Garmin continues to lead the Multi-Sport GPS Smartwatch market and doesn’t disappoint with the upcoming release of the latest upgrades in their outdoor sport smartwatch line of wearables.Garmin fenix 5 release and reviews

The three latest models due for release March 2017 include the Garmin Fenix 5, 5X, and 5S

These new models have some upgrades over the previous Garmin Fenix 3 models that include a sharper and more vibrant full color LCD backlighting display technology for better visibility in sunny outdoor conditions.

Garmin’s use of transflective lighting technology allows for transmission and reflection of light in all ambient conditions which is great if you are outdoor climbing or cycling in all weather conditions.

Garmin has also strengthened the Sapphire lens in the Fenix 5 and Fenix 5S models as an upgrade for an additional $100, which is not bad value if you are planning to use this very sporty Smartwatch in the rugged outdoors.

The Garmin Fenix 5X is the largest of the three models, especially compared to the Garmin Fenix 5S, which has been designed for use by women with only a 42mm casing.

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The Garmin Fenix 5 series allows you to track up to 200 hours of log tracking on 30 routes with a robust battery life of up to 75 hours in Ultra Trac Battery Saver Mode or 24 hours of GPS mode operation.

Each new Garmin 5 series model has interchangeable QuickFit™ band options available while maintaining a sleek brushed stainless steel casing that will be stylish in the mountains or office. 

Garmin has built-in a heart rate (HR) monitor on the back and included physical buttons for navigation to the various functionalities of this amazing smartwatch. Using Elevate heart rate technology, the Garmin Fenix 5 series will monitor your HR, monitor sleep cycles, track calories burned and intensity of your activity levels.  These include both aerobic and anaerobic workout metrics displayed via the Training Status and Training Effect functions.


You may be asking what the notable upgrades are for the Garmin Fenix 5 series compared with the previous Garmin Fenix 3 Series model?  And btw, what happened with the Garmin Fenix 4 model?

Garmin skipped over the Fenix Series 4 model due to the number 4 being considered unlucky in certain Asian countries.  So you aren’t missing out on a model series going from the Fenix 3 to the Fenix 5 for those concerned with the having the latest in tech gadgets.


Let’s review some of the most important upgrades that the Garmin Fenix 5 offers compared with the Garmin Fenix 3. You can evaluate if these new functionalities are worth upgrading if you are currently a Fenix 3 user or if you are evaluating which model would be right for you for the first time.

  1. Preloaded Maps-The Garmin Fenix 5X has the most features including Topo U.S. Mapping, Around Me map mode for points of interest, and Routable Cycling Maps
  2. Fenix 5 Water Rating-Garmin has water-rated these Smartwatch models to 10 ATM (100 meters)
  3. Navigator + ABC-The Garmin Fenix 5 line has built in navigation sensors with gyroscope, barometric altimeter, and 3 axis compass
  4. GPS and GLONASS satellite reception- (Russia’s version of GPS) GLONASS in increasingly used in SMART devices and was first introduced in the Garmin 920XT. When used in conjunction with traditional GPS the enabled device delivers improved location accuracy
  5. Data Overlay Capability-this feature is expected to be very well received by avid users as it allows mapping data overlays to highlight key information. What this means is users will no longer have to switch between screens which is a big bonus if you are engaged in a high level of physical activity
  6. Multiple Sport Activity Profiles-Users are able to preload activity profiles that will cover all of your various activities
  7. Wi-Fi Enabled-For users that continue to utilize the Garmin Connect™ platform, you can get your automated uploads while on the go by tethering to your smartphone or your nearest Wi-Fi network. You can also automatically update your activity uploads directly to the Garmin Connect™ platform to share with your friends
  8. Smart Notifications-Fenix 5 Series allows you to receive texts, emails and alerts directly to your smartwatch.


Are you still unsure about which model is right for you and what you get which each Fenix 5 model?

Here is an inventory of what to expect when unpacking the box broken down by Garmin Fenix 5 Series model.  Depending on what model you are interested in, you have the choice of either a Fenix Watch Only Bundle or a Fenix Performer Bundle.

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What to expect out of the Box for the Garmin Fenix 5 Series (March 2017)

Watch Only Bundle

fēnix 5

  • fēnix 5
  • Charging/data cable
  • Documentation

fēnix 5 Sapphire

  • fēnix 5 Sapphire
  • Extra silicone QuickFit™ 22 watch band
  • Charging/data cable
  • Documentation

Performer Bundle

fēnix 5

  • Slate gray fēnix 5 with black band
  • HRM-Tri™ heart rate monitor
  • Charging/data cable
  • Documentation

fēnix 5 Sapphire

  • Black fēnix 5 Sapphire with black band
  • HRM-Tri™ heart rate monitor
  • Extra silicone QuickFit™ 22 watch band
  • Charging/data cable
  • Documentation


We are very excited to get our hands on one of these models for a more in-depth review focusing on the pre programmed functionalities including:

  1. Advanced Running Dynamics-Lactate Threshold, stride length, recovery advisor, performance condition, cadence etc.
  2. Swimming-tracks distance, pace, stroke count
  3. Ski/Board-speed, distance, vertical drop, and auto-run counter
  4. Paddle Sports-stroke count, stroke rate and distance per stroke
  5. Golf-when you download a course from Garmin Connect, you can track your yardage to front, back and middle of the green

The Garmin Fenix 5 Series seems to be in line with what we have come to expect from Garmin wearables. These new models will only continue to support the Garmin Smartwatch Brand as being a leader in proprietary technology, supported platforms such as Garmin Connect, and quality craftsmanship merging rugged good looks with stylish confidence.

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