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Garmin fēnix 3 HR - Gray (Certified Refurbished)

Garmin fēnix 3 HR - Gray (Certified Refurbished)

Garmin fēnix 3 HR - Gray (Certified Refurbished)
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Product Description

fēnix 3 HR multisport training GPS watch is rugged, capable and smart. With feature sets for fitness training plus feature sets for outdoor navigation, fēnix 3 HR is ready for any training activity and competition. Access to the Connect IQ platform allows customization of watch faces and data fields and provides downloadable widgets and apps.

Product Details

  • Size: 1.2
  • Color: Gray
  • Brand: Garmin
  • Model: 010-N1338-70
  • Dimensions: 2.00" h x .60" w x 2.00" l, .20 pounds
  • Battery type: Lithium Ion
  • Display size: 1.2


  • WRIST-BASED HEART RATE - Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology measures heart rate at the wrist, giving you the option to track your heart rate data without wearing a chest strap
  • BLACK SILICONE BAND - Soft, flexible black silicone band adds luxurious feel with resistance to discoloration
  • CHROMA DISPLAY - 1.2" sunlight-visible high-resolution color Chroma optically-bonded display
  • WATER RATING - Water rated up to 10ATM / 100 meters; suitable for swimming
  • WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY- Utilize one or more Wi-Fi hot spots to automatically sync your data with Garmin Connect and update software (when in range)

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

407 of 421 people found the following review helpful.
5F3HR gimmick? Not in my opinion!
By Dominick D.
Got mine last week from REI -> Coming from the F2 then F3 this is a worthy upgrade. It essentially is the F3 sapphire with a optical HR sensor recording 24x7 HR data, including resting HR data. I enjoy the new strap as well - slightly softer and a touch more give then the rubber F3 strap. The bezel also does away with the red accents replacing them with silver. Also the sapphire glass is flat not domed.

You will have many say oHR sensors are still "inaccurate" and that is mostly true but it all depends on the user, potential usage and expectations. I find the elevate oHR sensor to be excellent for most training runs, and for daily HR tracking. Once you begin to get into sprint intervals, hills and other types of extreme HR fluctuations is where you begin to see the limitations of the optical technology. However most serious runners will be using a chest strap paired with this watch, which I also do.

So far three workouts in with the F3HR -

1. 3 mile run wih F3HR on left wrist and I also wore my ambit 3 on right wrist with sunnto chest strap hrm.
results: after an indoor warmup I headed out - both units tracked within 1-3bpm from each other from the start. Pretty happy with that.

2. Cross training indoors – Same setup with both watches – burpees, medballs, pullups, pushups, sled pushes and etc… The only noticeable difference was a few second lag for the F3HR to catch up to the suunto. Both average HR were only 2bpm off at the end of the 45-minute session.

3. 15 mile trail long run pace – F3 (non-HR) with garnin hrm-run + F3HR on opposite wrist - during the first mile the F3HR was about 10-15bpm below the HRM-Run - after things settled in they both tracked nearly identical for the remainder of the run except for hills. I should note I walked the uphill sections and the F3HR did show about a 10-15 second lag when the HRM-Run was spot on. So if you need this immediate data for some reason the HRM-Run is still tops - but at the end of the run the average HR were both nearly identical.

4. Ran my first race with the watch - a muddy, gritty 50k - I opted for the HRM-RUN chest strap so for HR data not much to reports. GPS accuracy (GLONASS ON) was spot on - Watch behaved super responsive compared to my older F2, as a matter of fact comparing the two gps track recordings from a friend who ran (used his F2) the F3HR has a better track - the F2 was smoothed much more than the F3HR.

Review in progress...

235 of 256 people found the following review helpful.
4Better than the other activity trackers overall, but has room for improvement.
By C. H. Lee
As Im writing this review, it will be my second full week of using the Garmin Fenix 3 HR (w/HRM-Run).

I mainly bought this for a daily watch/smartwatch, track my daily exercise 5/week including weights and running, with the occasional paved path trails around my area. In the past, Ive used the Apple Watch, Fitbit Charge and Surge.

So, after two weeks what are some awesome features Im loving? To start off, I think this watch is gorgeous. Very masculine (definitely too big for my wife's wrist) and looks like a real watch vs activity bands/watches.

I think its easier to list out the small things Ive noticed that are really glanced over in other reviews. But know, my list is way bigger.

+Activity tracking screens are highly customizable and can track up to 4 different things you would like to monitor (elapsed time, cadence, heart rate, heart rate zones, balance, temperature, distance, etc)

+Notifications! The Apple Watch did GREAT with notifications. Although this isnt on the same level as an Apple Watch, its definitely better than the Surge which can ONLY tell you who texted and a few lines of the text and who is calling you.

