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Garmin - fēnix® 5X Sapphire Smartwatch 51mm Fiber-Reinforced Polymer - Slate Gray with Black Band-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 382 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    IN A WORD: AWESOME

    Posted
    JSN1
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    Bottom line up front: AWESOME. As background, I purchased the FENIX 5 Sapphire Edition with metal strap, though I returned it - didn't "love it", size wise or function wise (no Maps). This was subsequent to the Apple Watch Series 2 (Nike Edition), Nixon Mission (both returned), Garmin Vivofit 2, and even a very high end automatic time piece I had regularly worn and still own. Now, all I wear and use is the 5X. I then purchased the 5X on a work trip where a Best Buy I visited just happened to have one in stock and the 5X metal strap as an add-on accessory. I preferred the 5X size, GPS and maps, and wanted the metal strap and rubber strap options. I have small-to-average wrists and was reluctant that the 5X would look and feel far to large; I was wrong. Somehow, this 51mm piece wears and looks fantastic. I purchased the Garmin Fenix 5X metal strap as well, which makes this piece absolutely business appropriate. I wear it with a suit and then transition to pounding a tire with a sledgehammer in the gym: same watch - very versatile and very durable. PROs: GPS acquisition - fast. Battery Life - ridiculous. Apple engineers could benefit from time spent with Garmin R&D. Average battery life is at least 10 full days, using all features. That said, I am not the uber-runner who is constantly using GPS to track every single run. I'll do 2.5-3.1 miles on the treadmill, transition to strength/weights, and add in a day of crossfit per week. It is far for more capable of metrics measurement than even I realize or need. Case and metal strap: lightweight, handsome, and super durable. Zero scratches on crystal or case, despite some scary moments in which I expected some serious aesthetic damage. Treadmill - super accurate for me. I set the incline on a treadmill to 1.0, speed at 7.6 to 9.0, and it is always within .1 of what the treadmill is reading. TEXT/Phone call/News Alerts: I get them all, seamlessly as a notification on the main screen. Compass: Awesome. Step count: VERY accurate. My VivoFit 2 remains parked in my armoire. This 5X literally does it all. Final super PRO: how EASY and rapidly straps can be changed with a simple sliding button at the end of each strap - literally genius concept. I can switch from rubber to metal straps in 2 seconds, though I now use the metal strap almost exclusively, even for running. CONs: ....................I can't readily think of any. I would add that if you are looking for an entertainment watch and require constant FaceBook type interfacing, this is NOT for you. Proceed to the Apple display at Best Buy and don't look back. Ohhhh....it does takes a good week to figure out and become competent with button functionality and choreography. Once you get in the grove, it's then very easy to use. So, in closing, yes, it's quite expensive - especially with the metal strap and a protection plan; however, it is all that I have worn for two months straight and I absolutely recommend it over any other piece in this market. Very well done, Garmin.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    I wanted to love this watch but sadly it is back i

