Cool watch w/ tons of features. The snowboarding app is super legit and did a great job of monitoring my vertical/runs/top speed. The biggest negative - inaccurate heart rate tracking during intense physical activities. HIIT, cross-fit, any intense anaerobic activity, the reading is wayyyy off. I had a more intense yoga session than my 45 min HIIT rower/stair climbing/hill running morning workout session (despite the sweat consuming my entire shirt, verge of throwing up). The sleep tracker is kinda funky too. Everyone says you've gotta purchase the chest strap (another $130) for the most accurate HRM. Killing me after paying $650 for a watch.
I had my Fenix 5X for 11 days. I've tracked 3 runs, a hike, constant heart rate monitoring and have had all phone and media notifications running and my battery is at 31%. It is faster than my Fenix 3 when it comes to all operations. My Fenix 3 would only last about 5 days if I were lucky. The Topo Maps are awesome! I haven't used all the features of the watch yet but I'm excited to find out all it can do.
I replaced a Fenix 3 with the 5x. The 5x seems to be more accurate on my morning walks and boots up the satellites faster. I also like the Bluetooth connection to my phone, which allows you to see summaries in much more detail. Unfortunately the heart monitor is virtually useless. On one day, off, or at best intermittent, the next even though I try to wear it on the same place on my wrist every day. Too bad since so much depends on the heart rate, especially sleep patterns. I do like the 5x charging port. The reason why I dumped the 3 for the 5x was spotty charging with that odd charging contraption the 3 uses... Not a problem with the 5x.
This watch has it all. Easy, intuitive interface, chock full of features, a smart watch for those of us that want to disconnect.
The good and the bad -- first, the good.
The pricing seemed high, but I couldn't find any other watch with all the features. However, when I considered buying multiple devices, I saw that the pricing was very good. Plus I don't have to swap devices.
If you’re serious about tracking your activity across the board to help yourself get to the next level, this is the watch to go with. Outside of the normal activity tracking functions, I wanted to have access to maps on my wrist as I spend a lot of time on the trails on the West Coast and I am not planning to get lost as I usually run with minimal supplies. Of course, you’re going to run into a little inaccuracy, but realistically it’s gonna happen to every abc/gps watch. I’ve found the more I wear it, the more accurate it gets.
Pro's - Batt last for up to 10 days, lots of gadgets faces, easy to download.
Well, here are some thoughts on the new Fenix 5x:
I gave this watch a five star rating because of the user friendly format and the varied activities (from walking, running, biking, etc...) you can use with the Fenix 5X. The sapphire crystal, steel case, and the various bands (steel, leather, or plastic) enables this workhorse to blend in the board room, weight room, or that 10K. I have several TOP ranked multi sport watches and this is my favorite. Users must read all instructions for the Fenix 5X to make sure you are reaping all the benefits this watch offers.
Sold my apple watch 2 for this Garmin product and I have zero regrets. I love this watch for several reasons. The Garmin iPhone app is very intuitive. It has so many bits of entertaining information that really makes for a fun time reviewing. I enjoy the sleep, and running stats. The speed, heart rate, and cadence stats are awesome. The app does a great job of consolidating all the information about your workout in an easy to read layout.
I’ve had my fencing 5x for over a year now. Worked great until the latest program download. Now the watch battery drains at a rate of 40%+ each day. I’ve completed a hard reboot with no effect. I’ve reached out to Garmin on multiple occasions with no response. From reading reviews online regarding Garmin’s customer service this is par for the course. Based on this experience I will no longer buy another Garmin device.
This was an upgrade from a 5+ year-old Garmin Forerunner Watch. I was excited about the improved battery life, the built-in heart rate monitor, and the improved GPS graphics.
I've had a Suunto and a couple generations of Apple watches, for me this blows them away. I walk, bike, swim, golf, and work out regularly. Occasionally I hike and kayak. What I love about this watch most - battery life, golf feature, accurate heart rate, accurate distance, altitude, etc.. Literally every golf course is in here. Our club has a par 3 practice course and even it's in the watch. The accuracy is spot on. Battery lasts about a week. Looks decent, very light and comfortable.
