Best Fitness Watch for Paddling?

2 months 2 days 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.

Fenn Swordfish S - Carbon Hybrid
Kayak Center Xcallibur K1- Kevlar
Fenn XTS Double - Polyvac
Epic V10 Performance

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2 months 2 days 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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2 months 2 days 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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2 months 2 days 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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2 months 2 days ago - 2 months 2 days 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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2 months 1 day 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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4 weeks 1 day 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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4 weeks 1 day ago #36554 by SpaceSputnik
They are. My basic Forunner picks up changes in speed in a few seconds.

Current: Epic 18x Sport, Stellar SES 1g.
Past: Think Evo II, Epic V7
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3 weeks 2 days ago - 3 weeks 2 days 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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