Garmin Fenix 2

  • Price Paid:$0.00
  • User rating:
    (4)
  • Would buy again from this company: Yes
  • Used product for: 1 months
  • # of logged workouts:

"This is a highly versatile multisport watch/GPS. Moving up from the 310XT, I now have more than a stopwatch when I'm in the pool, I can sync workouts right afterward using my smartphone, and get running dynamics as well (as soon as I figure out what the numbers mean). "tcj103

(2)

Ease of installation

"Installation" meaning Garmin Express and their website. Finally figured out how to set up Express, but it won't work on my company computer (not Express, just the "modern" web site!).

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Ease of use

Different button layout than the 310XT, took some getting used to.

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Quality of Construction

The usual Garmin quality, rather than rubber gaskets for buttons, the buttons are metal

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Fit

Replaceable watch strap, tools provided, and a large velcro strap is also provided for wear over your ski jacket.

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Comfort

Can be worn like a regular (somewhat large) watch.

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Durability

So far seems pretty good

(4)

Value

This is a do it all device. Can count laps indoors, and receive power from my power meter.

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Appearance

Subdued design and round face makes it look less like a multisport GPS, and more like a (somewhat large) watch.

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Performance

So far so good. Fixes on GPS signals quickly.

Strengths

Both Blue Tooth and ant+ options for sensors, control of things like the VIRB camera, many different sports profiles. More watch-like than the other multisport GPSs, when the unit is not being used, defaults to watch mode. I've found it fairly comfortable to wear at work, and I'm not even getting strange looks. It has the ability to link to your smartphone, either all the time, only during an activity, or only not in an activity. The watch can then display emails and text messages, which isn't necessarily a good thing. Only had it in the pool once, and I'm just getting back swimming, so I haven't been able to see how well the lap counter works. For the few hundred yards I've done, it seems pretty good. But extra movements between laps will register as strokes.

Weakness

With more features comes more complexity. I'm still learning the OS on this thing, but it is highly customizable. The one glaring weakness is the lack of multiple bike profiles. There are a couple "custom" profiles available, and it seems to be able to pair power meters to it, so that may be the work around. Still need to try that out.

The display is reversed from the 310XT/910XT era, where the text/numbers are "white" on a black background. The backlight is also red, which for older athletes can be tough to read. I've found in daylight conditions it's fine to read, however in dim light it isn't as easy. Also it appears that you can use either BlueTooth or ant+, but not both at the same time.

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