I have been wanting this watch for a really really long time, and the day finally came. I was extremely excited, and got it set up immediately. It was a really great watch, it has a ton of customization available and the number or incredible features out of the box was impressive.
Unless you have tons of free time in your life do not buy this watch. Its not user friendly. Its a never ending battle with unstable behavior, terrible battery performance, and poor support. After you spend a couple hours getting it just so you will find that the next week its not doing what you programmed it to do and will take up another couple hours of your time. I find this watch more trouble than its worth. Aside from a poor watch menu/phone app interaction and instability, this watch is very heavy for a sports watch and the buttons are hard to press, requiring an opposiing thumb that has to be placed carefully so it doesn't push some other button. Side mounted buttons are not good on a sports watch.
I'm very impressed with the fenix5x at this point, having worn it for just under a week now. Size and weight.are good for my wrist, and it feels comfortable day.and night. Screen is large and clear as well as easy to see at a glance. The amount of features are almost overwhelming, but that is valuable in my opinion, since this watch will do everything I foresee needing for years. The controls.and settings are very comprehensive and options abound. I've downloaded a hiking trail gpx file I'm trying out this weekend. The tracking and navigation looks great, but I've only used it once to track a short kayak trip. It appeared very accurate. Tops for me is the battery life, currently still running on the first charge almost a week ago. Finally, It's a very sharp and professional looking piece of hardware and people are asking me what it is frequently.
My son and I each bought a Fenix 3 watch from REI 2 years ago, both watchs stopped working within 8 hours of each other, When we contacted REI they said there was only a 1 year warranty, sorry. When contacting Garmin they said we could send them our watch with $120.00 and they would send us a "Refurbished" Watch with a 90 day Warranty. This was a very expensive watch and I had been an REI Member since they first opened, probably about 30 years now. I have purchased several Garmin GPS units from REI, and I will never buy another Garmin Product or anything from REI again.
I traded in my fenix 3hr for this model. The 3hr had great features but I am often in the arctic and other portions of Scandinavia/the alps, that I am not familiar with. The topo maps were a huge feature add for me, plus my band was worn out within a month of using so I wanted the metal band feature. The watch was great in almost every regard. Until the last month I had my fenix 3hr I never heard about the face it app garmin offers. I finally downloaded it and thought it an awesome feature. I could now have a scene from my last adventure on my watch to remind me of the training I needed to do for my next. Well the Fenix 5x I had would not run properly with a face it watch face. It would initially allow me to install the face but then after a week or so would just show the connect logo with and ! in the face selector menu on the watch. It would also not allow me to delete or install said face from the garmin connect apps interface. I tried everything from soft reset to deleting all the apps and reinstalling and creating new watch faces. The only thing that would fix the problem was a hard reset. This causes issue because one of the main features of the watch was to learn about its user. The reset removed all user data. I contacted Garmin several times. They denied anyone else having my problem and told me an update would surely fix this. I waited 2 months an in that 2 months had to reset the watch about 10 times. Hopeing each time would be the last. I gave it as much time as I could before I had to leave the usa again for Sweden. I know this is a minor feature but I am not going to pay $900 for a watch and not have it work perfectly out of the gate. I hope it was just my model and wish to try another.
This is just flat out bad. I've owned several devices which were 1/3 of the cost and were far better. The data is often inaccurate. Garmin effort to address issues is slow to non existent . This is still one of their flagship devices and support has nearly disappeared. Don't believe me? Join the Garmin forums. There's a few fan boys in there who would defend it to the end and mostly a bunch of issues that get entered and ignored until they fall off the screen. If you just want data to make you go ooooohhhh ahhhhhh. you'll be fine - it randomizes data nicely and draws pretty pictures. If you expect it to be accurate from one day to the next ....rolling on the floor, laughing my you know what off! I'm not talking a slight variance. I'm talking about registering a heart rate of 98 when the actual is 160.
I’ll keep it brief... it does what it claims and is a heavy duty specimen. My main issue is the advertisement images always make the dial look so easy to read, so contrasty. In reality it is dull. But thankfully the back screen can be made white and therefore tolerable.
