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Mike Massie

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Mike Massie

Mike Massiewrote a review of on January 30, 2017

Favorite Watch Hands Down
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Upgraded from the fenix 2 after how much I was using it and had transitioned from my purely ultra-running watch to my running and everyday watch. The fenix 3 has only made it all the better with leather straps, color eInk and metal finish. I originally purchased the silver bezel but the contrast of silver on black made it look like a dive watch and visually bigger. I pulled a non-warranty exchange to the dark grey bezel and love it. Blends in to normal wear but great for every activity in my life as well: camping, sailing, running & bike commute. Smartphone alerts are a nice added touch and reminds you quickly to dial back how much your phone really wants your attention. Additionally, the NATO strap - when worn like shown -doesn't dig into the table or wrist, making it the perfect desk to trail companion.

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Mike Massiewrote a review of on December 7, 2015

in the office & backcountry lovefest
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I upgraded from the fenix2 mainly so I could wear it comfortably with khakis and a button down in the office. Got more than I expected with the upgrade; more features, slimmer design, and tougher shell. Didn't think I'd appreciate the color e-paper as I have but I am a fan. Does everything I loved in the 2, plus more integration to apps on your smartphone. Battery life is impressive even with a constant connection to the phone. It's great to have it always on for alerts, knowing when sunrise/set is and storm notifications. Can't say enough good things about the watch.

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Mike Massiewrote a review of on November 3, 2015

Bought for ultras, now always wearing
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked up this watch for the battery life (needed 12+ hour of tracking) and the relatively solid reviews from the trail & ultra runner community. When I first got it, it was terribly buggy (crashing while tracking) but after an update it was working seamlessly. Garmin is still constantly pushing updates even after they released the fenix3 which shows a solid commitment. The storm alerts (barometric shift) is a little touchy, so I am still trying to hone in on its calibration. Sun rise/set times moved to the default display has been super helpful and in general I find the interface much easier and intuitive than a Suunto. A second wrist band for going over winter gear is convenient and useful. It has been the perfect all all-rounder outdoor companion and rarely leaves my wrist for any occasion anymore.

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