Garmin Fenix 3 – Be Sapphired.

October 3, 2015

There’s a big part of me that wants all my physical activities tracked and recorded at all occasions but let’s face it. I love my fitness trackers but boy do these devices scream “FITNESS!” as loud as Sharapova on a tennis court. Garmin understands and wants you to know you’re taken care of both outdoors and in the boardroom by dressing up their Fenix 3 Sapphire line of multisport GPS watches in leather and rose gold. It sure looks slick.


While the functions of the Fenix 3 watch unit remains unchanged, 2 new version are released to bridge the chasm between the boardroom and outdoors; a silver version with a leather band, and a white version with rose gold accents. Current owners of the Garmin Fenix 3 need not worry, the new straps will also be available for sale as additional accessories.


While the limited smartwatch functions can’t jostle with the likes of Apple Watch or the newest Android Wear, The Garmin Fenix 3 more than holds its own when it comes to multisport tracking. Boasting both GPS/GLONASS support, the Fenix 3 easily tracks sports ranging from trail running and hiking to advanced fitness training and alpine skiing. The Garmin Fenix 3 runs up to 6 weeks in watch mode and 20 hours in GPS/training mode which should suffice for most mortals.

List of features:

  • Stainless steel EXO™ antenna with GPS/GLONASS support for fast fix and accuracy
  • 1.2-inch sunlight-readable color Chroma™ display with high-strength domed sapphire lens
  • Fitness training features like VO2 max and recovery advisor (when used with a heart rate monitor¹)
  • Outdoor navigation features like 3-axis compass, altimeter and barometer and TracBack® feature
  • Connect IQ™ compatibility for customized apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields
  • Water resistance rated up to 10 ATM
  • Vibration enabled for smart notifications and alarms
  • Remote control for Garmin’s VIRB cameras.


Style does not come cheap. The Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire is available at $599.99 for the watch only or at $699.99 for the performance bundle that also includes the HRM-Run that measures not only heart rate but cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time as well.

Now that you’ve gotten your outdoor training settled, you just need to find a boardroom to show off your new toy.

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