Tracking outdoor activities is incredibly fun and rewarding. You already knew you worked hard—you could feel the burn. But how cool is it to know you also climbed 2,100 feet of elevation, your max heart rate was 183, max ambient air temperature was 84º, your average cadence was 37 strides per minute and the total distance was 8.1 miles?
That’s what GoWild does with its Garmin integration. GoWild members can use any Garmin wearable smartwatch to track adventures, and import their activities into GoWild. Within the platform, which is built specifically for outdoor enthusiasts, members can share digital stories, showcasing mileage, biometric data, elevation change and photos captured, all on an interactive timeline.
The question becomes, which device is right for you? There are many options for various budgets. Fear not, Wild One. We have advice and are here to help.
OK, so here’s the thing: Our team loves the fēnix line. It’s what most GoWild team members use. For starters, it’s incredibly tough, rugged, and yet stylish. The interchangeable bands (common among Garmin products) are a huge win. Even with heavy winter gloves on, you can still control it with the oversized buttons. And the Sapphire Crystal lens has proven to be nearly indestructible for us. The fēnix devices start at $450.
Rechargable. Smartwatch mode goes up to 14 days. GPS can do up to 36 hours. The device features a Max Battery GPS mode, which gets 72 hours. The Expedition GPS Activity can log 28 days. And the Battery Saver mode logs an insane 48 days.
Can handle up to 100 meters of depth. Yep, bring on the rain, sleet, snow, ice, swimming, diving, or whatever else you got, life.
This is one of the best overall Garmin investments you can make. The vívoactive line is built tough with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, and it’s also slick enough that you can wear it to work, church or a night on the town. This device typically runs $350.
Rechargable. Lasts up to 8 days in smartwatch mode and up to 18 hours in GPS mode without music.
Can handle up to 50 meters of depth.
The Forerunner has additional functionality for runners, but don’t be fooled—this device is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. As with the vívoactive, you get the durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 and host of fitness apps. The 245 is typically $300, although certainly additions may cause variances. All of that said, it’s a great deal.
Rechargable. Smartwatch mode can go for 7 days, GPS mode can run up to 24 hours.
Can handle up to 50 meters of depth, so bring on the rain, sleet, snow, ice, swimming, diving, or whatever else you got, life.
If you’re more interested in a simple-yet-trustworthy fitness tracker at a good price, the Garmin vívofit® 4 is the perfect option for you. Track your steps, sleep, calories, and distance, set goals, and even swim in this device. Prices start around $80.
Replaceable battery expected to last up to 1 year.
This device is rated well for swimming and showers.
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