I used Garmin Fenix 6 Pro for a week. The watch is great. Working time 14 days / GPS 36 hours. Lots of settings, widgets and displays. At first, the interface seems complicated, but after a couple of days of torment comes understanding and pleasure from the device. There are a lot of strengths, but I want to talk about weaknesses.
The main disadvantage is that Garmin does not like our sport. There is no kitesurfing in wired sports, especially its varieties. There are only third-party applications, but more on that later. Garmin seems to be made for swimmers, runners and cyclists, skiers and ... golfers. For them EVERYTHING is there. BUT not even windsurfing. The web platform is also tailored for these sports. I dug around on the Garmin forums in the hope of finding an original solution for the kite, but I only found their two-year-old answer to our colleague that they do not have the ability to sew up all the existing 800 sports and a proposal to rename the most suitable one. mad Unpleasant answer, but I decided to check this solution. Of course, you can rename Run to Kitesurfing, adjust the data fields, remove unnecessary ones, but when synchronizing with the web platform, these parameters will come out again. What's more, when you sync with Endomondo and Strava, your activities will return to their original activity and require manual adjustments. The most suitable sport for us is Surfing. It appeared in the September update, but with a bug. There is no navigation in Surfing, most likely they just forgot. Why do we need navigation? I use it in downwinds. It is useful to know how much has passed and how much is left. And again, Surfing will count for you not made strokes and not conquered waves.
Third party applications. For the most part, they are created for the specific needs of the developer, so they do not have the ability to customize and offer functionality by the author's decision. I didn’t like many of them for various reasons. BUT Many thanks to hurricane for Woo 3.0! Of course, everything is not there, but it does a great job with the task and displays the jump data for you. This app is to be appreciated as a valuable gift to Garmin and Woo users. I happily gave it a 5 * rating in Garmin IQ Store reviews. For complete happiness, it lacked the heart rate monitor data field (I ride with a chest strap) and the ability to customize the data fields. I am not using all the information from Woo, but only the basic, and would gladly copy other parameters to the main screen.
Can't imagine what other sport on a watch needs the 100m water resistance that this watch provides, if not kitesurfing?
In the end, I sent the watch back, as I believe that at this cost, it should perform the required tasks, and not through trade-offs. For that Garmin should just add Kitesurfing, but unfortunately it hasn't solved that for a long time. And then I will most likely buy them back.
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