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  • Enjoy an eye-catching timepiece design and uncompromising quality, with a stainless-steel bezel and high-strength, scratch-resistant domed sapphire lens
  • Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology measures heart rate at the wrist, giving you the option to track your heart rate data without wearing a chest strap
  • When paired with HRM-Run monitor (not included), calculates advanced features like recovery advisor, race predictor (estimates your ideal finish time) and VO2 max estimate
  • Omni-directional steel EXO antenna, when paired with GLONASS, provides an even faster fix and more accurate position than GPS alone
  • Utilize 1 or more WiFi hot spots to automatically sync your data with Garmin Connect application and to update your software (when in range)
  • Connect IQ platform lets you customize your watch with a variety of watch faces, data fields, widgets and applications
  • Use as an activity tracker by counting steps, calories and distance throughout the day
  • Also features a move bar with vibration alert to motivate you to move when you've been sitting too long and sleep mode to monitor your quality of rest at night
  • Includes lactate threshold, stress score, performance indicator and audio prompts
  • Pair with optional ANT+ sensors, such as heart rate monitors, temperature sensor, foot pod, speed/cadence, Vector power meter or use to control VIRB action camera
  • 1.2 inch sunlight-visible, high-resolution color Chroma optically-bonded display with high-strength domed sapphire lens
  • Pair with your smartphone to download golf course distances from our golf course database, with more than 40,000 international courses
  • Measure paddle stroke count, stroke rate and distance per stroke to determine efficiency


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Best Use Multisport
Customization Widgets, Data Fields, Watch Faces
GPS/Satellite Detectable Yes
Interval Training Yes
Pace Alert Yes
Tracks Steps Yes
Pedometer Type Digital 3-axis Accelerometer
Tracks Calories Burned Yes
Sleep Tracking Yes
HRM Included/Integrated Yes
Heart Rate Sensor Type Wrist-based
Average Heart Rate Yes
Heart Rate Target Zone(s) Yes
Pool Lap Recognition Yes
Stroke Recognition Yes
Water-Resistant Depth 100 meters
V02 Max Estimate Yes
Recovery Advising Yes
Altimeter Pressure-based
Compass Yes
Preloaded Map None
Programmable Routes Yes
Number of Routes 50
Number of Waypoints 1000
Visual Map Display Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Time Display Yes
Illumination Backlight
Battery Type Lithium Ion
Average Battery Life 50 hrs. in UltraTrac mode; 20 hrs. in GPS mode; 6 weeks in Watch mode months
Display Size 1.2 inches diameter inches
Smart Device Notifications Yes
Gender Unisex
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Feature Set. Love it. I love this watch. I have had others in the past and the Garmin Vivoactive most recently. That was a great watch, too. However, this one just blows it out of the water in feature set. That having been said, it will most likely be overkill for a lot of people. For me, the heart rate, thermometer and altimeter have all worked perfectly, so I have no complaints there. Lastly, it's gorgeous. I was worried about how it would look on my wrist, but I have already had many compliments. I'm not at all a big person. Actually, I am probably on the small side when it comes to my wrists. However, this thing looks like a regular watch and a sharp looking one at that. If you have the money, get it.
Date published: 2016-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the money?? About a month into using the Fenix 3 HR and would say I am only using about 20% of its potential as I have being using for running only. It is quirky but not like Suuntos I have had. Readings are accurate and I use the heart rate strap. GPS is above average on most days although not perfect. Battery time is awesome. Emails & texts on watch face are great. Loadable faces and widgets are more than gimics. Doesn't do a great job tracking sleep as naps are never picked up. More than a few have walked up and made positive comments on the look of the watch. As noted prior $650 with a strap is pricey but think about but if you wear it 24/7 it pays for itself over the long haul.
Date published: 2016-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, beautiful, big watch! I have had this amazing watch for about 2 months! This watch is big and beautiful! The quality is top notch! I am a woman with small wrists, but I Love this watch! I run, walk, lift weights and do tons of exercise classes every week! GPS is spot on, optical heart rate is okay, especially resting heart rate! I use a chest strap because I want more precise information! The Fenix 3 hr tracks sleep too! I like getting my phone notifications on my wrist! I love this amazingly beautiful, big watch!
Date published: 2016-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fenix 3 HR is ALL YOU NEED!!!! This watch ROCKS!!! Five star rating is not high enough. I love love love it. The GPS signal is awesome, the battery life is unparalleled and the features are abundant. It will take me a few weeks to learn how to use all of the features but I will get there. Definitely download the extensive user guide from the Garmin website because that alone is phenomenal. You do need one of the heart rate straps to get the advanced metrics but I am fine with purchasing that later down the line. The metrics you can get from the watch alone work well for me at this time. This watch is a true powerhouse. Worth every penny!!! I can't stress this's an expensive watch but you get what you pay for :-).
Date published: 2016-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect training tool The Fenix 3 HR is the perfect training tool for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. The Garmin Connect software, both the phone app and the web portal, do a great job of making all the data the Fenix 3 collects available in a very useful format. The 24-hr Heart Rate and sleep tracking are very helpful in assessing your workload and recovery. I have found the integrated optical HR sensor to be very good, bit still use my heart rate chest strap for my workouts to get the most accurate data and additional metrics provided by the HRM-TRI / HRM-SWIM / HRM-RUN. I have been very pleased with the various ways I can customize the watch screens and widgets for my specific use. I have not had an opportunity to try out the navigation features yet, but am looking forward to reporting how that goes.
Date published: 2016-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Sports Watch This Garmin Fenix 3 HR is everything that it says it is. I use this watch when I ride my mountain bike and when going to the gym. Linked to Strava in seconds. GPS is very fast and HR monitor (on the wrist) one of my favorite options and why I bought the watch, is very accurate. Overall I believe that this time piece is worth every penny if you use it for what it is designed to do. It will probably replace my everyday watch very soon. If you are on the fence about spending the 600 bucks and you can get past that..... Money well spent!
Date published: 2016-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Activity Tracker/GPS sports Watch I was in the market for an activity tracker and I wanted to upgrade my aging watch. I consider a "Smart Watch" but none was capable of recording some advanced metrics that I wanted to track. I also didn't want a device that was too sporty looking. Since I am an avid cyclists and runner I also wanted something that would easily integrate with the device and app that I've used for the last several years. The Garmin Fenix 3 HR ended up being the best option for me, it actually added some metrics that my current cycling computer don't have. It's cool that I now have VO2 max estate and recovery calculator. And as far as esthetics, I thought that it would look big on my wrist because I have tiny wrists and it does but it doesn't look gaudy. Actually I purchased the metal band and it dresses up very well.
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost perfect for kayaking I purchased my Fenix 3 HR two weeks ago and have finally finished putting it through its paces and testing the various features that attracted me to this wearable GPS in the first place. I was most interested in a device that would monitor my performance and route while kayaking. I did quite a bit of research on this "watch" before finally making my purchase. Despite not being able to find a review specific to kayaking, I assumed, correctly, that the Stand-up Paddle (SUP) and Rowing widgets would suffice. These two widgets that currently come with the Fenix 3 HR both provide similar performance data specific to paddling sports. These include heart rate data, temperature data, timing (moving time, avg. speed, max speed, avg. moving speed) and strokes (total strokes, avg. stroke rate, max. stroke rate and avg distance per stroke). These data a nicely displayed in tabular and graphic formats below a map of the route plotted on a Google map of the area covered. A really nice feature of this display is a dot that can be dragged along the route, concurrently moving a cursor line along the graphic plots of the relevant data. This is hard to describe so check out the photos attached which show my data from a recent paddle. Of the two widgets, I found the SUP widget the most useful for kayaking primarily because it uses standard English measurements rather than metric. The only drawback to using these widgets for kayaking is that the double ended paddle allows for two strokes for every one stroke used in rowing or stand-up paddling. Consequently, the strokes counted by the widget are exactly half the number actually taken. Multiplying the strokes by 2 and dividing the distance/stroke by 2 is an easy fix until the Garmin developers get us a kayaking widget. The device performs beautifully, and has a number of other features that are really useful to kayakers or anyone involved in watersports. I should mention that I don't have a smart phone so I have to rely on my PC for syncing my device with Garmin Connect. In my opinion, this should not be a deterrent to anyone similarly unencumbered with a smart phone. Finally, while this is a big "watch" I have found it to be quite comfortable on my admittedly small wrist; even when sleeping.
Date published: 2016-06-06
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Anyone have experience using this watch on a mountain climb and in foreign countries? I'm climbing a few mountains next year and want to make sure the altimeter will work on Mt. Rainier or Nepal.   

