Garmin Fenix 5
The Garmin Fenix 5 is one of the densest smartwatch operations on the market and a leading contender when it comes to outdoor options.
In terms of features, there’s little that’s changed from the Fenix 3, but you’re now able to pick up the smaller 42mm Fenix 5S, which is a lot more female-friendly than the standard 47mm design, and a behemoth Fenix 5X variant. You get running, swimming, rowing, skiing, golf and paddle sports once you strap on one of these bad boys.
Like the TomTom you can upload GPX routes using Garmin Basecamp – but you get so much more data. As well as an electronic compass and route finding, there’s also top notch activity tracking, and in high intensity sports like running and cycling, you get VO2 max data, Training Effect and recovery data.
A new Training Load metric also provides a glance at a seven-day picture of EPOC (Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption) that will enable users to examine, monitor and evaluate training programs.
It’s complex stuff, from a top-top outdoor watch. And it comes with a price tag to match. While not recommended for weekend ramblers, it’s the pinnacle of consumer grade sports tech.
Fenix 5 – $599.99, Amazon
Fenix 5S – $599.99, Amazon
Fenix 5X – $699.99, Amazon