- The Garmin Fenix 3, Sapphire is loaded with GPS and GLONASS in order to pinpoint your location with extreme precision. It is also equipped with an EXO Antenna that is made of stainless steel
- It is equipped with a very vibrant and clear Chroma display of 1.2-inch size. It has high strength lens of sapphire.
- It has various features for fitness training. It is loaded with recovery advisor and VO2 max. It can be used with a heart rate monitor also.
- Offers great navigation function. Great assistance in outdoor navigation using a compass, an altimeter, and a barometer!
- Apps, widgets etc. can be easily customized to your own needs.
- One of the best assistants for a training activity or any kind of preparation of a competition.
Before we start discussing the various features of this watch and the pros and cons of this product, it is imperative to have a clear understanding of its purpose and capabilities. The Fenix 3 is basically a sports watch and an exercise assistant. It is not meant to be a 24-hour tracker watch. This watch has some activity tracking features, but they are nothing but the side dish. Since it is an exercise assisting tool, it is vital to buy the HR monitor chest strap along with it. Along with it, the watch can monitor several important health parameters lie ground contact time, run cadence, vertical oscillation etc. These parameters are very important in order to exercise effectively.
This watch is especially suited for athletes. Triathletes would find this watch extremely useful in order to track their running, swimming and cycling activities. However, the watch’s functions are not just limited to that. It comes pre-loaded with a host of programs for indoor biking, skiing, snowboarding, trail running, hiking, Climbing and just about any sports activity that you may think of. GPS, Glonass, and step-counting technology are employed in this watch to achieve all this. In addition to that, the watch has a 3 axis compass, a barometer, and an altimeter. The watch is fully capable of automatically detecting swimming patterns, strokes etc. Getting used to it is all it takes. After that, tracking your own exercise routines becomes a breeze. All the useful data that the watch collects can be used for detailed analysis of your performance and development. Even custom activities can be programmed into the watch to suit your own needs. Create your own workout regimes using this watch. All it takes is a little bit of fiddling and some trial and error to settle on your exact needs. The watch supports up to seven different screens.
Of course, syncing your devices together is a big need nowadays. Coupling all your gadgets with your smartphone or computer is a necessity. This watch has been designed keeping in mind the necessities of the urban man. You can sync it with your Android or iOS device using a Garmin Connect App. It can also sync via Bluetooth. However, it does not sync wirelessly to Training peaks. This may be considered as a downside by some users. In order to sync it with Training peaks, you need to connect it via a USB cable and import the necessary files. The activities are saved as ‘.fit’ extension. The watch is also endowed with a weather feature. This can often be found useful.
The watch has good features but can it back all this up with a good battery life? The answer is yes. I have tested the watch with a 2-hour bike ride and it just drained about 10% of the total capacity. That is indeed impressive. The watch can perform for 10 straight hours in GPS mode. Even better is the charging time. It charges to full capacity within a few minutes.
As far as the size of the watch is concerned, the Garmin Fenix 3 is a pretty substantial device. It’s 0.7 inches thick and overwhelms most wrists easily. However, despite its size, the Garmin Fenix 3 looks more like a watch than the Garmin 920XT. But considering its features and functionality, it is easy to forget its big size. For lighter watch you can check for Garmin Forerunner Vivoactive , Garmin Forerunner 910XT.
My final thoughts on this watch would be that this is as close as you get to the perfect exercise assistant watch. It will definitely suit you even more if you are more into activities like trail running, multi-sport triathlons or backcountry activities. Nonetheless, since it lets you customize the programs, a little fiddling can make it adapt to any kind of activity set. Not only can screens be customized but also paired with additional sensors in order to have greater functionality.
This watch has even greater potential for app developers who can fiddle even deeper and create customized apps or modify the stock app to suit more specific needs. But having said all this, this watch would simply be a bit overkill from both the features and the price point of view for people into single-sport activities. People into single-sport activities should opt for watches that are cheaper and dedicated to that particular sport. But in any case, it does not matter whether you are a full-time professional, an amateur or just starting out, this watch will help you improve your skill level to great extents. Therefore, if you are into multi-sports, the Garmin Fenix 3 is definitely the watch for you. It just requires that you spend a little time with the watch in order to get a grasp on its functionalities and capabilities. Once you understand that, you can customize the watch to your specific needs. It will gain a unique personality suited to you. Not many watches in the market can really do that. An icing on the cake is the capability to work with additional sensors. Having said that, the onboard sensors are quite exhaustive themselves! Considering all this and the price, this watch is a very good deal indeed.
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