The Garmin Fenix 3 is a top of the range GPS Sport Watch from Garmin. Boasting a long battery life, excellent range of Apps and rugged looks. This is the ultimate GPS Smart Watch.
Below is the promotion video from Garmin and after you have watched that I will run through the pros and cons of this amazing watch.
Garmin Fenix 3 Price
Lets start with the most important facts and that is the price, this is not a cheap watch but when compared to an Apple Watch which comes in at the same price band you get a whole lot more watch for your money (in my opinion!)
The Garmin Fenix 3 retails from Garmin for £379 – https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/outdoor/wrist-worn/fenix-3/prod160512.html
The Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire retails from Garmin for £469 – https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/sports-recreation/multisport/fenix-3-sapphire/prod516264.html
With the Fenix 3 Sapphire you do get a titanium wrist band.
These prices are direct from Garmin but for the best price you can always shop around and get it cheaper. The cheapest I found today was from Chain Reaction Cycles (in the UK) for £308 – http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/garmin-fenix-3-gps-watch/rp-prod137138
Is the Garmin Fenix 3 waterproof?
Yes: The watch is rated at 10 ATM which stands for atmospheres. 10 ATM is equivalent to a water depth of 100 meters however this is not a diving watch and Garmin do not recommend you use this watch as one. Its recommended water usage is accidental splashing, swimming, snorkeling etc.
“Even if a device is above a depth it’s rated for, it might still suffer water ingression if it is subjected to an activity that creates pressure on it that exceeds that depth rating.” More info here Garmin Water Ingression.
What does the Garmin Fenix 3 look like on your wrist?
The watch is very chunky and if you have a smaller wrist like I do it will fill it up. However it certainly does not look overly big and I really like the chunky appearance. It is certainly very tough and can withstand a few knocks. There are a variety of wrist straps from the black titanium on the Fenix 3 Sapphire to a red or black rubber band. The Red rubber wrist strap is featured here.
What is the battery life on the Garmin Fenix 3?
Battery life is one of the major pros for this watch, compared to my Apple Watch which needs charging every day, just using this watch as a watch the battery will last up to 6 weeks.
Battery: Rechargeable 300mAh lithium-ion
Battery Life: Up to 50 hours in UltraTrac mode, up to 20 hours in GPS training mode & up to 6 weeks in watch mode.
Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire Performer Bundle
The Fenix 3 does not have an inbuilt optical heart monitor like the Apple Watch, but if you want to monitor your heart rate you can easily pair it to an external heart monitor and if purchasing the performer bundle you get a Garmin Heart Monitor.
Red or Black Wristband?
If you choose to have the rubber wristband you have a choice of Red or Black, the alternative is a titanium metal wristband, when trying this watch I found this wristband too heavy and as the watch is big already did not want to add any extra weight to it.
When wearing this watch during exercise or hiking or skiing you are unaware of the size but when sat at my desk typing I do need to take the watch off as it does feel very chunky.
As well as offering GPS tracking for runners and cyclists, the Garmin Fenix 3 has specific modes for other sports and exercise, including skiing and hiking.
It also adds full notifications and has its own app store, so you won’t need to invest in both a running watch and a smartwatch.
The Garmin Fenix will pair with most smartphones and unlike my Apple Watch which has to pair to an iphone 5 or newer (which really annoyed me as I have an iphone 4s!)
The Fenix 3 will pair with most smart watches using bluetooth and the Garmin IQ App
Full compatibility of Garmin Devices to Smart Watch pairing can be found here
For a video guide on how to pair your Fenix 3 with your smartphone see below
The watch contains an altimeter a compass, excellent GPS functionality and you also get alerts on your smartphone for calls / texts / tweets etc.
The weights of the watches vary depending on the model you choose and as mentioned above the Titanium strap does add a significant amount of weight to you wrist.
Fenix3 Sapphire: 180g
Fenix3 Sapphire with rubber strap instead: 85g
Fenix3 Grey: 82g
Fenix3 Silver/Red: 82g
This is the top of the range Garmin Sport Watch and there are many others in the range including the Forerunner (specifically for Runners) The Vivofit and the Vivoactive. It all depends on your specific needs and what you are looking for from a Garmin Sport Watch.
If you want a multi sport device with a long battery life and rugged looks then the Fenix 3 is the watch for you, it does have a few cons and these are namely no on watch maps and it is big and chunky, other than that I can’t find much wrong with it.
In my opinion this is still the best GPS Sport Watch on the market today. Despite the many variations of body and strap the watch remains the same on the inside for whatever version you get. The software is also the same. The only other difference is if you decide to purchase the performer bundle which comes with the heart rate monitor.
To charge the watch you are provided with a charging clip which connects to a standard USB.
Finally in the words of Garmin taken from – https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/outdoor/wrist-worn/fenix-3/prod160512.html
fēnix 3 is designed to assist people during their sport activities and outdoor life. It supports performance sports like running, cycling, swimming, trail running, indoor training, cross country skiing as well as triathlon and recreational activities suchas hiking, climbing and downhill skiing. It measures performance on the go, tracks activities for sharing and navigates the user back home at the end of an adventure. And it does not stop there. The new Connect IQ App support for fēnix 3 opens up the potential to develop many more functions and for all sorts of activities in the near future.
Post Update 29th Feb 2015
I have just seen that Garmin have now released the Garmin Fenix 3 HR – This is the brilliant Garmin Fenix 3 Watch with a now build in wrist heart monitor
For more info click here
This means that you no longer have to worry about wearing a chest strap and can monitor your heart rate 24 hours a day directly from the watch. This was something that has been missing from the Fenix range for a long time and something which has been standard on Apple Watches and the Fitbit HR’s.
This makes the the Fenix 3 just about the ultimate watch.