Garmin has launched its Fenix 6 series and, frankly, at seven – seven it's fucking confusing! – New models, some of which have fewer features than the previous models of Fenix 5 Plus. We will try to unravel some of these confusions below, but we will start with the more interesting aspects.
First of all, the Fenix series for beginners is Garmin's most expensive GPS watch for serious outdoor adventures. It's the kind of clock you would take on a mountain to find out how well you get used to the lack of oxygen in the air.
The standout top model is the Fenix 6X Pro Solar (pictured above), which can extend battery life with solar energy. It already provides 60 hours of GPS, but if you're under sunny conditions, you can get six extra hours of battery thanks to mini solar cells on the front of the watch. It's pretty impressive and hopefully the beginning of a trend that ends with never having to plug in a clock again. Although this is a dream in the cloudy United Kingdom.
All Fenix 6 watches get the new PacePro feature from Garmin (see picture below on the Garmin Fenix 6). This is intended to help you speed up your runs, taking into account the inclines of your course, your overall target pace, and whether you want to do the second half of your run faster (called the negative split). The function determines individual division goals for each mile or kilometer of your run based on this information. For example, if you want to run a half-marathon with an average of five minutes per kilometer, you may be advised to walk the first kilometer in 4 minutes and 50 seconds, knowing that the second kilometer is 5 minutes and 1
This feature essentially creates an intelligent stimulation band that is particularly useful for racing on undulating terrain. It's also great for guiding people who tend to get out of the house too fast, and help them get a negative split – the best way to hit a PB Clock to extend the battery life. You also get an estimate of the remaining battery life based on hours, not just a percentage, and there is an extreme energy-saving mode that only gives the time (without seconds, because they consume energy).
These power-saving features The features are similar to Suunto 9 and are of particular interest to ultra-marathoners. However, most of us will be satisfied with the extended battery life of the normal mode clocks starting at 25 hours GPS for the Fenix 6S or 36 hours GPS for the 6.
So far with us? Good, because we are about to deal with the different clocks. The Fenix 5 Plus series added maps and music to all three Fenix 5 watches. However, the Fenix 6 series has taken away cards and music from two watches – the 6S and the 6 – but kept them on the 6S Pro, 6 Pro and 6X Pro.
The new Fenix 6 and 6S are less expensive than the 5 Plus Series because of the lack of maps and music – but they do have some new features, including the training analysis updates that come with the Forerunner 945 (the best running watch) and Marq Athlete (from Garmin's high-end luxury Marq range)), but not included in the 5 Plus range.
Apart from the 6S and 6S Pro, where the 1.2-inch (30mm) screens are included in the 5 Plus range, there are larger screens throughout the Fenix 6 range. The Fenix 6 and 6 Pro have a 1.3-inch screen (33 mm) and the series 6X watches have a 1.4-inch screen (36 mm).
Taking into consideration the screen, the materials and the colors of the panel, 19 variants are available. The total price is between £ 529.99 for the Fenix 6 and 6S and £ 999.99 for the Fenix 6X Pro Solar with titanium band. There is also a cheaper Fenix 6X Pro Solar with a less fancy band for £ 849.99, while the Fenix 6 Pro costs £ 599.99.
The entire Fenix 6 series is now available on the Garmin website. Good luck with the selection.
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