    Posted
    HarryPottar
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I’m in my mid 50’s and pretty active, I workout 6 days a week, mixing P90x and Insanity, plus I walk 7 days a week. Normally after a very early morning workout, I walk on a treadmill at 10 degrees incline for 30 minutes at 3.8 mph. I then walk outside at night for at least another 4 miles sometimes 6. I have bicycle which I don’t ride as much as I should. I have a Fitbit charge HR since 2014 and recently upgraded to the charge hr 2, the only time this is not on my wrist is when I’m in the shower or it’s charging. The miles are off on the Fitbit, using map my walk or map my ride, the fitbit states 3.2 miles when I have done 4 miles. But its small and easy forgotten on the wrist. The HRM is off slightly, compared to my chest strap set up, when that read 176, my Fitbit reads 169, at 156 my Fitbit reads 148. If off constantly but it’s a good relative reading for intensity. I’m looking for close repeatability, if I’m at 144 then I know I need to push myself, if i’m around 165+ I know I’m good. The Fenix 5x, the HRM is off, really off, today was the final straw, I used the strength and treadmill app, only during my warm up did my heart rate climb to 156, after that it never ever went above 100, I wore my fit bit and chest strap to compare. At odd times checking my chest would read 156, my Fitbit 148 the Fenix 5x 84. It was really off, really off. On the watch face, just sitting here, it's reading 141 at the moment and my Fitbit is 85. It was great for outdoor walking yesterday, it got my miles down perfectly in tune with my my walk. However I got this for the fitness data and if it off by so much then the data is worthless. After an hour of strength training where part from the warm up it did not go about 100 bpm, the watch ted me I needed to rest 4 days?. Wow it’s going to freak it it stayed with me for the entire week. This is nice looking watch, at full MRSP it needs to be perfect, the screen is not very bright, very washed out and looks 8bit, it’s too large to wear 24/7 and the HRM is a deal breaker for me. I will return it, maybe when it goes on sale for 299 and they have fixed the HRM with firmware updates I would look at it again as a part time watch, but at full price it as too many issues for me to keep.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Hello,

      Thank you for your review and sorry to hear about your issue with heart rate not displaying correctly. We do have some steps to improve the accuracy of the optical heart rate sensor. Below is the steps on how to improve that.

      https://support.garmin.com/faqSearch/en-US/faq/content/xQwjQjzUew4BF1GYcusE59

      Thanks
      Chris Garmin

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing and rugged!

    Posted
    Jerminator
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    This watch is the creme de la creme of the Garmin watches. I have worn it swimming, hiking, camping, trail running, weight lifting, kettlebells, golfing etc etc. I haven't done a Spartan race with it although that's coming! The GPS is great and the watch is very easy to learn and use. I love being able to customize the different watch faces to show a lot of the parameters I like to check while out exercising. I upgraded from a Fitbit Surge and the two are night and day even though there's a lot of the same features. The Garmin is way more sophisticated looking and rugged that other competitors that I decided to take the plunge on it. The hiking and walking activity monitors are amazing! I am able to track myself on the map on the watch. I thought it would be cr@p and too small but it is surprisingly detailed and even a lot of the trails I use have been on there. It got me out of a jam when I went down the wrong trail and I was able to figure it out after only 50 ft of being off track. It is definitely made for the outdoors persons. Might be a little bulky for females and smaller framed guys (the Fenix 5S is geared towards smaller wrists). I used it once golfing and downloaded the course info to see how that works. It's pretty crude since it's not their golfing watch but it was within 10 ft of accuracy with a laser range finder my buddy was using. It shows you distance to various spots on the green and will even keep track of your strokes. There's just so much it does and does well that I can't say it all here. Watch YouTube and check Google for a lot more info to help you decide. The battery lasts pretty long for everything I do and charging is very fast so you don't have to be away from it for very long. Not so good: - The onboard temperature sensor reads high due to the radiant heat from your wrist so that is a ding although there's not much they can do to fix that and keep that looking as good as it does. - Garmin is known for not being too easy to use with other branded stuff so make sure your apps and monitors are compatible or you'll need to get stuff that works with the watch or new apps that your friends aren't using. I got the HRM Run heart rate strap and it works flawlessly and so much better than my old BTLE one that I don't mind that. I miss my Fitbit friends so it would be cool if there was cross compatibility there. - The Garmin Connect app could use some upgrading as there's some content there that isn't intuitive to use and it takes some time to figure out where all the different places are to view or change settings. It's very data rich but just going through the menu structures could be a little overwhelming at first. Once you figure it out, you're good though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Unstoppable GPS watch

