Garmin Fenix 3
Modern technology has completely modified the way we measure time, as the watches offered on the market nowadays are everything but watches. Today they are called fitness trackers, and the ones that integrate smart functions are called smartwatches, and the combination of the two is what dominates the market. One type or the other, these are very advanced devices that integrate multiple functions that can perform versatile functions. Among the most praised watches that are said to be extremely precise and functional is Garmin Fenix 3, the watch that is still dominating the market despite being there for about four years. And, it is a watch that integrates a full range of golf measuring features, something that a very few watches can boast about.
Before we proceed with the model, just to say a few words about the manufacturer. Garmin is one of the key players in bringing about new technologies and wearable devices for vehicles, automotive markets, the military, marine, and the army. The company has set the highest standards in these industries and it is the one that moves the limits even further with every new release.
Garmin Fenix 3 was a revolution of itself when it hit the market due to the wide range of sports functionalities and metrics it included. But it isn’t just the multisport function that it positions it on top, but the utmost precision, effectiveness, and the overall package that makes it the watch you can trust. And while you get the standard distance, calories and other standard measurements with it, it goes with more advanced features like measuring the oxygen level in your body and heart rate monitoring and a myriad of other functions that are integrated to appeal to high-end sports enthusiasts.
If we have already attracted your attention with the introduction of Garmin Fenix 3, the review below goes into details about every possible segment related to this watch.
A multisport fitness tracker with many advanced features
It features VO2 Max used with the Heart Rate Monitor and Recovery Advisor
Rugged, elegant design with three color options
Connect IQ allows customization by downloading apps, widgets, data field, and watch faces
GPS Navigation with GLONASS support and stainless steel EXO antenna
It also comes with a 3-axis compass, barometer, and altimeter sensors
Color Chroma display
The heart rate tracking needs to be additionally purchased and it isn't integrated within the design
In addition to this so-much appreciated feature, it does track always anything you can think of, such as running, skiing, cycling, swimming, boarding, hiking, etc. The watch delivers basic metrics like distance, speed, pace, stroke, and it predicts the finish time in case you are racing, or if you are climbing. Swimmers can benefit from the Garmin Fenix 3 with the detailed measurements of the pace, stroke count and distance. The watch is waterproof up to 100 meters depth and what you need to do is insert the size of the pool and begin the workout. Plus it integrates an auto-climb feature that modifies the data stats of the fields in case you’re climbing or descending. All in all, whatever sport you decide to track, it will provide you with reliable data which will help you customize your training session or advance in the competitions.
It reminds of a regular watch with its rugged but elegant design, while the 1.2inches round Chroma display with LED backlight is big enough to provide clear readings even in the brightest sunlight. If you are into Garmin watches you already are familiar with the fact that there aren’t many models that feature touch mode, so Fenix 3 is navigated with five easy to manage buttons, three on the left side and two on the right. Even though a bit robust, the watch is very lightweight and comfortable, and can be worn by anyone, especially thanks to the lightweight and comfortable bands.
In order to appeal to as many people as possible, it comes in three different color options: silver with red band, gray with scratch-resistant, highly durable, crystal and black band, there’s a premium Sapphire model which features sapphire lens and stainless steel band. Each of these models features stainless steel buttons and bezel with a reinforced housing for added durability.
However, these three models offer the possibility of customization with access to the Garmin Connect IQ platform which enables users to connect online and download multiple watch faces, apps, widgets and data fields. Plus, the design itself offers band replacement, and the silicone band is particularly useful for sports that involve a lot of perspiration or contact with water.
Advanced Fitness Metrics
In addition to VO2 max, the Garmin Fenix 3 integrates a recovery advisor that calculates the recovery time each individual needs. The Race Predictor that we mentioned above works with the help of the VO2 max feature which estimates the ideal finish time based on the readings provided of the VO2 max.
In case you are a runner, it is advisable you get yourself the HRM-Run monitor which is sold separately because it provides detailed running dynamics such as your ground contact time, vertical oscillation and cadence.
ABC (Altimeter, Barometer, and Compass)
Garmin Connect IQ
So, the Garmin Fenix 3 is a multisport fitness tracker and smartwatch that integrates a variety of functions that will help you customize your training and prepare for competitions. It includes metrics for almost all sports, including golf and integrates in-depth and very detailed tracking functions. It is a GPS training watch that has a stainless steel EXO antenna and is GLONASS supported. For extreme accuracy and advanced readings, it integrates barometer, altimeter and compass sensors, that make it one of the most precise navigation device.
It also has advanced tracking features such as VO2 Max, which when used with a heart rate monitor, it can measure the oxygen capacity per minute. It can also predict the health status and warns of potential colds and it features Recovery Advisor which estimates the time you’ll need for the next training session.
When it comes to its design, it is rugged but elegant and it comes in three varieties among which is the premium Sapphire model which has a stainless steel bezel and band and which is more expensive than the regular models. It is navigated with the help of the five buttons and it can be customized with the help of the Garmin Connect IQ platform which allows you to download widgets, face apps, data fields, etc. It can be connected with your smartphone to receive smart notifications.
- A multisport fitness tracker with many advanced features
- It features VO2 Max that can be used with the heart rate monitor and Recovery Advisor
- Rugged, elegant design with three color options
- Connect IQ allows customization by downloading apps, widgets, data field, and watch faces
- GPS Navigation with GLONASS support and stainless steel EXO antenna
- It also comes with a 3-axis compass, barometer, and altimeter sensors
- Color Chroma display