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  • Use as an activity tracker by counting steps, calories and distance throughout the day
  • 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
  • Put key stats at your fingertips with the performance widget that shows the effects and progress of your workouts
  • Connected features include smart notifications, automatic uploads and personalization through free watch faces and apps
  • Outdoor sensors, including GPS and GLONASS satellite reception and 3-axis compass with gyroscope and barometric altimeter
  • Preloaded activity profiles for all of your sports and adventures, including swim profiles, skiing, paddle sports, golf and more
  • Enhanced readouts for training status and training effect, VO2 max estimator, recovery advisor and recovery trimer, and race predictor
  • Advanced Running Dynamics include performance condition, lactate threshold, cadence and stride length
  • Pair with a compatible heart rate chest strap like the HRM-Run (not included) to access vertical oscillation and ratio, ground contact time and balance and stress score
  • Smaller size (42mm diameter face) is ideal for smaller wrists or those who prefer a lighter, more compact design
  • Quickfit bands in your choice of premium leather, metal or silicone make it easy to mix and match styles to go with any sport or activity (no tools required)

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Specs

Best Use Multisport
Customization Data Fields, Widgets, Apps, 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
Programmable Routes Yes
Number of Routes 30
Number of Waypoints 1000
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Time Display Yes
Illumination Backlight
Battery Type Lithium Ion
Average Battery Life Smartwatch mode: 9 days (dep. on settings); GPS mode: 14 hours; UltraTrac battery saver mode: 40 hours
Display Size 1.1 inches
Data Exchange Bluetooth, ANT+
Smart Device Notifications Yes
Compatible Fitness Accessories Heart Rate Monitor
Gender Unisex
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Fenix 5s rocks I've had the both apple watches, a bunch of garmins (the fenix 3 was the last one) prior to getting the fenix 5s. I really liked the Fenix 3 but it was too big. When I put on a shirt with buttons, it would always get caught. The Fenix 5s with a black band is a great looking watch in general and for me it is the perfect size. Although it is smaller than the Fenix 3, it almost seems easier to see. If I would have any complaints I would say that the battery doesn't seem to last as long as the Fenix 3; however, this isn't a game changer. The battery is way better than the iwatch. Great everyday watch for running, swimming, biking, and just wearing it for business or casual. nn
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect size! The best part is the size - good size screen, but small enough that I feel comfortable wearing it all the time. It works well for runs, hikes, and tracking steps. Having the heart rate monitor in the watch itself is nice - no need to wear another piece of equipment!
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Watch The size of this watch is great and the functionality has been flawless. It was last charged 5 days ago and the battery percentage is still at 50% utilizing the GPS function for a number of runs throughout the week. It has every activity I can think of, however you can simply create one if need be. Great watch with some really great features. The information provided in the Garmin Connect application is extremely detailed and very helpful for keeping me motivated.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meets All Expectations Finally! My two year search for the perfect fitness device is over. I tried 4 different Fitbit devices and the Apple Watch II. Nothing tracked my activities the way I wanted and were not waterproof or battery needed recharging everyday. I waited for this watch to get released and it does everything I need! GPS tracks my runs and give me so many different stats about the run that I am able to improve my running. The list of activities that this tracks is amazing. Love the feature of creating a course online then sending it to the device to guide you through a run. The heart rate monitor is much more accurate than any of my fitbits. They would say my heart rate would be 210+ during my runs. That is insane for a healthy 25 year old. The garmin holds the heart rate around 150 during the same run. Much more reasonable. I thought I would miss a touch screen but actually love the buttons instead. Keeps the screen cleaner and very easy to navigate. The notifications from my phone are better too than other competitors. This brings in any notification your phone gets from any app. Also, once you read the notification on your phone it goes away on the garmin too so you don't have a list of old notifications built up on the watch. Battery lasts a good week even with a few hours of GPS tracking my runs. There isn't anything I don't like about this Watch. Not to mention, it looks really good even on my small wrist!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A keeper I have had 2 Microsoft bands, apple watch 2 and none had the depth of feature set or battery length this Felix 5s does. I am happy in the balance of size of the 5s that can go to work and activities along with tracking my sleep.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Some say the Fenix 5 series is the best Garmin And it does everything I wanted in a watch for multi sport activities plus a super accurate optical HR, which was critical. As a 5'3" female, the 5s fits my wrist perfectly and it's not too heavy for all around wearability. I like "boyfriend" size watches. The buttons are responsive to touch when on the run and it is very easy to read. I particularly like the altimeter for hikes as well as the aforementioned HR. This watch has far more features than I will ever use, but it does critical things so well it was worth the money to me. I am still learning the watch features. I'm not missing the wi-fi and thought I would. Syncs well with My Fitness Pal app. There is an excellent review on DC Rainmaker for in depth explanation of features. The online manual is also very good and I've read several blogs to help me learn some of the tricks. No regrets.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does everything I need and more! The Garmin 5S is amazing! This is the first GPS/HRM watch I've owned and I love it. I use it for indoor and outdoor activities. The unit holds a charge well and it fast to recharge. I used the navigation feature for a running route last week and was really pleased at how well it tracked and directed my next turn. I took it on a trail run two days ago and had no issues with maintaining satellite reception. I'm yet to try it cycling, but I have no doubt it will keep up in and out of the woods. I have a small wrist and this watch is a doable size. At times, it feels a bit big, but I'm getting used to it. I look forward to using this device to track more activities!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good looking watch I am a big fan of garmin and the fenix 3. I got the 5s because it was a little smaller. I also liked the silver edge on the watch face. This watch looks great for personal and business. The watch is easier to view when you are running and the wrist heart rate seems better than the fenix 3. I highly recommend it; however I will say that the battery life is not as good. It is way better than an I watch, but I question if you could use this for a full ironman
Date published: 2017-05-04
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How accurate do you find the heart monitor function to be?  I sometimes go into a-fib and my heart rate becomes irregular.  I have found the Fitbit to be worthless in identifying irregular heart beats.  Is the Garmin any better?  Thanks much, BobF

