Garmin GPS watch Ralf Jurrien : July 20th 2012 - 10:30 CET
Garmin Fenix outdoor GPS watch : Garmin International Inc. announced Fenix, its first GPS watch for outdoor men, such as mountaineers, hikers, cyclists, hunters and backpackers. Fenix GPS watch provides comprehensive navigation and tracking functionalities as well as trip information to guide adventurers during their challenging activities off the beaten track. The Garmin GPS watch built-in sensors provide information on heading, elevation and weather changes. Fenix can guide adventurers off the trail and back to the safety of a vehicle, trailhead or campsite. Sporting a classic round watch design in a high-strength, the Fenix GPS watch is built to endure the toughest outdoor conditions and also makes a stylish day-to-day timepiece.
Garmin GPS watch
“Fenix GPS watch packs Garmin’s leading and trusted outdoor technology into a robust, wrist worn GPS watch that outdoor men can rely on,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Being able to go hands free while still having access to Garmin’s precise and accurate information on weather, elevation and position with the GPS watch, provides adventurers the confidence and peace of mind to take their outdoor activities even further off-trail.”
Garmin Fenix GPS watch
Fenix GPS watch includes a comprehensive navigational toolset that allows users to plan trips and create routes, record waypoints, such as campsites or points of interest, and record GPS bread crumb trails on the move (tracklogs). Adventurers can navigate to coordinates with the GPS watch, along a track or route, towards waypoints, geocaches or along any other selected bearing. A navigation arrow provides clear directional guidance and the TracBack function can guide one back along a previously recorded tracklog. This provides adventurers peace of mind knowing they’re never “lost” and can easily find their way back in case of an emergency or bad weather conditions. Also included with the Garmin GPS watch, is a worldwide basemap displaying cities nearby. Using the GPS watch BaseCamp desktop app, Garmin Fenix users will be able to easily plan trips and share their adventures with friends and family. Fenix is equipped with both ANT capabilities and Bluetooth to wirelessly share tracks, waypoints, routes and geocaches with other compatible Garmin devices. A Basecamp mobile app allows Garmin GPS watch users to transfer waypoints and tracklogs to view them on a more detailed map and larger screen of select smartphones.
Garmin GPS watch sensors
Garmin Fenix GPS watch is equipped with ABC sensors (altimeter, barometer and compass) to provide explorers relevant real-time information. The built-in altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, the barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing short-term trends in air pressure and a 3-axis electronic compass keeps the user’s bearing whether he’s moving or not. Utilizing its GPS watch receiver, Garmin Fenix can auto-calibrate its ABC sensors and also auto sets the time based on location. For an extremely accurate temperature reading, Fenix GPS watch can be paired with tempe, Garmin’s new external temperature sensor.
Fenix GPS watch features
Similar to Garmin’s running GPS watches, Fenix outdoor features real-time performance data, such as distance, pace time and calories, helping outdoorsmen keep track of their progress during and after their adventures. This is especially useful to keep track of fitness activities off the beaten track, such as adventure or trail running. GPS watch Garmin Fenix is also compatible with Garmin’s premium heart rate monitor for heart rate info and with a speed/cadence sensor for distance, speed and cadence while on a bike. The displayed data fields are fully customizable right from the GPS watch from Garmin.
Garmin outdoor GPS watch price & availability
The Garmin Fenix outdoor GPS watch is built to endure the toughest outdoor conditions, combining a high-strength housing to survive shocks with a mineral glass lens to resist scratching. It boasts a large LCD display with LED backlight and a robust polyurethane wristband. Garmin’s outdoor GPS watch is waterproof to 50 meters and has a battery life of up to 50 hours in GPS mode (depends on settings) and up to 6 weeks in watch mode. Basic GPS watch functions include alarms, tones, vibration alerts, timer, stopwatch and world clock with the ability to display several times zones at once. Garmin Fenix outdoor GPS watch is expected to be available in fall 2012 and will have a suggested retail price of $ 399.99. tempe is an optional accessory and has a suggested retail price of $29.99. The polyurethane wristband of the Garmin Fenix GPS watch will be available in olive or orange and an optional leather wristband can be added.