Garmin’s Fenix 3 is an extremely versatile multisport watch. The durable device can be used to record data from activities ranging from cycling and running, to mountaineering and skiing.
In fact, on top of its vast range of data fields, Bluetooth connectivity and numerous built-in sensors, the Fenix 3 has us contemplating ditching our trusty Edge 500 computer.
Our sample Fenix 3 is the standard version with rubber wrist strap. There are also the newly announced Sapphire, HRM and Titanium versions, which feature a scratch-resistant sapphire lens, additional band options and one version includes Garmin’s built-in Elevate wrist-based heart-rate technology.
As we already own a range of Garmin branded ANT+ heart rate straps and sensors, our test sample was the watch-only version. Also available is a performer bundle that includes the HRM Run heart rate strap.
The rubber strap is flexible, quite comfortable and replaceable with a few Torx screws. Over the Fenix 2, the edges on the clasp have been rounded, and don’t eat your wrist.
Buttons, not touchscreen
Opting against the current trend in touchscreen everything, the Fenix 3 is controlled by five buttons situated around the stainless steel bezel, so there’s no need to take your gloves off to start or stop your ride.
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Conclusion: Brilliant, but not for everyone
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