Overview: The Garmin fēnix 3
is an advanced training watch with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver which accurately
pinpoints and tracks your location while you're skiing, hiking, running, biking,
or swimming. You can create routes to follow, or track where you've been. In
addition, the fēnix 3 tracks your distance and pace as you work out. You
can upload the results of your activities to the Garmin Connect online
Activities: From the watch menu, you can select from the
following activities: Trail Run, Run, Run Indoor, Bike, Bike Indoor, Pool Swim,
Open Water, Triathlon, XC Ski, Ski/Board, Climb, and Hike.
Water Resistant: The fēnix 3 has a 10 ATM water
rating, which means it can withstand pressures equivalent to a depth of 100
meters (328 feet). Not only can you wear the device in the rain and wet weather, you can
even swim with it. The device also has a wide operating
temperature range of -4° to 131°F.
LCD: The fēnix 3 features a 1.2" diameter
color Chroma display with a resolution of 218 x 218 pixels, and a sunlight readable
negative black display. It has a protective, stainless steel bezel and a strong,
scratch resistant crystal. The LED backlight comes on when you press any button,
and can be set to time out in 8 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 minute, or stay on.
High-Sensitivity GPS Receiver: The unit
features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver with a stainless steel EXO antenna, which
keeps it locked onto satellites, even near tall
buildings or under tree cover. With both GPS and GLONASS support, you can
navigate and track your activities, create a "bread crumb" trail of where you've
been, and mark locations (start/finish line, course checkpoint, your vehicle, or
other points of interest. The fēnix 3 is also equipped with altimeter (for
elevation data), barometer (showing short-term air pressure trends), and compass
sensors (to keep your bearings).
Accelerometer: The built-in accelerometer can accurately
calculate your speed and distance when running indoors or on a treadmill, when
the GPS can't be used. The accelerometer is self-calibrating, and the speed and
distance accuracy improves after a few outdoors runs using GPS. In many cases, a
separate foot pod is not needed.
Rechargeable Battery: The fēnix 3 has a built-in
300 mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, which will give you up to 20 hours battery
life in normal GPS mode, or 50 hours in the UltraTrac GPS mode with a one-minute
polling interval. When not training, you can use the device as a digital
watch for up to 6 weeks on a single charge. A 41" data cable/charging cradle is
provided for charging the battery and uploading your training data. An AC
adapter is provided for charging the battery via standard household current.
Navigation: The fēnix 3 provides advanced navigation and
tracking functions, utilizing the built-in GPS and altimeter, barometer, and
compass. It can record a track log to show you where you've been. You can mark and save up to 1,000 waypoints/favorites/locations
50 routes in the built-in 32 MB memory (25 MB available).
Bluetooth Connected Features: The Garmin fēnix 3
features Bluetooth wireless technology that allows you to pair the device to
your smartphone or mobile device through the Garmin Connect Mobile app
(available for Android and iOS devices). When
connected via Bluetooth, you can do the following:
- Live Track: Your friends and family can follow your
races and training activities in real time on the Garmin Connect tracking
page. You can also invite others to follow via email or social media. (You
must have your phone paired to the device throughout your run for Live
- Automatic Uploads: When your workout is completed, you
can automatically upload the stored data from your activity to Garmin
- Phone Notifications: When you receive notifications and
messages on your phone, they are displayed on the fēnix 3.
- Connect IQ: Allows you to extend your device features
with new watch faces, widgets, apps, and data fields.
Wi-Fi Connected Features: The device can also be connected
to Garmin Connect via Wi-Fi. The Garmin Connect Mobile app is not required for
Wi-Fi connectivity. While connected via Wi-Fi, you can upload activities to your
Garmin Connect account, browse for and select workouts and training plans on
Garmin Connect, and obtain software updates.
HRM-Run Heart Rate Monitor: The optional HRM-Run is
an advanced heart rate monitor with a built-in accelerometer. It works with the
fēnix 3 to monitor your heart rate and your running form to give you advanced
analysis of your workout, including oxygen consumption and recovery time. The
accelerometer measures torso movement to calculate three running metrics:
Cadence (number of steps per minute), Vertical Oscillation (the bounce in your
running motion, measured in centimeters), and Ground Contact Time (amount of
time in each step that your foot spends on the ground while running, measured in
Add-on Sensors: The fēnix 3 can be used with wireless 2.4
GHz ANT+ add-on sensors, such as the optional HRM-Run Heart Rate Monitor. The optional Foot Pod, available from Garmin, can work with the
fēnix 3 to monitor your distance and cadence when you're running indoors or when GPS
cannot be used. The optional Bike Cadence Sensor can feed bike speed and cadence
data to the device during your ride. The device is also compatible with the
tempe temperature sensor.
VO2 Max: The fēnix 3 can estimate your VO2 Max, your
body's maximum oxygen consumption, to help you track your fitness and
performance levels. When the optional HRM-Run is worn, the fēnix 3 estimates
your VO2 Max by analyzing your running speed, heartbeats per minute, and the
variation in your heart rate. You can use the VO2 Max data to see how your VO2 Max
compares to other runners of your gender and age range. The device can also use
the data to predict your race time for several distances.
Recovery Time: Using the optional HRM-Run's heart rate data, the
fēnix 3 can calculate how much recovery time you need between workouts or races.
After your run, the recovery time shows how long before you should attempt
another hard workout.
User Profile: The Garmin fēnix 3 uses information
that you enter about yourself to calculate accurate training data. You can modify the
following user profile information: Gender, Birth Year, Height, and Weight.
Virtual Partner: The Virtual Partner feature is a training
tool designed to help you reach your goals. You can set the Virtual Partner to
run at a target pace or speed. As you run, you can "compete" with the Virtual
Partner, checking the display to see if you are ahead or behind the target pace
or speed. If the pace is too slow or too fast, you can adjust the speed of the
Virtual Partner as you run.
Auto Lap: Auto Lap automatically marks a lap at a specific
distance. This feature is helpful for comparing your performance over different
parts of an activity. Each time you complete a lap, the device will beep or
vibrate, and the lap time is displayed.
Auto Pause: You can set the fēnix 3 to pause the
timer automatically when you stop moving, or when your pace drops below a
specified value. This feature is helpful if you have to stop for traffic or to
tie your shoe during your run.
Swimming: You can use the device while surface swimming in a
pool or open water. While pool swimming, you can enter the pool size data and
keep track of the strokes, and the number of lengths (of the pool) you swam.
Skiing/Snowboarding: In Ski-Board mode, the fēnix 3 keeps
track of your speed, distance, and vertical drop to calculate the number of runs
you make. Auto Pause stops the timer while you're on the lift.
Sleep Tracking: The fēnix 3's Sleep Mode can monitor
your rest, and display sleep statistics such as total hours of sleep, periods of
movement, and periods of restful sleep.
Watch Functions: When you're not working out, the fēnix 3 can be used as a basic watch, displaying the time and date, along with an alarm.
You can configure the watch face in a number of ways, including analog/digital,
icons, style, and colors. The time is automatically set by the GPS receiver (or manually, if desired), and
can be displayed in 12-hour or 24-hour format.
VIRB Remote: If you have a Garmin
VIRB Elite action camera, the fēnix 3 can be used as a glove-friendly remote
control. The camera commands for stopping and starting recordings and taking
still photos are sent wirelessly via ANT+.