    Posted
    OneTrueNull
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    Watch looks great for every day use and the battery lasts forever compared to similarly featured watches (I'm using the NoFrills watchface). The battery is amazing and I've has no issues close to perfectly tracking my movement in the city with the watch on GPS ONLY on 1s tracking with Lock on Roads turned off. Was worried the watch would look huge on my wrist but it looks much better than I had anticipated on my small wrists. I had to buy a new band due to the buckle digging into my wrist. I went with the black heavy nylon 2 piece from Nato Strap Co (screws are size T5). The optical HR has its issues being on such a large watch and the standard bands aren't comfortable enough to wear as snug as you'll need for the wrist HR to work during training or ops. It works about as great as any other wrist sensor though. The watch is probably the best thing since sliced bread for training or doing ops places where you don't have any cell service. You can load OSM topo maps (or your own but after some testing I would avoid the ones Garmin sells due to it missing a lot of trails that are on OSM at least for my area) onto this watch and create an activity that will do Automobile navigation with multiple features like hazard/toll/highway avoidance and full turn by turn navigation. To do this I basically copied the standard Navigation activity then changed the Routing to automobile and tweaked some other settings. You will also need to load routable maps via Basecamp before you will see the Automobile option in routing. I use the OSM topo routable files from GMapTool. You can also track your HR, movement, and pace with your GPS readings over long periods of time and then play the track back like a video next to graphs with overlays of the tracked data for easy after actions or instruction on operations. Watch loses a star based on lack of decent sleep tracking compared to Fitbit, issues with the app (the backend was just down for an entire day and everyone who uses Garmin Connect was locked out of their information), and delayed canned responses from Garmin (except when they need you to do free quality control tests or troubleshooting for them). Sorry for rambling. Hope this review is helpful for someone looking to buy this tracker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice Fitness Tracker with a Classic Durable Look

    Posted
    DLuna
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    I've owned about a half a dozen fitness trackers, my last one being the Garmin Fenix 3. The Fenix 5X is loaded with more sensors and capabilities than I would ever use, but they're nice to have just in case; I like options. Heart rate sensor is probably the best I've used, GPS tracking is about average, but what puts this device over the top are the TOPO maps built into the watch, it's awesome. Fortunately for me my F3 came with a titanium band that actually fits the F5X, it's easier to take off and on and change wrist if needed, plus it's very light. The watchface options are a little thin right now, but that will change with time, since the F5X has just been released. I've been looking for the perfect smart/fitness tracker watch to replace my 30 year old Jules Jergenson (gold) everyday watch and I think I found it. Of course with technology advancing as fast as it is, the F5X might be obsolete in just a few years and probably won't last as long as my JJ watch, lol. Garmin has finally released a nice fitness watch that actually is worth the investment and it looks like it will be durable and flexible enough to last several years and still be useful. If you can swing the price, I'd go for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice but don't rush to upgrade

    Posted
    Tzetter
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    I stalked Best Buy web site for days waiting for this to be in stock. I have the Fenix 3 without HR now and was excited to get this. After a few days with it I think I'm going to return it. It's heavier than my 3, the screen seems darker in daylight and to me it's hard to read when looking straight at it esp with sunglasses (non-polarized). Not sure if it's the glossy sapphire glass or what is different but it's def noticable. I have to angle it away to actually see it many times. The wrist band feels thinner and less durable as well. The newer menus are nice, it's very responsive and moves quickly between tasks. I think I'm spoiled by using a HR strap so after so long with one the built in HR seems sluggish during some activities. The HR sensor makes the watch sit up higher on wrist and feel bulkier than my 3. It's a super nice very capable fitness watch and if you really need the mapping and other advanced stuff is a great choice but I find myself mainly just tracking runs, hikes, workouts etc. and I'm not finding enough that's better to justify the very very high price. It's nice having a constant HR reading though. I keep missing the 3 while I have this one on and for this price I should feel the opposite. I'll wear it a few more days and see, so far I'm really on the fence.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Hi,

      Thanks you for your review and sorry to hear about your issue with the fenix 5x. With the backlight settings you can change those settings to make sure you can read the screen.

      https://www8.garmin.com/manuals/webhelp/fenix5/EN-US/GUID-796FC071-FBF8-465B-82B5-380A4941469B.html

