by Geir Mjosund 11/03/2016
We run, swim, hike, climb and go to high altitudes. Garmin Fenix 3 is not only is the the first smartwatch that is really capable of keeping track all those activities, but it’s also the first smartwatch that helps us become better at them.
Garmin Fenix 3 – Good features for running and mountaineering
Flagship. Fenix 3 is the flagship of Garmin and we tested the Sapphire version. The difference between this and a regular Fenix is primarily the glass, some details on the outside and the price.
The watch impresses us with a big screen, a huge amount of features and a wide range of customization options. We would like to see that it was easier
customizing the screens, but there is a great deal apps / widgets, but it misses a greater freedom to bring up the data we want.
As a training watch the Fenix has many good features. It measures your activity throughout the day, counting steps, everything you can think of in regards of sport modes, heart rate monitor, fitness instructor and more. It is also very good for mountaineering. We put it in the same class as the Suunto ambit3 sapphire.
The watch also has Bluetooth connectivity to a smartphone that allows you to receive notification, mail, weather, control music etc. via the watch.
The only criticism of the clock is that it is a little dim light on the screen, making it hard to read the clock without turning on additional backlighting in low light.
Battery life depends largely on how many features you use. Garmin Fenix is briefly summarized is a rock solid watch that delivers both training and mountaineering.
* We tested and weighed the Sapphire edition. The standard version is 82 grams.
* Update: Garmin have also launched the Garmin fenix® 3 Sapphire HR (with optical HR)
Price: 410€ (Sapphire from 510€)
Weight: 86 gram *
Battery: 16h/50h/6 weeks