Garmin Fenix 5 Plus

Multisport GPS Watch With Maps, Music, Metrics and More Premium multisport GPS smartwatch with wrist heart rate technology and color TOPO maps featuring Trendline™ popularity routing to help you find and follow the best paths. Fit for adventure with rugged design that features stainless steel, titanium or diamond-like carbon (DLC) titanium bezel, buttons and rear case. Sync with music streaming services such as Spotify® to easily store and play your favorite songs right from your watch Garmin Pay™ contactless payment solution² lets you make convenient payments with your watch. Built-in navigation sensors include three-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter as well as multisatellite (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) network capability to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone. Battery performance: up to 12 days in smartwatch mode and 8 hours in GPS mode with music (depending on settings).

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After using the old Garmin 920XT for about 2 years it was time to get some upgrade. I was never satisfied with the models that came after the 920XT (like 735xt) as a multisport watch, but now with the Fenix 5 Plus everything has changed.

At this point I have to say thank you to Nora Pure Sports and Garmin for this amazing gadget. Amazing about this watch is not only the size and how compact it is, its also the menu and the buttons and its usability. The new Fenix 5 Plus has lots of training pages pre set that are very easy to use. As there is winter in Austria I programmed two new training pages, one for ski mountaineering and one for XC Skiing. It was so easy to set up, I just pressed the “+” page, selected the sport, changed the profile a bit to see my heart rate, distance and time on one page and was already ready to go.

Photographer: Aidan Nugent

Compared to my old watch, the 920XT, the new Fenix 5 Plus has one button less (only 5) which makes the watch more easy to understand. In the beginning I thought it will be a problem, and that the usability will be less easy, but after 2 training sets I changed my mind, everything makes sense, the menu, the starting, settings and even the laps are working perfectly.

Its the first time that I use a watch with wrist heart rate measuring, it works unbelievable well during the day, but I wouldn’t recommend it during hard interval sessions or sprints. The GPS is very precise and fast in finding satellites, even in tight forest it wouldn’t disconnect which is very important for mountainbiking and trailrunning.

Photographer: Aidan Nugent

With its only 76g its definitely not heavy to carry around, and the big display is good to even see 4 settings on one page. The strong body of the Fenix 5 Plus is up to 100m water proof which most of the people doesn’t need, but its a good thing to have.

Also the design of the watch is in the perfect balance between sport and lifestyle watch. It looks slick but also a bit “sporty”, the metal parts makes it strong and durable.

All in all the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus is a multitalent in every detail and perfect for an active lifestyle as well as for data hunting professional athletes.