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[Best Buy] Garmin Fenix 5x Sapphire 51mm Multisport GPS Watch with TOPO $399.99

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Oct 17, 2006
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[Best Buy] Garmin Fenix 5x Sapphire 51mm Multisport GPS Watch with TOPO $399.99

Was on sale previously for $350 at BB and Mec but this is still an excellent price. Two week battery life and built in N. American Maps so you can use without a smartphone when hiking/cycling etc. Sapphire scratch resistant glass and mil-spec casing makes this a great watch for the outdoorsy/sporty type.

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Precision satellite navigation: GPS and GLONASS reception ensure more accurate and reliable tracking across more environment.

ABC essentials: Built-in altimeter, barometer, and compass functions ensure you have relevant, real-time information about changes in altitude, air pressure, and direction.

TOPO Canada preloaded: When you're powering through the backcountry, it pays to know precisely where you are. That's why the fenix 5X is loaded with Canadian topographic info, which helps with at-a-glance navigation and location reference.

Internal gyroscope: The fenix 5X's internal gyroscope improves both positional accuracy and the watch's battery life, so you can navigate with precision and push your daily goals to the limit.

Multiple sports modes: Swim profile, ski/board mode, rowing, stand-up paddle board, and golf settings ensure a variety of movements are accurately recorded.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi: Bluetooth LE technology lets you sync with your compatible smartphone to get notifications, including emails, texts, and other alerts, along with music control and more. With Wi-Fi connectivity, you can automatically send activity uploads via your wireless network for sharing on Garmin Connect.

Smart notifications: Staying connected is easy with the fenix 5X, which can display your texts, emails, and other smart device notifications.

Stylish, durable design: High-resolution full-colour Chroma display with LED backlighting is easy to read in all lighting conditions. The sapphire lens is exceptionally scratch-resistant to shrug off everyday wear.

Water resistance: 10ATM/100-metre water rating means you can wear the watch in the rain or while swimming.

Long battery life: A rechargeable lithium ion battery provides up 9 days of battery life when placed in smartwatch mode.
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Dec 2, 2017
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Unless you are serious athlete, I wouldn't recommend this watch. Super bulky and heavy.

Most people will be fine with FR245 or vivoactive 4 for the same price, but with some nice extra features.
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Apr 11, 2003
656 posts
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Edmonton
Really should update the title to "Garmin Fenix...". It would be nice to know WHICH watch it is, not just what the glass/size is :) Just sayin.
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Dec 16, 2010
695 posts
538 upvotes
Canada
Have this watch. Use it as a daily driver and love it. Good price!!
Newbie
Sep 19, 2010
78 posts
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vancouver, BC
It's a good deal but I decided to go with FR645. It's between Fenix and 245 in terms of bulkiness as well as features
Newbie
Jul 9, 2017
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Just got this from the Mec sale a couple of months ago for $349.99. Was worried about the size, but I actually really like it.

My uses for it are:
Running. Allows me to not only get the relevant Strava data that gets exported, but also lets me easily hit a lap button to time certain segments/certain laps). Given the always-on screen, you can check your pace/distance/time so very easily.
Biking. Same as above. Additionally great for pre-mapping routes etc.
Hiking. Maps/directions are so clutch. Can't wait to try this out on winter mountain hiking (it has buttons, so you don't need to fidget by taking off your gloves like you would on a regular touch screen smart watch).
Step-counter and heart-rate monitor are a given (though the HR monitor is BANG on for me - I've cross-referenced with multiple manual checks and even tried it on my gf with great success).
Always-on screen with different widgets is so cool (I have it set up to show battery, weather, distance walked/run, steps, date/time, and total calorie count which seems to be decently accurate when cross-referencing with my BMR and third-party activity calculations).

My pros: looks really good, insane battery life, waterproof, scratch-resistant screen, amazing sport/GPS functionality, accurate HR monitor
My cons: no music or garmin pay on this

I am sure there are some cheaper options out there, but for $350 to $400, this is great value for everything it does.
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Jul 26, 2006
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I just could not charge my Fenix as the charging cable can't connect with the watch. It seems I should have bought those rubber plugs. For the price, GARMIN should include them in the box.
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Apr 17, 2003
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andreid wrote: I just could not charge my Fenix as the charging cable can't connect with the watch. It seems I should have bought those rubber plugs. For the price, GARMIN should include them in the box.
How come? Damaged pins?
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Aug 19, 2015
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andreid wrote: I just could not charge my Fenix as the charging cable can't connect with the watch. It seems I should have bought those rubber plugs. For the price, GARMIN should include them in the box.
I got my rubber plugs from Amazon. Since I shower with my watch occasionally I have to use the q-tip to clean the charging port despite rubber plug as as it doesn't make it 100% waterproof. Love the watch and love the 10+ days battery life. If you need a smartwatch go with Samsung or Appl, if you want a fitness watch and want rugged features go with Garmin.
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Oct 12, 2007
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Yeah, the plugs are necessary with the charging configuration of the 5 and 6 Fenixes. My old Fenix 3 had a (very expensive) cradle that was never fail. The bonus of the Fenix 5/6 approach is I bought multiple cables because they're cheap. So, I have one at home, one in the car, and another at the office. Pulling the plugs is a small pain but it's better than cleaning out the contacts. IMO

The 5X is way too massive a watch for me. Plus I am a marathoner and cyclist, not much of a hiker so its extra functions don't have much value for me. My 5s fits my wrist, is a tad less rugged looking than the 5x and doubles as a daily watch.

Still, an upvote from me - this is a decent price for this tech.
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Jul 5, 2008
283 posts
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Last year I tried this watch for a few days and it was too big to wear all the time. I hike a lot and figured the maps would be great but the VivoActive 3 is a better for me to wear all the time.

The 5X is still a nice watch, I'd just need much bigger wrists :)
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EuRaFree wrote: Unless you are serious athlete, I wouldn't recommend this watch. Super bulky and heavy.

Most people will be fine with FR245 or vivoactive 4 for the same price, but with some nice extra features.
100% this. I had this watch last fall and returned it. It is a damn tank. I bought a 245 this spring and it weighs half as much. Much better to wear as an everyday watch.
Newbie
Mar 19, 2018
37 posts
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I have a garmin forerunner 935... i always hear people comparing Fenix to that...is the only difference the shell and touch screen?
Newbie
May 29, 2007
78 posts
4 upvotes
nice. same price on amazon but best buy has ebates and amazon doesn't anymore
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Jul 26, 2006
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chatbox wrote: How come? Damaged pins?
The charging connector is idiotic engineering as it is pins inside the watch instead of connectors. The result is dirt and sweat will corrupt it. The solution seems to be cleaning or a better cable. I am waiting for the latter to arrive... and resolve the problem. Hopefully.
So buy those plugs immediately as that charging connector is used in all "5" watches.

https://forums.garmin.com/outdoor-recre ... connection

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