Garmin fenix 2 Performance Bundle (Includes Heart Rate Monitor)
- Fitness Training - Real-time performance data such as time, distance, pace, calories, speed, lap data, and heart rate1 Advanced Workouts - When paired with heart rate monitor1, calculates Advanced features like recovery advisor and race predictor
- Running Dynamics - When paired with HRM-Run monitor2, fenix 2 provides feedback on Running form by measuring cadence (number of steps per minute), vertical oscillation (bounce in your Running motion), and ground contact time
- Ski Mode - Ski-Board Mode measures 3D speed and distance, time, vertical drop, total runs, auto pause, auto run detection, plus features Ski specific data pages, history of runs, performance data
- Swim Mode - Indoor and outdoor Swim Modes that record stroke count, intervals, distance, pace, and time. For pool Swimming, also counts lengths, detects stroke type, and computes the user's SWOLF score
- Stay Connected - Automatically uploads data wirelessly to Garmin Connect, Live Track and social media (using Garmin Connect Mobile app on smartphone3), plus features Smart Notification4 so you can receive emails, texts and alerts directly on your fenix 2
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|Display Type||transflective, monochrome LCD (negative mode-black)||transflective, monochrome LCD (negative mode-black)||215 x 180, Color display||128 x 128 pixels, Digital Display||Color transflective memory-in-pixel Chroma||—|
|Item Dimensions||0.70 x 1.90 x 1.90 inches||0.70 x 1.90 x 1.90 inches||0.47 x 1.75 x 1.75 inches||1.40 x 0.50 x 1.60 inches||0.60 x 2.00 x 2.00 inches||0.60 x 2.00 x 2.00 inches|
|Item Weight||3.18 ounces||3.18 ounces||1.60 ounces||1.60 ounces||2.88 ounces||0.70 lbs|
|Sport Type||Boating, Camping_&_Hiking, Climbing, Cycling, Exercise_&_Fitness, Fishing, Hunting, Outdoor_Lifestyle, Running, Snow_Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, Triathlon||running||running; swimming; cycling||running||running, swimming, skiing, hiking, cycling||swimming|
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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.
Sold as is and includes original box, charging cable and heart rate strap.
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The size and weight were more on downside, but that was reasonable for all the features they had.
Another disadvantage was the way wireless protocols were done. The watch support Bluetooth for communicating with your phone and ANT+ for heart rate monitor. But they can't do both and to switch you need to dig into menus really deep. And assuming you really use both, you need to meddle with that menu layers each time before and after the activity involving HR monitor - switching from Bluetooth to ANT+ and back.
But the real issues begin before one year of usage. Suddenly watch appear to not tracking my run 30 mins after I started them. Next run it happened again. At some point I figured out they were just rebooted, right during activity (and it can't just silently pick up after reboot, you need to start it again, though you have a chance to keep pre-reboot data). Soon it became a habit to check if they were rebooted again and need to be restarted each other minute. I tried to found the cause and was looking for related issues desperately. Deleting all activities from the watch (it appeared they running slower as soon as significant number of activities gather up), updating firmware, resetting to the factory defaults - nothing helped. Further degradation lead to the point where barely any activity (I have mostly run) ended without reboot and restarting activity most likely led to another reboot. It was a lottery if I eventually would be able to save activity data or end up with all lost after a series of reboot.
At that point I gave up resolving issue myself and contacted Garmin support. Well, 1-year guarantee was over by that time. When support eventually replied, they offered me repair for a flat rate of $110, even if failure was caused by a factory defect. Given the near $400 price for the bundle that felt like a robbery.
At that time they render almost unusable due to often reboots and soon became stuck on a boot screen and not booting at all.
I gave up and bought a comparable Suunto watch.
Some more experience:
- Strap loop, keeping loose end of the strap, broken after ~10 months of usage. Replacement cost me $16.
- Watch gets slower over time, as more activities stored on them. Deleting activities helps.
