Overview: The Garmin fēnix 5S
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, swimming,
or golfing. You can create routes to follow, or track where you've been. In
addition, the fēnix 5S tracks your distance and pace as you work out. With the
built-in Elevate wrist heart rate technology, your heart rate can be measured at
the wrist instead of requiring you to wear a separate chest strap. The results of your activities
can be easily uploaded to the Garmin Connect online
community for sharing.
Physical Attributes: The fēnix 5S, smaller than the fēnix 5, features a rugged 42mm
steel bezel and rear panel, a fiber-reinforced outer case, and a
scratch-resistant sapphire lens. The device comes with a QuickFit 20 black silicone watch band installed, and a QuickFit 20 Amp Yellow silicone watch band in the box. You can also purchase other QuickFit 20 silicone watch bands, available in several colors, or a stainless steel band (all
available from Garmin).
- Watch: Width 1.787", Height 2.146", Depth 0.604"
- Band: Width 0.78" (20mm), Length 9.375"
- Weight: 2.3 ounces
Activities: From the watch menu, you can select from the
following activities: Trail Run, Run, Treadmill, Indoor track, Hike, Climb, Bike, Bike Indoor,
MTB, Pool Swim,
Open Water, Triathlon, Ski, Snowboard, XC Ski, SUP, Row, Row Indoor, and Golf.
Step Counter: The fēnix 5S's activity tracking feature
records your daily step count, distance traveled, intensity minutes, floors
climbed, calories burned, and sleep statistics for each recorded day. You can
create daily goals, which are updated automatically based on your previous
activity levels. Move alerts, which appear after a period of inactivity, remind
you to keep moving.
Running Dynamics: When paired with
the optional HRM-Run or HRM-Tri accessory, the device can analyze your running form. The
accelerometer in the accessory heart rate monitor can measure torso movement and
calculate the following running metrics: Cadence (number of steps per minute),
Vertical Oscillation (your bounce when running), Ground Contact Time (amount of
time you spend on the ground while running), Ground Contact Time Balance
(left-right balance of your ground contact time), and Stride Length (measured
from one footfall to the next). You can view your running metrics as a color
gauge on the display, showing you how your running data compares to those of
LCD: The fēnix 5S features a 1.1" diameter,
sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
color display with a resolution of 218 x 218 pixels. It has a backlight comes on
automatically when you press any button,
and can be set to time out in 4 sec, 8 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 minute, or stay on.
When the Gesture feature is turned on, the backlight comes on when you raise or
turn your arm to look at your wrist.
Water Resistant: The fēnix 5S 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. It is not recommended for scuba diving. The device also has a wide operating
temperature range of -4° to 122°F.
High-Sensitivity GPS Receiver: The unit features a
high-sensitivity GPS receiver. With both GPS and GLONASS support, the device
stays locked onto satellites, even near tall
buildings or under tree cover. If you're in a wide open area, you can turn off
the GLONASS option to save battery life. The GPS receiver lets you
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 5S 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 5S has a built-in
Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, which will give you up to 14 hours battery
life in normal GPS mode with wrist heart rate, or up to 35 hours in the UltraTrac GPS mode with a one-minute
polling interval (w/o HR). When not training, you can use the device as a digital
watch for up to 9 days on a single charge (Smart Mode). A 21" data
cable/charging cradle is provided for charging the battery and uploading your
Elevate Technology: The fēnix 5S is equipped with Elevate
wrist heart rate technology, which monitors your heart rate without having to
wear a chest strap. Whenever you wear the fēnix 5S, your heart rate is being
monitored, even while you sleep. The heart rate data helps to provide an
accurate reading of calories burned, and to measure the intensity of your
Note: Wrist heart-rate monitoring is not possible while
swimming. You must use the optional HRM-Tri or HRM-Swim heart rate monitor.
Physiological Measurements: The fēnix 5S's Elevate wrist
heart rate monitor can take physiological measurements to help you analyze your
training activities and race performances. The more you use the fēnix 5S, the
more accurate the estimates become, as the device learns about your activities
and performances. Physiological measurement estimates include:
- VO2 Max: VO2 Max is your
body's maximum oxygen consumption, to help you track your fitness and
- Predicted Race Times: The VO2 Max estimate and
published data sources are used to provide a target race time, based on your
current state of fitness.
- Recovery Advisor: Recover Advisor estimates how much
time it will take to fully recover from a workout.
- Stress Score: Stress Score measures your heart rate
variability while standing still for 3 minutes. The score is expressed on a
scale of 1 to 100, with the lower score indicating a lower stress level.
- Performance Condition: Your Performance Condition is a
real-time assessment after 6 to 20 minutes of activity.
- Lactate Threshold: Lactate Threshold is the point where
your muscles start to rapidly fatigue, based on the amount of lactic acid in
ANT+ Sensors: The fēnix 5S can be used with wireless 2.4
GHz ANT+ add-on sensors, such as the optional
HRM-Tri. Either of these two sensors is required to record your heart rate
while swimming, or to determine your stress level (Heart Rate Variability).
Other optional ANT+ sensors that work with the fēnix 5S include the Bike
Speed or Cadence Sensor, Foot Pod, Vector power sensor, and tempe external
Bluetooth Connected Features: The Garmin fēnix 5S features Bluetooth wireless technology that allows you to pair the device to
your smartphone 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 5S.
- Connect IQ: Allows you to extend your device features
with new watch faces, widgets, apps, and data fields.
- Find My Phone/Find My Watch: When your fēnix 5S and
smartphone are paired, you can locate a lost smartphone with the fēnix 5S, or a lost
fēnix 5S with your smartphone, as long as you're in range.
Navigation: The fēnix 5S 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 waypoints, favorites, locations
routes in the built-in memory.
Golf: The fēnix 5S lets you download distance data from the Garmin Golf Course database, and keep
your score on the digital scorecard. As you play golf, distance information for
each hole (front, middle, and back of green, plus layups and doglegs) are
displayed on the fēnix 5S. The course must first be downloaded from the Garmin
Connect app, then transferred to the fēnix 5S. The Garmin database has
distance information for over 40,000 courses worldwide.
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 Skiing and Snowboard modes, the
fēnix 5S 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 5S'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. If desired, you can use the Do Not
Disturb mode to turn off the backlight and vibration alerts.
User Profile: The Garmin fēnix 5S uses information
that you enter about yourself to calculate accurate training data. You can enter the
following user profile information: Gender, Birth Year, Height, Weight, heart
rate zone, and power zone settings. The device will use this information to
calculate accurate training data.
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 5S 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.
Watch Functions: When you're not working out, the fēnix 5S 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. The device can also provide local
sunrise and sunset times.
Face It: The fēnix 5S is compatible with the Garmin Face It
watch face creator application, which is available free via download. Face It
allows you to customize the face of your fēnix 5S with an image from your photo
library. The app is first downloaded to your smartphone, where the custom watch
face is created. The new face is then uploaded to the fēnix 5S from your phone.
VIRB Remote: If you have a Garmin
VIRB action camera, the fēnix 5S 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+.