If you are looking for a sports watch that provides plenty of information to track your daily activity levels, then the Garmin Fenix 5 is exactly what you are looking for. Offering a wealth of battery life, the ability to track almost every activity, and a flurry of other features, the Garmin Fenix 5 is meant for adrenaline junkies and intrepid adventurers. Below is a rundown of the highlights on the Garmin Fenix 5.
Rugged and Durable Build Quality
For a watch meant to be worn outdoors for sports and activities, it should be durable enough to withstand rough weather conditions. The Garmin Fenix 5 has a rugged build that can take some serious abuse and come out unscathed. Five screws hold a bevelled, black bezel in place with five buttons surrounding the watch’s display. The decision to opt for buttons on either side of the display is a great decision by Garmin as it allows for better navigation, especially for sweaty and gloved hands. The sports watch also has water resistance up to 100 meters, which means that it is ever ready to tackle any water sports ahead.
This Garmin sports watch comes in three variants, with the Fenix 5 being the mid-size version. There is a smaller Fenix 5S and a larger Fenix 5X for users to choose from depending on the size of their wrists. They basically have the same look and functions, the only differences being their size and weight.
Always-On Colour Display
Garmin has equipped the Fenix 5 with an always-on colour display with a transflective surface that utilises the sunlight to make the screen brighter and more legible even under direct sunlight. However, the display resolution of 218 x 218 pixels is lower than that of many smartwatches, but this should not be a deal breaker, considering the other features it offers and the fact that you won’t be watching videos or playing games on it anyway.
Rather than asking what the Garmin Fenix 5 track, maybe we should be asking what it can’t instead. Apart from running, the watch can also record metrics for a variety of other activities such as hiking, climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding, and swimming. Different metrics will be recorded for different sports. For example, the data tracked for swimming include the type of stroke, swim efficiency, heart rate, etc whereas the information that will be collected for running include speed, distance ran, heart rate, etc.
After an active session is complete, the Fenix 5 will analyse the data collected and advise on the appropriate time that you should rest before you start on the next activity to avoid fatigue or overtraining.
Long-Lasting Battery Life
Despite its small stature, the Fenix 5 delivers impressive battery longevity. If you are not using the built-in GPS or the heart rate monitor, the watch can last up to 2 weeks before recharging is required. If the GPS is always on, you are still able to get at least 14 hours of usage out of the watch, which should be more than enough to track all your activity for the day.