Summary: This has been a problems since day 1 almost. tried to pass some tracks to the Fenix and it got hung up. couldn't get it to work afterwords. tried updating the software several times and is caught in another loop that it can't get itself out of. maybe in a few years they will have worked the bugs out. in the meantime I purchased another 310xt.
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. Sometimes, if you start a course in a street with high rise buildings, it won't find a fix, but even if the rest of your course is in wide open areas, you might run for an hour without any fix.
Summary: First watch I purchased from Amazon, about a week after wearing it condensation formed inside glass of watch. I've read this is a problem in the manufacturing. I returned it and received another watch. Second watch I received from Amazon, about a week after, I was wearing over my wetsuit doing a 40-50 foot freedive in the ocean (watch is rated to 50 meters/150 feet) and on my ascent the watch started vibrating on my wrist (it's not supposed to vibrate).
Summary: While all the features are there and the watch works beautifully when it works, it lasted for two hikes and one surf session before coming up with enough condensation inside of the face to make the data virtually unreadable. I tried to dry the watch out in the sun and with a desiccant but to no avail. A few hikes later and the watch would shut down spontaneously and/or not turn on unless connected to a power source.
Garmin Fenix NOT WATERPROOF to 4.5 inches (never mind 50m)
Nom De Plume, Amazon
3 March 2013
Summary: I'm a long time Garmin owner I must have had at least 15 products from them over the years. Most are excellent well designed and engineered and I've kept them until they died of old age. But the fenix - I got this one Feb 18th 2013 and worn it every day for nearly 2 weeks - and everything was great until, I submerged it in a glass of water - 4.5 inches to be precise - for half an hour. The garmin website state waterproof to 50 meters - that's 164 feet.
Summary: Unfortunately, it turned out after swimming in the pool that this pricey watch is NOT waterproof, and I did NOT press any knobs on the watch. So you announce a 50-meter depth waterproofness for this product and it is simply NOT true. Very disappointing for such a pricey watch. I have read on the net that Garmin is now offering a new waterproofed Garmin Fenix. So it seems that it is time for a product recall. Folks do not get cheated.
Summary: So I had researched this for some time. It was a toss up between this and the Suunto Ambit. I purchased the watch at REI and it cost around $400 before tax. I wore the watch for a week or two when I was camping and hunting. It was fantastic the GPS was spot on and works really well. The altimeter and barometer helped with knowing the best times to hunt... That and the fish game feature on it. Everything was going really well. Until I wore it for more than a week.
Summary: Watch is a great timepiece but instructions on the other functions are lacking. I still have not figured out how to work the other functions, like GPS tracking. I have just given up on the damn thing.
Summary: Great watch but the altimeter function on the one I received was very inaccurate. Ran a 3000 foot ascent on a hike that 2 other Garmin units (Montana and 60csx) read as about 800 feet. Constantly showing altitude where I live correctly as about 1000 feet then 30 minutes later showing 2500 feet even though I was in the same location. GPS function and other functions were good and it can be customized in many ways.
Summary: I'm a little disappointed lately because the gps is not accurate since I updated my fenix software from 2.70 to 2.80, I have a regular route of 16 km. for the quite sometime. but when I did my usual run last week, I noticed that the lap beep way ahead of the 1st kilometer mark. to cut the story short, my usual 16.27 Km. run ended at 16.98 Km. I did it twice and I get the same result.