Garmin Fenix 5 Review

Overview & Features
Screen  & Case & Strap
  • A bright, high-resolution, full-color Garmin Chroma Display with LED backlighting assures great readability in all ambient conditions.
  • Display size : 1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter,
  • Display resolution : 240 x 240 pixels, color display.
  • Lens Material : chemically strengthened glass.
  • Case material : fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover.
  • QuickFit™ watch band compatible : included (22 mm)
Activity Tracking
Beyond their running functions, fenix 5 watches also offer special feature sets to help with swim training, skiing, golfing and paddle sports, including stand-up paddle boarding and rowing. For swimmers, the device tracks your distance, pace, stroke count and more. Ski/Board mode puts speed, distance, vertical drop and an automatic run counter (with Auto Pause for the lift line) and more at your fingertips.

Fenix 5 will help you monitor your training and recovery so you can better prepare for a race or training cycle. Training status is a new performance monitoring tool that automatically evaluates your recent exercise history and performance indicators to let you know if you’re training productively, peaking or overreaching. The new anaerobic training effect metric opens a window of insight to a critical dimension of training, telling you how your training is improving your ability to push the limits. You can even view your overall training load, which measures your exercise volume from the last 7 days and compares it to the optimal range for your fitness and recent training history.

Battery life: up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 24 hours in GPS mode or up to 60 hours in UltraTra battery saver mode
Water resistance
Water resistance : 10 ATM

Suitable for swimming.


Health tracking
Elevate wrist heart rate technology lets you monitor your heart rate without wearing a chest strap. In addition to counting steps and monitoring sleep, the watch uses heart rate to provide calories burned information and quantify the intensity of your fitness activities.
Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate monitor
Barometric altimeter
NFC Payment
Other Features
Pros :
  • Screen readable under direct sunlight.
  • The Cycling and Running apps are great.
  • The Charge is great, the GPS works very well.
Cons :
  • The Fenix 5 is a great watch but make sure you don’t get the APAC (Asia Pasific) version. There are significant firmware update lags and you can’t use beta firmware or downgrade it.
User Rating :     
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