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I recently moved to CO and I want to buy a device to help me track various activities such as hiking, trail running, snowboarding, etc. Along with the general "outdoor activities", I also want to use it for going to the gym as well for basic fitness tracking.

While fitness/outdoors is my primary concern, I'd like it to also look stylish and not too bulky.

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    What do you actually need it for? We'll need more info to help you make a good decision here – user2766 Sep 21 '16 at 13:24
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    Like beeing said, it's too broad, opinion based and a shopping request. I vote to close. – Wills Sep 21 '16 at 14:55
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    This has to be opinion based, I'm afraid. Even your comment re the Fenix 3 being "obviously" the best is an opinion. As it happens, I disagree. It might not even be the best for £250, and there are some much better above that. – Rory Alsop Sep 21 '16 at 17:10
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    @Rory - You are correct. Based off what I've read the Fenix 3 and Suunto Vertical are some of the higher rated ones for around the $500 US mark. I am trying to stay lower than that which is why I'm looking at previous years models and was just curious about people's experience using those products. – Eric Sep 21 '16 at 18:44
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    I wonder if this question is looking for a product recommendation? – Willeke Mar 24 '18 at 12:19
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Why don't you get an inexpensive smart phone instead? For less then $100 (currently some are less than $30) you can get a smart phone at tracfone.com that will do all of that and more. Pair it with a fit bit and still be around $100

  • Smartphones are not suitable for backpacking due to limited battery life, in particular if the GPS is switched on all the time, which you want if you want to have a track log. – gerrit Sep 21 '16 at 17:19
  • @gerrit Is the battery life of a GPS watch better then smartphone? – James Jenkins Sep 21 '16 at 17:25
  • GPS watch, I don't know. But my handheld Garmin lasts 70+ hours with ultimate lithium batteries. – gerrit Sep 21 '16 at 17:30
  • @gerrit, needs differ of course, but I've use my smart phone and GPS software to log a track on 4-7 day backpacking trips. I do pause the tracking while I'm in camp, and I do bring along an extra battery which weighs 4oz. On the other hand, I can also use it to listen to music in the evening, and it is a backup light source. – Charles E. Grant Sep 21 '16 at 19:47
  • @CharlesE.Grant Hmm, ok. I thought smartphones typically lasted only a day on a battery. Maybe it's less bad than I thought (I used six lithium AA batteries on my recent 17-day backpacking trip). – gerrit Sep 21 '16 at 19:53
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I would recommend a notebook and a pencil. Excellent battery life, works well in all weather, backup options somewhat limited though.

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