Garmin fenix 2 GPS Watch
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- Tracks distance, pace and heart rate (Heart rate monitors and HRM-run, sold separately)
- Calculates recovery time and VO2 max estimate (when used with a heart rate monitor)
- Features Swim Profile and Ski-Board Mode
- Connected features (Compatible with iPhone 4S or later), including uploads to Garmin Connect and BaseCamp for live tracking and sharing
- High-sensitivity GPS positioning, 3-axis compass with altimeter and barometer
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- Size (LWH): 0.7 inches, 1.9 inches, 1.9 inches
- Weight: 3.2 ounces
Full Featured Training Watch for Multisport Athletes
- Tracks distance, pace and heart rate¹
- Calculates recovery time and VO2 max estimate (when used with a heart rate monitor¹)
- HRM-Run™ monitor¹ adds data for cadence, ground contact time and vertical oscillation
- Connected features², including uploads to Garmin Connect™ and BaseCamp™ for live tracking and sharing
- High-sensitivity GPS positioning, 3-axis compass with altimeter and barometer
Combining the best features of our fitness and outdoor watches, the fēnix 2 is the ideal multisport athlete’s training partner. Whether running, climbing, riding, hiking, paddling, skiing or swimming, the fēnix 2 lets you easily switch between feature sets for easier access to the information you need. Switch from advanced fitness training features like VO2 max, Virtual Partner® and recovery advisor to high-sensitivity GPS tracking features like 3-axis compass and TracBack®. And with Smart Notification you can stay in touch, even while you’re out testing your mettle.
Advanced Fitness Metrics
fēnix 2 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 2 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 2 incorporates sophisticated Garmin running watch feedback on your running form by reporting multiple metrics. When used with the HRM-Run monitor¹, fēnix 2 reports your cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. These metrics are called running dynamics, and they effect your running economy.
Swim Profile and Ski-Board Mode
The fēnix 2 isn’t just for outdoor fitness; special feature sets help swim training and skiing too. Borrowing from the Garmin Swim™, fēnix 2 tracks your distance, pace, stroke count and more. You just tell fēnix 2 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 2 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 2 provides comprehensive navigation and tracking functionalities as well as trip information to guide you on and off the beaten track. Its built-in sensors provide information on heading, elevation and weather changes. It’s built to endure the toughest outdoor conditions — and also makes a stylish day-to-day timepiece.
It records a track log creating a GPS “bread crumb trail” as you move. It also allows you to mark waypoints, such as a start/finish line, course check point, or a campsite, vehicle or other point of interest. With fēnix 2, you can create and follow routes, mark up to 1,000 waypoints and store up to 10,000 track points.
Plan trips and share adventures with friends and family using BaseCamp. fēnix is equipped with both ANT+ and Bluetooth® capabilities to wirelessly share tracks, waypoints, routes and geocaches with other compatible Garmin devices or smartphones.
Altimeter, Barometer and Compass
fēnix 2 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 2 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.
Built to Endure the Roughest Conditions
fēnix 2 combines a strong housing to survive shocks with a curved mineral glass lens to resist scratching. It boasts a large LCD display with a red LED backlight and a robust polyurethane wristband. An alternate fabric wrist strap (with hook-and-loop fastener) is also included with your fēnix 2 to accommodate all wrist sizes and so you can strap it on top of a heavy jacket. fēnix 2 is water rated to 5 ATM (50 meters) and has a battery life of up to 50 hours in GPS mode (depending on settings) and up to 5 weeks in watch mode. Basic watch functions include alarms, tones, vibration alerts, timer, stopwatch and world clock with the ability to display several times zones at once.
Smart Notification lets you receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch, even if you're on the trail. fēnix 2 receives the wireless signal from your iPhone® 4s or later, let’s you know you have a message, and displays the full text on its own screen whenever you’re ready to read it.
In the Box
- fēnix 2 GPS watch
- Fabric wrist strap kit
- USB charging/data cable
- AC adapter
- Quick start manual
¹Heart rate monitors and HRM-run, sold separately.
²Compatible with iPhone® 4S or later. iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
However, there is definitely a hardware problem. The first watch I received I enjoyed for 5 days and decided to hit the pool during the weekend. I'm not talking about swimming or anything serious, just relaxing by the pool. As soon as I was in the pool and the watch got wet (no diving or jumping in, the pool is 4 feet deep :) ) the water got into it. I could immediately see the water bubble under the screen.
Ok, so I got a bit upset but thought I've got a defective one and returned it and Amazon gave me a new one. I was hesitant to try its water resistance capabilities since I moved away from the States and returning the item would be a problem. I used it for two weeks for running and on the bike without any problems. But yesterday I decided to test it since we are talking about a very expensive piece of sport equipment DESIGNED for swimming (along everything else) and I wanted to see if I actually could swim with it. I put it in the glass of water and guess what, after a couple of moments there was a nice big water bubble in my watch...
