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Garmin Fenix 3 Multisport Training Watch

In the simplest of terms, Garmin merged the hiking features of the Fenix 2 with all the capabilities of the FR920XT to bring you the Fenix 3, a tough, capable and stylish multisport training watch for outdoor navigation or everyday use. Traditionally, the Fenix family primarily targets outdoor enthusiasts, whereas the Forerunner family is more of a cyclist/runner crowd pleaser. The Fenix 3 was made with both groups in mind, featuring all the essential sport features of the Forerunner series but the uncompromising construction details of the Fenix line. The Fenix 3 makes a statement on and off the trail with its stainless steel bezel, mineral glass or sapphire lens and interchangeable bands.

Fenix 3's comprehensive fitness features teamined with outdoor navigation capabilities offer the outdoor enthusiast every possibility for training activities and competitions. What's more, the Connect IQ platform lets you tailor your Fenix 3 with an assortment of downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and activities for total customization, whether for enhanced training or just to make it your own.

Features:

  • Multisport modes including: ski, climb, run, cycle, swim, etc.
  • Switch through your data fields easily to see your metrics with the push of a button. Tracks pace, distance, speed and more.
  • Auto-climb feature to change data fields based on if you’re climbing or descending
  • Waterproof up to 100m as opposed to the 50m with the Fenix 2; suitable for swimming
  • High resolution, 1.2” color screen display that is visible in the sunlight
  • High quality hardware; constructed for durability with scratch resistant, domed mineral glass or sapphire lens High-sensitivity
  • GPS/GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) positioning for increased accuracy with automatic calibrating altimeter, barometer and 3-axis compass
  • New, internal omni-directional steel EXO antenna, that pairs with GLONASS and EPO to provide a faster fix and more accurate position than GPS alone
  • When paired with HRM Run, Fenix 3 calculates advanced features like calories burned, rest and recovery periods, race predictor for your ideal finish time, vertical oscillation, cadence and VO2 Max (the body’s maximum oxygen consumption)
  • Can be used as an activity tracker to count steps, calories and distance throughout the day. Also, features a move bar to give you a vibration alert if you’ve been stagnant too long
  • Use the Virtual Racer features to race against past performances or set new goals to achieve
  • Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ compatible
  • Rechargeable battery with up to 20 hours in GPS/training mode, 50 hours in UltraTrac mode and 6 weeks in watch mode.
  • Indoor/outdoor swim modes that record stroke count, intervals, distance, pace and time.
  • For pool swimming, also counts lengths, detects stroke type and computes the user’s SWOLF score (adds time and number of strokes it takes to swim a pool length to help gauge efficiency)
  • Utilize one or more Wi-Fi hot spots to automatically sync your data with Garmin Connect and update software (when in range)
  • Automatically uploads data wirelessly to Garmin Connect, LiveTrack and social media (using Garmin Connect Mobile app on smartphone), plus features Smart Notification so you can receive emails, texts and alerts directly on your watch
  • Post-launch update will include cycling dynamics and Di2 support

Specs:

  • Physical dimensions: 2.0” x 2.0” x 0.6” (51.0 x 51.0 x 16.0 mm)
  • Display size: 1.2” (30.4 mm)
  • Display resolution: 218 x 218 pixels; transflective MIP color
  • Weight: 2.9oz (82g)
  • Battery: Rechargeable 300mAh lithium-ion
  • Battery Life: Up to 50 hours in UltraTrac mode; up to 20 hours in GPS training mode; up to 6 weeks in watch mode
  • Water rating: 10 ATM

Whats in the Box:

Sapphire Gray with Optical HR, Sapphire Gray Optical HR Performer Bundle

  • Fenix 3 HR with silicone band
  • USB/Charger cable
  • HRM-Run (Bundle only)
  • AC adapter with plug
  • Manual
Sapphire Rose Gold, Sapphire with Metal band, Sapphire with Leather Band

  • Fenix 3 Sapphire with metal band
  • Extra black band and tools
  • USB charging/data cable
  • AC adapter
  • Manual

