Kchen986 posted:

Have a Fenix 3, still going strong after 4 years. It's a good piece of kit if you're big in to running. Compass is decent for orienting yourself but altimeter is usually way off. Would recommend.

Thanks, do you think the older models like the 3 are better than the 5?   Im willing to go older and used if its a better option.  

Kchen986 posted:

Have a Fenix 3, still going strong after 4 years. It's a good piece of kit if you're big in to running. Compass is decent for orienting yourself but altimeter is usually way off. Would recommend.

Not quite 4 yrs. yet w/ my F3 but it's been a very solid/reliable watch for my running, match & class needs, no regrets here whatsoever.

Joined: 3.28.09            

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I have a refurbed Fenix 3HR. It’s a beast. The sapphire crystal glass is a must for any hard use watch. I’ve banged it into metal and wood door frames, watch looks like new. Door frame does not. 

“They were two douchebags who met in the normal course of being two douchebags.” - Sully, Third Watch

I have a 2017 Fenix 5 Sapphire model that is still going strong after two years of daily wear.  Love it for running metrics (especially when paired with a Garmin HRM), and using it for strength workouts, it's actually moderately good at figuring out what exercise you're doing just based on its internal sensors.  Battery life is great—I go about a week before it dips below 30%, depending on how much I use GPS—and it has just enough smartwatch capability in terms of notification to meet my needs, while still doing some things far better than an Apple Watch can (namely, constant on screen and battery life).

I bought into the Garmin ecosystem (watch, car GPS, bathroom scale, and I'll end up buying a VIRB at some point), and their products have decent integration through the Garmin Connect app, if that matters to you.

Joined: 2JAN2004

Location: South Florida

I have been a Casio watch guy for decades as a Marine and a cop since 1984 and a close friend and mentor whos on this list, L. Frost, has the Garmin Fenix.  I am not a computer Tech genius so I mainly am looking for a simple but sturdy GPS with Compass that has military time and dates on it and can also do the heart rate and pulse.   I am in my mid fifties and am no longer in the shape I once was so I want to keep an eye on the ticker, but have a durable watch for when I fall out of my office chair, lol.  

 

I have one, as do several other various LF'ers and friends I hang around with. All of the functions are more dialed in than the Fenix 3 I had previously. I jumped from the Fenix 3 to the 5 Plus after a backpacking trip last year when I realized my GPS mileage tracking was pretty far off from everyone else's devices. We started comparing distance notes after I noticed that my GPS position showed true to the map but the mileage was pretty far off from my informal pace-count, the map distance and then others devices. That might not mean much to you if you aren't relying on the watch primarily for navigation, but it was a big enough deal to me to force the upgrade. 

I have stayed away from the "Smart watches" for a while, but this one fits my current needs. The only drawback is that the Fenix 5+ is considered a "smart watch" and can't come into some USG areas. You'll know if this applies to you already, but it's worth mentioning. 

geronimo posted:

I have stayed away from the "Smart watches" for a while, but this one fits my current needs. The only drawback is that the Fenix 5+ is considered a "smart watch" and can't come into some USG areas. You'll know if this applies to you already, but it's worth mentioning. 

We have a somewhat similar (albeit less serious) concern with that in the nuclear industry.  In short, anything capable of recording or transmitting video/audio is prohibited in rooms where "safeguards" information is being discussed.  Really nice thing about the Fenix 5 is its lack of a microphone, so I have no problem wearing mine into secure briefings.  I am not familiar with the specs on any of the newer models nor the specifics of USG regulations about smartwatches, so do your own research and don't take my word for it.

Joined: 2JAN2004

Location: South Florida

ggammell posted:

Amazon has the 5X Sapphire for $449 right now. Good for another 4 hours. If that suits you.

Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire - Slate Gray with Black Band https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M..._api_i_wnB9CbNM6E93P

Right now on myexchange (AAFES' online store -if you have a DD214 or NGB22  you can shop there, however it doesn't get you access to the brick and mortar stores on post) the Fenix 5x is 439 with no tax and free shipping...

I'm not a devious man by nature, but when you're unarmed, your tactics might got to be downright Archimedian

 

 

Little late - but I have been wearing a Fenix 5 Sapphire since  early 2017 every day, and its held up great.  I put a screen “protector” on it to cut some of the reflectivity off the face, and had to eventually replace the band with a coyote nylon one after the original just fell apart.  

The battery life is still good, and its taken a beating against everything I could run into as a cop plus the great outdoors fishing, hunting, camping, etc.  It’s far more durable than an Apple, and waterproof which is nice when you have an “oh shit” moment.

Like someone said, the altimeter is usually off unless you have the GPS active all the time.  The Garmin Connect software is acceptable, and fairly easy to use.  I like to put GPS info in for long hikes/trips as a backup to my standalone GPS, map and compass.

I like it enough if/when this one dies, I’ll get another Fenix.

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