With all of the functionality of a multi-sport GPS enabled smart watch, paired with a fitness tracker to chart and log all of your important fitness metrics, the Fenix 5 from Garmin is a real performer, whatever your outdoor activity.
Housed in an attractive and rugged case, the Fenix 5 is a great looking watch that identifies the wearer as an avid outdoorsman. A bright colored 1.2-inch display, with 240x240 resolution, uses a transflective surface to enhance visibility in sunlight, so it doesn’t appear washed out. Instead of a touch screen, the watch uses five buttons to navigate through the multitude of features and menus. This is a real positive when wearing gloves or in various environmental conditions.
More than just an attractive exterior, the watch is loaded with features, far too numerous to mention all of them here. First off, is battery life. The Fenix 5 will run for 14 days of regular use in smart watch mode, 24 hours in GPS mode and up to 60 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode, which pings the satellites once a minute to keep you on course while lengthening the battery life.
The watch pairs with your smartphone to deliver text and phone messages to the screen so you know who is calling before reaching for your phone. It also pairs with the GarminConnect App to track all of your data, allowing you to easily swap out watch faces and program other functions in a more user-friendly manner than scrolling through all of the internal menus.
No matter the activity in which you enjoy participating, the Garmin Fenix 5 has you covered. From general fitness, to marathon running, to hiking, to skydiving, the Fenix 5 has a setting and a metric to track. A built-in elevation tracker, optical wrist mounted heart rate monitor and ability to link up with ANT+ accessories, give you even more expansive utility.
Because of its Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity, you can perform a multitude of functions, using your watch as a remote for everything from controlling music to hitting record on your Garmin Virb action camera.
The GPS is robust as well, allowing you to use Garmin’s BaseKamp App to pre-upload detailed maps with overlays and also utilize breadcrumbs to find your way back along your path, as well as see where you have been. The 64 Mb internal memory can hold up to 1,000 waypoints and 30 different routes.
As mentioned, the features of this watch are far too numerous to mention, because it includes the features typically found in multiple devices, jammed into a single rugged unit that is small enough to comfortably wear on your wrist.
To see the full capability of this watch, check it out at your local Sportsman’s Warehouse Gift Bar.
My name is Lisa Deming. I'm the editorial assistant for Sportsman's News Magazine. I have three kids and we live an active outdoor lifestyle.