Gray with Black Band, Silver with Red Band

  • Fenix 3 watch
  • USB charging/data cable
  • AC adapter
  • Manual

Gray Black Bundle with HRM Run, Silver Red Bundle with HRM strap

  • Fenix 3 watch
  • HRM-Run monitor
  • USB charging/data cable
  • AC adapter
  • AC adapter
  • Manual

Sapphire Performer Bundle

  • Fenix 3 Sapphire Watch with Metal Band
  • Extra Black Band
  • HRM-Run strap

Sapphire with Leather Band, Sapphire Rose Gold
  • Fenix 3 Sapphire (Leather or White/Rose Gold)
  • Extra black TPU band and tools (Leather band watch only)
  • USB Charging Clip
  • AC Adapter
  • Manual

Frequently Asked Questions

No, not while you’re actually under water. What you can do is pair the fenix 3 with Garmin’s HRM Swim or Triathlon straps, which will track your heart rate underwater and deliver the data once your no longer submerged.

The true gems of this watch that truly put the fenix 3 into a league of its own are when you consider the added bonus of the VO2 Max, Recovery Time, Recovery Status, and Training Effect features, providing truly customized coaching that goes beyond the typical “time, distance, pace, calories” bundle. Few tools on the market are going to provide that kind of personalized experience, especially when you consider the added feature of the wrist-based HRM (optional), the scratch-resistant sapphire lens (optional), as well as the stylish line of bands, most of which can easily be worn right at the office.

Not at all—but we suggest it if you want to take advantage of specific running dynamics features such as Ground Contact time, Stress Score, Stride Length and Lactate Threshold, which need the specificity the HRM-Run strap.

The Sapphire styles all feature a dome-shaped sapphire lens, known for their incredible durability. This is particularly useful if you’re prone to scratching the face of your watch, which typically happens during high-impact activity. It’s essentially an added insurance that you’ll be using this watch for many years to come. As well, the Sapphire styles offer many different stylish band options.

The Titanium style is very lightweight option which is significantly lighter on the wrist than the Sapphire with metal band. Note that it is a titanium band in spite of its featherweight guise.


