Garmin announced new models: Varia Vision and Fenix 3 HR

Last year fitness trend brought us wrist-based hear rate monitor to Garmin’s activity tracker vivosmart HR and GPS watch for running Forerunner 225. This year we are getting rather expected

Garmin Varia Vision

Garmin Varia Vision

improvement to Fenix series.  I’m saying “expected”, as after introducing built-in hear rate monitor for vivo and forerunner series, Fenix was next in line for this extra

feature.  What’s rather surprising is

Google Glass

Google Glass

Garmin’s Varia Vision (top picture on left).  It reminds me about other item of wearable technology – Google Glass (pic on right).  Varia Vision is a device which can be attached to practically any glasses and without taking your eyes off the road, allow you to read important information from some of the Garmin EDGE series and Varia (as of today, mid January: EDGE 1000, EDGE 520,   Varia). It also provides vibration alerts for texts/e-mails, directions and key cycling information. I guess getting used to vibration on your glasses requires some time, but it may be quite useful, considering that the alert will be easier to notice and without a need of constantly looking on your bike computer. The color display can provide up to 4 data fields, and consist of built-in ambient light sensor. Switching between the data fields is made through glove-friendly touch panel. It does sound interesting, doesn’t it?

As for Fenix 3 HR, it can be great for multisport athletes preparations.  I just wonder why there is a bundle option with Heart Rate Monitor available. Shouldn’t the HR (hear rate) feature help us to get rid of the extra accessory?

Can’t wait to hear some “first hand” experience. Perhaps you already use one of those. Let us know and leave a comment .

Comparing Fenix 3, Fenix 3 Sapphire and Fenix 3 HR:

Fenix 3Fenix 3
Sapphire
 Fenix 3 HR
 Multiple sport profiles
 Advanced running dynamics
 Physiological metrics
 Garmin Connect
 GPS navigation
 GLONASS
 Preloaded basemap
 ABC (altimeter, barometer, compass)
 Wireless CapabilitiesANT+, Bluetooth, Wifi®ANT+, Bluetooth, Wifi®ANT+, Bluetooth, Wifi®
 Water Rating110 ATM10 ATM10 ATM
 Battery20 hrs GPS
50 hrs UltraTrac
20 hrs GPS
50 hrs UltraTrac
20 hrs GPS
50 hrs UltraTrac
 Color display
 Connect IQ
EXO antenna
 Activity tracking2
 Advanced smart features3
 Virtual Racer software feature4
 Race predictor, recovery advisor & personal records
 Metronome (cadence training)
 Scratch-resistant sapphire lens
 Styles that include an additional bandMetal, Silver with Leather Band, Gray with Leather StrapHR
 Elevate wrist-based heart rate
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Buy Varia Vision on Amazon

Would you like to find out more: read my review on Fenix 3 (coming on 18th January) or Fenix 3 HR (pre-review coming this Friday – 15th January).

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