Asked by: Bob F
Bob, I'm sure you got the answer by now, but just to add $0.02 for those curious, I'll tag on my findings. Any readings when the heart is in a rhythm other than sinus rhythm will most likely be not as accurate. Studies have shown continual under-estimation of heart rate, especially in AFib (one of the most common arrhythmias); one study showed the difference between wrist wearable and continuous EKG to be around 40-45 bpm when not in sinus rhythm. You will find that chest straps may give you a better reading overall vs a wrist wearable, but unless the technology measures the actual waveform of the heartbeat (like an EKG at the hospital), the ones that measure the "beat peaks" (refers to the R-R intervals, what a lot of modern heart rate/fitness monitors track, they count the "beats" then make an average HR based on timing) are often wildly inaccurate, as it's hard to account for the high heart rate variability in an arrhythmic period. If you spend a majority of the time in sinus rhythm, you might be ok, but periods in AFib (and especially uncontrolled AFib > 100bpm) might not be counted correctly during exercise.
Answered by: advntr7
Date published: 2017-06-04

Does this have an air temperature tracker? I like to know how cold/hot it gets when I'm backpacking. Thanks!

Asked by: Lulunaturelover
It should be noted that you can’t get an accurate temperate with the watch on your wrist. Your body heat greatly affects the watch’s temperature. To get an accurate ambient air temperature, you have to take the watch off for 15-20 minutes first.
Answered by: jmv_colorado
Date published: 2017-06-12

When will the Fenix 5X be available?

Asked by: Qucy5
As of March 2017, the Fenix 5X is now available for preorder: https://www.rei.com/product/121191/garmin-fenix-5x-sapphire-multisport-gps-heart-rate-monitor-watch
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-20

Do I have to connect the watch to my computer to transfer data to Garmin Express?  If the watch sends the data automatically to my phone via bluetooth, can my phone then send the data wirelessly to my computer?  

Asked by: Bookish
​To transfer data to Garmin Express, you will have to turn your device on and connect it to your computer with a USB cable. As of June 2017, there is not a wireless option to transfer data.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-26

When will the Fenix 5S sapphire be available?

Asked by: jnine
Please contact us directly at (800) 426-4840 for more information about preorders.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-26

I'm considering the Fenix 5 or 5S.  Is the only difference the size & design? Are the features / firmware identical? Also, I have an Edge 520 cycling computer. Will the Fenix 5/5S connect to the Edge via ANT+ so that heart rate is recorded during a ride?

