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Garmin fēnix 3, Sapphire
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- CHROMA DISPLAY - 1.2” sunlight-visible high-resolution color Chroma optically-bonded display
- SAPPHIRE LENS - High-strength scratch resistant domed sapphire lens (Sapphire version only)
- EXO ANTENNA - Omni-directional steel EXO antenna, when paired with GLONASS and EPO, provides an even faster fix and accurate position than GPS alone
- WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY- Utilize one or more Wi-Fi hot spots to automatically sync your data with Garmin Connect and update software (when in range)
- BATTERY LIFE - Rechargeable battery; up to 20 hours in training/GPS mode, 50 hours in UltraTrac mode, and 6 weeks in watch mode (depends on settings)
- Unit Dimensions WxHxD : 2.0” x 2.0” x 0.6” (51.0 x 51.0 x 16.0 mm)
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- Size (LWH): 0.6 inches, 2 inches, 2 inches
- Weight: 2.88 ounces
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|Display Type||Color transflective memory-in-pixel Chroma||218 x 218 pixels||240 x 240||transflective, monochrome LCD (negative mode-black)|
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|Item Weight||2.88 ounces||3.2 ounces||—||3.18 ounces|
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True Performance Meets True Style
- Stainless steel EXO antenna with GPS + GLONASS support for fast fix and accuracy
- 1.2-inch sunlight readable color Chroma display with high-strength domed sapphire lens
- Fitness training features like VO2 max and recovery advisor (when used with a heart rate monitor¹)
- Outdoor navigation features like 3-axis compass, altimeter and barometer, TracBack and Sight’n Go
- Connect IQ compatibility for customized apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields
fēnix 3 is the rugged, capable and smart multisport training GPS watch. With feature sets for fitness training plus feature sets for outdoor navigation, fēnix 3 is ready for any training activity and competition. Access to the Connect IQ platform allows customization of watch faces, data fields, widgets and activities. And, fēnix 3 is a thin, light multisport training GPS that won’t slow you down whether for training or every day use.
Serious Style That Stands Up to the Roughest Conditions
fēnix 3 is available in 3 bold models: gray with high-strength, scratch resistant, crystal and black band; silver with red band; and the premium sapphire model with a stainless steel band and sapphire lens. Each watch features a protective stainless steel bezel and buttons, and reinforced housing for extra durability. A sunlight-visible high-resolution color Chroma display with LED backlight lets you access your data in any light. fēnix 3 is water-rated to 100 meters and has a battery life of up to 50 hours in UltraTrac mode, 16 hours in GPS mode and up to 3 months in watch mode (all depending on settings).
Advanced Fitness Metrics
fēnix 3 is packed with training features to tell you about your form and fitness. The first is the VO2 max estimator. When used with a heart rate monitor¹, fēnix 3 crunches data, including your running speed, beats per minute and heart rate variability to estimate the maximum volume of oxygen you can consume per minute. Track changes to your VO2 max to see your fitness gains and to compare with your peers. Other fitness metrics include recovery advisor with a recovery timer and recovery check, plus a race predictor, which estimates your ideal finish time based on your current VO2 max number.
Running Dynamics Features
fēnix 3 incorporates sophisticated Garmin running watch feedback on your running form by reporting multiple metrics. When used with the HRM-Run monitor¹, fēnix 3 reports your cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. These metrics are called running dynamics, and they affect your running economy.
Swim Profile and Ski-board mode
fēnix 3 isn’t just for running; special feature sets help swim training and skiing too. Borrowing from the Garmin Swim, fēnix 3 tracks your distance, pace, stroke count and more. You just tell fēnix 3 the size of the pool you’re swimming in and begin your workout. 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. You can even use your fēnix 3 as a glove-friendly remote, via ANT+, for the VIRB and VIRB Elite action cameras.
