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Fenix Garmin for Running

Fenix Garmin for Running

The Fenix Garmin for running came out this summer (2012) as Garmin’s first wristband GPS running watch for ultra-running.  This Garmin for running has an advertised battery life of 50 hours, and thus appealed to mountainous hikers and runners alike.  The Fenix Garmin for running also falls into the category of ABC watches. This stands for Altimeter, Barometer, and Compass.

Shut the GPS off and extend the battery life and the watch looks contemporary enough to be worn during every day use. The Fenix Garmin for running has rugged and modern looking design which means you can also where it when not running.

As stated above, the Fenix Garmin for running offers a barometric altimeter, compass, heart rate, is water proof to 50m, offers onscreen mapping and track back, and much more.

Fenix Garmin for Running – Features

  • The Fenix Garmin for running is a high-sensitivity GPS navigator + ABC adventure watch.
  • Altimeter, barometer and 3-axis compass with automatic sensor calibration.
  • Mark up to 1,000 waypoints and store up to 10,000 track points and navigate to them.
  • Exclusive TracBack feature reverses the track log to help navigate back to the starting point.
  • Wirelessly share routes, tracks, waypoints with other compatible Garmin GPS units.
  • Bluetooth technology to sync routes, tracks, waypoints and geocaches to select smartphones using the free Garmin BaseCamp mobile app.
  • Compatible with free Garmin BaseCamp desktop software and iPhone Basecamp Ap.
  • The Fenix Garmin for running is compatible with optional Garmin wireless heart rate monitor and cadence sensors.
  • Fenix Garmin for running also includes profiles for Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Cycling, and fully customizable profiles.
  • The Fenix Garmin for running has a large stopwatch time, distance and pace all on a single screen. Shows up to three data sets on screen.
  • Some of the data fields include heart rate, distance, pace, calories, laps, just to name a few.
  • The Fenix Garmin for running also functions as a traditional watch with functions such as: alarms, tones and vibration alerts.
  • Rechargeable Lithium battery lasts up to 6 weeks in watch mode, 16 to 50-hrs (UltraTrac) in GPS mode.

The Fenix Garmin for Running

Fenix Garmin for Running – Size

As far as GPS watches go, the Fenix Garmin for running is about the same height as its competitors.  These type of units are of course a bit bulkier than a standard watch, but the functionality far outweighs the extra bulk.

Using the Fenix Garmin for Running

The Fenix Garmin for running works in a very similar fashion to the Garmin Forerunner. The Fenix Garmin for running can be utilized with a heart rate monitor and will enable you monitor: calories burned, elevation gain, pace, distance, and heart rate.

To help keep a diary of your trail running workouts you can upload your activities and routes to the Garmin Connect tool for Fenix. The Garmin Connect tool also allows you to share your workouts with your friends on Facebook.

To start using the Fenix Garmin for running, you will need to change device profiles to the Running profile.  This can easily be accomplished via the Profiles menu.

Once setting the Fenix Garmin for running, you will have the opportunity to switch to a ton of settings options, for example, pace, time, setting the track interval, turning on ANT+ sensors like the heart rate strap, elevation, barometer, total accent, etc. Once you have chosen your settings, it’s time to actually run.  Like other GPS watches you will need to turn on the GPS and let it find satellites.  Depending on where you are located the Fenix Garmin for running can pick up satellites in 3-4 seconds, or it can take 1-2 minutes.

The the Fenix Garmin for running lets you can view both textual data as well as graphical data at the same time while you are on the run. An example of this would be to combine your current heart rate, as well as your HR graph over the duration of your run. Additionally, the Fenix Garmin for running will produce a map of your run. Although the interface of the Fenix Garmin for running is limited, you can zoom or pan in and out.

Running functionality with the Fenix Garmin for running is really strictly limited to capturing and displaying data from your run. Unlike the Garmin Forerunner, it’s not a heavily running focused watch in that it doesn’t have features like Virtual Pacer or intervals or workouts. However, to compensate for this the Fenix Garmin for running does do AutoLap, which is fully distance configurable.

Classy Enough for Everyday Wear

Other Features of the Fenix Garmin for Running

Barometric Altimeter

The Fenix Garmin for running includes a barometric altimeter, which enables better elevation and altitude information.  This is different than many GPS watches utilize only GPS based altimeters which are not as reliable.  The altimeter is accessible through many different data fields, and can include your current elevation as well as ascent and descent.  The built-in barometer can help you monitor and predict weather changes by showing you short-term changes in the barometric air pressure. As an example, if the barometric pressure begins a steady decline, this is an indication for an impending storm.

Magnetic Compass

The Fenix Garmin for running includes a magnetic compass and does not depend on GPS. The 3-axis electronic compass keeps your bearing in any position whether you’re moving or not. In other words this means that you do not have to be in motion to tell you which way you are pointing.


The Fenix Garmin for running can record temperature using its internal sensor. Garmin’s new ANT+ temperature sensor gives you precise ambient temperature readings without influence of your body temperature. The internal sensor is useful to get a rough approximation of temperature. Knowing how rapidly the temperature is rising or falling can help you determine clothing and shelter needs, and whether it’s time to turn back.

Data Fields

The Fenix Garmin for running supports a wide variety of data fields and even more customizable data fields.  The Fenix Garmin for running might be the most customizable watch in the Garmin family.

Data is displayed on a page. A page is merely a single screen on the Fenix Garmin for running which can contain upwards of three data fields.  There is no limit of data pages that you can configure. Further, some fields can be shown in graphical format, while other fields are more textual based.

Battery Life

The Fenix Garmin for running lists an active battery life of 50 hours. However, battery life will be impacted by the amount of different data settings that you can have running. In the pure wrist watch function you can get 50 hours.

Smartphone Connectivity (BaseCamp App)

Garmin released their Fenix Garmin for running companion app Basecamp onto the Apple App Store.  The app is designed to download tracks from your Fenix Garmin for running, via Bluetooth.  The app requires an iPhone 4s or higher (iPhone 4s or iPhone 5). You could also utilize one of the newer iPads as well, as those that share Bluetooth 4.0 functionality.

Software and Uploading

Once you’re ready to upload it is as simple as connecting the device to your computer.  The USB cable goes into your computer, and the other end clips onto the Fenix Garmin for running.

Garmin Connect

Garmin Connect is Garmin’s fitness focused web platform. Keep all of your workout data stored at Garmin Connect for comprehensive analysis. Garmin Connect presents your data in clear and easy to understand and evaluate. Garmin Connect leverages the Garmin Communicator browser plug-in to access your Fenix Garmin for running.

ANT+ Heart Rate Strap

The ANT+ Heart Strap is made by a multitude of companies, and is cross compatible with the Garmin Fenix for running no matter which company made your strap.  The Heart Rate strap transmits your heart rate data, which the Fenix Garmin for running picks up without issue.

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