- Battery was enough for whatever I did, up to a 6-8 hours.
- Reboots on charging, so you can't charge them if you found your battery low during activity (or before start one) Remember that 1990th era cell phones, which had different modes for usage and for charging?. Suunto watch, for example, behaves like modern device - you can charge without disruptions even in a middle of tracking you run or ride.
- Garmin portal is designed with runners in mind (like Suunto's Movescount is for triathlons funs).
- Replacement for lost charger cost ~$25, for USB wire with a clamp.
Overall, it was one of the best watches by that time, if you look at functionality. But bad quality and, most important, unfriendly support policy and attitude, which made bad quality into terrible experience, left me deeply disappointed.
As much as possible I will avoid expensive Garmin products.
The good: price point (half the cost of a fenix 3), fairly accurate GPS and HRM, decent battery life, ability to configure data displays for individual activities, short learning curve for field use, decent GPS functionality (waypoints, etc), lots of ways to set alarms and alerts, works with ant+ devices. Altimeter, barometer, and compass all easy to use. Has eighty or ninety percent of base Fenix 3 functionality at less than half the cost.
The bad: Bluetooth connectivity is unusable (iOS 71. and 9.3), bluetooth and ant+ can't be used at the same time, screen resolution makes map display unintelligable, doesn't do indoor fitness activities well (collects data like "ascent" that makes no sense on a rowing maching, for example).
The really bad: the Basecamp and Connect websites are hard to use, not terribly helpful for data analysis and syncing even through a cable (using Garmin Express) is flakey and unpredictable. More importantly, this is an orphaned product. It is unclear that Garmin will do much more in the way of bug fixing or feature upgrades.
Summary: Three stars due to the sync'ing, bluetooth and software problems. Would get four stars otherwise given the price and feature combination, which is hard to beat.
If you want a deeper review, there are lots of web reviews, DCRainmaker is one particularly thorough reviewer.
I had event gone through the trouble of making a video for the support tech to watch where you can clearly see that I was about 15 miles into my run. [...]
I wish Garmin would have just realized that this would not be something easy to troubleshoot and sent me a new watch.
It came with a Velcro extension strap that allows me to wear it outside my jacket skiing. I've had it at 14,000 ft near 0 degrees F and no problems. I programed mine to show current speed in large numbers and altitude in small font.
I also wore it while salt water kayaking for several days. rinsed it with fresh water once per day and no rust.
Bottom line is, this thing is a great deal. Does almost everything the Fenix 3 does, but for half the price.
Top international reviews
- GPS takes about 5 mins to locate - which, if you are going out for a quick run is very annoying. Why can I get immediate GPS on my phone and this is a dedicated GPS device but takes about 10000 times longer?
- Accuracy of the GPS is debatable - I get huge variances between Garmin tracking and Strava - the two do not reconcile and do not expect your Garmin runs, when uploaded to Strava to match each other - sometimes they are out by a long way. Both companies claim to use the best method but as a consumer, it sucks and leaves you unsure of how you are progressing.
- The functionality as a running watch is poor - for instance, one of the things that I was looking forward to is getting mile notifications, however, if you get these, and look at the watch it just gives you a useless interval message for about 20 secs - so if you are pushing a run and really wanting to see progress to the nearest minute per mile, it is infuriating as it effectively prevents you from seeing the vital data.
-Over the 3 years that I've owned it there have been multiple reliability issues. I can't remember the number of runs that I've been on when I've looked down and seen that the watch has died - which again is infuriating if you're tracking progress and meant that I never really trusted it.
- It is HUGE. So big that it's hard to get a shirt cuff over it.
All in all, if it was £30, I'd say it's okay. For £250 plus it's probably the worst value item I have ever bought.
Setup is easy and download to device through USB seamless. Starting and choosing an activity is simple too.
Down side is the sheer bulk of the watch, but that's obviously been dealt with in the fenix 3