Garmin Fenix 5S Multisport GPS Watch with Outdoor Navigation and Wrist-Based Heart Rate - White with Carrara White Band
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- Sleek, smaller-sized multisport GPS watch with Elevate wrist-based heart rate fit for sport and adventure with stainless steel bezel and anti-glare coated lens
- Preloaded with activity profiles for running, cycling, swimming, trail running and more. Supports Strava Live Segments
- Performance Widget shows your training status, training load, VO2 Max, recovery advisor and more
- Built-in navigation sensors include: GPS and GLONASS satellite positioning, 3-axis compass with gyroscope, barometric altimeter
- Smart Notifications, Connect IQ App support and QuickFit interchangeable bands (no tools required) for further customisation
- Battery life Up to 9 days in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 14 hours in GPS mode, and up to 35 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode
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|Collection||—||FENIX 3 HR MULTISPORT GPS||FENIX 5S SAPPHIRE||—||—|
|Colour||Carrara white band||Silver||Carrara white band||Black/Marsala Red||black|
|Item Dimensions||1.52 x 4.32 x 4.32 cm||1.5 x 5.1 x 5.1 cm||1.4 x 4.2 x 4.2 cm||4.57 x 1.27 x 4.57 cm||4.57 x 4.57 x 1.27 cm|
|Item Weight||113 grams||58 grams||69 grams||45 grams||45 grams|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||0.61 Watt Hours||0.09 Watt Hours||0.6 Watt Hours||0.7 Watt Hours||5 Watt Hours|
|Size||42 mm||One Size||42 mm||One Size||One Size|
|Style||—||Wrist Based Heart Rate||style||Garmin Forerunner 235 WHR Marsala Red||With Heart Rate Monitor|
Size Name: 42 mm | Colour Name: Carrara white band
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Go far. With the multisport watch that fits. Meet Garmin Fenix 5S – sleek, smaller-sized multisport GPS watch that’s ready for any outdoor or sport challenge. Fenix 5S is packed with advanced features such as wrist-based heart rate with fully integrated sensor, built-in activity profiles for running, cycling, swimming, trail running and more, performance metrics and training status readings that show how your hard work is paying off. Plus, choice of interchangeable bands lets you match your Fenix 5S to any lifestyle or adventure. Satellite navigation and tracking functions combined with a 3-axis compass with gyroscope and barometric altimeter will guide you with confidence, on and off the beaten path. Finally, Garmin Fenix 5S is also smart, it supports Group Track, smart notifications, and Connect IQ for further customisation.
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Garmin fenix 5S
Smaller, sleeker, lighter multisport GPS watch
For serious athletes and adventurers who want to do more, not wear more – fenix 5S is the perfect fit.
It offers full-size performance in a lighter, sleeker, more compact design (42mm), ideal for athletes with narrower wrists. So you can beat yesterday with advanced features that make a real difference to your training such as wrist-based heart rate, built-in activity profiles for running, cycling, swimming, trail running, basic navigation functions and performance metrics that lets you measure better the effectiveness and progress of your training. It’s one smart watch you can comfortably wear anywhere to keep pace with your active lifestyle.
Outstanding readability on the run
Thanks to the transflective technology, the high-resolution full-colour Chroma display assures great readability even under intense sunlight whilst satellite navigation and tracking functions combined with a 3-axis compass with gyroscope and barometric altimeter will guide you with confidence on and off the beaten path. Garmin fenix 5S is also smart, it supports Group Track, smart notifications, and Connect IQ for further customisation.
- Smaller (42 mm), sleeker, lighter design
- Stainless steel EXO-antenna as bezel and forged steel back
- Wrist heart rate with fully integrated sensor
- Activity profiles for all sports and adventures
- Performance Widget
- Strava Live Segments
- GPS + GLONASS satellite positioning
- Smart notifications and Connect IQ app support
- Water rated to 100m
Get more from your workout with less on your wrist
Elevate wrist-based heart rate
On your wrist, Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology lets you monitor your heart rate without wearing a chest strap. With the new fully integrated Elevate sensor you can control the intensity of your training, track your steps, monitor your sleep and gain more accurate information on burned calories.
