Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire - Slate Gray with Black Band
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( stars, based on 98 reviews)
Combining world-class performance with the best features of our fitness and outdoor watches, Fenix 5X is the premiere multisport training companion. It’s the first Fenix series watch to offer full-color TOPO U.S. mapping for at-a-glance navigation and location reference -so you can beat yesterday, and be sure of getting back. You get advanced features such as Elevate wrist heart rate technology, built-in activity profiles, performance metrics and training status readings that show the fitness-enhancing effects of your workout. Smart notifications help you stay in touch on the go. Plus, Quick Fit bands let you tailor the look to any lifestyle or activity -no tools required. Go from workplace to workout without breaking stride.
- Size: 51 MM
- Color: Slate Gray / Black Band
- Brand: Garmin
- Model: 010-01733-00
- Dimensions: 2.00" h x .70" w x 2.00" l,
- Ultimate multisport GPS watch with full-color TOPO U.S. mapping, routable cycling maps and other outdoor navigation features
- Fit for adventure with rugged design that features stainless steel bezel, buttons and rear case
- Built-in navigation sensors include GPS and GLONASS capability to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone as well as 3-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter
- Put key stats at your fingertips with the performance widget that shows your training status, training load and more
- Connected features include smart notifications, automatic uploads to Garmin Connect online fitness community and personalization through free watch faces and apps from our Connect IQ store
Most helpful customer reviews
184 of 190 people found the following review helpful.
Coming from Apple Watch, what an improvement! (***with UPDATE after one month)
**UPDATE BELOW, with some more Pros and Cons.
I’m 7 days into the Sapphire Fenix 5 coming from a first edition Apple Watch. Needless to say, I upgraded my analytics game. What an amazing piece of equipment. Very much appreciate the accurate insights, exercise effects, VO2 Max, Functional Threshold Power, anaerobic fitness levels, you name it. This watch tells you exactly what you are doing and can do. And the fact that after 7 days of use with numerous 90 minute exercises, the battery level is still on 20%. Great. For me that's such a welcome improvement over the Apple Watch.
1. Multisport insights, accurate measurements; pace accuracy is fabulous
2. Countless features and functions
3. 100M waterproof
4. Rugged, beautiful design, looks great on wrist
5. Screen readable under direct sunlight
6. Long battery life (>week)
7. Sync to Connect app is seamless (wifi, bluetooth)
8. Comes with black and yellow straps, easily changeable
9. Its pretty light weight if you ask me
10. Oh, in case you're wondering; all notifications you'd come to love from the apple watch, are on here too. I can even control my music like before. No song searching or voice control though.
1. Software froze on me once this week
2. Screen was marketed as HiRes, don't really notice that though
3. Colors are a bit bland
All in all a great watch, very happy with it. Full recommend it to anyone who trains a lot. Especially someone looking to upgrade from an AW. Good luck with your choice.
UPDATE, April 20:
On to four weeks with the Sapphire Fenix 5. Watch has become inseparable from my daily activities. Really grown on me. More so than the AW had. I keep looking at it, its stunning black rugged design with capabilities that surpass expectations. Anyone on the fence, go for it. You wont be dissappointed. Do have some small gropes which are more related to learning curve I guess.
*Only had to charge it twice this month (thank you!). Used it swimming, cycling, running, walking, strength training.
*I live high-up (8400ft) and the altimeter is spot on, barometer and compass as well. Unit takes the temperature from your surroundings, for example in the sauna you'll get accurate spikes.
*Must say the HRM is also better than expected which produces excellent data analysis on the watch and on the Garmin Connect App (also online). Does need to sit snug on the wrist, if not you lose accuracy. For example, on my daily 8mile bike ride to the office my HR stays in warm-up even though I'm sweating. Pulling the watchband tighter fixes the "issue". Related to using optical sensors, they say.
*If you want more data from running, an ANT+ connected HRM strap gives you access to additional menu for running dynamics, with real time info like cadence, ground contact time, stride length, vertical oscillation. Marvelous.
*Connectivity to more sensors. Im getting the HRM Swim Strap as well.
*BETTER ACCURACY, MORE DATA. Gotta love how Garmin feeds the need.
*Big fan of Segments. Race on commute segments against strangers. Strava also works wonders. Integrates well with online Garmin Connect.
*QuickFit wristbands in more colors.The black one I use while at work. The yellow one is good for the weekend. Looking forward to the leather strap.
*First week the software froze, happened once more. So twice in a month. Restart is fast but does delete last 4 hours of HR data.
*Error in software sync pushes your morning alarms from app to watch but not vice versa. This means the alarms you configure on the watch get deleted upon sync with Connect app. Sure this will get a fix, is a bit annoying nevertheless (using iOS).
*Connect IQ apps. Well, coming from AW and its apps Connect IQ makes you feel a bit underwhelmed. Im sure I'll get into it. I wish I could find a better way to use the Navigate app. Learning curve.
*That said, downloaded Garmin BaseCamp to find courses and waypoints to upload to the watch but I was like, nope - I'll save that for later.