      Thanks
      Chris Garmin

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top of the Line

    Posted
    Marine778
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I am a big watch person. I liked having an Apple watch, but it I hate a square watch and it felt limited in the tracking department as far as exercise. I liked lots of the different Android wear products, but being a loyal iPhone user they were limited on the features that could be used even when they made the app for the iPhone. I was not going to get a google email account just so I could get a handful of extra notifications. So, it was between this watch and the Misfit Vapor which is not going to be released until this summer 2017 now. I went and looked at the other Misfit watch that currently is on the market, and they don't even sell it at Best Buy or any other retailors. You can get it online or at Kohls. That was a huge red flag for me, so I decided on the Garmin after checking out the Fenix 3 HR at Best Buy. Seeing the additional features that were being added to the 5X, it was a no brainer. For a digital watch, it is not very dressy and I am a suit and tie guy by day. I am looking forward to getting a leather band for it for just that reason, but in the meantime it is very comfortable and it tracks everything you need very accurately. I wore a Misfit Ray (great fitness tracker for the money and quality) for a few days with the watch and they were within a 100 steps of each other. I am still experimenting with the maps on this thing, but wow is it amazing! No wonder these things are so hard to find right now. It is clear why this is the best fitness watch on the market right now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool Watch, Lots of info

    Posted
    TriSoldier

    I am a triathlete as well as a U.S. Army Soldier. I have been using GPS watches to track my training as well as hikes and minor navigation assistance for a long time. I upgraded from the Garmin Vivoactive to the Fenix 5X Saphire about 4 and a half months ago. The features are very cool. My battery lasts upwards of a week while monitoring 4 runs, 3 bike rides, 3 swims, and 5 strength training sessions per week. I use an external heart rate monitor some times, but not always. The running information it gives me is very nice. every year, I do a VO2 Max test with a sports medicine doctor and the Garmin Fenix 5X is within 1 of where my doctor puts me. It takes about a month of running often to get an accurate reading on the VO2 Max. The training status is very helpful. It keeps me on track with how productive my training is and when I need a recovery week. The wrist based heart-rate is great for monitoring resting heart rates, but for exercise heart rates, it's not accurate. this is the reason I didn't give the watch 5 stars. a $700 watch should have an accurate wrist-based heartrate while training. It's incredibly durable. I use my watch in the field and it goes through heck and back with me twice a month. After I get back, I rinse off the watch and it looks good as new. The BRICK/Multi-Sport feature is the first app I've ever seen on a sports watch that feeds back information for a race or a BRICK both separately, and as one event. All in all, I have the coolest watch around. I have had a couple of friends who bought the watch after seeing how I use it and how useful it is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best activity recording watches

    Posted
    Jase78
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I owned several GPS enabled watched in the past which includes the Nike GPS watch (2013), Polar 400 (a really nice watch), and a couple of smart watches (Huawei and Samsung). The Fenix 5x is definitely in a different class based on the quality, accuracy, and reliability. I purchased this watch back in September 2017 at full price. The best features are the GPS locks in within seconds of activating, it records a ridiculous number of physical activities, and it is not a touch screen. The latter feature is very important to me because I sweat a lot. This was a huge problem with my smartwatches because it was a hassle to start and stop my smartwatches when my face and hands were full of sweat. The downsides are the weight (this watch is relatively heavy), the watch band wears out fairly quick (I had to replace after a year), and the outside metal bezel stratches/dents fairly easily. Not a dealbreaker but for a watch at this price point, I expected a little better quality. Overall, I am happy with this watch and plan to continue using this to record my activities for years to come. Garmin constantly provides software updates which helps improve it's performance. I would easily recommend this watch to all active individuals!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    I really wanted to love this watch!!