All things considered, this is definitely a defective design, very unfortunate for Garmin since the watch itself is very nice and a really good add-on for every sport amateur or pro athlete. There is no water resistance whatsoever, even sub $10 Casio watches are far more waterproof and they are not even designed for swimming. This would actually be ridiculous if it didn't set me back by $300... Suunto watches are much more sturdy and factory tested... Such a pity.
So, to recap, the watch is beautiful and has a lot of features, if you only run/hike/bike with it definitely worth considering, but keep it far away from water. Declaring it is designed for swimming is either a lie or their manufacturing process quality is low. Either way, nothing you would expect when paying a lot of money for a Garmin product. I would recommend looking at other brands/models.
Attached are a pictures of both of the watches.
UPDATE 8/9/15: I returned the watch to Garmin Croatia and they gave me a new one under warranty. This one likes the water very much and I am finally enjoying the watch as I should. Thanks Garmin Croatia!
Swimming with the watch is fun, although it looses GPS signal every once in a while, but that's expected.
I don't write reviews often, but there was so much information and updates surrounding this watch, I decided with the recent updates I should throw my two cents in, since everyone else's helped me decide myself.
I bought this just a few weeks ago after reading the online reviews of the previous FENIX, comparison with the TACTIX and D2 Flight Versions and the DCrainmaker reviews - (the best overall comparisons for every major Alt / Baro / Compass (ABC) / GPS watches - even within the same brand (GARMIN), however just a bit outdated now as they were based on the Beta model, now much improved with software updates).
I have not extensively tested the issues others have reported regarding the loss of tracking, inaccurate GPS tracks, the battery dying or timer / distance reseting after 2-3 hours. Those are serious issues for the dedicated distance athlete - I will test mine during normal use with the features running over the next couple of days to see if I have the same problems.
***12 MAY 2014 Update***: Ran the GPS all day, to include various times of indoor / lost signal and without the HRM on. I pressed random lap times and navigated through a few menus, leaving it going until the battery died (under 2% - the watch shut off automatically) at 11 hours and 40 minutes. I would expect the HRM use in conjunction with to decrease that a bit more and there was many times I was indoors, however the watch should have been searching for satellites still using extensive battery life. I estimated 12-15 hours (NORMAL GPS Mode, Hiking Activity) but it did fall a bit short. Not bad, with still an option for "Ultra Trac" GPS mode to significantly increase the battery life.
I am going to run the GPS with the HRM and then again another day with it in Ultra Trac GPS mode...more updates to follow.
***14 May 2014*** Update: HRM running and GPS going with moderate indoor & outdoor use. I did have the HRM drop at only about 25 minutes, but held solid until about 08 hrs & 40 mins when it dropped again. Both times I had to press & hold the light button down to shut off & restart the watch to reconnect, as even going through settings, sensors & HR, it only showed " searching" until the reboot. It does maintain the total elapsed time once you press start and resume the activity again, though. Just an odd, annoying glitch that seems to happen randomly. Battery life is still running well, with both HRM & GPS (when outside, about half the total time today) I'm at 9 hours and still at 38%, but spent much less time outside today, as compared to my previous update & battery life. The next week I will run the GPS ultra-trac to see how close to the 50 hour mark I can get to!
- Great design; I picked this based on the incredible variety of options this watch has. No other even comes close, with glide ratio (jump master), ski settings, swim strokes, even a heart rate monitor (extra $$) that can measure vertical bounce / oscillations / VO2 Max setting (based on run / HR)
- Solid look and case, black with three band options! One rubber strap, one cordura-style material "velcro" strap attached by solid thick screws into the watch (tool included) and even a third to hang from a rucksack / hiking pack instead of from a wrist!!
- Waterproof with swim options including stroke, distance, laps, etc - or depth for low level diving / snorkeling
- Built in Temp...accuracy is always affected by wearing it, naturally. Prior glitches with recording the data and connecting to a temp sensor (extra $$) before i read about. I haven't tested to see if that was fixed as it's not a concern for me personally.
- Compass, independent from the GPS with calibration options. I had always carried a compass on a watch prior for navigating around cities when traveling on a map...actually an important option for me, works great.
- Sunrise / Sunset and Moon Rise / Set data with image of phase (not % of light, but pic of the current phase - by date)
- Red Backlight, solid face only viewable within 30-90 degrees (straight-on) or so; nice minor tactical option from the TACTIX
- Once the menus are set up, you can view and do everything you'd want for running, HR (with sensor), pace, elevation, calories, etc - ***They finally added (last updated software - April 2014 to 2.6 / 2.90 GPS) that included a 4-field page for displaying data during an activity...essential for me for Time, Dist, Pace and HR on one page!***
- Different Options for GPS battery power...Ultra-Trac, claiming up to 50 hours sipping GPS signals (every 60 secs instead of instant updates) is a great feature. I haven't verified the battery at full usage - some claim as little as 5-6 hours, but I have an "old" Triathalon TIMEX with GPS and HRM that will do 12 hours...surely this should last 12-15, but I will test this again in the next couple of days and provide an update.