*Sometimes the watch kinda renews the connection with my iphone and I get double notified of emails, chats, calendar alerts.
Hope this helps. Have to say that after four weeks I still feel that I haven't discovered half of what the watch can do. Makes me a very satisfied F5 owner. I'll update again once I get the HRM Swim Strap. Good luck with your choice!
68 of 72 people found the following review helpful.
UPDATE!!! - First Thoughts, Pros and Cons
By Tony C.
UPDATE!! - April 20th, 2017
So after having used this watch for about ten days I have to say that I am absolutely in love with it. One of my biggest concerns was battery life, but having used it continuously, having it connected to my phone and having gone on 4 mile runs every day for the last 10 days, the battery is still at 41%. I am astounded with how well this watch had molded into my every day life. The smart phone notifications are awesome, the GPS is crazy accurate and the heart rate monitor (which I thought was stupid at first) is a pretty cool addition, and I have found to be accurate to within a beat or two per min. I will update again once my watch has finally died but it has exceeded my expectations so far.
----------------------------------------------- Initial Review ---------------------------------------
First thoughts -
Right out of the box I have to say this watch is a looker. The simplistic, sleek design of the bezel combines with the sharp edges and tough looks of the straps and the overall shape. On looks alone I would give this watch a 9/10. If any of you have the Fenix Tactix Bravo (essentially the Fenix 3) then its important to note this watch (the Fenix 5) is just ever so smaller in diameter and thinner as well. I think its a perfect size when it comes to ever day carry type item because my Tactix Bravo was notably large while this watch is right in the goldy lox zone.
The steller looks of the watch is one definite pro. Another is that the main menu interface is allot simpler now and definitely more user friendly. It went from a black and white list that you scrolled through to being a circular menu with each item having its own icon. Another notable difference between the Tactix Bravo and this watch is the LAG. There is no lag at all that I have encountered with the Fenix 5 while the Tactix Bravo has lag that was very noticeable when switching things or scrolling throught items and down lists. This feels more like an actual smart watch and not just another clunky fitness band. A smaller pro is that it comes with a second yellow band which is cool, I don't see myself liking that color but it has one none the less!
Nothing to notable for cons as of yet. The only thing is that Garmin chose to use another proprietary charging cable instead of a micro USB soooo whatever. But aside from that nothing big has come up. I will update this section if something arises.
Comments/Battery Test -
I will be performing a battery comparison test between the Tactix Bravo watch I have and the Fenix 5 I have. I have charged both to 100% and will see who dies first. As of one day of use, the Fenix 5 is at 97% but it also went with my on a run today. The Tactix Bravo after one day is at 98%. Lets see who wins!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
If you're a runner and you like to know your pace....
Returning this watch felt awful. You see, I love this watch. I miss it. Still. But it had to go back.The inaccuracy of the GPS was heartbreaking.
The watch had everything and more than I wanted for running. And, it's the small things that went into the design - like the ability to configure your own screens to display any of the number of measurements. For me, who requires glasses but don't wear any when running - this was perfect. And the ability to invert the background color was just the icing on the cake I needed. Even in the brightest of sun I could clearly see the screen - perfect.
Before purchasing, I did my usual due diligence and all the reviews indicated a flawless piece of equipment. I used the money my wife gave me for Christmas (specifically for a sports watch) to purchase the Fenix 5.
Within the first 24 hours of using it, I started to get an uneasy feeling about the GPS. On several runs and based on my effort, I figured I was running around 7:45 to 8:00 per mile. My new watch indicated 8:45.
I started wearing my Polar RC5X with it's accompanying GPS with the Fenix for comparative purposes. Sure enough, the Fenix 5 pace was consistently inaccurate. At some points - by 2 mins.
After some searching it became quite apparent that I wasn't alone in my assessment. Apparently there are quite a few people experiencing the same issues. Some people offered up various fixes (1 second recording, Smart recording, Glonass on/off, full reset, etc.) - I tried them all. All of them. Over a period of several weeks I tried what I could however I could - I just wanted it to work - that's how great I thought the watch was.
As I said, this seems to be a recognized problem - on the Garmin Forums for the Fenix 5/5s, the 'GPS Accuracy' thread is by far the busiest with nearly 700 contributions and over 56,000 views. Also, the fellrnr review (google fellrnr gps accuracy) highlights is huge details the shortfall of the GPS of the watch.
Here's the thing - had I read fellrnr's review and studied his GPS chart - I would not have bought the watch. I would have waited until Garmin addressed the issue.
I thought of getting the Stryd sensor to get a more accurate reading of my pace - but I didnt' want to spend an additional $200 on the $600 I just spent - just didn't seem right.
As I mentioned at the start - I really loved this watch. It has so much useful functionality that can't be overstated. As for the Garmin Connect App - that's as nearly awesome as the watch itself - particularly the Insights function (where you are in regards to everyone else for your gender and age).
If Garmin ever do manage to fix the GPS issue on the watch and there's favorable independent reviews indicating the same - then, I'll be back. But for now, it's back to my Polar.