Garmin Fenix 3
I am and always have been a huge fan of Watches. From the time I got my first Casio or my first Tag Heuer to when I purchased my last Panerai and everything in between, there is just something soulful about the Watch. Like Anthony Bourdain and his Raw Craft series, I simply love what goes into the watch. I appreciate the simple to the complex, the inexpensive, to the astronomical. Watches just speak to my soul.
Over the last year I have been on the quest for a sports watch. Something that was quasi smart, could track my rides or my runs and all at the same time provide me with something that I could wear in multiple environments and even dress up with simple band changes to meet my moods.
Enter the Garmin Fenix 3 with the crystal display. It is definitely on the big side, which I like, and has a bit of character to it through band changes, but also provides me with exactly the functionality I was looking for in this type of watch.
With normal use I get 3-4 days of battery life out of it, something that is perfectly fine for me. It tracks my runs and my rides, allowing me to skip the super expensive Bike GPS and go with something that follows me all the time. If need be, it pairs nicely with a Heart Rate monitor or other Bluetooth 'Ant' accessories.
There are tons of great reviews out there for this watch, so I will save that for others. I simply wanted to throw my .02 cents in to the ring and let you adventurous types that this is a really solid offering from Garmin. Definitely a keeper in my books.
Next up to look at is the Casio G Shock Mudmaster, a beast of a watch and the Hanhart Primus Pilot (If I can find one).