I've had this for almost a year and the battery life in this is absolutely fantastic. I usually charge my watch once every week and a half (and that's with me using some of the sport tracking modes)! The instructions for this watch aren't the best, but it is a pretty intuitive watch so that does help to make up for the poor instructions. It does come with topographic maps preprogramed on it which makes it really nice for hiking or other outdoorsy sports.
I hesitated for some months getting this "watch". Originally bought the Fenix 3HR for a great deal, but returned it before using it, just not sure I'd really want something that big on my (small-framed) wrist. Then the 5X came out, and the maps had me intrigued enough to start looking at it again. My hesitation was, once again, the size. And if I'd really gain enough benefit from it to justify the STEEP cost.
I bought this watch because of its altimeter function. After a hike in the Sierra Nevada mountains with my sons 18 months ago, when my former watch that only estimated stairs shortchanged me 700 feet of climbing, I bought the Fenix 5. It performs well in most aspects (although has some shortcomings in measuring vertical distance also). But it fails completely in its sleep function. In that it's totally useless. The night before last, it recored my sleep as 13 minutes. Really? I had a combination of night sleep and naps that by my calculation was at least 6 hours. The iPhone app had an error message: "Your device didn't monitor advanced sleep." So yesterday I followed the instructions and updated the software. The result: last night the watch recored 55 minutes of sleep night sleep rather than 4 hours, and no time for a 3 hour nap. Useless. By the way, a while ago I called customer support to see if I could fix the problem and got a surly, holier than thou tech who made me feel that the problem was my fault. Sorry, but I'm not going to the Garmin help desk again. So if you value a sleep function, find another watch. I will. By the way, I am a positive person and never give negative feedback. There's a first time for everything....
Only had this for a few days and I am personally impressed. The only thing I'm a little confused by is the price. It's the same price ($700) as the 5 and 5s that are equipped with the sapphire crystal (and wifi). For the same price, the 5x comes with the topo maps and extended memory. Is is big? Of course...real big, but you already knew that.
This is my third Fenix. (I had the original Fenix and a Fenix 3, both used; both without a heart rate monitor.) I use my Fenix 5x primarily for running, cycling, and Nordic/backcountry skiing; secondarily, it comes on hikes/backpacking trips, SUP-ing, and, most recently, tracks the occasional strength training (mostly just to keep an eye on heart rate; and because it auto-uploads the workout, so I can view how often I've remembered to do strength training.) It really IS my favorite piece of outdoor gear - it comes on most all my exercise and adventures, and helps improve them.
I love this watch. I upgraded from a Fitbit Charge 2 and boy was it an upgrade. I was between an Apple watch and this and I wanted something more geared towards exercise and activity. This does it for sure. I never take it off, not to sleep or even in the shower. Primarily, I track hiking, biking, running, golf, and I use it for Crossfit too but that's harder to track. It has the weather, GPS, maps, points of interest, altimeter, barometer, compass, just to name a few. It also has my calendar, phone notifications, HR, steps, floors climbed, stress, calories burned. This thing just has everything. It even has live tracking where you can share your location with someone while you hike/run/bike.
Bought this over a month ago specifically for training and to wear during Tough Mudders/Toughest Mudder and Worlds Toughest Mudder. Just finished up Toughest Mudder South in Atlanta and it held up perfectly. No scratches or dings. It was in and out of water and mud for over 8 hours and once I washed all the mud off you cant even tell. Couldnt be happier.
This watch is so complicated as to be ridiculous. Changing clock faces for example requires you to log in to your computer, use a USB cable to link up your watch with the computer. Then when you have picked the watch face, which may be free, but often is not, you have to disconnect the watch from the computer before you can see if you like the new face or not. Get a Luminox watch. It is simple, accurate, easy to see in any light and indestructible.
Love the features and looks to this watch. Only downside is it made my wrist hurt. I wore it for 2 days and my wrist bone was extremely sore. I tried to wear the watch above and below the bone and nothing helped. I saw some Garmin forums and noticed the same complaints. Maybe it's because I have a small wrist? Or maybe because the watch is heavy? Anyway, it's not going to work for me.