Use the chart below to decide whether the Fenix 3 is the right Mulisport watch for you as compared to other options offered by Garmin.
Function/Feature Garmin Fenix3 HR Garmin Fenix3 Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Price $599 $499 $499
Product Announcement Date Jan 5th, 2016 January 5th, 2015 July 10th, 2014
Actual Availability/Shipping Date February 2016 February 2015 Sept 2014
GPS Recording Functionality Yes Yes Yes
Data Transfer USB/Bluetooth Smart/WiFi USB/Bluetooth Smart/WiFi USB & Bluetooth Smart
Waterproofing Yes - 100m Yes - 100m Yes - 100m
Battery Life (GPS) Up to 50hrs in GPS with optical off, about 20-25% less with optical HR on Up to 50hrs in GPS 50 Hours
Recording Interval 1S OR SMART 1S OR SMART Variable
Satellite Pre-Loading via Computer Yes Yes Yes
Quick Satellite Reception Great Great Great
Alerts Vibrate/Sound/Visual Vibrate/Sound/Visual Sound/Visual
Backlight Greatness Great Great Great
Ability to download custom apps to unit/device Yes Yes Yes
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...) Yes Yes Yes (no steps though)
Can control phone music Yes Yes No
Has music storage and playback No No No
Connectivity Garmin Fenix3 HR Garmin Fenix3 Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Bluetooth Legacy (pre-4.0) to Phone No No No
Bluetooth Smart (4.0+) to Phone Uploading Yes Yes Yes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...) Yes Yes Yes
Live Tracking (streaming location to website) Yes Yes No
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts) No No No
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required) No No No
Cycling Garmin Fenix3 HR Garmin Fenix3 Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Designed for cycling Yes Yes Yes
Power Meter Capable Yes Yes Yes
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration Options Yes Yes Yes
Power Meter TSS/NP/IF Yes Yes No
Speed/Cadence Sensor Capable Yes Yes Yes
Strava segments live on device No No No
Running Garmin Fenix3 HR Garmin Fenix3 Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Designed for running Yes Yes Yes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills) Yes Yes Yes
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...) With HRM-TRI or HRM-RUN (Not via Optical HR) With HRM-TRI or HRM-RUN No
VO2Max Estimation Yes Yes Yes
Race Predictor Yes Yes No
Recovery Advisor Yes Yes Yes
Run/Walk Mode Yes Yes No
Swimming Garmin Fenix3 HR Garmin Fenix3 Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Designed for swimming Yes Yes Yes
Openwater swimming mode Yes Yes Yes
Lap/Indoor Distance Tracking Yes Yes Yes
Record HR underwater WITH HRM-TRI/HRM-SWIM (Not with optical HR) WITH HRM-TRI/HRM-SWIM Yes
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.) Yes Yes Yes
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.) Yes Yes Yes
Indoor Drill Mode Yes Yes Yes
Indoor auto-pause feature Yes No No
Change pool size Yes Yes Yes
Indoor Min/Max Pool Lengths 17M/18Y TO 150Y/M 17M/18Y TO 150Y/M 15m/y to 1,200m/y
Ability to customize data fields YEs Yes Yes
Can change yards to meters YEs Yes Yes
Captures per length data - indoors YEs Yes Yes
Indoor Alerts Yes Yes No
Triathlon Garmin Fenix3 HR Garmin Fenix3 Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Designed for triathlon Yes Yes Yes
Multisport mode Yes Yes Yes
Workouts Garmin Fenix3 HR Garmin Fenix3 Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Create/Follow custom workouts Yes Yes No
On-unit interval Feature Yes YEs Barely
Training Calendar Functionality Yes Yes No
Functions Garmin Fenix3 HR Garmin Fenix3 Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Auto Start/Stop Yes Yes Yes
Virtual Partner Feature Yes Yes No
Virtual Racer Feature YEs Yes No
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history) Yes Yes No
Day to day watch ability Yes Yes Yes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean Data Yes Yes No
Tidal Tables (Tide Information) No No No
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting) Yes No No
Geocaching Via GPS coordinates Via GPS coordinates No
Weather Display (live data) yES Yes No
Navigate Garmin Fenix3 HR Garmin Fenix3 Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints) Yes YEs Yes
Markers/Waypoint Direction Yes Yes Yes
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS) No No No
Back to start Yes Yes Yes
Impromptu Round Trip Route Creation No No No
Download courses/routes from phone to unit Yes Yes Download pre-created only
Sensors Garmin Fenix3 HR Garmin Fenix3 Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Altimeter Type Barometric Barometric Barometric
Compass Type Magnetic Magnetic Magnetic
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internally Yes No No
Heart Rate Strap Compatible Yes Yes Yes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap Capable Yes Yes No
ANT+ Speed/Cadence Capable YEs Yes No
ANT+ Footpod Capable YEs Yes No
ANT+ Power Meter Capable Yes Yes No
ANT+ Weight Scale Capable No No No
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym) No No No
ANT+ Lighting Control No No No
ANT+ Bike Radar Integration No No No
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C) No No No
ANT+ Remote Control No (can control VIRB though) No (can control VIRB though) No
ANT+ eBike Compatibility No No No
ANT+ Muscle Oxygen (i.e. Moxy/BSX) With Connect IQ Apps
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP) No
Shimano Di2 Shifting No Coming in update No
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap Capable No No Yes
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence Capable No No Yes
Bluetooth Smart Footpod Capable nO No Yes
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter Capable No No Yes
Temp Recording (internal sensor) Yes Yes Yes
Temp Recording (external sensor) Yes Yes No
Compatible with Firstbeat HR tools Yes Yes Yes
Software Garmin Fenix3 HR Garmin Fenix3 Suunto Ambit3 Peak
PC Application Garmin Express Garmin Express Moveslink Agent
Web Application Garmin Connect Garmin Connect Movescount
Phone App iOS/Android/Windows Phone iOS/Android/Windows Phone iOS/Android
Ability to Export Settings No No Yes (online)

*Chart credit to DCRainmaker www.dcrainmaker.com

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