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Can I Justify Getting The New Garmin MARQ ‘Athlete’ Or ‘Expedition’?

by Anura Guruge


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Though I try to keep up with Garmin rumors the announcement of the MARQ series caught me totally flat-footed (and that had nothing to do with my knee surgery last week).

Wow.

On Google News, this morning, I was informed that the MARQ was $2,500, but I have since found out that that is for the ‘DRIVER’ model aimed at race drivers. That is a heavy watch, with a heavy metal band, not at all suited for my 24×7 wear.

The ‘ATHLETE’ & ‘EXPEDITION’, at $1,500 & $1,750 respectively, would be the logical upgrades to my Fenix 5 Plus.

Yes, I could upgrade, quite attractively & affordably, through the HRM USA VIP Club — I one of the founding members. Plus, I am a long-term GRMN shareholder. So, when Garmin does well I make out anyway.

But, but, but …

Yikes.

I hope I am wrong but at first glance this looks like but lipstick on my Fenix 5 Plus. Nothing majorly new, e.g., EKG/ECG, blood pressure monitoring or a superduper AMOLED display, to justify this premium pricing.

Yes, I need to do some research.

Yes, I might luck out and get one for evaluation.

Treat this as but a foreplay post. I will do more. This was just to get the subject on the table so to speak.


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by Anura Guruge

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