Advanced performance metrics
Garmin fenix 5S features the new performance widget which holds all the information you need to help you train more efficiently. Easily access indicators such as Training Status, VO2 Max Estimator, Training Load, Recovery Advisor, plus more advanced indicators including Race Predictor, Training Effect 2.0 and Lactate Threshold to help you to better judge your actual performance level during cycling or running.
The watch for all sorts of sports
Whatever sport you are into, fenix 5S is the perfect partner. Its activity profiles support sports like running, cycling, swimming, skiing, golfing and paddle sports, including stand-up paddle boarding and rowing. For the multi-sport athlete of any type, fenix 5S offers dedicated activity profiles for Swim-Run, Triathlon or create the multisport profile that suits your training routine and race day.
Step up your running
Now you can go further with your running data. Garmin training features that tap into extended physiological metrics and advanced running dynamics can help improve your form and overall performance. These metrics include performance condition that compares your actual condition to your average fitness level, lactate threshold, running cadence and stride length.
The Auto Climb/Run feature on your Garmin fenix 5S makes sure you get the right metrics in the right environment. It will track pace and distance when running on the flat and automatically switch to accumulated ascent and vertical speed once you start climbing. For the Ultra distance runner, the new gyro-reinforced UltraTrac mode allow you to extend tracking up to 35 hours.
Navigate the great outdoors, your way
Garmin fenix 5S guides you safely on and off the beaten path combining GPS/GLONASS positioning, advanced sensors and well known Garmin navigation features like TracBack. The built-in altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, while the thermometer and barometer can be used to predict weather changes. The 3-axis electronic compass keeps your bearing, whether you’re moving or not.
So many ways to stay connected
Pair your fenix 5S with a compatible device and receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch. The new GroupTrack feature allows you to keep track of your buddies, and they can keep track of you when you get separated during an activity. Other connected features include automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking and social media sharing through Garmin Connect.
Custom apps and watch faces
Personalise your fenix 5S watch with free downloads from Garmin Connect IQ store. Change your watch face, add data fields or get apps and widgets for information at a glance. The Garmin Face-It watch face app lets you customise your watch face with any photo from your mobile device. Download the free app, choose an image from your photo library, add the time and set it as your watch face.
Garmin QuickFit bands
Customise your Garmin fenix 5S with Garmin QuickFit bands. A selection of bands in choice of premium leather, metal or silicone makes it easy to mix and match styles to go with any sport or activity. Easy to switch and always secure. Just swap, click and go. No tools required.
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Update - Software version 3.3
Prior to version 3.3 of the software a 3rd of the map view screen shows how far you have to go and couldn't be disabled - which wasted valuable screen space and meant you could see less of where you need to go.
Now you can disable that data field and see just the map.
To do so go to Settings > Navigation > Map > Data Field
I'm delighted Garmin have made this change!
Update after two weeks of frequent use
As someone who uses the watch for hiking and doesn't use any of the smartwatch facilities or link it to my phone - here is how I feel after a week.
*** Major Benefits vs Fenix 3 ***
*** Minor Benefits vs Fenix 3 ***
1) Slightly smaller
2) Screen very slightly better ( whiter background gives better contrast )
3) Comfortable to wear - possibly due to the size being smaller, its slightly more comfortable than the Fenix 3. Also the new strap is softer and more flexible.
4) Good battery life - a fraction better than the Fenix 3 even when using the optical HRM.
*** Same vs Fenix 3 ***
1) GPS works as well on both - which is to say it works well
*** Worse on Fenix 5 vs Fenix 3 ***
1) Navigation - Garmin now fill the map screen with turn by turn data that is just not relevant in the middle of an open moor - the map and the track I need to follow is what I use - and now I can see less of this. Also when navigating a course the triangle showing where you are appears in the middle of the map display - which is great for seeing where you've been but bad for seeing where you need to go. The the Fenix 3 it appeared nearer the bottom giving more room for the course you need to follow. I have now had a look at the Garmin Fenix 5X and this works more like the Fenix 3 with the current location triangle being nearer the bottom.
2) Grade data field : No longer shows valid value on Fenix 5. Works fine on Fenix 3. I've downloaded a new data field from Garmin Connect - this one works but doesn't use the barometer for elevation measurement just the GPS.
3) Some odd accuracy issues with elevation gain. Normal elevation on the hike I did today is 650 meters. Which the Fenix 5 reported correctly - give or take - for a few days. But today it reported 775 meters elevation gain. Very weird! Might be a one off.
