New ‘Garmin Fenix 6 Solar’ Side-by-Side With ‘Fenix 6 Pro’, Both Titanium (One Black, Other Silver).
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The Black Titanium Solar
on its own.
Very similar. The BLACK is the SOLAR.
IF you look at image #1 (right at top) you will see a THIN ‘band’ between the glass face and the bezel. That is ONE of the solar collectors. That is SUPPOSED to be a 100% collector — i.e., collects all sunlight that falls on it.
FUNNY thing. In these picture the Silver Pro looks like it is BIGGER. It is not. It is fractionally smaller. In terms of watch diameters they are BOTH the same. The Solar is 0.4mm thicker. I noticed that right away. Display size is ALSO the SAME.
The titanium case WEIGHT is THE SAME, also.
I am ‘returning’ the Titanium band to my friends at ‘HeartRateMonitors USA‘. I hate metal bands on Garmin. Kind of feels stupid (& I wore a Rolex for 26-years).
So, that is the story so far. I will keep you posted.
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The ‘blue/white’ came in the STANDARD,
fairly small & compact
NOT as fancy, by far, as the HUGE
plastic box Garmin uses with the MARQ.
Amusing & cute. Yes, Garmin is, of course, trying to JUSTIFY the $1,099.99 price. Hhmmm. $229 of that is the strap. Heavy unfunctional strap! I am sending the strap back to ‘heartratemonitorsUSA‘. Yes, I evaluate watches for them. SMILE.
Nice enough watch. Far, far superior looking to the butt ugly ‘blue/white’ one. I cannot believe I initially picked it.
I Am RETURNING My ‘Garmin Fenix 6 Solar’, After Less Than A Day — UGLIEST, UGLIEST Watch I Ever Saw!
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With my OTHER Titanium Fenix 6 (Left)
— which looks pretty classy.
Garmin Marketing of the Fenix 6 Solar.
In the box, USPS label printed … ready to ship Monday.
On I did NOT get it on a whim. I gave it a LOT of thought. My criteria were simple & defensible:
- I wanted Titanium. I decided last year I am going to standardize on Titanium.
- The Solar Titanium is ONLY available in two options: this white one & a black one with a METAL STRAP.
- I hate metal straps. I didn’t want to get a watch, priced $150 more, with a $230 band that I did NOT want (though that is what is now going to happen).
- Garmin featured the white model — as you can see above — so I assumed it would be decent, in person (& it wasn’t).
As soon as I opened the box I knew I was in trouble! It looked TACKY & terrible. Butt ugly.
I hoped it would grow on I.
It did NOT.
If anything it got worse. It physically repulsed me! It made me ‘sick’ to just look at it. NOT WORTH IT.
It had to go.
Not sure what Garmin is thinking.
This white watch looks like a $5 BLING watch!
It is really tacky.
Yes, my plan is to get the BLACK Titanium. I will keep you posted.
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The solar, on the RIGHT on three of these, is a bit chunkier — which I guess was to be expected. Not so much wider, as noticeably taller.
I do NOT like it! The white is STUPID. Ugliest watch I have ever encountered. I am embarrassed to wear it. I kid you not.
I got it because it was TITANIUM & it was the model Garmin was featuring in its writeups. But, it is BUTT UGLY. Yikes. That was a mistake. Why don’t I return it. Because it was basically given to I — & I don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. BUT, if YOU WANT a real, real, real good deal on a hardly used Fenix 6 Solar let me know. SMILE.
So, that is my take. SMILE.
Thanks to ‘HRM USA‘ I have been able to enjoy every single Garmin Fenix model since the ‘5’. Yes: Fenix 5, Fenix 5 Plus, Fenix 6, Fenix 6 Pro & now the Solar. SMILE. I am lucky, & I know it. They even got me a Garmin MARQ Explorer — though, to the amazement of both sides, I asked them to exchange it for a Fenix 6 Pro!
I have asked for this new Titanium model. That was the one lasting impression from the MARQ. I am hooked on titanium. It looks different. Not sure about the blue, but it sure will be different too.
Of course I will keep you posted.
‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ Still Offering Some Of Their Insane ‘Cyber Monday’ Deals; E.G., ‘Fitbit Versa 2’ For $129.
They also have the venerable Garmin Fenix 5 at $299.99. That is quite the deal. I hate to think what I paid for my Fenix 5 — albeit nearly 2-years ago.
Still 8-days left before Christmas. HRM USA will get it to you within 2-days. So, you have time.
It BETTER be better than the Fenix 5
in Open Water
BUT it doesn’t have a gyroscope.
This Garmin amused I. I do NOT consider myself a swimmer. Given that I do live in a lake community, with beach rights, I do swim ‘open water‘ in the Summer — but, I do live in New Hampshire, and this year, Summer was about 3-weeks long. (SMILE). If I am travelling, and staying at a hotel with a pool, I will swim, religiously — but I do not go swimming, in pools, other than when I am staying at a hotel (which is ~ 20 — 25 days a year).
That this ‘baby’ doesn’t have a gyroscope cracks me up.
GPS does NOT work underwater. That is why you need a gyroscope. The gyroscope is supposed to backfill data IN BETWEEN GPS reading. With the Fenix 5, with a gyroscope, this was still the challenge. The Fenix 5 did not keep up between GPS readings.
I HOPE Garmin has fixed all of the ‘open water’ issues in this — the ‘Swim 2’. As a huge Garmin fan (as well as a Garmin shareholder) I always want Garmin to WIN. Thus, though I am skeptical I am rooting for this watch to be a winner.
I did a bit of research. It, at its core, is a Garmin Forerunner 45 — with the special software adding $50 to the price. Interesting choice. It would appear that what Gramin was most concerned about was the $250 price point.
Well, I will keep an eye on this as I do with most Garmin watches. I will check the Forums.
No I am not going to get one. As I started off, I am not a swimmer.
I will be happy to share any feedback or updates you share with me. Thank you.
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The Garmin MARQ Expedition comes standard with a $199 Italian Vacchetta leather strap. It is very nice. Too nice, in my opinion, for everyday use, especially if you, like I, are in the habit of taking showers with your Garmin still on your wrist.
Luckily, Garmin includes, for ‘FREE’, an extra black silicone rubber watch strap. It is, in theory, a 22mm Quick Fit like those for a Garmin Fenix 5.
But, the strap is very different; everything about it is different. It has a raised shoulder and a bigger clasp. There is no gap between it and the watch. I like it.
My problem — I can’t find ANY other bands like it, even in black.
I have 5 Fenix 5 bands in different colors. They fit on the MARQ. But, they look different to the black band.
So, just a heads up.