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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nearly Useless I've had this watch for a few months now, using it at least 5 times / week. The GPS is wildly inaccurate - it varies between 2% and 20% short. I have used GPS watches for almost 10 years for training, an I cannot use the pacing or other running metrics on this watch because the GPS is so bad. I called Garmin for support. They told me that my watch was part of a "bad batch," and they'd send me a new watch. Sadly, after Garmin sent me 3 more bad watches, I've decided to give up. I've had good experience with Garmin support in the past, but this time around it was atrocious. This watch would be great if Garmin support was willing to back it, and the GPS worked as well as my old Forerunner 305. I'm returning this one.
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not a/n Apple watch....better The reason I purchased this watch is because I had the Suunto Ambit 3 and could not sync with anything other than a Suunto products. Example- Spin class to monitor power meter, cadence ect. With this watch, I can sync to anything. The battery lasts a good long time. I can go three days of training between charges. During down time, it will go two weeks before the need of charging. The GPS works great as well on long hikes. I did notice the Ambit did a bit better in distance measurements while swimming laps indoors. But not by much. Out door swimming was comparable. Some people say to put the watch in your swim cap to keep the fact from going under water. I really enjoy this watch. Oh, and Ambit doesn't have color, which is way cool. All this on my wrist with no need of a phone.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great watch! Garmin has taken huge leaps forward with its current crop of upper-end GPS watches. I have used the 310XT and the 910XT for years (mostly for running and biking), and have now used both the 920XT and the Fenix 3 Sapphire. The 920XT and the Fenix 3 are similar in functionality (apart from the obvious differences regarding navigation), and both are great in terms of Bluetooth and wi-fi syncing with smart phones and Garmin Connect. Satellite acquisition is crazy-fast (especially with auto-caching). Also, the internal processor is impressive, making pages load very fast. I would say the Fenix 3 loads a bit faster than the 920XT, for some reason. Also, the button feel is different. The button-press on the 920XT has a little softer (longer throw?) feel, whereas the buttons on the Fenix 3 are more like that of a quality stopwatch. I purchased the Sapphire version based on prior experience with hardened or "mineral glass" versus sapphire watch crystals. Garmin's videos show people running along rock outcroppings--emphasizing this is a rugged, do-anything watch-- but one scrape up against a rock will certainly scratch or ding non-sapphire glass. Of course it is possible to scratch or break sapphire crystals, too, but not nearly as easily. The metal wristband for the Fenix 3 Sapphire is attractive and well-constructed, however, so far, I am using the rubber wristband due to its lighter weight and adjustable fit. The HRM-Run unit included in the bundled version uses an upgraded chest strap (compare the product photos between the Sapphire and grey versions). This is not the same as the current Garmin premium chest strap, which I also have. Also, although it is a minor point, the bundled version comes pre-paired with the watch. Another aspect of this great watch is that it is fun to use as a daily watch. Yes, it is on the large side (hard to hide under a shirt cuff--but why would you?). The smart notifications are very handy, sparing you from having to check your phone, and it's nice that you can choose among different watch faces and tailor the information displays and the appearance. It adds variety. I also enjoy adding features via Connect IQ (which is a free service). In summary, this is a great, well-designed piece of engineering, and a pleasure to use.
Date published: 2015-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Years of desire fulfilled I researched the Fenix 3 extensively before I purchased, and even so, the features and customizability have blown me away. I've only had it a couple of weeks, but the battery life is fantastic, GPS has worked without issue, and it doesn't look too bad! It's surprising light with the silicone band on it, and very heavy with the metal band. Honestly it's no heavier than similarly-styled fashion watches. One thing I don't like is changing bands. While it's not difficult, it's not a cinch, and I really like the look of the metal band for daily wear, it's not so great for running due to its weight (doable however), and impossible to strap to my bike's handlebars for cycling, so I find myself switching bands frequently. Oh well, I guess. This is a great watch, and while it's pricey, it works well and easily spans a multitude of sports for those of you who, like me, wanted one thing to do it all.
Date published: 2016-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product! This is my first gps watch and so far have loved it. I uprated from a samsung gear 2 and this blows the samsung watch out of the water. One thing to mention about the gps accuracy is that I had to turn on Glonass and for most navigation ultratrack is on so to get the most accurate gps you need to change the navigation from ultratrack to gps. All in all this is the best watch i have owned.
Date published: 2015-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded expectation I bought the Fenix 3 to replace my aging Garmin Forerunner 305 (GPS) and FR60 (HRM) watches. What a jump in technology and functionality. The Fenix 3 does everything I want and does it while looking like a reasonably stylish, day-to-day watch. The Fenix 3 feels well very built. Its highly customizable and easy to setup/configure. The connection to wifi or bluetooth is instant and stable. The battery life is very good, even a day of fiddling with the setup only reduced the capacity by 5%. With the GPS turned off, it seems like the battery will last weeks between charges. Talking of GPS, it locks into a signal quickly, even indoors. I paid extra for the sapphire version based on some reviews. The premium over the regular watch gets you a metal strap and stronger glass. I thought it was worth the cost for the glass alone, I've cracked a couple of other watches by hitting the face on rocks while climbing on kayaking. The metal strap is a good balance for the large watch body, but for the most part I've stuck to the rubber version. The latter is much lighter, and lets more air underneath when you are sweating hard. That said, it takes seconds to change straps, so there will be times when I wear the metal version. All in all, I'm happy and excited by this purchase.
Date published: 2015-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Wach I always used a Suunto watch and decided to try the Garmin Fenix 3. The screen was great with color and was more comfortable to wear than the Suunto. Suunto did have a better activity management and adjustment than Garmin.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just right for outdoor exploits The watch is comfortable and has adequate battery life, tracks well and has a lot of options built into the apps and widget selection. Gives you notifications from your phone when you want them. When paired with the heart rate monitor it provides accurate performance feedback. I also have an Apple Watch, the garmin is much better suited for outdoor use-though I guess that goes without saying
Date published: 2016-04-16
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Questions & Answers

Does this version have the wrist-based heart-rate monitor?

Asked by: MFT1976
This watch does not have the wrist based heart rate monitor. The link below will lead you to the model that does.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-13

I bought the non-sapphire fenix 3 that wasn't bundled with a HRM. Now I want one but I am unsure as to whether it will be compatible. How can I find this out? 

Asked by: MailmanBitesDog
The Garmin HRM 3 Premium Heart Rate Monitor Chest Strap will work with your Fenix 3. Garmin also has a complete list of compatible sensors attached to the Fenix 3 on their site.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Does it come with two bands? Metal and plastic bands?

Asked by: Oski68
Yes, the Fenix 3 Sapphire GPS Watch + Heart Rate Monitor does come with two bands – metal and rubber.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-13
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