Garmin Fenix 2

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10/07/2014 at 00:17
Excited... Sold my 620 and got a fenix 2 instead it arrives tomorrow, anyone got one and got any advice on use... Or is the recommendation to not open it and send it straight back Changed as I want a watch that will go for longer than 8 hours.
Edited: 10/07/2014 at 00:17
10/07/2014 at 07:35
Yep, slow and me go together
10/07/2014 at 09:10

It is a good bit of kit, I have had one for a couple of months. The Ultratrac mode with 60s sampling gave me some crazy results on an ultra recently which was very annoying. Other than that, and the fact it is really quite tricky to set up, it is a great bit of kit. Love the "running dynamics" that it gives you, (cadence, oscillation, contact time etc)

10/07/2014 at 09:27

Yes, talking about the cadence does it do that from the HRM-Run strap i'm hoping it does, so that I don't need to buy a foot pod as well?

10/07/2014 at 09:29

no need for a foot pod! (think it actually does cadence from a sensor in the watch itself)

10/07/2014 at 09:38

Yeah that always seem vague when they say about that.  I guess run with my arm out straight for a minute and look at the difference

10/07/2014 at 09:46

or just run without HR and see if it works... although in 2 months I've never run without it!

10/07/2014 at 09:50

Apart from the casing, battery, and sample rate option, are there any other differences between the Garmin 620 and the Garmin Fenix 2?  The Fenix 2 would seem like the better option even for the non-ultra runner...  Needing to recharge less is always a good thing.

10/07/2014 at 09:54

Well if it's the same as the 620 then your right. As I sold my 620 and did my last run with it on Tuesday without the HRM-Run strap as that was in the washing machine, and your comment made me look and yep, that still has cadence so it's def in the watch on the 620. So I assume the same for the fenix2.

With cadence and nothing else

10/07/2014 at 10:06

XX1: The 620 has a 'pretty' colour screen which well... the colours are very pastel like and frankly hardly noticable, and it's touchscreen. The touchscreen is cool and I loved that in it.  But, others have said they prefer the ones with buttons as you don't accidentally do things but i'll see. the touchscreen was the real difference.

Oh and of course the 620 was very light for a running watch... Smallish and light, don't know if the extra weight only 30 odd grammes makes any difference, i'll find out but I think my original 610 was about the weight of the fenix so i'll adjust.

Edited: 10/07/2014 at 10:08
10/07/2014 at 10:45

XX1 - Some pretty big differences between them


FR620 only designed for running, Fenix 2 can be used for cycling and swimming too, and the big ones is that Fenix 2 can be used for navigating etc...

10/07/2014 at 10:49

Yes the 610 did very basic navigation... was really surprised when i got my 620 and they had taken that out!! basically the 620 is great for running but it's a really, really specialised thing, it does one thing well, but only the one thing. 

Whereas as far as i can see the Fenix2 does 99.9999% of that and lots of other stuff as well. But without the touchscreen.

10/07/2014 at 10:52

Thanks for the replies booktrunk and BR 

Slightly off topic but here's another one to ponder...  Given the functionality of the 620 / Fenix 2, what else is there left to measure?  Where do Garmin go from here?  I'm only thinking in terms of running as I don't cycle or swim...  The only statistic that doesn't seem to be on offer but I'd like to see is Average Stride Length.

10/07/2014 at 10:59

No you get that on the fenix 2 / 620 look at this as an example... very short stride because of doing hills in this example.


10/07/2014 at 11:00

on a gentle plod i'm around 88cm and going quicker around 94cm and have been upto 110cm on a fast 1 km sprint.

10/07/2014 at 12:27

YB -- Agree that Avg Stride Length is an easy calculation given the relevant input criteria...  I calculate it in my running log (MS Excel) but it would be nice to see it on the watch.

10/07/2014 at 12:35

Yidd: Next one is August, then September, n January.

Yes a 310xt would have been perfect but a new one is £125 and secondhand they go still for £90 plus. So Selling my watch and getting a Fenix2 only cost £60. So was cheaper. Yes I could have sold mine, got a 310 and pocketed £100, but hey I chose not to

10/07/2014 at 12:49

Actually in a pretty good place. My basic problem is i'm to slow a runner, I'm a wimp running fast breaks me.

So being a 4:30 marathoner means in long distance events i really am tail end Charlie, and 'fastpackers' would be overtaking me in their droves.  It's learning to manage my resources and not burn out to quickly, which i'm slowly getting the knack of.

It's a fun challenge because it's not just running it's having to try to control yourself, and limit your output. a bit like when you aren't sure if you have enough petrol to get to the garage, and you coast at times, and are very careful about not going over x speed to guzzle petrol i'm having to treat myself like that, which is all part of the game.

10/07/2014 at 15:47

 My OH is teasing me, sent me this pic.

10/07/2014 at 20:12

First plot from my Fenix 2, it works


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