4) Occasional disconnects when the watch is plugged in to my computer ( Apple MacBook Pro ).
On the Fenix 5 this only happens very occasionally, most of the time its fine. I also now have a Fenix 5X and that has USB issues all the time - all it takes is a very, very slight movement of the USB connector in the watch and it disconnects. No movement and it can stay connected for over an hour, as it did on a recent map update. Comparing the backs of the Fenix 5 vs 5X the 5X has the socket for the USB slightly deeper embedded and I think its just deep enough to cause poor connections if there is any movement. The shallower Fenix 5 socket helps ensure a better connection. Neither are as good as the Fenix 3 connector which was rock solid in my experience.
*** What doesn't work well on Fenix 5 Generally ***
1) Wrist heart rate monitoring! At least not for my wrists ( everyone is different so may work for you ).
It can be accurate(ish) at times. But then at many other times its wildly inaccurate - easily 40 beats wrong. Looking back at the graphs of my 5 hikes recently with the Fenix 5 it sometimes shows a high heart rate on the flat and a low one going up a steep hill! But then at other times it shows things more accurately.
You can't really rely on it. However it has been cold and perhaps I have few blood vessels in my wrists. In warmer weather or on someone different it may work well.
Scosche - RHYTHM+ - Heart rate sensor I use on my arm works brilliantly - wrist based ones I find very hit and miss. This Garmin is not the worst I've used but its not the best either.
If you have found wrist based optical HRMs to really work well for you then I suspect the Fenix 5 HRM will work for you. If you've had problems in the past with wrist based optical HRM then the Fenix 5 will be no better. I have actually now disabled the optical sensor and will try again in the summer when its warmer.
My personal recommendations if you plan to use the watch for hiking are:
1. If you have a Fenix 3 ( non HRM ) stick with that and save yourself some money. Or wait for the Fenix 5X with maps which if they work could be a real benefit
2. If you have the Fenix 3 HRM and the HRM works well then the Fenix 5 will work well and with a smaller sensor bump - so more comfortable. So might be worth upgrading for comfort reasons
3. If you have no hiking watch then the Fenix 3 works well and will be cheaper. But the Fenix 5 works well too - except HRM - but more expensive
********************************* Original Review ********************
I've been using a Garmin Fenix 3 for some time now while hiking and at the gym.
I was tempted by the Fenix 5 due to:
1) Smaller size
2) Wrist based optical heart rate
3) Higher resolution screen
On receiving the Fenix 5 I had 3 main concerns:
1) Will it be buggy? ( new Garmin stuff often is )
2) How accurate will the optical heart rate monitoring be?
3) How accurate will the GPS be?
I've only had the device two days but will update once I've had more use.
But so far in terms of (1) bugs - its been relatively stable. A few freezes which required a restart but only happened twice. Once was during initial set up when I plugged it in to my computer. The second occurred as it was asking me did I want to install the new update.
The 3rd bug I only noticed on my second hike. I had changed my System / Data Recording setting from "Smart" to "Every Second". This is the setting I used my Fenix 3. With that setting changed I discovered that the grade data field stopped being accurate. In fact frequently it reported my grade as zero regardless of the hill steepness. I tried changing it back to "Smart" recording and the grade started to work again temporarily but then reverts back to inaccurate figures. Its safe to say the Grade data is broken.
So if the grade data field is of interest to you stick with "Smart" data recording level until Garmin fix the bug.
4th oddity is some weird accuracy issues with elevation gain. Normal elevation gain on the hike I did today is 650 meters. Which the Fenix 5 reported correctly - give or take - for a few days. But today it reported 775 meters elevation gain. Very weird!
I probably need to do a total reset of the watch to get it working again.
Otherwise so far so good.
In terms of 2 - optical HRM accuracy.
I did a comparison between the optical HRM and my Fenix 3 connected to a chest strap - the gold standard for consumer heart rate measuring accuracy.
First I wore both round the house for just over an hour while I did daily chores, sat and read, lied down and generally went about my day.
I've attached a picture - its the one that has the scale at the bottom going up to one hour.
In all graphs green is the Garmin Fenix 5 optical HRM. Red is Fenix 3 attached to chest strap.
