Garmin Fenix Glossary

Garmin Fenix Glossary of Features

Garmin Fenix watches have an obscene amount of features, so many in fact it's almost impossible to get your head around all of them and how they work. If, when reading our reviews, you come across unfamiliar terminology, refer back to this glossary for a useful description and to learn more.



ANT+ wireless compatibility allows paired use with accessories such as heart rate, speed, cadence monitors, chirp (wireless beacon for geocaching), tempe (temperature sensor) or Vector Pedalbased Power Meter.

Connect IQ Custom Apps and Watch Faces

Customize your watch with free downloads from Connect IQ. Add data fields and widgets that provide stats at a glance, boost functionality with additional apps and customise the display with a variety of watch face designs.

Garmin Connect

Garmin Connect, Garmin’s free worldwide community of more than 10 million users, syncs seamlessly with your Garmin watch, giving you everything you need to set yourself targets, monitor your progress and achieve your goals. Download the Garmin Connect Mobile app to your smartphone for wireless uploads of activities from your Garmin device.


Connect through your smartphone via the Garmin Connect app to share your experiences live with family and friends through LiveTrack.

Smart Notifications

Keep your smartphone safely stored away in your backpack while receiving emails, texts and alerts directly on your compatible Garmin device.

Wireless Connectivity

Utilize one or more Wi-Fi hot spots to automatically sync your data with Garmin Connect application and to update your software (when in range).

Navigation / GPS

3-Axis Compass

Determines the exact geographic direction in motion and in the stationary state, using a gradient-compensating compass module. This enables simple and reliable navigation - including over steep terrain. Compass can get automatically calibrated with the support of GPS data.

Barometric Altimeter

A precise instrument for determining altitude and elevation changes. Atmospheric pressure drops as you gain altitude, allowing the change in elevation to be calculated. To compensate for potential weather impacts that can degrade the accuracy of the barometric altimeter, this sensor can get automatically calibrated with the support of GPS data.


Short for Global Navigation Satellite System, GLONASS is a Russian satellite-based navigation system that works alongside GPS (Global Positioning System) to provide position information to compatible devices. With an additional 24 satellites to utilize, satellite fix can happen up to 20% faster and adding GLONASS to GPS can also help to get better positioning in situations where there is only limited visibility of the sky.


The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite-based navigation system that can tell a user within seconds his/her precise position on the globe. Using GPS you can also get information about your moving direction, speed, altitude, distance to your destination and much more. GPS works in any weather conditions, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day without any subscription fees or setup charges to use GPS.


TracBack is a feature that allows the user to return safely along a travelled path or route without marking dedicated waypoints.


Physical Features

Chroma Display

1.2-inch sunlight optimized, highresolution colour Chroma display.

Garmin Elevate

The Garmin Elevate Heart Rate technology tracks heart rate at the wrist to provide great convenience for athletes and more accurate information on calories burned.

EXO Antenna

Omni-directional metal EXO antenna that receives the satellite signal and at the same time works as a protective ring to guard the watch glass from potentially harmful impact.

Water Rating Definitions

10 ATM: Withstands pressures equivalent to a depth of 100 meters. 5 ATM: Withstands pressures equivalent to a depth of 50 meters.

Sport Functions

Activity Tracking

Use as an activity tracker by counting steps, calories, distance and floors climbed throughout the day; also features a move bar with optional vibration alert to motivate you to move when you’ve been sitting too long and sleep mode to monitor your quality of rest at night.

Golf Mode

Pair with your smartphone to download course data for free with your favourite course from the Garmin golf course database, with more than 40,000 international courses.

Indoor Training

Built-in accelerometer tracks distance and pace while training indoors. This works for running, cycling and also rowing.

Physiological Measurements

Provides metrics associated with stress, performance as it relates to previous activities and lactate threshold.

Running Dynamics

When paired with HRM-Run monitor, the compatible watches provide feedback on running form by measuring cadence, step length, vertical oscillation and ratio, ground contact time and balance.

Ski / Board Mode

Relive and analyze your skiing day with auto run detection. Measures 3D speed, distance, time, vertical drop, total runs, per run performance, plus ski specific data pages, history of runs and performance data.

Sport / Training Mode

The device provides general sport performance data in real-time such as elapsed time, distance, pace, calories, speed, lap data, ascent/descent and heart rate.

Sup / Rowing Mode

Measure paddle stroke count, stroke rate, distance per stroke to determine efficiency.

Swim Mode

Includes indoor/outdoor swim modes that record stroke count, intervals, distance, pace and time. For pool swimming, also counts lengths, detects stroke type and computes the user’s SWOLF score.

Trail Running Mode

Trail runners get a dedicated activity profile that provides accurate performance data and reliable navigation aids for safe orientation off the beaten track. Specific trail running features like Auto Climb/Run Switch and the Climb Odometer add to the already extensive set of performance data.

Virtual Partner

Virtual Partner training tool allows you to set time, distance or speed goals and then compete against a “virtual running/cycling partner” on your screen.


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