+Watch Face customizablility. At the moment Im using DigicFace and Clarity. Some of the watch faces you download are GREAT with a ton of stuff that can be displayed. Other watch faces are extremely elegant and looks like a normal watch. Others... look pretty dumb. There is a ton of things you can download including other widgets, apps, watch faces, and data fields. Im hoping some of the watch faces will start updating and integrate the 24/7 HR soon.

+24/7 HR. The optical HR is much like that of the Fitbit. I think its relatively accurate for everyday things. If you used a optical HR before, you will know the limitations. Anything that requires you to clench your fist (weightlifting, mountain climbing, even rowing, etc) will make the optical HR give you false readings (usually low). Since I came from a Fitbit and knowing this limitation, I knew I wanted to get the bundle with the external HRM (which has worked REALLY well).

Everyday use the watch has been great. Its definitely heavier than the Surge, but I havent really found it much of a problem. After a few hours I barely even noticed it.

So how come I only gave it 4 stars out of 5?

-The App sucks. Compared to Fitbit, the dashboard looks like a mess. You still are able to put the same thing into the dashboard as fitbit (steps, sleep, calories, etc) but its not as pleasing on the eyes and easy to find things. You cant customize where you want to put things. Quite honestly, I think Fitbit is easier because its listed out. Garmin for example; to see your activity you did today, you click on the activity icon, then you click the particular activity, then if I wanted to see my HR and other stats, I have to click on the submenu to see the stats. On Fitbit, you just click on the activity you did for the day.

-It NEEDS your phone. For example want the weather app to work? If your phone closes out the Garmin Connect app, it wont retrieve the weather. It REQUIRES your phone to do quite a bit of the calculations and other things.

-Screen. In general, the screen is works well and during the day its beautiful. But the marketing images of the Fenix 3 HR with the beautifully saturated colors? Nope. It definitely looks more washed out.

-DAMN BACKLIGHTING. I dont understand why this is such a big issue. Apple Watch has done it incredibly well, Fitbit Surge was able to do it well, some of the other smartwatches/activity trackers were able to get it to work well as well. For some reason the Fenix 3 HR when raise your hand to tell the time, it SUCKS at recognizing youre trying to look at the time and turn on the backlight. SUCKS. I know this can easily be fixed with a firmware, but this is one HUGE gripe I had. This is such a problem, sometimes just rolling over in bed the backlight will light up but wont light up when I want it to!.

-No auto-activity feature. I always loved my Surge for auto detect that Im doing something. Not this. You have to tell it youre doing an activity.

-Sleep feature is okay. Doesnt tell much compared to Fitbit and also doesnt detect naps. In fact if you sleep out of your specified window of your normal sleeping schedule it starts making up stupid data.

+/-Lastly, I dont think this is a con only because it inspires me to get off my lazy butt and move around. I also dont consider it a con because I always felt the Fitbit was too liberal in what it thinks was a step. On the Garmin, the step counter is a lot less sensitive. Taking small steps around the kitchen might not register. Going up and down the stairs, it will. But you definitely wont get as much steps as you are with a Fitbit.

Honest to God, this is overkill for my needs. In truth, in terms of activity tracking there are WAY cheaper products out there that can do what I want it for. Garmin's 235 or more recently announced new vivoactive HR, seems like it would be able to track my exercises just fine but at less than half the price. When I researched the 235, it seemed like the 235 was almost a cheaper version of the Fenix 3, but with a few less features, but at half the price. Financially speaking, I should've saved the 300 bucks I spent.

But, after using the Fitbits and shopping around for other watches, I was done with the activity tracking-escue watches and bands. Google Watches and Apple's Watch didnt do it for me either because they lacked any real activity tracking (but they were GREAT smartwatches). The Fenix 3 HR just spoke to me because of how it looked like a real watch.

Am I going to use ALL the features in the Fenix 3 has to offer for me? Hopefully, but not the full potential and as consistently some people would.
All in all, Im trying to say this: youre going to be just as happy with the Fenix 3 HR. If financially you can justify it. DO IT. I love it. My wife? Thinks Im stupid.

162 of 177 people found the following review helpful.
3What $600 gets you...
By EvA
I bought this as a gift for my hubby, as he was really excited about the whole garmin buzz and reaching his new fitness goals, but unfortunately after trying it on, he didn't like it describing it as too heavy, bulky and kinda difficult to operate. I decided to give it a go and here are my few thoughts on this item.