Asked by: Marcel
The 5s does have fewer pixels in the screen because of the smaller size, but otherwise the features and firmware are the same. Any of the Fenix 5 models can broadcast heart rate monitor data to a compatible device such as your Edge 520 computer.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-03

I'm torn between getting the 5s and the 5s sapphire edition. What is the benefit of having Wifi? Thank you!

Asked by: LinMcD
Wi-Fi allows you to connect to your wireless network and then it automatically sends activity uploads to Garmin connect.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-18

Does this watch have Bluetooth to pair earpieces? Will it hold a music playlist like an iPod? Does the GPS distance tracker take into account elevation?

Asked by: MNRunner
Yes, the Fenix 5 uses Bluetooth Smart for its connectivity. No, it does not store music. The Fenix 5 does measure elevation gain.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-08
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Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Fenix 5s rocks I've had the both apple watches, a bunch of garmins (the fenix 3 was the last one) prior to getting the fenix 5s. I really liked the Fenix 3 but it was too big. When I put on a shirt with buttons, it would always get caught. The Fenix 5s with a black band is a great looking watch in general and for me it is the perfect size. Although it is smaller than the Fenix 3, it almost seems easier to see. If I would have any complaints I would say that the battery doesn't seem to last as long as the Fenix 3; however, this isn't a game changer. The battery is way better than the iwatch. Great everyday watch for running, swimming, biking, and just wearing it for business or casual. nn
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect size! The best part is the size - good size screen, but small enough that I feel comfortable wearing it all the time. It works well for runs, hikes, and tracking steps. Having the heart rate monitor in the watch itself is nice - no need to wear another piece of equipment!
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Watch The size of this watch is great and the functionality has been flawless. It was last charged 5 days ago and the battery percentage is still at 50% utilizing the GPS function for a number of runs throughout the week. It has every activity I can think of, however you can simply create one if need be. Great watch with some really great features. The information provided in the Garmin Connect application is extremely detailed and very helpful for keeping me motivated.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meets All Expectations Finally! My two year search for the perfect fitness device is over. I tried 4 different Fitbit devices and the Apple Watch II. Nothing tracked my activities the way I wanted and were not waterproof or battery needed recharging everyday. I waited for this watch to get released and it does everything I need! GPS tracks my runs and give me so many different stats about the run that I am able to improve my running. The list of activities that this tracks is amazing. Love the feature of creating a course online then sending it to the device to guide you through a run. The heart rate monitor is much more accurate than any of my fitbits. They would say my heart rate would be 210+ during my runs. That is insane for a healthy 25 year old. The garmin holds the heart rate around 150 during the same run. Much more reasonable. I thought I would miss a touch screen but actually love the buttons instead. Keeps the screen cleaner and very easy to navigate. The notifications from my phone are better too than other competitors. This brings in any notification your phone gets from any app. Also, once you read the notification on your phone it goes away on the garmin too so you don't have a list of old notifications built up on the watch. Battery lasts a good week even with a few hours of GPS tracking my runs. There isn't anything I don't like about this Watch. Not to mention, it looks really good even on my small wrist!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A keeper I have had 2 Microsoft bands, apple watch 2 and none had the depth of feature set or battery length this Felix 5s does. I am happy in the balance of size of the 5s that can go to work and activities along with tracking my sleep.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Some say the Fenix 5 series is the best Garmin And it does everything I wanted in a watch for multi sport activities plus a super accurate optical HR, which was critical. As a 5'3" female, the 5s fits my wrist perfectly and it's not too heavy for all around wearability. I like "boyfriend" size watches. The buttons are responsive to touch when on the run and it is very easy to read. I particularly like the altimeter for hikes as well as the aforementioned HR. This watch has far more features than I will ever use, but it does critical things so well it was worth the money to me. I am still learning the watch features. I'm not missing the wi-fi and thought I would. Syncs well with My Fitness Pal app. There is an excellent review on DC Rainmaker for in depth explanation of features. The online manual is also very good and I've read several blogs to help me learn some of the tricks. No regrets.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does everything I need and more! The Garmin 5S is amazing! This is the first GPS/HRM watch I've owned and I love it. I use it for indoor and outdoor activities. The unit holds a charge well and it fast to recharge. I used the navigation feature for a running route last week and was really pleased at how well it tracked and directed my next turn. I took it on a trail run two days ago and had no issues with maintaining satellite reception. I'm yet to try it cycling, but I have no doubt it will keep up in and out of the woods. I have a small wrist and this watch is a doable size. At times, it feels a bit big, but I'm getting used to it. I look forward to using this device to track more activities!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good looking watch I am a big fan of garmin and the fenix 3. I got the 5s because it was a little smaller. I also liked the silver edge on the watch face. This watch looks great for personal and business. The watch is easier to view when you are running and the wrist heart rate seems better than the fenix 3. I highly recommend it; however I will say that the battery life is not as good. It is way better than an I watch, but I question if you could use this for a full ironman
Date published: 2017-05-04
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How accurate do you find the heart monitor function to be?  I sometimes go into a-fib and my heart rate becomes irregular.  I have found the Fitbit to be worthless in identifying irregular heart beats.  Is the Garmin any better?  Thanks much, BobF

