Summary: I was super enthusiastic when I bought this GPS watch, but a few things have tempered my enthusiasm: 1. I ran a 16km race the other day that was completely officially measured and certified to be 16km, but the watch read 16.45km. That's a pretty darn significant discrepancy.
Summary: The GPS doesnt perform propely. I have been out for running 5 times and in 2 of them the GPS signal is lost. I dont what the problem is, but my last watch, Garmin Forerunner 405, lost GPS signal very seldom.
Summary: I disconfirm the water resistance properties: after one year of normal use (not more than 6 meters submersion in the sea) this watch leaked, the screen sweated; in addition to that there have been 2 serious hangups that I was unable to handle.
Summary: I have been using GPS devices for years, mostly for running, trail running, hiking in the Sierra Nevada, and biking. I chose the Garmin Fenix in March of 2013 because it offered a long battery life, and I was training for my first ultramarathon.
Summary: I had this watch for the better part of a year, seeing it go from software v2.60 to v4.00. This was an ambitious project, stuffing a full-fledged GPS into a watch, and so I patiently waited for Garmin to iron out the bugs and make it more stable.
Pros: Comfortable, Compact Design, Easy to read, Modifiable Menus
Cons: Slow to acquire satellite, Slow To Respond, Unreliable
Summary: So, I had this watch for the better part of a year, seeing it go from software v2.60 to v4.00. This was an ambitious project, stuffing a full-fledged GPS into a watch, and so I patiently waited for Garmin to iron out the bugs and make it more stable.
Easy to adapt screen layouts on the move.Can tranfer routesby connecting via wireless to othe Garmin devices
robert noakes, OutdoorsMagic
29 September 2013
Summary: Brilliant for a long day out with a pre-planned route.Good for recording tracks if you walk more freely without pre-planning.
Pros: Great size. You can replace the small basemap with a bit of work via the internet. I now have a topo map of Dartmoor on mine.This is lmited by the available memory on the watch.
Cons: My watch has misted up in extreme cold, but it eventually clears. Currently there are no options via Garmin to replace the basemap with topo maps for National Parks or Long distance trails. This could be a big bonus to outdoor use.
Summary: I just returned my second Fenix. I bought my first on in September '12. After I got frustrated by GPS fix issues, I returned it and got a replacement one in November. The second one had the same GPS fix issues, but also battery issues. GPS takes forever to get a fix.