In terms of accuracy it was acceptable but not amazing. Some weird spikes and dips but also lots of times when its reasonably accurate.
Optical: Average heart rate 66 bpm, minimum 37 bpm, maximum 124 bpm
Strap: Average 62bpm, minimum 46 bpm, maximum 105 bpm
Then I did a short burst on an indoor bike.
This is the graph with a hump towards the end of the time.
This was pretty close:
Optical : Avg 128 bpm, Min 98 bpm, Max 155 bpm
Strap : Avg 124 bpm, Min 73 bpm, Max 155 bpm
Next I did a test on an indoor rower. That's the graph where the green ( optical ) takes 2 minutes before spotting I'm exercising - so its around 73bpm for 2 mins before rising to reflect the true value. I did almost give up on this one as the the optical was so far out - but suddenly after two minutes of being out by easily 70bpm the optical suddenly picked up the activity and from then on reflected actual heart rate.
Optical : avg 110bpm, min 62 bpm, max 154 bpm.
Strap : avg 126bpm, min 70 bpm, max 152 bpm.
Final test was walking the dog. This also allowed me to test GPS. I did some jogging in the middle to test out if it could spot heart rate changes. I also did another more rapid jog later on when a guy with a vicious dog he could barely control appeared!
Optical : avg 116 bpm, min 74 bpm, max 151 bpm
Strap : avg 107 bpm, min 84 bpm, max 150 bpm
In terms of the GPS I would say there was nothing in it - Fenix 3 and Fenix 5 were no more or less accurate. Sometimes the Fenix 3 was more correct, sometimes the Fenix 5. Both did fine with no issues as far as GPS goes.
Day two I did a 10 mile hike on Dartmoor taking 3 hours.
In terms of GPS there is no obvious difference between the two watches. No times where one appears to be disastrously wrong and the other spot on.
In terms of heart rate:
Optical : avg 105 bpm, min 56 bpm, max 161 bpm
Strap : avg 106 bpm, min 68 bpm, max 168 bpm
Looking at the numbers it seems they are pretty close - and often the readings are similar.
But what it doesn't show is some seriously far out readings the Fenix 5's optical HRM is prone to.
In image 5 ( unless Amazon change the order ) it shows a graph when after 30 minutes I went straight up a 45% gradient which only lasts for about 5 minutes but its pretty punishing on the heart and lungs!
The green line of the Fenix 5 optical hrm suggests I sprinted up the hill like a gazelle on steriods, barely breaking in to a sweat.
Sadly the red line of the chest strap more accurately shows I was sweating like a pig, busting a lung, heart pumping big time.
I remember looking at the Fenix 5 and it showed activity level as the sweat poured down my red face as "easy".
It took the Fenix 5 4 minutes to catch up with the strap's accuracy.
In the final image this is from me 2 hours later going downhill. Again for some odd reason the optical HRM drops to 20 beats lower than the strap for about 5 minutes.
The Fenix 5 can be reasonably accurate - but then has times - which can last for minutes - where it goes off on one and becomes wildly inaccurate!
Still I think this is the nature of wrist based optical HRM. The wrist is a terrible place for accuracy and no optical HRM is ever going to completely solve this.
For accuracy it has to be the chest strap ( or Scosche - RHYTHM+ arm based optical heart rate monitor which is almost as good as a strap )
Screen differences - minimal in terms of resolution - I really can't tell any difference between the new higher resolution Fenix 5 and the old Fenix 3. However I did notice the Fenix 5's "white" background is whiter than the Fenix 3 - which is a slight grey/brown off white. This results in better screen contrast on the Fenix 5 and therefore readability, especially in lower light.
Battery life: I did a 3 hour hike with the Fenix 3 and Fenix 5. Both were charged to 100% last night. By the end of the hike the Fenix 5 reported 81% battery left. The Fenix 3 77%. The Fenix 3 is 9 months old approx and batteries do deteriorate over time. But it looks like even with the optical HRM operating the Fenix 5 battery life is as good or perhaps better than the Fenix 3.
Bugs - touch wood so far few and far between. I hope Garmin keep it that way - I'd rather wait longer for newer features and have reliability then bags of new features rushed through resulting in bugs. The worst bug is the grade errors - which I hope they fix soon as its a data field I often look at.
