Running With The Garmin Fenix 5X The Pros And Cons

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I buy all the products I review through normal retail channels, which allows me to create unbiased reviews free from the influence of reciprocity, or the need to keep vendors happy. It also ensures I don’t get “reviewer specials” that are better than the retail versions. Here, our tester reviews heart rate data at the end of a long run. Updated the summary view to include average Pace data for a pool swim activity. Fixed an issue where certain iOS smart notifications were not being displayed on Varia vision. Fixed an issue causing an empty row to be displayed in the lap summary pages for Indoor Cycling activities done without a Speed/Cadence sensor.

garmin Fenix 5

GearLab is founded on the principle of honest, objective, reviews. Our experts test thousands of products each year using thoughtful test plans that bring out key performance differences between competing products. And, to assure complete independence, we buy all the products we test ourselves. You help support OutdoorGearLab’s product testing and reviews by purchasing from our retail partners. The Fenix 5 is a high-end watch, and its price reflects that, so those looking for an entry-level option should check out the Garmin Forerunner 35. If backcountry navigation is your top priority, the Suunto Ambit3 Peak is slightly burlier in that area.

How To Track Hikes With the Fenix 5x

Fixed an issue where certain display artifacts were not cleared from the watchface for certain configurations. Fixed an issue resulting in high cadence and calorie values when using some power meters. Fixed an issue where the abnormal heart rate alert would garmin Fenix 5 auto-dismiss after 30 seconds. Fixed an issue where Heart Rate broadcast would stop working after 10 seconds, if returning to the watch face from the Sensors and accessories menu. Fixed a potential issue with altimeter data during rapid ascent or descent.

Pulse Ox sensor – A big step up from the Garmin Fenix 5, just like the Garmin Fenix 6 versions, the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Sapphire is able to take measurements of the oxygen levels in your blood. Triathlon, swim, and run activity profiles – Set up a profile and easily keep on track. Watch as those running, cycling, and swimming milestones are quickly ticked off with the triathlon, swim, and run trackers. WiFi connectivity – The Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire models will connect to any available WiFi network. Advanced training functions – Monitor training status, training effect, training stress, recommended recovery time, and VO2max.

Other activities Garmin Fenix 5 (Sapphire)

All of the Garmin Fenix versions are either made from a super durable stainless steel or titanium metal, depending on which version you decide is best for you. Upgraded GPS chipset – The GPS has been upgraded from MediaTek’s to Sony’s GPS chipset for added accuracy. Garmin Music – Save space on your other devices and store music directly on your watch using its massive 16GB of space.

  • Fixed an issue where the ‘Lap Ascent’ field was not displaying valid data on the lap alert page.
  • This is where the 5 differs from the 5X, which has pre-loaded street and topographical maps.
  • Knowing your current altitude can tell you if should you should be going up or down in order to reach a specific location.
  • 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.
  • I’m unsure though who would totally trust the internal compass of this watch over an analog compass since the resolution of this watch isn’t as good as the real deal.






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