Garmin Fenix 5S Multisport GPS Watch with Outdoor Navigation and Wrist-Based Heart Rate, Silver with Black Band

Garmin Fenix 5 Sport watch
Garmin Fenix 5S Multisport GPS Watch

Garmin Fenix 5S Multisport GPS Watch Review!

Maybe you know him, the Garmin Fenix 5. This multi-sports watch is one of the most comprehensive watches you can find on the current market for sports watches. In this article, we will go deeper into this watch with all its functions and options.

What is the Garmin Fenix 5?

The Garmin Fenix 5 is a sports-watch that is really developed for fanatical athletes. For the novice runner, the Garmin Fenix 5 may be a bit too high (mainly because of the price), but for every other serious runner, athlete or adventurer, this watch is an extremely handy tool with extensive possibilities.

What does this watch look like?

This sports watch looks very tight but is still a sports watch in terms of appearance. The sporty appearance is not comparable to a “normal” watch.

Nevertheless, the Garmin Fenix 5 is less coarse than its predecessor and so you can wear well during the entire day. Moreover, with the help of the Quickfit straps, you can easily give your watch a different appearance within seconds. There are a lot of different straps available, so you can even opt for a metal band or a leather band instead of a colored silicone band. You can also choose a model with Sapphire glass over the display. This is a more expensive version but is better resistant to scratches than the normal screen.

There are five physical buttons around the screen. The Garmin Fenix 5 does not have a touchscreen.

What are the differences with the other Garmin Fenix models?

The Garmin Fenix 5 is the successor of the Garmin Fenix 3 HR. In terms of specifications, the Garmin Fenix 5 is quite similar to the Fenix 3 HR.

The biggest differences are in the design and size of the watch. The display is slightly sharper, the heart rate monitor is a little less on the Garmin Fenix 5 and the watch is a lot lighter than its predecessor. The Garmin Fenix 5 is quite expensive and if you already own the Fenix 3 HR you may not need to replace it, but if you are looking for a new watch, the Garmin Fenix 5 can be a very good choice!

In addition to the ordinary Garmin Fenix 5, Garmin has also released two other models, the Garmin Fenix 5S and the Garmin Fenix 5X. As the names probably suggest, the Garmin Fenix 5S is a smaller model and means for narrower wrists (42mm).

Moreover, the battery of this watch is slightly less good than the ordinary Garmin Fenix 5. This model is mainly meant for female athletes. The Garmin Fenix 5X is the largest version (51mm) and also has a navigation function.

The Garmin Fenix 5 and 5S are available with plain glass and with Sapphire glass. The Garmin Fenix 5X is equipped with Saffier glass as standard. The ordinary glass models do not have a Wi-Fi function. To make things more clear, you can read the most important differences in the table below.

Garmin Fenix 5S Garmin Fenix 5 Garmin Fenix 5X
Size 42mm 47mm 51mm
Size of the screen 27.94mm 30.5mm 30.5mm
Battery (with GPS enabled) 14 hours 24 hours  

20 hours

Display Standard / Sapphire Standard / Sapphire Sapphire
Wi-Fi Only at Saffier glass Only at Saffier glass Present
Extra function Navigation


What can you do with the Garmin Fenix 5?

Now that you have been able to read what the differences are with the other models of the Garmin Fenix 5, we go deeper into the functions of the Garmin Fenix 5. Read on to learn more about the extensive specifications of this special sports watch.

Built-in heart rate monitor and GPS sensor

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This beautiful sports watch has a good built-in heart rate monitor (which measures your heart rate throughout the day) and has a GPS sensor.

Users indicate that these meters are accurate and very reliable. As we also see in other sports watches, the heart rate monitor is not entirely accurate when your heart rate shows peaks, for example with interval training.

For a reliable heart rate measurement, we, therefore, recommend that you use a loose chest strap. If you want to keep track of your heartbeat while swimming, you can do this with the help of a special chest strap.


The Garmin Fenix 5 is a brilliant watch for a whole lot of different sports. There are few sports that the Garmin Fenix 5 cannot measure. The watch offers an extensive list of sports, such as standard sports such as running, cycling and swimming, but also less standard sports such as skiing, golf, and parachuting.

Moreover, this watch is great to use when you participate in triathlons. For all these sports the relevant data are kept up to date. The watch can also recognize sports automatically, but for the fullest possible picture of all data from your workouts, users recommend that you choose the sport in question before you start a workout.


As we mentioned earlier, you can change the look of the watch to suit your style and taste, but also in the menu, you can use your preferences to save your favorite sports, among other things, and to easily read the data in the screen. you find it most interesting. You can also personalize the watch with the help of Garmin Connect IQ, but more on that later.

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Like most other sports watches, the Garmin Fenix 5 also keeps track of all your activities. Thanks to, among other things, the accurate heart rate monitor, the measurements of your activities are also very reliable.

For example, the Garmin Fenix 5 tracks your walking steps, the quality of your sleep, how many stairs you have walked and how many calories you have burned.

You can also easily check whether you have already met your step goal. In addition to this data, there is also an estimate of recovery time to view, here you can see how long you will about a certain training will do, you can also see if your training was efficient or that you may be better to do your best. You can also view your VO2 Max.

So if you find it interesting to learn a lot about your physical condition and activities, you can analyze a whole bunch of data with the help of the Garmin Fenix 5.

No storage for music

A disadvantage of this watch may be that you can not upload music on the watch itself. Of course, you can control the music from your smartphone through the watch, but you have to take your phone with you when you want to listen to this music.

Extensive menu

The menu on the Garmin Fenix 5 is very extensive. Some users indicate that it can sometimes be a bit complicated and with the help of the five physical buttons also a bit confusing, but there are a lot of possibilities.

Garmin also keeps updating its software which makes navigation through the menu a lot easier. There are also users who indicate that navigation through the menu has become simpler than what it was before.

Connect IQ

garmin connect IQ

In addition to the standard Garmin Connect App where you can view and compare all your tracked data, you can also use Garmin Connect IQ.

This is actually a kind of App Store from Garmin where you can use all kinds of different Apps to personalize your watch even more. For example, you can download different data fields, but also different designs of how the menu should look on the Garmin Fenix 5 and various widgets to make the use of the watch even more fun and easier.

Smartwatch functions

garmin fenix 5 sportwatch

In addition to all sports options, the Garmin Fenix 5 also offers features that you find on a Smartwatch. So you get the notifications from your smartphone easily on the display of your watch. A disadvantage is that you can not read the messages in full on the Garmin Fenix 5, but of course, it is already nice to be kept informed at all events.

So you no longer always have to check your smartphone. By synchronizing with your smartphone you will also see the weather forecast and your agenda on the watch. This is a useful option if you like to train in a certain weather type.

Users indicate that the smartwatch functions have become a lot clearer with the new software from the Garmin Fenix 5.

Waterproof and battery life

The Garmin Fenix 5 is waterproof (10ATM) and has a good battery. If you would use the watch purely as a watch, the battery, according to Garmin, can last for about two weeks. When the GPS signal is switched on, the Garmin Fenix 5 can last for about twenty-four hours and be using the UltraTrac option, where the GPS signal does not continuously connect, the watch will keep it seventy-five hours full.


Despite the price, the Garmin Fenix 5 is a super nice watch for anyone who likes sports and wants to view or analyze his or her data extensively. For the novice or recreational athlete, the Garmin Fenix 5 may not be the best choice, but if you do several sports or are a serious runner, then the Garmin Fenix 5 is a good and reliable choice for you.

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