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Garmin fenix 5X Plus 51mm Sapphire Multisport GPS Watch

$799.99 - 1099.99

Item # 010-01989-Parent
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Garmin fenix 5X 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. But the game has changed. Introducing fenix 5X Plus—an all-inclusive navigational sports watch with the same unparalleled essentials of the original fenix 5X, plus built-in music storage/streaming, Garmin Pay, a new climbing aide and more. Meet the fenix 5X Plus, part of the all-new fenix 5 plus series. The same rugged feel, advanced multisport dynamics and navigational features of the original fenix 5X, plus a whole new assemblage of can’t-live-without features including onboard music, on-the-fly Garmin Pay, and the all-new Pulse Oximetry Feature, exclusive to the 5X Plus.


  • Transfer up to 500 songs and listen hassle-free via Bluetooth headphones, leaving your smartphone behind.
  • Leave your wallet or purse safely at home. The new fenix 5X Plus acts as your debit or credit card so you can pay for the things you need faster and easier.
  • Stay connected to your wellbeing while taking on higher altitudes with Pulse Ox which provides you with your blood oxygen saturation level so you can gauge how an increase elevation is enhancing your output.
  • Get invaluable elevation data via CLIMBPRO, which tells you the number of hills ahead, along with their individual length, ascents and grades.
  • Get the best trails and routes available in your area via the new built-in Trendline Popularity Routing.
  • Spotify compatible
    • The same awesome features of the original fenix 5X including:
    • Optical heart rate
    • Built-in compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter
    • Advanced dynamics
    • Rugged, scratch-resistant design
    • Preloaded sports
    • Swimming stats
    • Data overlays
    • Full-color TOPO mapping
    • Turn-by-turn navigation
    • GroupTrack and LiveTrack
    • Interchangeable bands
    • Water rated up to 100 meters
    • Customization with Garmin Connect IQ
    • Smartphone notifications
    • Wi-Fi enabled


    • Unit Dimensions: 2” x 2” x .69” (51 x 51 x 17.5 mm)
    • Watch Face Size: 51mm
    • Display Size: 1.2.” (30.4mm x 30.4mm)
    • Band Width: 22mm
    • Display Type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
    • Display Resolution: 240 x 240 pixels
    • Battery Type: internal, rechargeable lithium ion battery
    • Battery Life:
      • Smartwatch: Up to 20 days
      • GPS: Up to 32 hours
      • GPS and Music: Up to 13 hours
      • UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 70 hours
    • Weight: 3.4 oz (96g)/ Titanium Verison: 3.1 oz (87g)
    • Water Rating: 10ATM/100 meters
    • Wireless: Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
    • Memory/History: 16GB
    • Pulse Ox: Yes (with Acclimation)
    • Music Storage: Up to 500 Songs
    • Available Gym Activity Profiles: Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yoga
    • Available Running Profiles: Running, Treadmill Running, Trail Running
    • Available Outdoor Recreation Profiles: Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical
    • Available Cycling Profiles: Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon
    • Available Swim Profiles: Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
    • What’s In the Box:

      fenix® 5X Plus Sapphire Versions
      • fenix 5 Watch
      • Charging/data cable
      • Documentation
      fenix® 5X Plus Sapphire Carbon Gray DLC Titanium with DLC Titanium Band Version (Only)
      • fenix 5X Plus
      • Charging/data cable
      • Quickfit™ 26 black silicone band
      • Documentation

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      The 5X Plus features onboard music, Garmin Pay, Spotify compatibility, CLIMBPRO and a Pulse Ox feature which measures your blood oxygen saturation. Check out our review of the Fenix 5 vs the Fenix 5 Plus

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