Garmin fenix 5: Three New multisport Gps watches. Fenix 5, Fenix 5S, Fenix 5X as reviewed by Martin, from Garmin EMEA
The new Garmin Fenix 5, Fenix 5S and Fenix 5X, were launched in January at Las Vegas. Yesterday at ISPO Munich 2017 we were able to touch and discuss them with Garmin Europe´s team and are now ready to share our real first hand insight into its working, albeit a more conclusive look will have to wait until te european media ar finally allowed to work with test units.
Now, let us go with Martin from Garmin Europe and take a detailed look at the three watches that make up the range, sharing in both their similarities as well as diferences. After the video you will also have further written detail on the product.
GARMIN FENIX 5: FENIX 5s, FENIX 5, FENIX 5X.
The Garmin gps company is now adding three watches to their popular line of multisport GPS wearables, making ot the fifth iteraction of the Garmin fenix saga, which together with the Garmin Forerunner have offered for years a broad catalogue to choose from.
- The Fenix 5 comes as the main model, balanced between all extremes.
- The fēnix 5S is lighter, sleeker and smaller than previous models.
- The fēnix 5X boasts preloaded wrist-based mapping
GARMIN FENIX 5 RANGE COMMON FEATURES: All of the fēnix 5 models are 24/7 wearable with extended battery life, daily activity tracking, Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology, and a host of connected features. And users can easily switch between stylish leather and metal accessory bands to sporty silicone in seconds and without tools, thanks to the new QuickFit bands, as shown by Martin in the video. Now let us take a closer look at their differences before summing up the rest of shared functions.
FENIX 5: Measuring 47mm, the fēnix 5 has a brand new industrial design and is more compact than previous models like the fēnix 3HR, but is still packed with multisport features. All of the new fēnix 5 models are available in a variety of colors and finishes with more accessory bands available (sold separately), which makes the new QuickFit bands a great addition. Users can mix and match between their choice of leather, metal or silicone watchbands and switch between them in seconds with no tools needed. Easier than changing clothes for different occasions, fēnix 5 users just need to swap, click and go to change out their band.
FENIX 5S: The first fēnix designed with a focus on female adventurers, the fēnix 5S is a sleek, smallersized watch. At 42mm, fēnix 5S is small and comfortable for petite wrists, without compromising any multisport features. Both stylish and functional, fēnix 5S is available in silver with either a white, turquoise or black silicone band with a mineral glass lens. The fēnix 5S Sapphire has a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and is available in black with a black band, champagne with a water resistant gray suede band or champagne with a metal band. The fēnix 5S Sapphire units also come with an extra silicone QuickFit band.
FENIX 5X, THE EPIX KILLER? Preloaded with TOPO mapping, routable cycling maps and other navigation features like Round Trip Run and Round Trip Ride, the fēnix 5X measures at 51mm. With these features, users can enter how far they’d like to run or ride, and their watch will suggest appropriate courses to choose from. Users can also get at-a-glance guidance from their fēnix 5X. During an activity, easy-to-read guidance cues for upcoming turns are displayed as banners on the watch so users are always aware of their route. Additionally, fēnix 5X users can use the Around Me map mode to see different points of interest, waypoints and other map objects within the user’s range to help users be more aware of their surroundings. Users can configure their fēnix 5X to see data overlays on mapping screens, and to see highlight key information without having to switch screens during an activity. The fēnix 5X is available with a scratch-resistant sapphire lens.
GARMIN FENIX 5 RANGE: All of the new fēnix 5 models come preloaded with the full multisport toolset for running, hiking, swimming, biking and more that has made the fēnix line one of Garmin’s bestselling wearables. Whether users are on an adventure, or just in the gym, Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology gives users 24/7 heart rate monitoring, without needing a chest strap. In addition to the wide variety of sport profiles, all three fēnix 5 models have daily activity tracking, so users can wear their fēnix as a daily timepiece and a rugged training tool. Built-in navigation features include a 3-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter, as well as GPS and GLONASS support to track in more challenging environments than with GPS alone. Users can also keep their training stats right at their fingertips with a performance widget that shows training status, training load and more.
In addition to the multiport features, the fēnix 5, 5S and 5X boast a variety of connected features. When paired with a compatible smartphone, users can get call, text and email smart notifications right on their wrist. All fēnix 5 models are compatible with Connect IQ so users can customize their watch with apps, widgets, data fields and watch faces. To take watch faces one step further, fēnix 5 watches are compatible with the Face It app, so users can set their favorite photo as their watch face. Sapphire models are Wi-Fi Enabled, so users can connect their watch to their home network for automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™ when within range.
Each of the new fēnix 5 models is water rated to 100 meters , and is built to withstand the elements with a stainless steel bezel, buttons and rear case. The fēnix 5 can get up to two weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode and 24 hours in GPS mode. The fēnix 5X can get up to 12 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 20 hours in GPS mode. The fēnix 5S can get up to eight days in smartwartch mode and up to 13 hours in GPS mode. Users can also take advantage of the UltraTrac™ power saver mode to extend battery life even more.
GARMIN FENIX 5 RANGE PRICES: The fēnix 5 and fēnix 5S will have a suggested retail price of $599.99; the fēnix 5 Sapphire, fēnix 5S Sapphire and fēnix 5X will have a suggested retail price of $699.99
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