If you use Strava, it makes sense that your wearable should be Strava compatible. Strava is an online platform for tracking exercise with a social edge—typically used by cyclists and runners, thanks to its GPS function. Whilst it offers a premium paid option, there is a free version with limited features. Try it out before you hand over your hard-earned cash every month.
To bolster your Strava experience, you should get your hands on a Strava compatible smartwatch. We’ve curated a list of the six best ones for you. Using one of these smartwatches will enable you to get a fuller idea of your health, fitness and training efforts.
So, here we go!
If you’re a regular SuperWatches reader, you know we recommend Garmin for highly-active people. The Garmin Forerunner 245 is dedicated to runners and offers advanced training features.
This smartwatch offers GPS, GLONASS and Galileo connections for ultimate accuracy for your Strava app.
What’s more, it offers music streaming from services like Spotify. Or, there’s the option to store music on the watch itself. The battery life is up to 7 days if you don’t use GPS or music. You’re limited to 6 hours with both of these features in use, though. So if you’re someone who goes on all-day adventures, keep this in mind. You may even want to consider a solar option from Garmin if you have the budget.
The Forerunner 245 is focused on our performance. It’ll monitor your effort levels and tell you if you need to slow your pace or speed it up. If you need help, you can tap into the Garmin Coach function for guides.
There are variants of the 245, depending on what you need, but the standard version starts around $270.
This second Garmin suggestion offers more in the design department and features for a little more money.
The Vivoactive 4 will monitor your energy levels, sleep quality, hydration, heart rate, stress, respiration and pulse OX. We did say Garmin watches are made for those seriously into health and fitness!
You can stream music from popular services like Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music and listen via connected Bluetooth headphones.
It comes with over 20 indoor and outdoor sports modes, with the onboard GPS. This is what you’ll want to use with your Strava app to get an accurate picture of your session.
The smartwatch mode battery life gives you an extra day compared to the 245. However, you get the same 6 hours with GPS and music.
If you like to see your notifications as you ride or run, you can pair your smartphone and get your calls, texts, notifications and calendar reminders.
We think the Vivoactive offers a lot more for a little more.
You can pick it up for just under $290.
Withings Pulse HR
Here we have a budget-friendly option. In 2019, Withings hooked up with Strava to create integration with selected watches. The Pulse HR is one of them.
The drawback and subsequent reason for it being a cheaper option is that it doesn’t have onboard GPS. So you need to have your smartphone close by to be fully Strava compatible. It’s the compromise you make for a sub $100 fitness tracker.
Despite that, it offers more sports modes than any of the others mentioned so far (over 30), continual heart rate monitoring and heart rate zones (similar to that provided by Fitbit). With the sport modes, recognition is automatic, which is great if you’re doing different things throughout the day. It’s also water-resistant to 50m, so you can include swimming in that list, too.
When using the Connected GPS, you can get a great idea of distance, calories burned, pace and elevation.
Ticwatch Pro 3
I think Ticwatches are underrated for what you get. Whilst they’re not cheap, being on par with the Garmin Vivoactive and Fitbit Sense, you get a gorgeous design as well as some stellar features.
One standout feature of the Ticwatch Pro 3 is the battery life. In Essential Mode, it’ll go on for up to 45 days. In Smart Mode, you get three days.
As for fitness features, there are many sport modes to choose from. All supported by onboard GPS, which is what makes the TicWatch Pro 3 an excellent choice if you’re specifically looking for Strava compatible smartwatches. What’s more, there’s constant heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, stress monitoring and a new noise detection feature (similar to the Apple Watch 6).
Inside is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset, which is worth noting because Android have deliberately held back from putting this into all their 2020/2021 releases.
The design is like nothing else on this list. It almost passes as a high-end dive watch. Though it looks bulky, it’s lightweight, lighter even than its predecessors.
At just under $299, we think this is incredible value for money.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
If you like more traditional designs that secretly offer smart features, you’ll love the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3.
Run or ride in total freedom from your smartphone whilst still delivering your notifications, calls and music streaming.
If you have your phone and your watch battery runs out, it has a power-sharing feature to top-up the watch. However, you can expect a day between charges with the watch.
As you’re here looking for Strava compatible smartwatches, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 offers limited (7) sport modes. However, what you get from these is superior insight compared to other watches. Running and cycling are two of those, so we don’t see this as a limitation.
When it’s time to rest, you can utilise the meditation, sleep, breathe and stress functions for a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing.
As it’s a Samsung watch, you know you can rely on a decent smartwatch experience to boot.
At just under $420, this option offers it all, fitness and smart features, bundled into a great looking timepiece.
Fitbit Versa 3
Here we have a mid-to-high-end Fitbit. Use it for running, cycling, hiking and other sports. Best of all, enjoy it with freedom from your phone whilst still getting real-time data on your pace and distance. Either directly on the watch or through Strava, thanks to the onboard GPS.
The Fitbit Versa 3 will highlight your intensity levels and heart rate zones during your workout, shown as Active Minutes.
Other fitness features include advanced heart rate monitoring, sleep scoring, SpO2 (with specific watch faces) and your blood oxygen levels during the night.
Not that you’ll likely be thinking about it during your ride or run, but the newer (2020 onward) Fitbits are both Alexa and Google Assistant compatible. Fitbit has started to expand beyond their traditional fitness trackers into offering smart features, too.
You can get this watch for around $230.
To date, there are around 58 million Strava users worldwide, and the company claim an additional one million per month are signing up for the service. You can rest assured that the app is one of the best if you’re serious about running and cycling. So you need a smartwatch that will give you the best compatibility so you can get the best data from your sessions.
We encourage you to explore the brands we’ve mentioned here in more detail!
If you’re also a MyFitnessPal user, we’ve compiled a list of compatible smartwatches in this article here. Check it out to determine which is the best if you intend to use both apps in your fitness journey.
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Last Updated on April 22, 2021