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Is Suunto any better than Garmin when it comes to openness? I see that Movescount has an option to import GPX as a routes in their route planner: but I've never tried it. I've bought a Garmin fenix 3 rather than Suunto Ambit because the fenix 3 is arguably a better watch (I wasn't aware of Garmin limitations at the time). But with the release of the Suunto Spartan, Garmin does not have the hardware advantage anymore. I think that they need to seriously revise their software strategy if they want stay competitive.
@dret A few days ago Garmin and Strava announced a partnership to bring Strava live segments to Garmin Connect. So I think that Garmin fully realize that their software does not compete with Strava's . Let's hope that this is only the first step towards more openness!
Great post! I share your frustration about Garmin closed ecosystem. The Fenix 3 is a great watch, but Garmin software really sucks. Just as a side note: although its not possible to import a GPX route directly into GarminConnect, it is possible to import a GPX track as activity. The trick is to convert the GPX route into a GPX track that contains fake time stamps. Several online converted allows you to do this conversion. Once you have imported the GPX track as an activity on GarminConnect, it can be converted as a route and it synced to the watch. Also I have just noticed that GPX routes can now be imported and edited in Strava, and then exported to the fenix 3 as GPX. The instructions for the export are essentially the same as yours (Strava claims that fenix 3 isn't supported, but I've tested it and it seems to work fine).
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