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Refined navigation for your wrist.

Bringing colorful cartography to your wrist, the Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire comes with 100K topographic maps of the entire US, so you can explore far-flung areas without ever getting lost. GPS and GLONASS receivers quickly lock onto satellites, meaning you won't have to endlessly wait for reception when you're trekking through the wilderness. For users desiring greater detail, Garmin offers a slew of aftermarket maps for different regions of North America, including their popular 24K topographic maps.

Besides being an incredibly useful tool for wilderness navigation and far-flung adventures, the Fenix 5X Sapphire is upgraded with a sapphire crystal face for greater resistance to unsightly scratches, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity for seamlessly uploading data to your smartphone app. Both colors enjoy the robust durability and refined appeal of a stainless steel case, with the choice between a black silicone band or a stainless steel band. Please note, the stainless steel band comes with an additional silicone QuickFit band for workout-friendly use.

The Fenix 5X Sapphire offers a long-awaited refresh to the popular Fenix 3 with slight upgrades in battery life, alongside a slew of sport and fitness-tracking programs to keep you on track of your exercise needs, outdoor adventures, and training schedule. The Fenix 5X Sapphire is only available with a larger 51-millimeter case made of polished stainless steel, which brings together robust durability and refined style. Another new feature, the Fenix 5X Sapphire features QuickFit band swapping that eliminates the need for pesky tools and screws.

Other than subtle upgrades in battery life and band swapping, the Fenix 5X Sapphire retains many of the features of the Fenix 3, which is a good thing if you're seeking one of the most comprehensive sports and navigation watches on the market. Wrist-based heart rate monitoring delivers fast measurements without messing with a chest strap monitor, unless you absolutely want to, in which case it's compatible with a number of ANT+ chest straps from Garmin.

Advanced Performance Metrics gives you 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 of the same age. There's a heap of Advanced Running Dynamics suited to the most dedicated runners monitoring lactate threshold, cadence, and stride length. And to accommodate your multi-sport lifestyle, the Fenix 5X Sapphire comes with profiles specifically tailored to hiking, climbing, cycling, mountain biking, indoor cycling, stand-up paddleboarding, and skiing/snowboarding, among others.

  • Comprehensive sport watch with advanced mapping
  • Preloaded 100K topographic maps for entire US
  • Sapphire crystal face + Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Receives smartphone updates via Bluetooth
  • Chroma Display w/LED backlight for outdoor use
  • Wrist-based heart rate for quick, easy measurement
  • GPS + GLONASS receiver for high-accuracy navigation
  • Multi-sport modes for recreation and indoor training

Tech Specs

Housing Material:
stainless steel
Strap Material:
silicone or stainless steel
Face Material:
sapphire crystal
Movement:
digital
Pedometer:
yes
Odometer:
yes
Altimeter:
yes
Barometer:
yes
Technical Features:
Preloaded US Topo Maps, GPS + GLONASS receiver, Smart Notifications, Advanced Performance Metrics, Advanced Running Dynamics, Multi-Sport Modes
Wireless:
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ANT+
Operating System:
works with Garmin Connect (free for iPhone and Android)
Date Indicator:
yes
Alarms:
yes
Backlight:
LED backlight
Submersible:
10 ATM
Battery Type:
rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery Life:
[Smart mode] 12 days, [GPS/HR mode] 20 hours, [UltraTrac] 35 hours (w/out heart rate)
Includes:
charging/data cable, QuickFit 26 watch band (comes with metal band only)
Face Size:
51mm
Claimed Weight:
[silicone band] 3.5oz, [metal band] 6.9oz
Recommended Use:
hiking & camping, backpacking, running, cycling, swimming, climbing, alpine & expedition
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Better for day trips than for BC

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Really cool functions, and incredibly fun. That said it's more of a toy than a tool. I spend multiple days in the backcountry at a time and the battery life on this still sucks (though not as bad as Fenix 3). If you need this for little 2 day trips, you won't be let down. For the rest of us, it becomes dead weight by the end of the trip. I had to return mine and get a Citizen Altichron. No bs, just time, compass, and altimeter plus it's solar. When Fenix fixes the battery issue and stops misleading us with the "smart mode" and false batter times, they will no doubt own the game. Until then, smartwatches don't belong in the backcountry.

Sorry this didn't work for your longer backcountry trips, Jason! This thing can definitely be used as a tool ( depending on what your expectations and hobbies are) but I 100% understand your need to return it in exchange for something that you can use for all of your passions. - including long trips without access to a charger.

In the end, glad you found what you needed but sorry to hear this one let you down!

Worth the $$$

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ended up breaking my old Suunto after a nasty spill on the trail and tried to use different devices (including Apple Watch 2) for about a year until I decided to fork up the money for this. I've used this trail running, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking, hiking, and on my SUP. It has been awesome!

For starters this things is a beast. I've already beat it up on the trail and knocked it against rocks while bouldering. When running it's comfortable and doesn't distract. It did take a little while to get used to how it would try to keep you on course if running a preloaded path but once you get familiar with the vibrations it's pretty awesome.

One of my favorite features has been the recovery time calculator. Since it's always learning it adapts to how stressful your workouts are then recommends new times after the end of each workout. Obviously it's more of a suggestion not a rule, but I've noticed my endurance greatly increases when I listen to the watch's suggested recovery times.

Finally this thing has become my everyday watch. It's small enough to not be obnoxious on my wrist which is nice at work. Garmin's app is what really helps set this watch apart from others. The user interface and way of consuming your metrics is much better than others. If you're looking for a watch that can do everything this is it.

Totally agree that the best way to describe this watch is as a BEAST!!! The recovery calculator is one of my favorites as well - it really helps ensure you're getting the most out of every work out without pushing your body too far.
So glad to hear you're loving it so far, Sean!

Awesome Upgrade to a great watch

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I upgraded to the Fenix 5x from the Fenix 3 HR. I've been using the watch quite a bit, both for training as well as backpacking. The new topographic maps feature is quite nice and I'm really enjoying the route building feature for running... when it can find a route more interesting than just out and back.

My biggest concern was the changes in battery performance, but to be honest I haven't really noticed much of a difference. During normal day to day wear I'm going a week or more without charging the watch. During backpacking trips, that I'm using the GPS for a good part of the day, I might need to charge the watch every other day or so.

The size is the only downside that I have at the moment... It's not a small watch.

I would definitely recommend this watch to anyone that's looking for a bomber GPS tracking/navigation watch with tons of training features an great performance feedback.

Amazing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This watch is awesome!! Does everything, feels really good wearing it and looks really good on!