Asked by: Bob F
Bob, I'm sure you got the answer by now, but just to add $0.02 for those curious, I'll tag on my findings. Any readings when the heart is in a rhythm other than sinus rhythm will most likely be not as accurate. Studies have shown continual under-estimation of heart rate, especially in AFib (one of the most common arrhythmias); one study showed the difference between wrist wearable and continuous EKG to be around 40-45 bpm when not in sinus rhythm. You will find that chest straps may give you a better reading overall vs a wrist wearable, but unless the technology measures the actual waveform of the heartbeat (like an EKG at the hospital), the ones that measure the "beat peaks" (refers to the R-R intervals, what a lot of modern heart rate/fitness monitors track, they count the "beats" then make an average HR based on timing) are often wildly inaccurate, as it's hard to account for the high heart rate variability in an arrhythmic period. If you spend a majority of the time in sinus rhythm, you might be ok, but periods in AFib (and especially uncontrolled AFib > 100bpm) might not be counted correctly during exercise.
Answered by: advntr7
Date published: 2017-06-04

Does this have an air temperature tracker? I like to know how cold/hot it gets when I'm backpacking. Thanks!

Asked by: Lulunaturelover
It should be noted that you can’t get an accurate temperate with the watch on your wrist. Your body heat greatly affects the watch’s temperature. To get an accurate ambient air temperature, you have to take the watch off for 15-20 minutes first.
Answered by: jmv_colorado
Date published: 2017-06-12

When will the Fenix 5X be available?

Asked by: Qucy5
As of March 2017, the Fenix 5X is now available for preorder: https://www.rei.com/product/121191/garmin-fenix-5x-sapphire-multisport-gps-heart-rate-monitor-watch
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-20

Do I have to connect the watch to my computer to transfer data to Garmin Express?  If the watch sends the data automatically to my phone via bluetooth, can my phone then send the data wirelessly to my computer?  

Asked by: Bookish
​To transfer data to Garmin Express, you will have to turn your device on and connect it to your computer with a USB cable. As of June 2017, there is not a wireless option to transfer data.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-26

When will the Fenix 5S sapphire be available?

Asked by: jnine
Please contact us directly at (800) 426-4840 for more information about preorders.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-26

I'm considering the Fenix 5 or 5S.  Is the only difference the size & design? Are the features / firmware identical? Also, I have an Edge 520 cycling computer. Will the Fenix 5/5S connect to the Edge via ANT+ so that heart rate is recorded during a ride?

Asked by: Marcel
The 5s does have fewer pixels in the screen because of the smaller size, but otherwise the features and firmware are the same. Any of the Fenix 5 models can broadcast heart rate monitor data to a compatible device such as your Edge 520 computer.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-03

I'm torn between getting the 5s and the 5s sapphire edition. What is the benefit of having Wifi? Thank you!

Asked by: LinMcD
Wi-Fi allows you to connect to your wireless network and then it automatically sends activity uploads to Garmin connect.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-18

Does this watch have Bluetooth to pair earpieces? Will it hold a music playlist like an iPod? Does the GPS distance tracker take into account elevation?

Asked by: MNRunner
Yes, the Fenix 5 uses Bluetooth Smart for its connectivity. No, it does not store music. The Fenix 5 does measure elevation gain.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-08
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