Summary: I love this watch. I have used it for both biking and hiking and it works great. My wife and I hike pretty much every weekend and this watch is so useful and allows me to keep an eye on everything from distance, altitude, and even barometric pressure (definitely great to have while hiking in CO where the weather can change in a matter of a couple minutes).
Pros: features, quality, GPS, Barometer, Altimeter, too many to list.
Summary: I had a Suunto Ambit before I bought this one. The con is that the Suunto is much better at setting up your vitals and downloading your exercise info. This is because it is done through a software called Movescount. All the fidgeting you have to do with the Garmin to set up your weight, height, age and so on is a pain. Having said that, the performance of the Fenix compared to the Suunto in terms of GPS, HR and so on is substantially better.
Summary: This review is about the Garmin Fenix as a runner's watch only. If you're considering buying this watch, there is probably no better review than the one written by DC Rainmaker: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2012/10/garmin-fenix-in-depth-review.html The review is very long and detailed and will answer almost any question you might have about what it can do.
The standard of excellence in GPS/Navigational watches.
18 June 2013
Summary: Garmin Fenix is quite possible a hunter's or those that travel in the back countries best tool. There are many good technical reviews of the Garmin Fenix. My goal is to field test the Fenix from a hunter or backpackers point of view. The Fenix is so versatile and wears so many hats, its impossible to narrow its target user down to a particular activity. One thing to keep in mind with the Garmin Fenix is that everything, and I mean "everything is customizable.
Summary: This unit replaced my old Forerunner 310XT (that I lost on the trail). To be honest it was kind of timely and I'm glad that I lost it now as the Forerunner 310XT was probably not designed for the kind of abuse I put it through on the dirt bike and on the mountain bike. This Fenix seems like a much better solution with its G-Shock style case, large positive feeling buttons and better overall interface.
Summary: [Update](See original review below): After a month I'm still super happy with this watch! Garmin has released more updates and the GPS fix is even quicker. Ans they've added 'ski mode'. (just in time for summer ;-) The watch has held up well to my less than careful handling and even after several good hits, the crystal is unscratched. It's been wet quite a bit and handled it well with no leakage or fogging.
Summary: It's a good watch, easy to go in the menus , the GPS picks up fast, the only thing is that you have to buy the heart rate monitor. The altimeter, GPS, barometer and compass work like a charm. I use this watch for several sports and it work great, speed and altimeter are accurate.
Summary: I just bought this watch for general hiking during a trip to Yosemite National Park. The Fenix operated flawlessly. It picked up satellites well, was easy to use, and workmanship was better than expected for the price paid.