It took me three months to convince myself I needed this expensive watch. I read many reviews and vacillated between the 5 and the 5x until the very last minute. My main concern was that the size would get too much attention at my suit and tie job and would prevent me from wearing this watch all the time (the main objective). It feels smaller than I expected, it sits comfortably on my wrist, and it fits under about 2/3 of my dress shirt buttoned sleeves. The battery life is true to manufacturer's claim. In daily use about 7-10% is drained per day, which translates to a comfortable 10-12 day span between recharging. It charges very fast, so I can get back to 100% during a 15 minute shower (the only time the watch is off my wrist) every third day or so. The constant tracking of heart rate, steps, activities, and sleep is comprehensive, reasonably accurate, and easily accessible on the Garmin Connect App and the online portal. The syncing is seamless between the watch, the App on my iPhone, and the online portal. I like Garmin's single-minded dedication to activity-tracking rather than trying to be an extension of my phone. I do get alerts and calendar updates on my watch, which are useful, but I like that the watch is a useful stand-alone device without needing the phone for GPS or anything else to perform its core functions. I am still not sure if I will use the mapping on the Fenix 5x enough to justify the larger size and additional cost compared to the Fenix 5. However, I have no doubt that the Garmin platform is the way to go. I strongly recommend the Fenix 5x. Good luck staying healthy.
I have owned all versions of the Garmin Fenix and this is by far the best one yet.
So far I am really impressed with the Fenix 5X. it is definitely bulkier than my triathlon Garman watch I had before. But the extra features are definitely worth it.
After a week or so I gave this watch a 5 star review. Now that I've had it for a couple of months it's down to a 2.5 or so. The heart rate function is terrible. During a workout it can be off by 50%. If it was consistent I could live with it, but sometimes its of by 10%, 20% etc.. just all over the place, low and high. Heart rate accuracy is very important so this is a huge problem. For this price everything should work. I've tried tightening the band, loosening the band as suggested but still having the problem. It's a conundrum because I love the other features of the watch and other than the altitude everything else works perfectly. Only other issue is the band. I've worn a watch almost every day for 50 years, leather, stainless and rubber straps. For some reason this strap has left a long blister on my wrist that has now scarred.
This is my fourth Garmin fenix series watch. I have had a 2, 3, 3HR and now the 5X. My son who is an Army officer has a tactix. Each one I have owned has performed flawlessly. I perviously had the Suunto Core and Vector. Unfortunately, all three Core's I had at least one button stopped working and I would have to return them or send them in for service. My Vector worked fine, but the Core's were a huge disappointment. I have never experienced that with Garmin. The fenix 5X connects quickly and even indoors is able to hit satellites fast. The accuracy is amazing and the features outstanding. The only issue I had with previous fenix models was the knurling on the buttons frayed the edges of my dress shirt cuffs. The smooth buttons on the 5X have eliminated that problem. I also really like the recessed HR monitor on the 5X as well as the more rounded top and bottom. Makes the watch really comfortable wear despite it being a big watch. Another outstanding watch from Garmin.
I spent almost a year researching smart watches and activity trackers of every description. I had a list of "must-haves" and nothing checked all the boxes except this watch. A few of the alternates have been updated but after a year of wanting to buy it I finally did. I've had my watch almost two weeks now and I still haven't explored all of the things it is capable of. I am amazed by the GPS functions and how well it tracks. I haven't had the opportunity to try out some of the other sports but the running and strength programs are impressive. Its not 100% perfect but generally the watch figures out what exercise I am doing and is pretty accurate in counting reps. I love the customization that is possible. I downloaded a number of watch faces, some free and some with a premium version I paid for in order to choose the data readouts. Battery life has been great, I am neurotic about charging my devices and I have had to exercise discipline to test exactly how long I can go between charges. I went from a Casio G watch to this so the weight/size difference didn't matter. I have worn G watches since I was a kid because I had an allergic reaction to every other rubber watch band I tried. I was concerned about this watch causing the same problem but it hasn't. The band is VERY comfortable and has some stretch/give to it. I wear it 24 hours a day and sometimes forget I have it on.The size is perfect for me but I can see how it might be too big for some. One thing I hope resolves itself is the HR sensor does not seem to be very accurate when I am doing strenuous activity. Sometime it will show 90bpm when my actual rate is over 120.I may be one of the only people with this issue because every other review praises the accuracy of the HR sensor. All-in-all I am extremely happy with my purchase and would buy it again in a heartbeat.
