6 January 2017

Garmin rolls out three fēnix 5 multisport GPS wearables

Source: Garmin. The fēnix 5 family of multisport GPS watches.
Source: Garmin. The fēnix 5 family of multisport GPS watches.

Garmin International has introduced the fēnix 5, fēnix 5S and fēnix 5X multisport GPS wearables, designed with adventurers of all sizes in mind.

All of the fēnix 5 models are 24x7 wearable with extended battery life, daily activity tracking*, Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology, and various connected features**. Measuring 47mm, the fēnix 5 is more compact than previous models like the fēnix 3HR, but is still packed with multisport features. The fēnix 5S is lighter, sleeker and smaller than previous models – perfect for small wrists without sacrificing multisport functionality, while the fēnix 5X boasts preloaded wrist-based mapping.

Additionally, fēnix 5S has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the wearable technologies category. Products entered in this prestigious programme are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honour outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.

“After years in the wearables market, Garmin knows that athletes and adventurers come in all sizes, which is why we have designed the new line of fēnix 5 watches to fit every wrist and every workout,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin VP of worldwide sales. “This is the first time Garmin has created a variety of sizes for one product so now users don't have to choose between getting the features they want and wearing a watch that fits.”

All of the new fēnix 5 models are available in a variety of colours and finishes with more accessory bands available (sold separately), which makes the new QuickFit bands a great addition. Users can mix and match between their choice of leather, metal or silicone watchbands and switch between them in seconds with no tools needed.

The first fēnix designed with a focus on female adventurers, the fēnix 5S is a sleek, smaller-sized watch. At 42mm, fēnix 5S is small and comfortable for petite wrists, without compromising any multisport features. The fēnix 5S is available in silver with either a white, turquoise or black silicone band with a mineral glass lens. The fēnix 5S Sapphire has a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and is available in black with a black band, champagne with a water resistant gray suede band or champagne with a metal band. The fēnix 5S Sapphire units also come with an extra silicone QuickFit band.

Preloaded with TOPO US mapping, routable cycling maps and other navigation features like Round Trip Run and Round Trip Ride, the fēnix 5X measures at 51mm. With these features, users can enter how far they’d like to run or ride, and their watch will suggest appropriate courses to choose from. Users can also get at-a-glance guidance from their fēnix 5X. During an activity, easy-to-read guidance cues for upcoming turns are displayed as banners on the watch so users are always aware of their route. Additionally, fēnix 5X users can use the Around Me map mode to see different points of interest, waypoints and other map objects within the user’s range to help users be more aware of their surroundings. Users can configure their fēnix 5X to see data overlays on mapping screens, and to see highlight key information without having to switch screens during an activity. The fēnix 5X is available with a scratch-resistant sapphire lens.

All of the new fēnix 5 models come preloaded with the full multisport toolset for running, hiking, swimming, biking and more that has made the fēnix line one of Garmin’s bestselling wearables. Whether users are on an adventure, or just in the gym, Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology gives users 24x7 heart rate monitoring without needing a chest strap. In addition to the wide variety of sport profiles, all three fēnix 5 models have daily activity tracking, so users can wear their fēnix as a daily timepiece and a rugged training tool. Built-in navigation features include a three-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter, as well as GPS and GLONASS support to track in more challenging environments than with GPS alone. Users can also keep their training stats right at their fingertips with a performance widget that shows training status, training load and more.

In addition to the multiport features, the fēnix 5, 5S and 5X boast a variety of connected features. When paired with a compatible smartphone, users can get call, text and email smart notifications from their wrists. All fēnix 5 models are compatible with Connect IQ so users can customise their watch with apps, widgets, data fields and watch faces. To take watch faces one step further, fēnix 5 watches are compatible with the Face It app, so users can set their favourite photo as their watch face. Sapphire models are Wi-Fi Enabled, so users can connect their watch to their home network for automatic uploads to Garmin Connect when within range.

Each of the new fēnix 5 models is water rated to 100m***, and is built to withstand the elements with a stainless steel bezel, buttons and rear case:
  • The fēnix 5 can get up to two weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode and 24 hours in GPS mode. 
  • The fēnix 5X can get up to 12 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 20 hours in GPS mode. 
  • The fēnix 5S can get up to eight days in smartwartch mode and up to 13 hours in GPS mode****. 
Users can also take advantage of the UltraTrac power saver mode to extend battery life even more.


The fēnix 5, 5S and 5x will be available in Q117. The fēnix 5 and fēnix 5S will have a suggested retail price of US$599.99 in the US; while the fēnix 5 Sapphire, fēnix 5S Sapphire and fēnix 5X will have a suggested retail price of US$699.99 in the US.

Read the WorkSmart Asia blog posts about the new Garmin portable navigation devices and what's new at the Connect IQ Store

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*See Garmin.com/ataccuracy for more details.

**When paired with compatible smartphone. See Garmin.com/ble for more details.

***See Garmin.com/waterrating for more details.

****Depending on settings.