    Posted
    josh

    I really wanted to love this watch but unfortunately going back to store!! pros it has a great battery life which u should expect from a watch only shows who calls u and texts you so it is not trying to get info from your phone all the time!!and with that kinda screen u should give me something which what u got is a great battery life!! well I had hard time understanding idea behind this watch it has a great look to it ,but heart rate is definitely off by couple hundred numbers everytime,when I tried this watch I tried compare with other watches etc.garmin watch reads 72 after 30 min of running other 3 I tried including one with chest piece minimum read 122 which it was off ,like really off,here is the kicker,garmin has few apps that will tell your heart rate ,they don't even match how that's possible and these apps are by garmin,strength app will read 79,back up heart monitor will read 62,most of the apps have horrible reiews,I wasnt expecting to get perfect heart rate but wasnt expecting to be this much off either...so at the end u got a great looking Casio that u need to charge.unless u are planning to get lost in the wild

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Hi Josh,

      Thank you for your review and sorry about your wrist heart rate not reading correctly. Below is an article on how to improve the accuracy of the wrist heart rate readings.

      https://support.garmin.com/faqSearch/en-US/faq/content/xQwjQjzUew4BF1GYcusE59

      Thanks
      Chris Garmin

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Accurate and Energy Efficient

    Posted
    Frank
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    Note: This is my review after testing this product for 8 days and these are my overall impressions: Performance Metrics: I use this product primarily for running (treadmill, outdoor, track, and mountain) and I can happily say that the accuracy of this product is outstanding. I've compared distance data with the treadmill, maps, as well as distance markers on trails and this watch is on point. As a plus, the altimeter is fairly accurate when hiking as I've also compared to trail markers. Battery Life: I've been using this watch daily for the past 8 days with heavy activity. I wear it from when I wake up at 6 AM to when I go to sleep sometime around 11 PM. What that means is this watch is constantly tracking my steps throughout that time and still sustains battery life. I've kept an average of 60-90 minutes of run tracking activity in that time as well. After 8 days battery is down to 20% and I have no doubt it can last another two days for a total of 10. Garmin Connect App: The data from the watch syncs perfectly to the app. Another plus for Nike + Running users, data from the Garmin Connect App is integrated into the Nike app which means you do not have to use your phone as a tracker. Bottom Line: Yes, it is really expensive (and I may even argue that this particular model with the built in maps may not be worth the extra money) but nonetheless I still love everything about this watch and give it a 5/5 rating. I've used multiple fitness tracking devices but this one leaves them all in the dust.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Apple Watch to Fenix 5X

    Posted
    AppleGuy
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Ok really good smart watch, other than the obvious feature of GPS street and topo mapping which is only available from Garmin and is great; I actually really enjoy all the workout tracking features which i believe to be far superior to the Apple Watch Stainless I used to own. I've tried swimming and running 3x for 2 weeks and it worked great. What I love even more about it, is the 12 days battery life which is incredible because i hated having to charge my watch every night, and being unable to travel or do camping without having to constantly search for an outlet, my phone is enough of a burden I don't want my watch to be burning my portable charging cells as well, or forgetting my watch if I wake up in a hurry. It is for bigger wrist but it isn't too heavy, I don't feel the need to take it off at all. I get more notifications than my Apple Watch since everything that goes through my phone appears on the screen. On the downside I wish it had Siri so that I don't have to search for widgets, and of course it would allow me to respond to text if needed instead of just viewing it. Overall, the Apple watch is for those who really want to use their watch to respond to text or rather have a constant hd screen on their wrist and don't mind charging their watch every day even in the backcountry and while traveling. Otherwise the The Fenix 5X is for you. Oh, one more thing, even though I wish there were more apps like Apple has, just because why not, I actually never used them when I had the Apple watch and I rather have real GPS mapping.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch overall-Expensive, but feature rich

