RadDrDuke wrote: ↑
Mon May 11, 2020 2:55 pm
I kite more than most people (3-4x week all year long) and I always wear my apple watch series 3. I also surf several days weekly, shallow freedive, and fish (and do whatever else I want) with it on. You do not have to worry about water coming in, it is fully waterproof and very impact resistant. If you hit the face on a rock you will crack it though as expected.
Thank you for your input. Indeed I understand that it seems perfectly fine for kitesurfing and most other watersports, in fact we included it because some of our friends were really satisfied with it, as you are, but since this is a product we recommend to our readers, I feel we have a responsibility to notify what the warranty covers or not. It's important to know exactly what the situation would be if there's ever an issue. Could even be a faulty model that would have leaked at the first shower, but if it happens while kitesurfing, chances are Apple won't agree to a replacement, citing the high velocity water paragraph of their website.
My best guess is that either they're just waiting to hear enough feedback (or the absence of it, as in no claims of damage from this sport in particular), or they're actually happy about the status quo as it might help sell more Apple Care subscriptions.
In any case, I think we'll add a disclaimer noting that any water damage on this watch resulting from kiting would not be valid for a warranty claim. I've also tried to contact Garmin to see what their stance on the topic is, will update here if I get an answer.