Navigate Your Way
No other navigator GPS plus ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) wristwatch offers you the combined training functions and our leading GPS technology. fēnix 3 provides comprehensive navigation and tracking functionalities to guide you on and off the beaten track. Its built-in sensors provide information on heading, elevation and weather changes.
It records a GPS track log creating a “bread crumb trail” as you move. It also allows you to mark locations, such as a start/finish line, course checkpoint, or a campsite, vehicle or other point of interest. With fēnix 3, you can create and follow courses, mark up to 1,000 locations and store up to 10,000 track points and navigate to them.
Plan trips and share adventures with friends and family using BaseCamp. fēnix is equipped with both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart capabilities to wirelessly share locations, routes and geocaches.
Altimeter, Barometer and Compass
fēnix 3 is equipped with ABC sensors to provide relevant real-time information. The built-in altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, while the barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing short-term trends in air pressure. The 3-axis electronic compass keeps your bearing whether you’re moving or not.
fēnix 3 auto-calibrates its ABC sensors using its GPS receiver and also auto sets the time based on location. For an extremely accurate temperature reading, pair it with our tempe external temperature sensor.
fēnix 3 uses the ConnectIQ platform for specialized software so you can personalize your watch with apps, widgets, data fields and unique watch faces that make your Garmin smartwatch even smarter.
Smart notifications lets you receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch, even if you're on the trail. fēnix 3 receives the wireless signal from a compatible smartphone² and lets you know you have a message, displaying the text on its own screen whenever you’re ready to read it.
In the Box
- fēnix 3 - Sapphire watch with metal band
- Black rubber watch band (removal tools included)
- USB charging/data cable
- AC adapter
- Quick start manual
¹Heart rate monitors and HRM-Run, sold separately.
²Phone must be Bluetooth Smart. See Garmin.com/BLE for compatibility.
Top Customer Reviews
What I like the Fenix 3 over 920 is its shape. It is thicker than the 920, but not that much, and it is definitely much thinner and slimmer than the Fenix 2. And Garmin has learned from modern laptop design, that the edge of the watch is thinner than the center, therefore when you put the watch on the wrist, it looks thinner than it really is. It is a little heavier than 920 as well, but you'll get used to it in 1 or 2 days. I've attached 2 figures comparing the FR220 and the Fenix 3.
The display is as good as 920, and maybe its my illusion but I think it is actually better than 920, the color is sharper and more vivid. The 3-field or 4-field looks great in the round face. All fields are carefully adjusted and can be seen clearly even when you are on your bike and mount it on the bar.
I put in 920's review that I hope Garmin can integrate functions like stop watch and timer, and direct access to compass and altimeter, etc. Seems my voice was heard :) Now directly from the watch face, without going into any activity, I can see compass, altitude, air pressure, and some more data, which is great.
Function-wise, I have tested running, cycling and swim, all in door which do not involve GPS, it worked well. It connects to my iPhone 5, and every time my iPhone get a new msg or email, it vibrate and display the subject and first several sentences on the screen, which is really useful under situations reaching the phone needs some effort, for example, when you are driving and phone is in your bag or pocket, or when you are in a meeting.
It's price is $50 higher than 920, but I think it worth it. 920 is more like a toy, plastic all around and I always worried that I may scratch it, for example, when I put my duffle bag into the locker and hit it on the edge or door. But with Fenix 3 I don't need to worry this. And personally, I am really happy with my rubber band, and do not think the metal band any necessary, I think I'm going to order a red band, which looks really nice.
All in all, for those who like the updated functions brought by the 920XT but do not like its square face, Fenix 3 will be your definite choice. And I am happy that I have a GPS smart watch that I can wear every day.
Garmin has, in my opinion, a terrific package and set of features that would make this watch the hands-down best-of-breed were it not for this issue. But without an accurate GPS, what exactly are you buying here? An overpriced and over-sized fitness tracker. I'm sure this update will attract plenty of "unhelpful" votes from the fan-boys out there, but before you plunk down a bunch of money you need to know that the GPS on this watch just does not work correctly. (Seriously, go the the Garmin forum before you buy.) I love the device and I hope they address the issue in the Fenix 4. It appears after numerous software revisions that the Fenix 3 is a lost cause.
