Today, I want to talk a bit about my fitness watch, the Garmin fēnix 5. And oh man, this one is such a great addition to my life, it is nearly unbelievable.
One watch to rule them all?
First things first – the Garmin fēnix 5 smartwatch is a beast. This one is certainly not for people looking for a small and light step counter which comes in handy when walking your dog, this has been developed for sports enthusiasts, outdoor and fitness freaks. Not that I’d consider myself an athlete (at least not yet) but I decided to get me one since I consider tracking vital for success and I need equipment that comes with me along the way, I don’t want to switch gear all the time.
The fēnix 5 is not the most current iteration of Garmin’s well known fēnix series (this being the fēnix 6 and 6 plus) and I even decided against getting the 5 plus series. This is mainly because of the price point: the current models weigh in around 600-1.000 EUR depending on size (there are 3 models – small, regular, large) and whether you want Sapphire glass, wifi or other more advanced features. Also the 5 plus still is kinda steep and since I set myself a budget limit (or else I would spend all my hard earned on gear porn haha), I went with the 5 – and I absolutely do not resent this.
I bought mine via Amazon for a mere 260 EUR and I’d say this was the best deal I struck in a long time.
The watch is not only looking dope, it also features so many features that are awesome, among them:
- map support (yeah, put your hiking route right on the watch and leave your phone at home)
- sync training programs (e.g. for building up running skills or bike conditioning etc.) from the app to the watch
- step counter
- a plethora of presets for different sports (hiking, walking, running, biking, indoor biking, indoor treadmill, swimming, stand up paddling and many more)
- support for external devices (e.g. heart rate strap via bluetooth, bike power meter via bluetooth etc.)
- standard smartwatch features (push notifications, music controls etc. from phone)
- heart rate monitoring and analysis
- stress meter (+ breathing exercise to help you calm down!)
- some watch faces
- decent battery life
- much much more
The watch connects to your phone via bluetooth and syncs with the “Garmin connect” app, which holds all your fitness metrics and allows for transfer of various fitness-related training schedules to the watch, so you can basically plan your exercise schedule in the app, then have the workouts at the ready on the watch – awesome feature!
Here’s a video with an in-depth review of the piece:
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