First Look: Garmin fenix 5X

by
posted on October 23, 2017
fenix_f5_fl.jpg

Watches made for sporting/fitness purposes are one of the hottest items in the outdoor industry. Whether you're simply tracking how many steps in a day or intend to make full use of the miniature GPS on your wrist, they can be darn handy devices to have along. Garmin makes some of the finest GPS watches in the business, and I recently had the opportunity to test out their new fenix 5X during a Colorado elk hunt. Here are five things you need to know.

1. It’s packed with features.
The fenix 5X is loaded with features that should impress any hunter. It comes loaded with full-color TOPO U.S. mapping, GPS and GLONASS capability to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone, as well as a 3-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter.

2. It doubles as a fitness watch.
Fitbit and its competing products are all the rage at the moment. If you’re packing a fenix 5X, though, you won’t have to strap anything else to you wrist. The 5X features wrist-based heart rate monitoring. It also counts steps and monitors your sleep. The watch uses your heart rate to provide calories burned information, too, making it handy if you’re looking to shed a few pounds or maintain your current physical shape.

3. The mapping is fantastic.
The fenix 5X features full-color TOPO U.S. mapping that comes preloaded. Better, the map data is optimized for at-a-glance navigation and location tracking. If you’re going off the grid, that’s fine, too. Each model in the fenix 5X series providence comprehensive navigation and tracking to guide you on and off the beaten path, plus ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) sensor capabilities.

4. It can connect to your smartphone.
Owners of the fenix 5X can download the free Garmin Connect Mobile application and sync their watch with a smartphone. The app allows you to keep an even more detailed eye on fitness features, mapping and more. Below is the heart rate chart from Tuesday, Oct. 17. You'll note that my heart rate peaked at 159 beats per minute, a little after 6 p.m. It probably won't surprise you that it's about that time that I killed a bull elk.

5. It's built to last.
The fenix 5X has a rugged design that features a stainless steel bezel, buttons and rear case. I’m a clumsy sort of guy, and have routinely banged the watch against trees, doors and anything else that’s gotten in my way. It has hazarded such treatment without issue. The battery life is nice, too—it’ll last up to 12 days in smartwatch mode, and up to 20 hours in GPS mode.

For more information, go to Garmin.com.

Latest

Browning A5 Sweet Sixteen New Models Lead
Browning A5 Sweet Sixteen New Models Lead

Browning Introduces New A5 Sweet Sixteen Shotguns

Browning’s A5 Sweet Sixteen lineup grows with several new models for designed for upland and waterfowl hunting.

New for 2022: Ruger-Made Marlin 1895 SBL

The first Marlin to be produced at Ruger’s factory, the new 1895 SBL, with its classic style and rugged reliability, lives up to the hype.

First Look: Realtree Max-7 Camouflage

Realtree has designed Max-7 to conceal hunters in virtually every scenario and any waterfowl environment.

First Look: Leica Geovid Pro 32 Rangefinding Binocular

Leica launches its iconic Geovid rangefinding binocular in new compact, lightweight size with added functionality.

First Look: Winchester Blind Side 2 Waterfowl Ammunition

Winchester Ammunition has introduced Blind Side 2 waterfowl shotshells. Similar to their predecessors, they utilize hex-shaped shot, but are differentiated by a nickel-plated head and Drylok wad system

First Look: Legacy Pointer Acrius Cerakote Over/Under Series

Legacy Sports Int’l and Pointer Shotguns have collaborated to create the Acrius Cerakote Over/Under series.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.