    Posted
    txbucky2
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    I have had a number of GPS watches over the past 14 years-Timex with separate GPS pod, Suunto X9i, Motoactiv, and Fenix 2 (bought just before the 3 was announced). Each watch has been better than the previous (though the Motoactiv had maps which the Fenix 2 did not). I have had the 5X a month now and have hiked, run, and biked with it. I am getting about 8/9 days on a charge so far representing about 8 hours of GPS use in each charge span. Hiking is nice because trails (in National and State parks so far) show up on the map. I haven't used the function to generate predetermined courses based on desired distance yet, but will do so soon. I like the customizable face that allows me to show sunrise/sunset, steps, charge, date and moon-though I wish it showed the phase of the moon like my Fenix 2 does. It is nice having the built in HR though I still use the strap for running and biking. GPS capture is nice and fast-faster than my Fenix 2. Even though I have an older Garmin HR strap, the watch did a software update and captures more dynamics than were captured on my 2. If you have a Fenix 3 (especially the HR) this watch probably isn't worth upgrading for due to the cost. It is definitely a huge leap from my Fenix 2. I have yet to use the find restaurants, etc feature but will try it out the next time I travel. Overall a very solid product-expensive, but it is intuitive and a good every day watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Hoping I see improvements

    Posted
    MikePoz
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    Biggest issue is with HR as it has not been very accurate. I have tried the recommended suggestions through Garmin and it's not close to being accurate (way way low) at CrossFit and on runs it runs definitely on the higher side. I have had a little issue with the GPS (use with Glonas) as a couple days runs have been off. I've also seen inaccuracies with my current pace just being off. Today my second mile kept me at an 10:30-11+ minute pace but my avg pace stayed steady at 8:15 from my first mile. Those were the main two reasons I bought this watch was strapless HR and GPS reliability and it has not impressed. The good and the third reason I purchased was battery life which is great. The watch also looks great. Yes, may be a tad on heavy side, but I think I'm getting used to it. I have not rushed into the review to see if this works out. I've had the watch 6 weeks now and use it as a fitness tracker as well and am constantly using this for workouts as well. For the price I paid in upgrading from the Forerunner 620 I have not been overly impressed but hopeful through updates accuracy issues will be cleared up.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Hi,

      Thank you for your review and sorry to hear about your issues with the fenix 5x. Since you were in contact with us, I am assume you have the tried the steps below about how to improve the accuracy of the optical heart rate sensor.

      https://support.garmin.com/faqSearch/en-US/faq/content/xQwjQjzUew4BF1GYcusE59

      If you are still have issue, please feel free to contact us at product.support@garmin.com.

      Thanks
      Chris Garmin

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great watch, fantastic gadget

    Posted
    Hoot
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    This thing is awesome. Built mainly for the folks that work out all the time and like to track and share their efforts and accomplishments. That isn't me- maybe some day. While those built in exercise functions with integrated GPS are handy- what makes this standout is that you don't need your darn phone with you while you are doing your activity! It'll sync to your phone when you get back! The watch does all the work. If buying this as an exercise tool, you may not need this crazy of watch if you keep your phone at your side for everything. What I love of this Fenix 5x is the built in Heart Rate sensor, the GPS, and the barometer /altimeter- all those, combined with its open source coding means all kinds of Apps and Widgets are available and are actively being developed for all types of info and displays! Awesome! There are downsides though- the step counter for walking / running depends on natural arm movement, so if you are pushing a stroller with your arm with the watch during a walk, the steps won't count but the GPS and distance will. Overall, it is a great fitness tool, a fantastic info platform, and the Garmin app is pretty good too. If you have the means and interest, I'd highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    High Quality and Amazing Battery Life

