Gear: Garmin Fēnix 2 - First Look

Garmin fenix 2

A firm favourite with trail and ultra runners, the Garmin Fēnix gets an update and it seems that the advances made with the Forerunner 620 have been incorporated with this seemingly all-singing-all-dancing watch. 

The original fēnix that we tested was and still is a firm favourite at RW, so the enhancements that Garmin have announced all seem very exciting. From their full press release, Garmin have stated that the Fēnix 2 comes with 'a range of new sport and training options, updated intuitive user interface and expanded smartphone connectivity'. This smartphone connectivity is a big plus meaning that the watch will be bluetooth enabled, thus making syncing data with the Garmin connect app (and now Garmin Express) very easy. This also opens up users to world of live tracking that Garmin first offered up to users of their cycling computers.

The big plus for runners is that the fēnix will use the same advanced running dynamics as the 620 with the new HRM-Run™ heart rate monitor, which provides feedback on running form by measuring cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. 

It will of course still cover the basics of showing real-time performance data such as distance, time, pace but according to Garmin the Fēnix 2 can also 'estimate users’ VO2 max to evaluate their fitness level' and 'calculate recovery time and perform a recovery check after intense workouts'. Potentially very useful features. 

It still very much focuses on multi sport athletes with a variety of activity profiles and the same tracking functionality as the first Fēnix (a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, barometric altimeter, 3-axis compass, a toolset that allows users to plan trips and create routes, record waypoints, record GPS breadcrumb trails on the move, the TracBack feature that safely navigates you back to the starting point etc), but it's also compatible with most of Garmin's ANT+™ accessories such as tempe™ temperature sensor, speed/cadence sensor and the Vector™ power meter.

The Fēnix 2 will have a suggested retail price of £359.99 and the Performer Bundle with HRM-Run will have a suggested retail price of £389.99, so not cheap, but it is a lot of watch that you get for the money. 

I guess the most important question now is does it come with an orange strap?