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Garmin fenix 5 Plus 47mm Multisport GPS Watch

$649.99 - 1049.99

Item # 010-01988-Parent
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Garmin fenix 5 Plus Sapphire GPS Fitness Watch

You shouldn’t have to choose between absolute necessities and luxuries. But the past few years in fitness gear innovations have forced serious multisport athletes and outdoor explorers to do just that—watching from the sidelines as less fervent or outdoorsy fitness enthusiasts enjoyed awesome new conveniences like onboard music storage, contactless payment and more. Until now. Meet the fēnix 5 Plus, part of the all-new fēnix 5 plus series. The same advanced multisport dynamics and navigational features of the original fēnix 5, plus a whole new assemblage of can’t-live-without features like preloaded maps and off-grid navigation, rounded out with the latest in accessories including music storage, overlay data, pay-as-you-go and more.


  • Transfer up to 500 songs and listen hassle-free via Bluetooth headphones, leaving your smartphone behind.
  • Add your wallet to the list of what you can now leave at home. The new fēnix 5S Plus lets you pay for the things you need without cash or credit card thanks to Garmin Pay.
  • Use the preloaded TOPO maps to get detailed navigation with turn-by-turn directions so you can explore further than ever before without compromising safety. Plus, stay on one convenient screen during navigation with the data overlay feature so you can see critical data without taking your eyes off the map.
  • Discover the top-rated trails and routes in your area via the new built-in Trendline Popularity Routing.
  • A colorful assortband of interchangeable QuickBands, plus stylish everyday options that give the appearance of a more traditional watch for a sleek office-appropriate look that doesn’t compromise ruggedness.
  • Need a new running or cycling course? Give your fēnix 5S Plus the mileage you’d like to cover and you’ll get an all-new roundtrip route to explore.
  • Get reader-friendly, can’t-miss turn cues, plus the benefit of three global satellite navigation systems, including GPS, GLONASS And GALILEO (Europe’s version of GPS)
  • See vital elevation data via CLIMBPRO, which tells you the number of hills ahead, along with their individual length, ascents and grades.
  • Out skiing, cycling, running or wandering the wilderness with friends? Speed ahead without losing track of where they are with GroupTrack.
    • The same awesome features of the original fēnix 5 series including:
    • Optical heart rate
    • Built-in compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter
    • Advanced dynamics
    • Rugged, scratch-resistant design
    • Preloaded sports
    • Swimming stats
    • Interchangeable bands
    • Water rated up to 100 meters
    • Customization with Garmin Connect IQ
    • Smartphone notifications
    • Wi-Fi enabled


  • fēnix 5 Plus Sapphire
  • Charging/data cable
  • Documentation

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Want to see how the fenix 5 Plus stacks up against the original fenix 5 lineup? Check out our review on the CT Blog.

Frequently Asked Questions

The 5 Plus is slightly smaller in weight and structure in comparison to the 5X Plus.The battery life is also decreased and you won’t get the Pulse Ox feature which measures your blood oxygen saturation. Check out the Fēnix 5 Plus Vs fēnix 5S Plus vs fēnix 5X Plus section of our blog for a full explanation.

Via a paid monthly subscription through iHeartRadio. Use the free Connect IQ app to download your playlists to your 5 Plus.

Function/Feature Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X) Suunto 9
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated June 18th, 2018 @ 2:45 pm
Price $699/699EUR $599 $699
Product Announcement Date June 17th, 2018 Jan 4th, 2017 June 5th, 2018
Actual Availability/Shipping Date June 17th, 2018 March 2017 June 26th, 2018
GPS Recording Functionality Yes (with Galileo too) Yes Yes
Data Transfer USB/Bluetooth Smart/WiFi (Sapphire only) USB/Bluetooth Smart/WiFi (Sapphire only) USB & Bluetooth Smart
Waterproofing Yes - 100m Yes - 100m Yes - 100m
Battery Life (GPS) Up to 32hrs in GPS-on, up to 85hrs in UltraTrac GPS (varies by model) Up to 24hrs in GPS-on, up to 75hrs in UltraTrac GPS Up to 120 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/Vibrate
Backlight Greatness Great Great Great
Ability to download custom apps to unit/device YEs YEs No
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...) Yes Yes Steps only (not distance/sleep)
Music Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X) Suunto 9
Can control phone music Yes Yes No
Has music storage and playback Yes No No
Streaming Services iHeartRadio, Deeezer (soon) No No
Payments Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X) Suunto 9
Contactless-NFC Payments Yes No No
Connectivity Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X) Suunto 9
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
Group tracking 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 Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X) Suunto 9
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 Yes Yes No
Crash detection No No No
Running Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X) Suunto 9
Designed for running Yes Yes Yes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills) Yes Yes Yes
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...) WITH RD POD, HRM-TRI OR HRM-RUN (NOT VIA OPTICAL HR) WITH RD POD, HRM-TRI OR HRM-RUN (NOT VIA OPTICAL HR) No
VO2Max Estimation YEs YEs Yes
Race Predictor Yes Yes No
Recovery Advisor Yes Yes Yes
Run/Walk Mode Yes Yes No
Swimming Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X) Suunto 9
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 (Not with optical HR) Yes
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.) Yes Yes Yes
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.) YEs YEs Yes
Indoor Drill Mode Yes Yes No
Indoor auto-pause feature No (it'll show rest time afterwards though) No (it'll show rest time afterwards though) 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 Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X) Suunto 9
Designed for triathlon Yes Yes Yes
Multisport mode Yes Yes Yes
Workouts Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X) Suunto 9
Create/Follow custom workouts Yes Yes No
On-unit interval Feature YEs YEs Yes
Training Calendar Functionality Yes Yes Yes
Functions Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X) Suunto 9
Auto Start/Stop Yes Yes No
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 Yes No
Geocaching Via GPS coordinates Via GPS coordinates No
Weather Display (live data) Yes Yes No
Navigate Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X) Suunto 9
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints) Yes YEs Yes
Markers/Waypoint Direction Yes Yes Yes
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS) Yes Yes (5X Only) No
Back to start Yes Yes Yes
Impromptu Round Trip Route Creation Yes Yes (5X Only) No
Download courses/routes from phone to unit Yes Yes Yes
Sensors Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X) Suunto 9
Altimeter Type Barometric Barometric Barometric
Compass Type Magnetic Magnetic Magnetic
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internally Yes Yes Yes
Pulse Oximetry (aka Pulse Ox) Fenix 5X Plus only 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 Yes Yes No
ANT+ Bike Radar Integration Yes Yes 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) Yes Yes No
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP) Yes Yes No
Shimano Di2 Shifting Yes Yes No
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap Capable Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence Capable Yes Yes YEs
Bluetooth Smart Footpod Capable Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter Capable YEs YEs Yes
Temp Recording (internal sensor) Yes Yes Yes
Temp Recording (external sensor) Yes Yes No
Compatible with Firstbeat HR tools Yes Yes -
Software Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X) Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X) Suunto 9
PC Application Garmin Express Garmin Express PC/Mac
Web Application Garmin Connect Garmin Connect Suunto Movescount
Phone App iOS/Android/Windows Phone iOS/Android/Windows Phone iOS /Android
Ability to Export Settings No No No
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