Let’s begin by simply stating that this iteration of the Garmin Fenix watch is one of the most fully featured multi-sport outdoor watches on the market at the time of writing this product overview.
Starting with the physical design of the Fenix watch. It looks tough and rugged and easily at home out on a run bike or hike, but doesn’t look out of place around the office either (especially with some of the analogue watch face options available – more on this later). It’s available in three different styles at the moment. Grey, Silver or Sapphire. The latter is the more expensive model, with a sapphire glass face for higher scratch resistance.
The versatility of this watch means it’s suitable for a wide array of activities including:
- trail running
- indoor training
- cross country skiing
- Snowboading and skiing
Quite a list, and it can be expanded thanks to Garmin’s Connect IQ App that allows the development of new functions that can be downloaded onto the watch, such as new datafields, watch faces and apps.
Some features of the Garmin Fenix 3:
- Stainless Steel EXO antenna with GPS + GLONASS support for fast fix and accuracy
- Outdoor navigation features: 3-axis compass, altimeter and barometer
- TracBack and Sight’n Go
- Advanced fitness training features including VO2 Max and Recovery Advisor with optional HRM
- Smart Notifications and Connect IQ App support for further customisation
- Battery life: 20 hrs in GPS mode
- Water rating 100m
- Garmin Connect compatible
Running with the Garmin Fenix watch
Basic tracking of statistics such as time, pace and distance is simple with the Fenix 3. In addition, you have a function called “virtual racer” which allows you to challenge yourself against previous runs, a manually set pace, or even test yourself against others who have uploaded their activities to the Garmin online community. For even more motivation, the Fenix 3 will notify you when you beat personal records on typical distances such as a 5k run, etc.
The Fenix 3 GPS watch is an ideal companion for trail runners. There is now a specific profile for this, which will display vertical ascent performance such as splits and vertical speed. If you’re an ultra trail runner or takingpart in extended endurance events, the GPS can also be switched to ULTRATRAC mode. This extends battery life by checking GPS data less frequently, however it does result in a slightly less detailed GPS track. If you need even greater battery life, you can also connect the watch to an external power supply such as a portable USB powerbank, and unlike some other models the Fenix 3 GPS watch will continue tracking while charging.
As well as basic cycling data such as distance and speed, the Fenix 3 can connect to a vast array of ANT+ cycling sensors, such as power meters, cadence and heart rate sensors. If you happen to use a power meter and heart rate sensor together, the Fenix 3 will also calculate your estimated VO2 max. There are various options for mounting the Fenix 3 on handlebars, and the clear display with fully customisable data fields makes this an ideal choice for cyclists.
Swimming functionality on GPS devices can be varied, however the Fenix 3 has raised the bar on swim metrics. You can easily track:
- stroke count
- stroke rate
- SWOLF score
If you’re training in the pool, there is a drill feature with rest timers. Distance and time alerts can also be set to keep your training on target.
The Garmin Fenix 3 truly is an all rounder. Whatever your activity or sport from hillwalking to triathlon, snowboarding to ultra marathons, the Fenix GPS watch can handle it all. With so many customisation options you can tailor the Fenix 3 to your exact needs.
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