Unless you are a bodybuilder or a super muscular girl, I don't think this watch would work for ladies, although it doesn't look bad, it feels a bit off but at the end, it is a matter of personal preference. Considering it to be unisex is a little stretch to me, as it looks really manly, raw, edgy, military style, that I'd love my man to wear. As I said previously, I didn't buy it for myself, but I am addressing this issue as I read few questions from ladies concerned how it looks/ measures on females (posting pictures of me wearing it on my ca 6" wrist; dial covers it all).

*** The GOOD:

1- nice built, with potential to last and outlast...the dial has sapphire glass so theoretically no need to buy films and protectors, as it should be scratch resistant (the buckle however and housing, will pick up nicks and dings like a magnet);

2- Glonass, in my opinion one of the best if not the best GPS systems, picks up signal really fast and pretty precise even on trails (i live in city but bike in woods :); one doesn't need to carry cell phone for this reading nor need to have it always on or remember to switch it on- it will automatically activate and lock in location with chosen activity (biking, hiking);

3- pretty good selection of activities (among all obvious like run, swim, bike, golf, one also gets SUP- stand up paddle board, row indoor and out, climb, hike, ski, snowboard, which I find super cool).

4- appealing app, especially extended features (active calories minutes ect), and fact that it will work on all platforms (windows, mac, android).

!!! The AWESOME- COOL and USEFUL stuff I didn't get to try (won't work without HRM-Run monitor strap):

1- V02 in other words the max amount of oxygen that body delivers to muscles per min (to me, this together with my heart rate, are most important things during training, as they give complete look at my fitness level and self preserve/ efficiency performance).

2- LACTATE THRESHOLD- point during workout at which one basically feels will collapse and throw up...I do push myself but I don't over train, though it is great to know own limits; phenomenal feature.

3- less exciting yet still fun- STRESS LEVEL.

As I mentioned before, these 3 perks, will only work if you have the HR strap (alone the monitor costs ca $100, bundle with watch saves ca $50). If I was really serious about workout, training for something big or small, with goal in mind, focused on really building myself up not only maintaining or toning, the only reason I could justify spending $600 on this particular watch, would be the V02 and LT feature. Although I am not sure how accurate these are as I didn't get to try them, same tests alone made by professional staff, run from $100 to over $300.

< The UGLY

1. Not a touch screen- the watch will get only day or so to get used to but still, touchscreen cuts time in half and is easy.

2. I do find this watch bulky and on a heavy side (little over 3oz weight, diameter of little over 2"= 5.5cm, and over half inch thick!). I wore it whole day and the weight wasn't awful, but people with smaller wrists, might find it difficult to do push-ups, play tennis or weight lifting while wearing it, at least I did. I am not sure how it preforms during round of golf but from my own experience, as occasionally as I do swing the bat, I actually like to have my hands as "free" as possible, not even wear jewelry. The charger is also chubby; I travel a lot and this thing is huge; it's like a big clamp that latches to the back of the watch like facehuggers from 'ALIEN' movies, and is not so easy to take off either.

3. I am not sure how accurate it really is..I am posting picture from day one (worn just 30min and same day after 3h) and day after (worn 2h), where during only 406 steps I burned 1150 cal, during 1372 steps I burned 1943 cal, while next day during 8663 steps (45min cycling, and 1h hike) I burned 1726 calories??? numbers just doesn't seem to add up, plus my garmin didn't account any stairs that I claimed on both days. I am also confused between the notifications and guidance: on one side it tells me that I need 10h recovery time yet at the same time screen will bling message: "start moving".

4. The only automatic activities in this watch are: pedometer, calories burned and time...for all the rest, one needs to select the workout in order to have it tracked, which to me, kinda sucks.

5. delay in data...not a huge thing but I've noticed 5-10sec delay in data uploading to the watch during walks and runs.

So, is the Garmin Fenix 3 HR worth 2 or 3 car payments? To me, it isn't. I look for compact design, seamless and intuitive tool with a style, that automatically recognize my workout, might have less features (I don't need golf, altimeter or barometer in my daily routine), but directs me with overall performance and coaches. Sure it looks like a kickass watch and something a serious athlete would wear, but most of these features can be accomplished by mobile app/ cheap pedometer or a bike computer, of course with various credibility and reliability in question, but still.

I want more than oversize dial, more than great appearances, more with less not necessarily for less...I want XXI technology and this just doesn't cut it for me.


ps. I didn't try the sleep function because it's not something I concentrate on using fitness tracker...when I sleep- I sleep, when I can't sleep, I know I didn't sleep, and when I'm restless- watch won't help :)

ps2. can be pimp up by various colors/materials bands that range from $25-$200.

ps3. made in Taiwan

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