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ORIGINAL REVIEW (before getting more detailed experience with GPS)
Before you read further, in my world a triathlon consists of mow-the-lawn/walk-the-dogs/wash-the-truck. If you are looking for a review about how well the Fenix 3 paces your open-water swim, or measures your max VO2, vertical oscillation and ground contact time, this review is not for you (I am not even sure what all those mean but Garmin says the Watch can do them).
Ok, now that the spandex/12% body fat/Olympians are no longer reading, is there any reason us ordinary folks should consider this watch? Surprisingly, the answer is definitely yes! I bought the Sapphire Edition with great hesitancy but decided to give it a try since I needed a new watch after my POJ Basis Watch literally fell apart after a year (a pox on the house of Intel).
I considered the Apple Watch, but the daily charging requirement and the lack waterproofing or onboard GPS (plus the fact that the Apple is a whopping $500 more expensive for the Sapphire with the comparable metal band) made it a nonstarter.
I wanted a GPS unit for our annual back-country hiking / camping trips and was looking for a watch that had the following basic characteristics: (1) waterproof (2) sturdy (3) integration with the iphone for notifications etc. (4) fitness tracker (5) battery that lasts at least a few weeks (6) looks nice enough to wear every day. The Garmin has all of these characteristics and also has all the additional features one could want in an uber fitness watch. It also is a best-in-class GPS / hiking watch with altimeter, barometer, compass, built-in GPS receiver that does not rely on your phone. (A very helpful feature for everything from off-road to finding your way back to the car in a crowded parking lot.)
No, it does not have optical heart rate monitoring but the optical heart sensors are (I know this from experience) extremely unreliable especially when you need it most like when you are actually exercising. The Fenix 3 connects to a wide range of peripherals from Garmin's VIRB action camera to proper heart monitors running sensors, temperature sensors etc.
It does not store music (though it controls the iphone music fine) so if that is important to you this is not a good answer. The available apps are surprisingly useful but the selection is limited. You basically get all the notifications on the watch that are popping up on your phone (which is, again, surprisingly useful) but you won’t be using this to respond to social media posts, etc.
What’s not to like? Here are a few things: (1) It is big. Measure your wrist across the top. If it is 2 1/2” or larger it will fit fine. Under 2 1/4" and the watch will hang awkwardly over the sides like the old style GPS watches (e.g. Suunto Ambit) that are really not every day wearable. (2) Garmin does not have it integrated with Basecamp mobile and you cannot upload maps. This is ridiculous and intended to push hikers into the (imo) vastly inferior Epix. (3) The Garmin app store is weak. The watch does a ton of stuff out of the box and there are loads of watch faces to download, but the app store selection will never come close to matching the android or ios watches. Then again, they are nowhere close to matching the Fenix 3 as a rugged, stand-alone smart sport watch.
One comment on the Sapphire versus standard edition: The Sapphire is an extra $100 and for that you get the stainless steel metal link band as well as the standard black rubber watch band plus the tools to swap the bands. You also, of course, get an upgraded sapphire crystal. If you like the band upgrade, this is a great deal. If you decide later to add the stainless link watchband to the regular Fenix 3 you will spend more just for the band and you will not get the benefits of the more scratch-resistant crystal (and some other minor cosmetic improvements). Yes, the metal band is heavy but it is easily swappable with the lighter weight rubber one when weight matters (e.g. on your camping trips or marathon – in case you decide to become one of those exercise guys who stopped reading after the first paragraph).
Overall I like this watch far more than I thought I would. It does everything I was seeking in a smart sport watch and a great deal more than I will ever use. For my money, this is a far better solution than the apple/android options and is the only GPS watch available with the form factor and functionality to be both an everyday watch and a full-featured back-country companion.