Best Fitness Watch for Paddling?

7 months 19 hours ago #36304 by peteski
I've been using a fenix 5 for 3 years now, 3 or 4 times a week, mostly downwind paddling so it gets properly soaked and there's no sign of corrosion on the charging terminals.

Fennix Elite S - Carbon Hybrid

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7 months 19 hours ago #36305 by zachhandler
Does the stroke rate function on the fenix 5 work if the device is put on the footstrap or does it need to be on the wrist?

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7 months 19 hours ago #36306 by TomVW
Needs to be on the wrist, I am afraid. Unless you have some mighty stroke, that is....

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7 months 18 hours ago #36307 by zachhandler

TomVW wrote: Needs to be on the wrist, I am afraid. Unless you have some mighty stroke, that is....


Thanks. Would not be a useful feature for me then. 

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7 months 15 hours ago - 7 months 14 hours ago #36308 by Steve Hansen
Shout out to Zach Handler, who skied 2:09 for the American Birkebeiner cross country ski race. That's 31 miles. Only 10 minutes behind the winner who is a member of the Norwegian national team. Awesome achievement Zach !

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6 months 4 weeks ago #36313 by zachhandler
Thanks Steve! I started nordic ski racing when i was a kid and never stopped so I am fairly proficient at it. In surfski on the other hand I am a self-trained mid-life hack  like  just about everyone else on this forum. But I  love it so. I was fully addicted to after my first downwind paddle, even though I was horribly bad at it and had to remount about 50 times. That joy has never faded. Nothing beats a good downwinder!

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5 months 3 weeks ago #36552 by mrcharly
So, I've been using my phone with either gopaddler or strava to give me a speed and distance.

With current phone, neither app updates very rapidly. Takes maybe 30s to pick up a change in speed.
If I'm doing intervals and want to hit and maintain a target speed, this is really poor.

Question, are the Garmin watches faster to update?

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5 months 3 weeks ago #36554 by SpaceSputnik
They are. My basic Forunner picks up changes in speed in a few seconds.
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5 months 3 weeks ago - 5 months 3 weeks ago #36570 by AndyS
@Zachhandler: Try a Vaaka device for your paddle. Gives you live cadence and if you load down the Vaaka distance/stroke app to your Fenix 5 also that particular live data. Fenix stays on your foot strap. Really useful to dial in stroke efficiency by correlating above parameters with speed.
Cheers, Andy

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4 months 3 weeks ago #36764 by [email protected]
Is the mount you are reffering to specific to Epic? I'm trying to figure out how people are mounting watches on foot straps. I'm in a Stellar and it would be a fair amount of work to strap the watch into the foot straps.

Would you have photos?

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4 months 3 weeks ago #36768 by SpaceSputnik

[email protected] wrote: Is the mount you are reffering to specific to Epic? I'm trying to figure out how people are mounting watches on foot straps. I'm in a Stellar and it would be a fair amount of work to strap the watch into the foot straps.

Would you have photos?


On my Forerunner 25 the strap is removable like on a regular watch. I took it off and stitched two short pieces of velcro so when they engage the watch sits flat. Works great on a strap, sits in place without moving. 

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4 months 2 weeks ago #36825 by [email protected]

XLV wrote: Will be switching to something else in the next year. Are there any other apple watch apps that I should be trying out?


If you still have the Apple Watch try an app called Paddle Logger.

https://apps.apple.com/au/app/paddle-logger-for-watersports/id955311911

I use the free version and it's been really good so far. The developers have responded pretty quickly when any issues have popped up or when I've suggested changes.  The only problem can be battery life but if I keep my sessions to under 2.5 hours then it normally has enough juice to make it through - curiously a 3+hr ride on the bike lasts without issues so I think it's something related to their app...

You can export the GPX files too so you can upload to Strava if you want. Note: the free version doesn't show all the info within the app itself, but when it's exported to Strava you get a lot more information (max speed etc).

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3 months 2 weeks ago #36939 by hawk_nt647
I use a Garmin bike mount kit with my Fenix 5 on the paddle. I also wear a heart rate monitor. I use the SUP app to get stroke rate and distance per stroke and change activity to "paddling" afterwards. You can get knockoffs for a few dollars or I imagine something like foam pipe insulation would work, too.
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