A word of warning about the step counter function that’s part of the Garmin Fenix 3: it is definitely inaccurate. I’ve had my Fenix 3 for less than a week yet from day 2 I realized that my steps were being grossly overcounted. And I know why. Take a look at this first pic, taken just before driving off to St Julian’s on a Piaggio Beverly 300 motor-scooter. At that point, total steps recorded stood at 5568.
Upon reaching my destination some 12 kilometres later, this is what the Fenix was showing me – 5887 steps.
Interestingly, the additional distance for these 319 extra steps is 200 metres. I’m not a technical person but I imagine the vibrations given off while riding on less than perfectly smooth roads are being registered as steps. This is a plausible explanation considering that I wear the watch on the left hand, which is only used for applying the brake while driving. Hence there are no extraneous movements.
I had similar results when commuting to my work place and home. 18 kilometres on the motor-scooter translated into approximately 500 additional steps.
Has anyone else noticed these inaccuracies while on a motorbike? Or riding on some other vehicle? I wonder what the result would be when wearing the Garmin Fenix 3 during a bumpy bus trip!