Sport-savvy and streamlined.
Setting out to improve upon the ever-popular Fenix 3, the Garmin Fenix 5S Sapphire retains the original's sport-savvy capabilities, but in a streamlined 42-millimeter case that's ideal for the smaller wrists of female wearers. Updated to be more user friendly than ever, this version gives you the ability to seamlessly swap QuickFit bands without messing with tools. In fact, Garmin bundled an additional QuickFit silicone band, so you can quickly transfer between home, office, and gym without skipping a beat.
This particular version is upgraded with a sapphire crystal face for greater resistance to unsightly scratches, should you inadvertently bump it into overhanging trail vegetation, rock outcroppings, and rugged terrain. The 5S Sapphire version is upgraded with Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to quickly upload workout and activity data to your smartphone app. For times when Wi-Fi isn't available, the Fenix 5S Sapphire syncs with Bluetooth for uploading activity data out in nature.
It's one of the most comprehensive sport and activity watches on the market, thanks in part to its wrist-based heart rate monitor, alongside pre-loaded sport and activity profiles for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. This means you won't have to wear a pesky chest strap or tailor your workouts to the watch's abilities, as you can record data specific to each activity and workout. And for dedicated athletes seeking the most accurate of heart-rate data, it retains compatibility with Garmin's ANT+ chest strap offerings.
Advanced Performance Metrics deliver both aerobic and anaerobic benefits from grueling workouts, so you can see how it's paying off in the long run and compare yourself to peers in your age group. Advanced Running Dynamics are handy for avid runners seeking information like lactate threshold, cadence, and stride length. And because you'll be branching out into different outdoor activities, it comes with pre-loaded profiles for everything from snowboarding to stand-up paddleboarding.
We'd be amiss to forget its GPS and GLONASS tracking, which quickly lock onto satellites for accurate navigation and activity tracking. You'll find the GPS is crucial for point-to-point naviation, as well as getting back to the trail head with its nifty TracBack feature. The 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter come in handy for assessing your bearings in the backcountry, tracking incoming storms, and monitoring elevation changes.
- Comprehensive sport and activity watch
- Smaller 42mm band is ideal for female users
- Sapphire crystal face + Wi-Fi connectivity
- Chroma Display w/LED backlight for outdoor use
- Wrist-based heart rate monitor for easy measurement
- GPS + GLONASS receiver for high-accuracy navigation
- Multi-sport modes for outdoor recreation and training
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Reviews & Community
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a great activity watch as well as being a great digital watch. Lots of customization options and long battery life which sold me over the Apple Watch. You can customize the face to show you time, day, date, altitude, sunrise/sunset, and/or battery life. I have it linked to my iPhone and it is a great way to stay on top of meetings, text messages, urgent emails and other notifications. Finally, this watch is a smaller 42mm size which is great if you are looking for a more understated watch as opposed to a hockey puck strapped to your wrist.