Poor support, works well if you don't use it as a smart watch
As a running watch it is good. It's customisable, can show gradient, is good with GPS and has cool features like track-back (breadcrumb navigation).
Connecting it to my phone on the other hand was an issue. It won't pair with a phone unless you have the Garmin Connect app installed, which Garmin have disabled on Android Go. Their support didn't know anything about it, they just said it should work on Android 5+, and I had to read their own FAQ to them, to show that it won't install and that's why I'm asking if they can send me the APK. 7 days...later they haven't answered the question, so I ended up installing Garmin Connect on an old phone, ripping it with an apk extractor, uploading it to Google Drive, and downloading and installing it on my normal phone. All to get a $500+ smart watch, to pair with a phone running the latest version of Android. Once it's connected, it's not particularly easy to use the navigation feature. It relies heavily on third-party apps and workarounds (like creating your own GPX and dropping it in a special directory, from a USB connection to your laptop). So I can say that the track-back function is usable. But if you want to plan tracks for hiking or running, that's not something you can do from the Garmin Connect app which they've railroaded you onto, or even from your laptop without using third-party websites and/or software. So if you want to see your speed/pace/climb etc while you're runningl it's good. If you want to use it as a smart watch it's not great.
Purchased in August 2019.
Excellent battery life
The Garmin Fenix 3 is a serious runner’s watch. As well as offering GPS tracking for runners and cyclists, the Garmin Fenix 3 has specific modes for other sports and exercise, including skiing.
It isn’t an all-metal design: Only the rim and buttons are metal. But the plastic casing feels incredibly tough, clearly a higher grade of material than you’re likely to see in the average fitness tracker. It’s “fiber-reinforced polymer”. Very fancy.
it wont die only take it off to sleep or have a shower
Bought it when they had only just come out in Australia. I've owned it for 6 years and only take it off to shower or sleep. I use the GPS daily to log commutes in my bike. I take it when I mtb logs swimming laps in the pool when I was swimming about 1km 2 to 3 times a week. Ive used it running heaps and even to log distance yacking on the water. It's great if your lost too as the compass had come in handy when out in the Bush. The original strap died years ago so I removed it re attached the pins and use a nato strap. It started to give me a r...ash on the back of my wrist but I've had no issues since having nato strap the backing stainless steel used has nickel in it and often gives rashes. Battery life is awesome when the step counter is disabled and bluetooth is off. With bluetooth on battery wont last a full day and I only flick it on to occasionally sinc it to my phone when I'm camping or away from home. other than that it auto sincs to strava or anything you link to garmin connect through wifi. it auto updates through wifi too. Only needs to be charged about once a week if that. Nato strap comes off her and that gets washed and spare one goes on. Use it for my alarm clock and she auto updates time through bluetooth or GPS. It let's me know about sunrise and sunset and that's really handy when you need to head home before dark. Overall excellent robust and bulletproof.
Reliable and Easy to use
I bought the Fenix3 as a secondary choice behind a Gshock simply because it was a digital version of an already tough product. I have had this watch for 2 years without an issue to report. The interface is simple and the buttons are easy to press. Battery life has to be its greatest plus. She lasts me over 4 days without charge
Garmin fenix 3
I am a long time gamin user must be going on 10 yrs now and I have had multiple watches and have always been extremely happy. So when I dropped 850 dollars on my fenix 3 sapphire I was looking forward to years of enjoyment, however it only lasted 2 yrs and the golf app stopped working properly then suddenly last week it had complete failure. I called Garmin and they cant help except to allow me to buy a refurbished watch as I'm outside 12 mth warranty. My issue is who in there right mind expects an $800 watch to last 2 years before TOTAL failur...e. I was thinking of upgrading as I'm after a watch with inbuilt HR capabilities, now I'm thinking It's not worth the risk staying Garmin especially given their top of the range watch only seems to lasts 2 years, guess its off to a new brand :-(
I got the Fenix 3HR model (advantage is no uncomfortable chest band heart rate monitor you have to wear). The face of the watch is quite large and sits off the wrist quite high, but i am not opposed to large watches. With the amount of functions that the Garmin Fenix 3HR has it is only a small set back for people who want something a little more sleek. I like this watch so much, i bought one for my friend for his birthday when i managed to get it half price (can be found quite easily). I jumped online and loaded a whole bunch of other functions onto the watch, cant speak more highly of it.
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Bought fenix 3 and was super excited. However had heaps of sync issues and Open Water GPS and data issues. Called Garmin Support and worked for 2 hours to correct. No good. They offered replacement (send in watch and wait 4 weeks if lucky), no thanks. Or refund. However must be store of purchase. I bought it at a 99 Bikes store nowhere near home. Had a 99 Bikes store close to home but they refused. Garmin was no help. What if I bought a GARMIN in Paris on holidays and lived in Cairns...?
Yes this is more of a Garmin Customer Service review, but FYI anyway. No more Garmins for me.
Great item, solid piece of technology that's a must-have for sports addicts. It definitely has a lot less features than the Apple Watch, but it's definitely a lot more sturdy in build.
I was debating between picking this up or the Fenix 5, but honestly grabbing this at sub $300 - Who can complain!