It has not given me any issues I like all the features this watch has as long as you are out side the gps works great I wear it at work where it would have the chance to get scratched I have hit the face on several metal surfaces and is has not even left a mark on the face I wouldn’t trust the altimeter much you can revisit a spot one time and the next time it will be 100ft different this has been my only complaint so far.
This watch in my opinion the best watch for a variety of reasons.
I have owned a Fenix 3 HR and Chronos. This one continues the evolution to better. Escpicially like the quick release bands and ability to be able to log reps, sets, and weights for strength training. If you are a numbers and stats nerd like me, and like to measure all of your activities, then this is the watch for you. I also think it is quite good looking for work and casual settings with the leather bands.
First GPS watch I've had and I've really enjoyed using it hiking in the backcountry and off-trail. Pretty complicated to figure out but once you do you can customize so much about it. But don't count on getting help from Garmin. Wait times are ridiculous and it's hard to get correct answers. They finally sent me a replacement when one of the features wouldn't work but I had to pay the shipping.
I’ve had both a Fenix 3 and now a Fenix 5x. Tough to upgrade but once I saw the maps on the 5x it seemed worth it. And it has been. I use this for golf, running, biking, paddling, orienteering. I use it to check the weather forecast every morning. It’s pricey but I adore it. The app gets me motivated and I love it integrates with My Fitness Pal app for a complete picture of calories in and out.
Durability - I’ve used this as everyday use, while sleeping and while lifting weights. I’ve bumped it against kettleballs and so far so good with no scratches on the face or mantle
Bought this for a 16-day trek in the Nepal Himalaya and could not be less impressed. It keeps time, that's about it. The steps counter borders on useless, known distances were never accurately reflected in the step count. The altimeter is inaccurate no matter how many times you calibrate it. If you use the functions you must be near a source to recharge the watch within 6 hours. Will be returned the day I return to the US.
I do a lot of physical activity, so I wanted a fitness watch that could track my heart rate and activities. There are many out there, but the Garmin 5x stood out to me in that I could use it to navigate with courses or waypoints while backpacking, and it was the only watch with GPS that had a battery life of around 12 days!
I like this watch. It looks good and wears good. Battery life is very good, I can get 10-12 days out of it going to the gym 4 days a week. There is a little bit of a learning curve but there are several youtube videos to walk you through. You can buy extra bands on Amazon for $12. This watch as a great crystal face
Had this watch for coming on two months now. I use it for cycling, running, hiking, yoga, and most importantly my daily wear in the military. I am insanely hard on watches, and the sapphire glass has not disappointed. I've parachuted out of airplanes, worked on diesel engines, smashed it into rocks while out in the woods, and crashed bikes and mountain boards. The casing more scratched than the glass!
I purchased this watch in February. The initial setup was quite easy. Learning how to use the watch took me a while. With all it's features there is quite a bit to learn and the manual is 46 pages long! I am thrilled with my Garmin Fenix 5x Sapphire. It is worth every penny and worth taking the time to learn. The altimeter is not terribly accurate but I would not expect it to be since it is a barometric altimeter. All the other functions appear to be very accurate as far as I have experienced. The only issue that I have had is it's sometimes hard to get a proper connection for charging the watch. This may just be a problem with the charging cord. If you want a fantastic smart watch that does it all, then look no further. In my opinion Garmin is the best there is!
I’ve had mine right at a year and now it won’t charge. What are the odds? Nobody will replace it so I paid $600.00 for a watch that lasted a year. This always happens with Garmin products. I’ll never buy another one. It worked great when it worked.
