Man of Steel star Henry Cavill ditched his Polar smartwatch for a... Garmin

What made him change smartwatches, I wonder?

Henry Cavill attends "The Witcher": A Netflix Original Series Panel during 2019 Comic-Con International at San Diego Convention Center on July 19, 2019 in San Diego, California
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I'm not saying I'm obsessed with Henry Cavill, or Chris Hemsworth, or Alan Ritchson, or any other so-called celebrities, but I indeed follow their careers closer than others. I also pay a lot of attention to what they post on social media or Youtube, hence why I know that the Man of Steel's favourite fitness gadget is a Polar watch, at least it used to be. Based on his latest Instagram post, he ditched his Polar for a Garmin.

Henry's latest IG reel for International Men's Day is as manly as it gets. It's also very dorky, as expected from a man who loves to build his own PC and can go on about Warhammer collectables till the sun goes down. The video itself doesn't show much; it's just Cavill slicing up a piece of meat that's as big as your head, while in the description, he explains how he made his first brisket.

He spares no details and walks us through the process of smoking and cooking the meat. And when I say no details are spared, I mean it; based on his description, I could probably cook the meat myself. It's like Henry Cavill is now the Gordon Ramsey of Instagram. I don't even care about beef that much, but if Henry is cooking, I'll be paying attention; you can bet your a** on it.

But we aren't here to discuss the best pellet ratio to cook the brisket (according to him, it's 50/50 Hickory and Mesquite pellets) – let's talk about the best multisport watches instead. While watching the video of him slicing the meat, I noticed he wasn't wearing his Polar Vantage V2. Well, I assume it's his hands in the video, although I can't be sure.

Anyhow, after wobbling the meat for a bit, he goes on to slice the brisket with a bread knife (I'm sure it's not a bread knife, but that's what it looks like). To steady the wobbly meat, he holds it down with his left hand, and that's when you can clearly see the Garmin on his wrist. It's definitely a large Forerunner, presumably the Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar, because why would Henry opt for the previous gen model, right?

Surely he can afford the best Garmin for runners, and as much as I like the Garmin Forerunner 945, if you have the money, you might as well get the newer model, especially if you have the wrist circumference, and Cavill really does. Otherwise, he could've gone for the Garmin Forerunner 255S, a watch I can wholeheartedly recommend for people with smaller wrists.

Garmin Training Readiness feature

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Why would Henry switch from Polar to Garmin? The Forerunner 955's features include Training Readiness (gives you a score on how ready your body is for training on a scale of 0-100), Morning Report (a recap of sleep/HRV stats, plus workout suggestions) and the handy Race Day Widget (which also tailors Daily Workout Suggestions).

This running watch also has a new optical heart rate sensor and GPS chip, making it all the more appealing to people who like to do a lot of cardio training. Plus, thanks to the solar harvesting Power Glass, the battery life of the Garmin Forerunner 955 is also pretty good. If you fancy investing in one, check out the widgets below that display the best Garmin watch deals based on your location.

Matt Kollat
Section Editor | Active

Matt Kollat is a journalist and content creator who works for and its magazine counterpart as an Active Editor. His areas of expertise include wearables, drones, fitness equipment, nutrition and outdoor gear. He joined T3 in 2019. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar and Fit&Well, and more. Matt also collaborated with other content creators (e.g. Garage Gym Reviews) and judged many awards, such as the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance's ESSNawards. When he isn't working out, running or cycling, you'll find him roaming the countryside and trying out new podcasting and content creation equipment.