Minor issues with data transfer, but much improved on previous models
I bought the Fenix 3 to replace my old and less than reliable Garmin 310. The F3 looks like a watch and I wear it daily now, as it actually tells the time, which the 310 did not. I bought the sapphire glass version with the metal band and it looks great. Data transfer is by Bluetooth to my iPhone and then wi-fi transfers it to Garmin Connect on my PC. The data is very comprehensive and covers all sorts of fields, depending on the activity. Transfer works 95% of the time, but occasionally you have to do a re-boot. Once I had to plug the watch in...to the PC to make the transfer. Updates are done over wi-fi. Accuracy is good. For example it gives you your VO2 max and mine was only 1% out form my lab test. I also hike and this gives a link to maps and I also use an external mapping app to give me 3D maps of my routes take. I love it!
Cannot live without this now. I use it for all my training sessions, which it allows me to track like never before. Even normal day to day life it makes everything so much easier. Every now and then it un-syncs from my phone, but I think that's my phones fault for being older.
Can't live without it now
Wasn't keen on the idea of smart watches originally, but had the Garmin Fenix 3 given to me as a gift. Now, I can't believe I ever went without. For tracking your training and progress, there is no better. And the GPS functions, have never missed a beat. Always told me exactly where I am.
Best watch ever
Can’t live without it! I’ve had it over a year and it hasnt missed a beat. I have run two marathons and countless half marathons with it, plus lots of training and other activities that it allows. Easy to use and navigate through the settings, has run: walk ratios and virtual partners. Love this watch, and the battery lasts for ages!!
Great watch but really big
The watch is great and offers really great functions. Phenomenol battery life compared to other fitness trackers. The only complaint I have is that the watch is really big, and doesn't look very feminine. I have bought a pink watch band for it to try and make it look better but it's still so massive on a smaller wrist. I wish I knew the fenix 5 was going to be smaller bc I would have waited and purchased that one.
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A well-featured and reliable GPS watch for triathlon and multisport
Both my spouse and I have owned a Fenix 3 (non wrist HR version) each for nearly 2 years, using them near-daily for logging training and events for running, cycling, swimming and triathlon. While the Fenix 3 has now been superseded technically by the Fenix 5/5S/5X, at current discounted prices it now represents much more affordable entry into a multisport GPS watch, and is still worthy of consideration if you desire more than just run/bike functionality, but don't want to spend the best part of a grand.
* It handles pretty much ...every sport known to man, and you can stitch them together for any kind of multisport event... not just triathlon and duathlon. Very useful for events like Icebreaker (kayak-ride-run) and the Winter Challenge (kayak-road ride-mtb ride-run). * It's pretty much infinitely configurable to your particular needs. The App list can be culled of unnecessary sports and new ones added. Each App can have have a number of screens, each with multiple layouts of any data field available. ConnectIQ allows for a wide variety of Garmin and third-party Apps, Widgets, Data Fields and clock faces. Basically, you'd be doing well to NOT to be able to configure the Fenix 3 to display what you want it to. * Covers a tonne of metrics with built-in functionality, and plenty more with various sensors. I use mine with the HRM-Tri or HRM-Swim HR straps, and the Speed and Cadence sensors for my road bike.
chunky but changed my running!
everything about this watch is awesome. I'm an average runner in terms of ability but I run A LOT and run ultra distances. The battery life on this is amazing, I run 5-6 times a week normally and it last for days and days, probably over a week without being charged. I believe it lasts about 6 weeks in standby mode but ive never tried! all the gadgets etc on there are great, its super easy to use. I think it looks great (although maybe a little big on my small wrists but i dont really care!)
Can't fault it
I have had this watch now for 12 months and are thrilled with the data and usability. I enjoy reading my personal health trends and use it to track all of my fitness. The running component is excellent with all of the datapoints I'm looking for. Battery life is excellent we a charge only once a week if I'm running lots or 2-3 weeks if I'm not that active (which is rare). Email, SMS and news notifications work well. The only concern I have is the data sits in the cloud and not on the app in my phone. I'd love a local copy of data which I can look at when I'm not online (ie on a plane).
This sport watch does all you need
Fantastic watch that does everything you need in a sport watch. There is a large price gap between running watches and good multi sport. I wanted multi sport and decided to pay a little extra as the Fenix looks great compared to some of the others. I've used it on a range of sports with great tracking and simple to sync with the Garmin app. Fantastic that there are a lot of additional apps and watch faces that people make and let you have for free (you can donate to them.
Battery life is fantastic as well. I am currently on 12 days with 6 acti...
All you need for a sport watch
it is tough, long lasting, accurate and full of sensors. doesn't matter it is a day to day office work, or multiple days trekking in wild, it suits all my needs and it looks good as well. HR monitor is a bit disappointment sometimes as it can't detect my heart rate after being unintentionally dislocated during my excises.
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Is there geocaching app for this or similar?
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If you like big watches the garmin fenix wont disappoint. My advice if your worried about the size of it or look on your wrist go to a bikeshop/ sports shop and try one on. Theres lots of different colour bands for the watch ie pink if your worried about it not being feminine. I phone x has bluetooth and does support the garmin connect app so connectivity should be ok.
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