    Posted
    eadunn
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    I have tried just about every type of watch (apple watch, 3 android wear, a previous Fenix, Fitbits, etc). This one is my favorite so far! By no means perfect, but it does what it is supposed to very well. I wanted a high quality, high end watch, and that is exactly what this is! I don't run or need the GPS, but it has it if I want it! I don't even need the notifications from my phone and have them turned off, but they are there if I want them. I wanted a "smart" watch that was durable, waterproof, had heart rate, and could track fitness activities if/when I need it to. And almost all other smart watches are dragged down by 1 or possibly 2 days battery before you have to charge them! To me this is unacceptable and I will never purchase a true smart watch until they get this situation handled (with horrible battery life). But, this Fenix 5X is amazing! I bought it and charged it up last Wednesday and put it on. It is now 8 days later and my battery is at 50% exactly. So that means I can charge this thing twice a month! Granted I don't use GPS or notifications. However, the mere fact that I "can" make the battery last that long at all is amazing!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for athletic people

    Posted
    Dtresh83

    Keeping it simple; I road bike and mountain bike just about everyday. I tired the Apple Watch and was not impressed. Yes it does more as far as a smart watch goes but the battery dies very fast especially when running gps, about two hours tops out of the one I had. The purpose of a fitness Watch is to work and last when you need it to and runners and bikers know the importance of using gps. If you are looking for a smart watch to keep up with social media and do not do much other than the gym and occasional run / bike the Apple Watch might be the way to go. If you are looking for a serious and rugged fitness Watch that tracks just about everything then the Finex 5x is the best option. I wear it everyday all day and really enjoy it. It is a bigger Watch but fits and feels great on your wrist. It is very accurate and easy to use and customize. Garmin support is great and will help with any question you might have. The notification alerts are a great addition and the garmin connect app will give you a complete breakdown of you activity plus much more.The fenix 5x is a true athletic Watch and is geared twords serious athletes. I do not regret this purchase one bit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Toughest Watch on the Planet

    Posted
    NedShneebly
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    I decided to write a review after a year of continuous use. This watch is tough. Like really, really tough. I wanted a watch I could wear every single day to work and not worry about anything. After doing the research, I ended up with this. I'm a land surveyor in North Idaho, and we do some very extreme work. Deep in the woods, active construction sites, lots of sledgehammer work, lots of construction paint, and in all weather. So I've beat the heck out of this watch. It has never skipped a beat. GPS works great, I use it mainly for golfing(it has all the courses pre-loaded on it), but noticed it tracked well, even getting really deep into the mountains. My only real complaint of the watch is the cheap coating used for the bezel, stuff scratches very quickly. Overall, a fantastic watch for someone who does some extreme outdoor activities, or just wants the toughest watch on the market.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Elite fitness tracker and so much more

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    NapervilleGuy
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    I researched this watch heavily before purchasing on sites like yelp and on location at the Salvation Army thrift store. It’s the SUV of fitness trackers, PLUS it has robust GPS and map features. You’ll never get lost barcrawling or forget where you park your car. The downloadable topographical maps make it super easy to plan covert missions to Starbucks and REI. The watch literally does everything. It has several exercises “in the box” with the ability to add several more to impress your CrossFit friends. You can even create your own WOD and share it for everyone to see in Garmin’s community. The flat display is made of indestructible sapphire crystal forged deep in the bowels of dwarven caves. You can dress it up with a matching steel band for only another $200 for when you take your girlfriend to Sullivan’s for a salad. It’s waterproof too! Up to 100m for tracking your spear fishing off the Dubai coast. Oh and it really does a great job picking up all the notifications from your phone (see photo).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Digital Watch Ever

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    striza
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    This watch is perhaps the best heart rate watch out there. At first you have to get used to the watch itself. In the beginning it takes some learning and getting used to. The connect app that comes with it allows you to download any face on it that you like. The watch includes all the features needed to go running, sky diving , and even indoor rowing. The watch allows you to change the song playing on your phone as well which was a plus for me while working out in my home gym. You can also control how the notifications from your phone show up. I wanted a durable watch as well. I slammed this thing into the ground while working out and the glass never broke or scratched. The rubber band that comes with it is beyond comfortable. I ran 6 miles and barely noticed it was on my wrist. The charge on it lasted me 3 days until it got to 20% battery life at full use with heart rate monitor always on.

    I would recommend this to a friend