This watch really makes navigating to courses easy. All I do is download a GPX file from the REI Hiking Projects onto my computer, connect my Garmin watch, and then move the GPX file into the New folder in my Garmin. You can pretty much do this with any GPX file. After disconnecting my watch from my computer the file syncs back to my Garmin and I can find the file under Navigate --> Courses. SUPER SIMPLE!
Absolutely love the features of this watch. But after some months of wearing, it has burned a nice round disk the size of a dime beneath the 12 o'clock area of the watch. Expect it is an RF burn.
I bought the 5X when it first came out, to use for tracking fitness metrics. The fact that it also had what seemed like excellent navigation features was was a plus for me, compared to other smart watches. What has my experience been since purchasing? Very disappointing, simply put.
the only issue i have with the F5x is the screen could be brighter, not a deal killer! i purchased for road cycling and its just fine. I like the round-trip feature.
Until purchasing the Fenix 5X I was still wearing the original Garmin Tactix. It was a great watch but after 5 years it was time for an upgrade. The Fenix 5X has not disappointed. If you are a runner, the amount of information is incredible. I do a lot of different training and have been able to find apps to support most of them, from boxing to HIIT workouts. The flood of data can be a little overwhelming at first but after a month I am learning to understand and implement the information. I havent hiked with it yet but I look forward trying out these features as soon as I return state-side. I love the smart watch features and as far as the the watch itself, very high quality construction. I was a little hesitant due to the size but I don't even notice it at this point so I wouldn't let that put you off.
Very happy with the product. Excellent results when mountain biking and Open ocean swims. Only complaint is the measurements when lap swimming are not accurate.
I have had my Fenix for about 2 months now. I bought it mostly for hiking. I am always having to reset the altimeter. The longest it has stayed calibrated is 2 days. I have been at sea level, set it, an hour later. It says I am over 100’. The menus can be a bit confusing at times.
Love all the features but a little heavy in the beginning, does get lighter as you get used to it.
The watch is obviously well made. It’s cost alone should guarantee that. What is amazing about it, is it’s made specifically for a purpose; to be an outdoors, activity/exercise tracking watch and it executed this mission flawlessly. The design, button layout, ruggedness, user interface design and accessibility all scream a “built by runners, hikers, swimmers, you name exercise-outdoors activity craftsmanship”. I had an Apple Watch before and found myself using maybe 15% of the watches features. I simply would use my phone for the rest. This watch covers that 15% and then gives me the other 85% the Apple Watch was missing, for me. It offers the smart watch features I care about (notifications, weather, customizable apps etc.) coupled with all the activity features I need. The use of a non-touch screen feature may repel some, but when you’re working out, sweaty, swimming, or hiking and wet, the last thing you need is a non-responsive touch screen, a problem which buttons negate. On top of that the watch is also stylish and rugged looking. It exudes and emobodies the persona of an outdoors lifestyle, which is likely the same persona or character of someone looking to purchase this over other options out there.
I have had the Fenix 5X Sapphire for 10 months now and I love it. I use it all the time for running, hiking, and walking. I have used it swimming a couple of times. The watch has amazing features and is well worth the price. I typically go 12-14 days or so without having to charge my watch and I do an activity usually everyday. Sometimes that is a treadmill run without GPS or it is an outdoor run with GPS. The battery life depends on what features you use and how often. More outdoor runs and walks will use up more battery. I have not had any scratches on the watch face but do have a few dings on the bevel around the face. The watch band has held together much better than past watches from other brands that I have tried. The band has very little wear marks on it. I sleep with the watch on and enjoy the sleep function on the watch. Sometimes I have to change my sleep times but that is easy enough on the phone app. One feature that I really like on this watch is the ability to create a running/walking/cycling route without my phone or computer. I was able to do this on vacation on morning right before I went for a run. It worked great and lead me around town as I ran. I have never gotten lost using this feature.
I wanted a dedicated GPS watch to track my runs and provide detailed stats, and the Fenix 5X delivered on all fronts. This watch is simply amazing with the in-depth metrics that are monitored and available to you.
I just upgraded from the Fenix 3 HR. I love the new watch faces and the GPS feature. I also have an Apple watch, but I use this primarily. It's always on, tracks my heart rate 24x7 and I only have to charge it every couple of weeks. There really is no sports-oriented watch better than the Garmin Fenix. They just keep getting better and better.
