Which GPS watches are compatible with Strava?

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Strava is great. As one of the more popular exercise apps, it has universal appeal with runners and cyclists, and I like the idea of challenging local athletes (and friends) over the segments.

But did you know there are other ways to upload your activity to Strava than recording from a mobile phone? Thankfully, the data collected from GPS watches can be used to update the activity on your profile. That’s right, no need to inconvenience yourself with carrying an Android or iOS device in your pocket whilst you exercise!

As many manufacturers host their own activity tracking software, you would think uploading to Strava would be long and tedious. The opposite is in fact true, and many of the leading companies allow Strava to automatic integrate with their database; one upload and its on both exercise platforms.

So whether you’ve already bought a GPS watch which you’re looking to pair up to Strava, or you’re researching for a new timepiece which will allow you to continue using the app, here’s the range compatible with Strava.

 

Garmin

Allows you to pair up your Garmin Connect account with Strava. To do this, first download Garmin Express. You then simply link your Garmin Connect account to your Strava profile.

Garmin watches which work with Strava

  • Forerunner 10
  • Forerunner 15
  • Forerunner 25
  • Forerunner 35
  • Forerunner 110
  • Forerunner 201
  • Forerunner 210
  • Forerunner 220
  • Forerunner 225
  • Forerunner 230
  • Forerunner 235
  • Forerunner 301
  • Forerunner 305
  • Forerunner 310XT
  • Forerunner 405
  • Forerunner 405XT
  • Forerunner 410
  • Forerunner 610
  • Forerunner 620
  • Forerunner 630
  • Forerunner 735XT
  • Forerunner 910XT
  • Forerunner 920XT
  • EDGE 200
  • EDGE 205
  • EDGE 305
  • EDGE 500
  • EDGE 510
  • EDGE 605
  • EDGE 705
  • EDGE 800
  • EDGE 810
  • EDGE 1000
  • EDGE Touring
  • Fenix
  • Fenix 2
  • Fenix 3
  • Swim
  • Vivoactive
  • Vivoactive HR

 

Fitbit

Activities recorded on Fitbit devices can now be automatically uploaded to your Strava account. To do so, you first need to pair up your accounts. Only activities where GPS has been used to record distance are transferrable to Strava. You can’t send across estimated distances worked out from stepcounts or exercise logged without starting an activity timer (SmartTrack detected exercise).

The Fitbit Surge is currently their only wearble which has a GPS chip built into the watch. The other Fibit devices listed below use “Connected GPS” which means GPS distance can be recorded if you’re within range of a phone to piggyback the signal off. To measure your runs and rides accurately (and get them on Strava), you need to carry your phone; which is fine on a bike ride but may be irritating for a run. It feels a bit laboured, when you could just use the Strava mobile app without the need for a wearable but if you’re a regular Fitbit user, the benefit comes in having consistent exercise log data across both apps.

  • Fitbit Surge
  • Fitbit Charge 2
  • Fitbit Blaze

Soleus

The Soleus Sync application is what you need to get your exercise data onto Strava. As long as you have a Windows PC (XP or newer) or Mac (OS 10.6 or newer), you’ll be able to download the program and pair up your Soleus recorded activity to your Strava account.

Soleus watches connect to Strava

  • GPS Fit
  • GPS Mini
  • GPS Vibe
  • GPS Cross Country
  • GPS Tour + HRM
  • GPS Sole + HRM

 

Suunto

Suunto watches natively use the Movescount application. It can feed the data of any Suunto GPS watch straight into Strava just follow these instructions. And if you only want Strava to automatically receive just one type of activity, you can preset your feed to only send across runs or bike rides.

Suunto watches pair up with Strava

  • Ambit
  • Ambit 2
  • Ambit 2R
  • Ambit 2S
  • Ambit 3

 

TomTom

Again, you can automatically sync your activity to Strava using the MySports Connect. As long as your exercise data is going through to this app, you can pair your TomTom account with your Strava profile to keep things simple. More Info | Download MySports Connect

TomTom watches compatible with Strava

  • Runner
  • Runner Cardio
  • Multi-sport
  • Multi-sport Cardio
  • Spark

 

Polar

A recent update to the Polar Flow app means you can sync up your Polar data to your Strava account within the Polar app. More Info | Download Polar Flow

Polar watches compatible with Strava

  • M400
  • M450
  • V650
  • V800

 

Timex

A little bit limited here, there’s currently no automatically synching with a Timex app. Instead to get your runs on Strava you use the standard upload function which accepts .tcx, .fit or .gpx files. Up to 25 activities can be uploaded at a time.

Timex watches compatible with Strava

  • Run Trainer 2.0

 

Loads of watches can connect to Strava!

It’s fantastic to see so many of the top GPS manufacturers make it easy to upload your activity onto Strava. With TomTom, Garmin, Suunto and Soleus all providing the ability for automatic synching, its much less effort to get your activity logged online. One upload and your data is on your manufacturer app and Strava. Leaving you with more time for a little warm down stretching!

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