Size - yes the Fenix 5 is smaller - and the 5S much smaller still. The Fenix 5 definitely feels smaller on the wrist and I find long sleeve tops with narrow arm openings now fit better over my watch. With the Fenix 3 there were some tops I had to put the watch on top of as they wouldn't fit under.
Optical heart rate monitoring? A mixed bag. Often its acceptably accurate - but has moments of crazy inaccuracy!
I use the Scosche - RHYTHM+ arm based optical heart rate monitor most of the time when exercising and having compared that to a chest strap found it to be accurate enough to use as a replacement to a strap.
In comparison I would definitely not say the Fenix 5's optical hrm is a good replacement for a chest strap - it has a few too many wild readings.
But for situations where accuracy is not essential its actually perfectly acceptable. Better than some other wrist based optical HRM's I have tried - and I have tried quite a few.
However you may find the optical HRM works better ( or worse! ) for you. Optical HRM on the wrist is very dependant on the person wearing it, what activity they are doing and outside temperature. I've found cold hands/arms does seem to reduce accuracy. It'll be interesting to see how it performs when its warmer outside. In my tests so far its been anything from just below zero to around 8 degrees.
Also the optical sensor bump on the Fenix 5 is not far from flush with the unit's back - it pokes out a little but nowhere near as much as other wrist HRM devices I've tried - especially an earlier Garmin I tried which left me in pain due to its large bump. So far the longest I've worn the Fenix 5 is 3 hours and it was never uncomfortable during that time. In fact it was very comfortable. When I got home no obvious dent from the sensor or strap. The strap also has a nice soft comfortable feel to it. Comfort-wise the Fenix 5 is definitely a bit better than the Fenix 3.
Navigation - I followed a course during my hike. By and large this worked the same as the Fenix 3 but with one important downside. When viewing the "map" screen on the Fenix 3 your see just the map ( well your pre-plotted route ). With the Fenix 5 around 1/3 of the screen is taken up with turn by turn navigation. With the result less of your route shows on screen. I had to zoom out from 0.2 miles zoom to 0.5 miles scale to view the same amount of info. For me this is a major disadvantage - I don't use the turn by turn navigation - I just look at the route ahead. I did try and find if there was a way of changing this but so far not had any luck. If anyone knows please leave a comment!
I've attached a screenshot of both watches following the same course with the map screen showing. Fenix 5 on left side.
So over all I'm fairly happy.
If you are wondering why I've given 5 stars despite the sometimes wild heart rate readings, its because the issues will be the same with any wrist based optical heart rate monitor. If you search the Internet you'll see its a terrible place to monitor heart rate optically but that's not the watches fault. I've just come to accept its a rough guide to my heart rate - sometimes a very, very rough guide!
This is my first fenix watch but I’ve been using garmin watches for years so I have high hopes for this.
First impression is it’s a beautiful watch to wear, it doesn’t just look nice, it’s very comfortable.
The screen on my vivo active was small, great for runs, not so great for smart notifications, no such issue with the fenix, the screen is perfect size.
Next is the activities it can track, for me it’s perfect, snowboarding, climbing, you name it it’s on there, the only thing that’s missing is skydiving but there is time yet.
I have read reviews about the strap being sharp and cheap, at the end of the day it’s going to get sweaty so personally I think it’s fine, no sharp bits to be found and the strap will not rot through sweat.
The operation of the watch seems easy enough, not too many buttons which is something I always likes about the garmin watches.
I can’t really pick a fault with the watch, I’m really happy, crapped myself at spending that much money on a watch BUT it does look and feel worth it and with all the sports I take part in, it will be worth it.
So I have had the watch all weekend and I can confirm Garmin got this one perfect.
The gps picks in seconds, you can setup a favourites list of your favourite exercises, as with all garmin watches starting, stopping and saving activities is really easy.
No touch screen, thank god, sweating hands means any touch screens struggle to respond so thankfully the fenix 5 uses buttons to navigate and select options which, I love.
I downloaded a really professional looking watch face from garmin connect, also the battery life is fantastic.
Is it worth the money, yes
Is this the best garmin sports tracking watch yet, in my opinion, yes
If you have any direct questions, please ask and I will answer
I run every day and mostly use a heart rate strap with it and the battery lasts best part of two weeks.
I had a 920xt before this, and loved that, but this is better on all counts
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