So, when one thinks of a watch GPS they may think of poor battery life, issues with connectivity, minimal resources, not rugged and definitely not life proof. I can tell you this watch WORKS!!! not only does it work its the best one out there period... I had a suunto GPS watch before and it was trash and eventually broke with normal use. I swore off GPS watches as hyped up garbage. This past year I was checking into the recent tech and ran across this particular watch design. At the time there weren't many people that were taking the risk and getting it. Then reviews started coming in. I started seeing many happen buyers. I decided to give it one more chance since Garmin has served me well, in both the military and civilian life, I knew it wasn't going to be that big of a risk. I will have to tell you this thing rocks. The GPS is super accurate and fast too. The Heart rate monitor and altimeter are responsive and accurate too. The topo maps are fantastic and simple to understand. The Battery while using the GPS to track activity will, I repeat WILL, last 3 days. Charging takes 30 mins to full charge when the watch is at 4%. When using it in normal mode, I have recently gone 2 1/2 weeks with out charging and it was down to 4%; that's amazing for a smart watch. I also recently used it as a compass and GPS on the App Trail going 63.71 miles in 5 days and it still had 23% battery left when we left the woods. The watch is awesome and I cant recommend it highly enough.
Distance keeps going up even while standing still. Checked that it wasn't lagging by starting it and not moving. Said I move 0.1 miles while standing still over 5 minutes. Elevation data is trash. My phone tracks elevation and distance far better. $600 is about $500 overpriced.
Replaced a competing watch because company told me it was a “one use” watch when the band broke down. The Fenix 5X is far superior. More accurate with sleep tracking, heart rate for sure. Amazed you can download maps (moderate extra $) including topo of regions you want to hike in. Admittedly small screen for maps, but darned handy. Yes a pricey watch, but well worth it compared to the competition.
I've had this for three weeks. Great build quality, very comfortable even though it is quite large. OK for a larger person. Battery life exceptional (several days with heavy use, over a week in watch mode). Every kind of data anyone could ever want, and it's accurate. Full time heart rate monitor, great distance tracking and so much more. Over 100 watch faces which can be added and customized.
This is my second smart watch and I am really impressed by it. I bought a Samsung Gear S3 which I returned within 3 weeks because of the phone app interface that kept crashing my phone. But that aside, when I replaced it with 5X I was initially disappointed because of the screen resolution and the fact that it is not touch screen. However, the touch screen feature is actually a nuisance because I had noticed with S3 that often it would just change screens on it sown or with sweaty fingers it would not work. 5X does not have this problem of course. Resolution, on the other hand could be a little better especially when one uses any of the analogue watch faces, but it is not a huge deal. The screen in fact is really easy to see even in very strong sunlight.
This is a great watch for all fitness activities. I had the first Apple Watch and soon realized it's limitations. The Fenix 5X is a watch that I had my eye on since it was released. I am glad that I made this purchase. This is a great watch for my activities of cycling, golf, and walking. I like how it ties seamlessly with my Strava account. I would recommend this watch.
I have had the Fenix 5x for a month and am mostly happy with this product. It does have some quirks.
The watch has way more functionality than I need and the functionality I do want is hard to use. I have to watch an instructional video to figure it out and it is still not clear. The battery life is great and it is easy to maneuver through screens but I dont have the time or patience to learn how everything works and regret buying something so complicated.
Overall this is a great GPS training watch for running, hiking, cycling and walking. For the money it is a great buy. That being said, I just returned this for the new Felix 5plus. Although it was $250 more the Plus allows music downloads and better mapping features. That being said you can’t go wrong with the 5- sapphire
I love this watch. I have had it for almost a year now. It's only problem is you definitely need to GPS sync this watch every few days. Mine will lose a couple of minutes every few days if I don't. It will do this on it's own if you use the GPS function when running, but I don't do that outside everyday in the winter.
I bought this last week and it by far has outdone my Fenix 3!
