Garmin’s line of Forerunner GPS watches have long catered to those that can’t bear to sit on the couch, and instead prefer to spend their time laying foot to trail, or swimming laps in the Pacific ocean. In fact, triathletes and marathoners might be the bread and butter of the company, which means they’ve left the outdoor enthusiast market untapped. That is until now.
The Garmin fēnix packs all the bells and whistle of their Forerunner watches into a stylish yet rugged watch. So when you head out on the trail you can keep tabs on your location, track waypoints, and monitor calories burned, along with a variety of other statistics. Strangely enough, despite boasting ANT+ wireless tech, they haven’t said if you can share these numbers with their online community, Garmin Connect, but it’s a safe bet that you can.
They’ve also included Bluetooth connectivity in this device, something we haven’t seen before. This allows fēnix to work in conjunction with your smartphone, allowing you to share tracks, waypoints, routes and geocaches with other compatible Garmin devices. You can also utilize the Basecamp’s Mobile App to transfer waypoints and tracklogs, and view them on a your smartphone’s screen.
Furthering that connectivity are three sensors, which Garmin is packaging as ABC ((altimeter, barometer and compass). That said, the altimeter can keeps tabs on your elevation, while the barometer can warn you of inclement weather in the event of pressures changes in the atmosphere. And needless to say, the compass can indicate direction, which is paramount if you are to utilize the trackback feature in the event you get lost during your exploratory hike. With GPS enabled the fēnix’s battery life is good for up to 50 hours, or 6 weeks if it’s off.
The Garmin fēnix goes on sale this fall for $299.99.