- Basic watch features with a lock-button option and a hidden off / "reset" feature with button presses for those rare times it won't recognize the external sensors or locks-up. Glad they thought of it, even though they need to be fixed ultimately. Small computer!
- Even the contrast, screen brightness, auto-light, duration and time screen options can be adjusted (time, Day, Date, Battery life, Zulu time, Sunrise - on the same screen*)
- Bluetooth connectivity: with an iPhone, you can sync and receive text messages from your phone directly to your watch AND set for during activity, always or off. The trick is you can't use an external sensor if you are using the BT feature enabled - the watch will tell you if you try it.
- Really thick; I'm used to wearing large watches, so it doesn't bother me at all but to some it may. Seriously, like 1/2" thick.
- Odd cross over features not present on the TACTIX / FENIX 2 / D2: The FENIX 2 has almost EVERYTHING the TACTIX version (same basic watch, along with the D2) and WAY more. *The only differences they left out is the more ruggedized case (all black, no red button), the GREEN backlight (instead of the FENIX red), the convex lens for more tactical viewing straight on and the Tide chart / shoreline data. I would have preferred the green & convex lens personally and hoped you could update / software or chose, but you can't with the FENIX 2. Garmin added the Jumpmaster to the FENIX 2 for parachuting / glide distance calculations from the TACTIX, but didn't include the Tide / Shore data?? Odd. The TACTIX was a "military" tailored version that unfortunately fell way short of a better design in the F2, but Garmin just didn't improve it and instead made the F2. My only heartache with Garmin as it seems like they targeted a market and then fell short, but only after selling an incomplete product and now likely setting up to dump it. The D2 is very similar watch, different button features and software but essentially the same shell - for Pilots. It would be great to have all the features in one, but with the tech / size / battery it would be difficult, so I'd like to see extra $$ option for swapping software around based on the desire of the end user. I fly as well, so I do understand there really is too much data to shove into one system for this many features though. One day perhaps.
- ***Not intuitive: Setting up can be a beast. Some features like Run are a press Start and go, but the data pages for setting up what you want to see, editing, moving items in the menu, turning on Bluetooth, notifications, etc take a lot of tinkering and you can get buried into the sub-menu options and forget where you were. At least there is a "back" button and press-and-hold menu button if all else fails. Online videos and just getting familiar with the "settings" and "data pages" just takes time; a lot of time but highly customizable in the end.
- This is geared for the Iphone / APPs, NOT ANDROID Phones right now...I caved and got the iPhone so no issues with the Bluetooth / Connectivity issues. I haven't tested the wireless app synch yet, but it does directly USB into my PC (not Mac) anyway.
- **Bluetooth and Antennea (ANT) functions as mentioned DO NOT WORK CONCURRENTLY. It's one or the other - hardware design that cannot be fixed with this model. It tells you if you try, but doesn't give you a simple click to change or turn-off, just to "ok" it. You then must go through the menu and manually turn-off the BT if you want your ANT (e.g.: HRM) while running. Probably the F3 one day will do this hopefully. YES - I want to get my text messages and HR while running at the same time!!! It's 2014! Ha!
- All sensors are extra $$$...the kits to save a few bucks have been back-ordered since before the F2 was even available it seems. I paid the extra money for the HR Monitor.
- Minor, but I wanted the date, day, Zulu AND battery life to show on the main time page...it gives every option - even sunrise - EXCEPT that one with Zulu and the Battery life together! Can't please everyone, I know. Flight Guy...everything is in Zulu, ha.
In Summary: Beware the glitches and know that you will have to update the software as they are pushed out from Garmin. Sign up for email notifications on Garmin Connect and then you can keep up. There are a few major reports of dead systems and errors in GPS / Timing. It doesn't seem to be wide-spread, but test immediately if purchased so you can ensure it works on a marathon, 50k or 100k run prior to the event so you can still return it. I will be testing my battery from 100% with the GPS running as much as possible the next two days (lots of indoor time though - we'll see how it works) to see the actual useable life, as if it does have the massive timing errors or dies in 6 hours rest assured I will be returning mine. Finally, I cannot recommend to buy the TACTIX as it is $50 more and has considerably less features than the F2 now anyway.
Update: emailed garmin. garmin asia ( as I live in Asia)replied that its out of warranty and would cost $100+ to repair and $29 to ship back...Just bought this Nov.15, 2015 from Amazon so it should be within the limited 1 year period...garmin should be responsible for this lemon of a product....bad customer service.
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