This is my second Garmin Fenix watch. It is replacing my Fenix 3 HR. The best fitness watch I have ever owned and they made it better with the Fenix 5x. The display is crisper, colors more vibrant, faster GPS syncing, Sapphire crystal, and built in heart rate monitor. They made the best even better!!
Heart rate monitor is really off (as much as 30 beats per minute) when I run. I guess that the weight of the watch causes it to bounce around too much for the heart rate monitor to work properly. Heart rate monitor is accurate when exercising gently and for every day readings. I returned it.
This watch is truly an all-in-one jumping from screen to screen from activity to activity is seamless and smooth. This is my first time owning a GPS watch with all the bells and whistles it makes tracking my hikes making waypoints and life on the way around easier
I've had this for just over a week and I'm impressed at the features. I bought it to replace my 3rd broken fitbit and it's much bigger but it does so much more. The buttons are not intuitive but it gets easier with time. Let's see how well it holds up.
This is my second fenix. My first was a 3HR. I loved the 3HR and love the 5X even more. Yes, it is loaded with a LOT of features and settings. Yes it takes a while to learn the watch. A couple of hours up-front will pay off in spades.
I have had this for 3 weeks now and love it. A bunch of cool training features and cool tech features that make it really fun. I would say that if you are using it solely as a basic GPS distance monitor, than the price is sort of high, you could buy a more basic model. Some of the cool stuff to utilize...maps, routing, elevation profiles, different watch faces, on wrist heart rate, and the intersection with Garmin Connect on the phone to track sleep, steps, workouts, etc.
Great overall watch. Functions are easy to navigate and provide a wide range of information. Wish watch was a bit thinner and display a bit wider but that will come in new versions.
I was teetering between the Garmin Fenix 5 and the Apple watch. I decided on the Garmin and glad I did. It’s VERY accurate and does everything I need (and probably more!).
I have other expensive watches but the only one I wear is my Garmin because it keeps me active in so many ways; biking, walking and golfing you name it, I love it.
Awesome watch. Does everything other Garmin watches do, plus the built-in maps. Maps on it are detailed and in color. You can pre-load trails and routes as well.
I'm a guy who loves the charts and graphs. This keeps all my iteams in one area witch I love. I like the fact that I can have it change my step goal daily.
If you want the most important information and you want it all this is the watch to get and the batterie are in real 2 weeks without a charge
The Fenix 5x is very comfortable to wear and the design is modern and stylish. I’m happy with the many features of this watch.
It is easy to use. GPS links quickly even under trees. It is a little heavy on the wrist. Fun to change watch faces.
Great Experiencie, Love REI, great shop I really love that has product inventory, because now days that’s hard to find
So far so good I haven’t used it in a race yet looking forward to see how it compares to the 925x
Game changer. It's amazing how many things I can do with this watch.
Well worth the money! Very powerful watch with hundreds of features.
One of the best activity tracking devices that I’ve come across
Friendly navigation ,easy set up and very easy to download .
Coming off a Samsung Gear 3 watch, this is incredibly better. 2x the price yes, but well worth it. The 5X is twice the size, and I love the bulk and appearance and more solid feel to the watch. The Gear3 just always felt wimpy and breakable, especially on a larger male wrist. The 5X is both sporty but elegant, which is why I upgraded. I wear it for work, which includes a lot of travel, and with the alternate Garmin leather band, it really dresses up well and looks like a super high end watch, not just a "smart watch" like others. The features are great, the options to change faces, add apps, etc is pretty easy via the connected program on your computer.
I am only interested from a technical point in GPS watches. I recently ordered and checked whether this new version could calculate the correct bearing between two distant points. The so called fenix 2 could calculate correctly the angle of a great circle, but fenix 3 could not. So, I wanted to check whether garmin corrected this issue in the new version and to my disappointment they have not. The correct bearing between two points should be calculated using spherical trigonometry as the angle of the great circle. One could improve this approximation by considering improved models of the surface of the earth, but is not really necessary.
The Fenix 5x Saphire is my second Garmin wearable so obviously I'm a fan. I'm going to list out below an assessment of the product and features as I see have found them using the product for about 30 days.