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Garmin Fenix Reviews & Buyers Guides

This website is dedicated to bringing you in-depth reviews and buyers guides for the Garmin Fenix range of sport watches. Through extensive market research and hands-on testing, we'll provide you with everything you need to make an informed buying decision.

We have years of experience using GPS products for tracking multi-sports so we know the good (and bad) points about these watches. This helps us to create unbiased reviews. For more detailed information about what we do take a look at our about page.

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What is a Garmin Fenix watch?

The Fenix series (pronounced phoenix) is widely known for being Garmin's best 'outdoor' GPS sports watch range. These watches will appeal to anyone who leads an active lifestyle and wants a stylish and rugged smartwatch to track their daily activity.

There have been several versions of the Garmin Fenix range over the years. Each new version improves on the last and they only seem to get better with each new release.

The Garmin Fenix 5 family is the latest addition to the series and includes features such as wrist-based heart rate, running dynamics, cycling and swimming metrics. Fenix 5 even gives yardage to the front, back and middle of the green during a round of golf. Color topographical maps have also been included in the Fenix 5X for outdoor navigation and route planning.

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Garmin Fenix 5

New for 2017, the Fenix 5 range is the ultimate sports watch range. Available is many styles and designs, Fenix 5 continues to build on the excellent GPS multi-sport tracking and outdoor navigation features Garmin is famous for.

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Garmin Fenix 3 HR

Fenix 3 HR combines wrist heart rate and good looks with outdoor navigation, sport profiles, and training performance. You can customize the display by downloading free watch faces, apps, and widgets at the Connect IQ app store.

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Garmin Fenix 3

The original Garmin Fenix 3 series is packed with features. It's missing wrist heart rate but can still be paired with a chest strap. Available in stylish materials and colors, Fenix 3 is the best watch for the budget conscious.

Designed for the Outdoors

Garmin Fenix watches are designed to withstand heavy use. They are tough, rugged, durable and built to last. Some Fenix users actually prefer their watches with battle scars! Sapphire models have a scratch resistant domed Sapphire glass lens protecting the watch display. Non-Sapphire versions feature a mineral crystal lens instead, so you'll have peace of mind in demanding environments.

Why would you use a Garmin Fenix?

A Fenix watch can be used to track every sport imaginable due to the built-in GPS tracking, fitness training features, and wireless connectivity. The current list of built-in sport profiles includes detailed features for running, cycling, triathlon, swimming, paddle boarding, golf and outdoor navigation.

Best Garmin Fenix Features

Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate has become standard in the Fenix range of watches (version 3 HR onwards). WHRM allows you to track your heart rate at any time conveniently without a chest strap. Pairing your Fenix with an HRM-run chest monitor will also give you advanced features including 2nd Generation Running Dynamics, Recovery Advisor and VO2 Max Estimate which can help improve your performance.

Long Battery Life

Garmin Fenix watches have an incredibly long battery life, some up to 50 hours when using UltraTrac battery saver mode (GPS tracking mode that records data points less frequently) or up to 6 weeks in watch mode. So, you'll have no problems tracking your next ultra marathon.

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An example of features found on the Fenix 5 range,
including daily summary, weather widget, step count, run summary, wrist heart rate, daily steps and smart notifications.

Factors to consider when buying a Garmin Fenix

So you're ready to buy your new Fenix but before you part with hundreds of dollars it's well worth considering a few important factors:


The Garmin Fenix range varies in weight (between 79g and 186g depending on the band/strap). Heavy watch bands aren't always practical for sports such as running or triathlons. Fortunately, Garmin has considered this and lighter watch bands are available. Often a second band is included in the box and can be fitted using tools. The New Garmin Fenix 5 has quick release bands and can be customized in a snap.

Additional silicone bands are a good lightweight option and can be more comfortable over longer training sessions. A leather or titanium band may be more suitable for a professional or office setting.


Garmin Fenix watches can be used for a range of sports and training features such as time, distance, pace, calories, speed, lap data and heart rate are all included. A built-in accelerometer also tracks distance and pace when using indoors. In 2016 software update was released that included the ability to track indoor rowing.


The new 2017 Fenix 5 range is priced between $500 and $700. That's a lot of money to spend on a fitness watch! You might want to consider a slightly older model such as the Fenix 3 HR which has many of the same built-in tracking features. Alternatively, you could also consider a certified refurbished watch at a much cheaper price.

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Garmin Connect

Many users don't realize the power of the free app that every Garmin watch is compatible with. After your workout is complete sync your data via your smartphone or connect your watch via USB to your computer. When synced can see your data in more detail than what's available on the watch. Using the app you can monitor your improvements, plan courses, follow training plans and much more.

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Connect IQ

Connect IQ is the first open platform for 3rd party apps and content on Garmin devices. Through Connect IQ, you can customize your Garmin watch to match your active lifestyle. With ever-growing options for watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps from Garmin and 3rd party developers, your watch will be able to connect you, support you and inspire you as an essential part of your active lifestyle.

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New Fenix for 2017

Garmin is back with a bang with the 2017 update. Launching not just one but 3 versions in a new family range. These watches will appeal to runners, aspiring athletes and outdoor adventurers.

  • Updated wrist heart rate design
  • Fenix 5S for smaller wrists
  • Multi-sport profiles and advanced training data
  • Fenix 5X color topographic maps and navigation
Fenix 5 Buyers Guide

The Fenix 5 family of watches are now available to buy from Amazon. There's also range of compatible accessories, including the new QuickFit bands to quickly chop and change the style of your watch. Read our comprehensive buyers guide and review to learn more before you buy.

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