick Release’ Straps With A Garmin Fenix 6 Rather Than ‘Quick Fit’.

by Anura Guruge


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This is not rocket science & I am sure that many of you probably are already doing this — i.e., using ‘Quick Release’ with Garmin rather than the Garmin recommended ‘Quick Fit‘ — with impunity.

The difference between the two is that the ‘Quick Release’ has its own BUILT-IN pin(/bar) while ‘Quick Fit’ snaps onto a pin(/bar) already on the watch. To use ‘Quick Release’ with a Gramin all you have to do is remove the pin(/bar). On Fenix 6 Pros (& equivalents) this is a piece of cake. The pin(/bar) is an industry-standard tension bar. You can remove it with your fingernails without any tools. On some Garmins you will have to use a ‘special’ screwdriver.

Why bother with ‘Quick Release’ when there are plenty of ‘Quick Fit’ bands out there. Four reasons:

  1. They tend to be cheaper — for a given material, e.g., silicone, leather, nylon etc.
    ….
  2. The absence of the ‘clip’ makes them slightly lighter & easier on the skin.
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  3. More variety.
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  4. Fancier straps, like this shown below (SMILE).


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by Anura Guruge

‘Garmin’ Celebrating 30-Year Birthday Has A 30% Sale For 30-Hours (Lots Of Items Discounted).

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Doesn’t say WHEN it was formed in 1989. In case you didn’t know how the name came to be: Gar + Min. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garmin


Click to ENLARGE. That is quite the discount. I paid $600 (something) for my Fenix 5 about 18-months ago!


Saw this last night. A lot of items, not just the featured 30, are on sales.

I noticed that the straps were on sale. $15 off! Worth looking.

Just wanted to share.

I think the sale will go on until at least Thursday, September 19, 2019.

Go check. ENJOY. Smile.


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Strap Options For The New Garmin Fenix 6, 6X etc. [August 28, 2019].

by Anura Guruge



 


I don’t wear the $250 strap daily. But, I do like a leather strap.


Plenty of options, THOUGH NOT cheap, from Garmin. Click image to access page.


So, as discussed yesterday, the BIG immediately noticeable features of the new Garmin Fenix 6 line is going to be the 1.4″ watch face (from the prior 1.2″ standard) and the leather strap.

While Garmin has ‘always’ offered leather straps they have not come as standard on running watches. With the Fenix 6 it will and for us runners that will be a change. I, however, already went through this when I got my Garmin MARQ Expedition. That also came with (gorgeous) leather strap — albeit, then priced, at $250. But, Garmin also included a black silicone strap as well. That was good. I am pretty sure that Garmin will do the same with the Fenix 6, i.e., include a free silicone strap along with the leather.

As with the Fenix 5 (Plus) we will have the ‘S’, standard & ‘X’ models. Though the display is 0.2″ bigger I hope they stick with the standard 20-mm, 22-mm and 26-mm QuickFit strap options. That would give us the most flexibility. If they opt for a bigger strap we will be screwed — at least initially.

Then there is the SHOULDER option, on the black silicone, that started with the MARQ. It fills in the gap and is very, very impressive.


Yes, you can get that black strap with the shoulder, just for 22mm, from Garmin — but it is $50 more than the standard version. Wow.

If the Fenix 6 comes with Garmin’s $80 leather strap you should be FINE. It is a very durable strap and you can immerse it in water multiple times a day — I DO. It ages and weathers like leather should. I got one of these BECAUSE I didn’t want to wear the expensive MARQ strap, with the white stitching, 24×7.

I also tried a couple of cheap leather straps. Was NOT happy. The leather was cheap and felt (and acted) like cardboard.


Leather straps with the metal clasp at the end are a DISASTER. They will SCRATCH your expensive watch.

So, those are the options. Lot of straps, especially 22mm, BUT they are EXPENSIVE. That is frustrating. Luckily I can get an automatic discount on them. That helps. SMILE. But, it is still not cheap.

Enjoy.


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The New Garmin Fenix 6(X) [August 28, 2019], With Its Leather Strap, Reminds Me Of My MARQ Expedition.

by Anura Guruge


Amazon’s PREMATURE Listing From Monday, August 12, 2019.

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Amazon (if you remember)
did EXACTLY this also
with the Garmin Forerunner 945;
i.e., ‘accidentally’ listed it
weeks before it was announced.

Read about that here — if you have forgotten about that leak.


My Garmin MARQ Expedition
with the CHEAPER Garmin Leather Strap.


I don’t wear the $250 strap daily. But, I do like a leather strap.


Yes, it is the strap that makes me think the Garmin Fenix 6 (and the usual ‘S’ and ‘X’ variants) looks like my MARQ Expedition — but part of that is that I am using the cheaper $60 Fenix 5 leather strap on my MARQ so as not to ruin the expensive MARQ strap.

But, the Fenix 6 is going to be DIFFERENT from anything else we have seen from Garmin. It is going to have a 1.4″ display — compared to the 1.2″ on prior watches of similar ilk, including the Fenix 5X Plus. That is BIG. Very BIG. I like that. But, (damn) no AMOLED again. That irks me, though I have to admit that the sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel display on my MARQ is pretty impressive and pleasing. The Fenix 6 looks like it will have this technology, just on a bigger screen.

I initially thought that the Fenix 6 would be a watered down MARQ Athlete — with a leather strap. But, having studied the Amazon picture, long and hard, the Fenix 6 does not have the MARQ bezel.


It, with the exposed screws, reminds me of my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (that I traded-in for my MARQ).


I am pretty sure that from a hardware standpoint — i.e., the all important sensors — the Fenix 6 will use what is now found in the MARQ/Forerunner 945. That should be pretty good.

The rest, from what I can see, is ALL software! That means much of it, if not all of it, will be also available on the Forerunner 945, MARQ and possibly even the Fenix 5 Plus. Garmin does that. Think back to ‘Fall Detection‘. This is good.

The new software features, viz., Grade-Adjusted Pace Monitoring and ‘environmentally adjusted’ VO2 Max, seems pretty esoteric. We have seen the other features, music, Pulse Ox, maps on other models.

I was surprised by the $950 price tag — albeit for the 6X model. That still means a Fenix 6 will probably be in the $800 — $850 range. That is premium pricing (and that coming from one who is wearing a $1,750 MARQ).

The Forerunner 945, at $600, will probably end up with all the software features — but without the BIGGER display.

I will keep you posted over the next few weeks.

Yes, I will get a Fenix 6 for evaluation. SMILE.

I will also do another post on Garmin leather straps.


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Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ Silicone Strap Is 22mm ‘Quick Fit’, BUT Is Different To Others.

by Anura Guruge


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The Garmin MARQ Expedition comes standard with a $199 Italian Vacchetta leather strap. It is very nice. Too nice, in my opinion, for everyday use, especially if you, like I, are in the habit of taking showers with your Garmin still on your wrist.

Luckily, Garmin includes, for ‘FREE’, an extra black silicone rubber watch strap. It is, in theory, a 22mm Quick Fit like those for a Garmin Fenix 5.

But, the strap is very different; everything about it is different. It has a raised shoulder and a bigger clasp. There is no gap between it and the watch. I like it.

My problem — I can’t find ANY other bands like it, even in black.

I have 5 Fenix 5 bands in different colors. They fit on the MARQ. But, they look different to the black band.

So, just a heads up.


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by Anura Guruge