Asked by: AWise
It should - its a barometric altimeter. You can calibrate it manually or set it to have the barometer auto-calibrated via the GPS.
Answered by: JGinNJ
Date published: 2017-01-29

I'm guessing the answer is no, but can my family be able to track my waypoints or location while I am in the backcountry? It'd be nice to have a watch that would be able to send a SMS or location for my families peace of mind...

Asked by: Joelatto
Yes, the answer is no, the watch will not transmit real time location data like a SPOT satellite communicator or a DeLorme InReach.. You can share your activities with others whom you choose via the Garmin Connect app/web app once they are completed. This is obviously not real-time, though.
Answered by: JGinNJ
Date published: 2016-11-26

I'm training for a Xterra. Does this watch pick up the HR underwater through the wrist monitor or I have to wear the swim chest strap?

Asked by: Maximiliano
The HRM Swim or HRM-Tri chest straps from Garmin would have to be purchased in addition to the Fenix 3 Sapphire GPS Heart Rate Monitor Watch to get heart rate data while swimming.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-28

Does this watch have strava or is it downloadable?

Asked by: Jaxonfossey
​Strava segments cannot be loaded live on the device.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-02

Does this watch work for HIIT? I do strength training in addition to running, cycling, hiking and snowboarding and want to make sure it works for all my activities. 

Asked by: calirunner13
Yes, the Fenix 3 will help for HIIT routines.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-12

Can two people share the watch?

Asked by: stee
Because it’s necessary to calibrate the watch with information specific to the person wearing it (height, weight, age, gender, etc), it’s not ideal for multiple users to train with the same watch.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-26

Does the GPS rely on a phone signal?  I.e...out of cell phone range...will the GPS give my coordinate? (For sailing and backcountry backpacking). 

Asked by: William Eleazer
The GPS does not rely on phone signal. It will show coordinates.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-28

Does this watch have the ability to store music to play on a pair of Bluetooth headset

Asked by: Geobank911
You will have the ability to control music with the watch and pair it to Bluetooth headphones, but you cannot store music directly on the watch.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-27
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