On condition that even £100 health trackers now boast options like 24/7 coronary heart price monitoring and a built-in GPS chip, you need to marvel what marvels are being put in top-end gadgets that value north of £500. We definitely did, so when Garmin introduced the Fenix 5 Plus vary of trackers – £599 and up, means up – we had been intrigued to seek out out what bells and whistles they contained.
That’s why we spoke to Greg Vulinovic, a product supervisor at Garmin, to clarify probably the most thrilling new options within the Fenix 5 Plus vary, a considerable replace to the Fenix 5 vary, which consists of three trackers: the 5S Plus, the 5 Plus and the 5X Plus.
Who’s the Fenix vary geared toward?
Whereas Garmin’s Forerunner vary takes care of street runners and triathletes, the Fenix trackers are designed for many who need to discover extra of the nice outdoor.
“It’s extra for path runners and individuals who go up mountains who need the navigation options and one thing a bit extra rugged,” says Vulinovic. “The Forerunner 935 is fabricated from plastic so it’s actually mild, which is nice when it’s all about race occasions, whereas the Fenix is made out of premium supplies with a extra on a regular basis look.”
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What are the main new options of the 5 Plus vary?
“The primary characteristic is that each one the trackers have maps,” says Vulinovic. “On the earlier vary it was solely the 5X that had preloaded maps and mapping functionality.”
There are additionally further routing options on the 5 Plus trackers that reap the benefits of the preloaded color maps, together with the flexibility to create a round-trip course for a run or cycle from the watch itself just by selecting a route and distance you’d wish to cowl. These programs use reputation routing primarily based on previous Garmin actions, so you’ll be utilizing roads and tracks that different Garmin customers have used prior to now. And should you’re on a course filled with ups and downs, the Fenix 5 Plus vary might help you tempo your self by breaking down the data for you so you understand how a lot elevation is left in that climb and over your complete route.
The 5 Plus trackers have all received a lot smarter as nicely. “There’s additionally Garmin Pay throughout the vary, so you need to use your watch to pay for issues in retailers,” says Vulinovic. “Presently we’re working with Santander and a few start-up on-line banks, however the portfolio is growing on a regular basis. Then there’s wi-fi music as nicely. You’ll be able to load music on the watch and there might be streaming companies additional down the road.”
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Probably the most spectacular new options on the watches, nonetheless, is proscribed to the top-end 5X Plus.
“The additional on the 5X Plus is the PulseOx characteristic, which measures pulse oxygen saturation ranges whenever you’re at excessive altitude,” says Vulinovic. “Above three,000m you may get altitude illness. The characteristic measures your saturation ranges towards your present altitude and you’ll monitor that throughout a time frame.
“You’ll be able to take a measurement in about 30 seconds or there’s a perform the place you’ll be able to monitor all of it day, so if you end up not shifting it is going to periodically take a measurement. You’ve gotten inexperienced bars when your PulseOx is at regular ranges, then when it begins dropping it is going to go amber, so you’ll be able to monitor at what altitude your ranges began dropping.”
Is the PulseOx measurement the primary distinction between the 5 Plus fashions?
“Sure, plus it’s a much bigger watch so it’s received a much bigger battery,” says Vulinovic. “The 5S Plus is the smallest one, nevertheless it has a much bigger show in comparison with [its predecessor] the 5S. It’s higher to have a much bigger show to see the maps, so the whole lot on this 5 Plus vary has a 1.2-inch [30mm] show. Then as you undergo the vary the watch will get larger, which will increase the battery life, from the 5S to the 5 to the 5X.”
The battery life on all three of the watches is spectacular, however enjoying music whereas utilizing the GPS hits it onerous. The Fenix 5S Plus has 11 hours of GPS life, lowered to 4 hours with music, the 5 Plus has 18 GPS and eight GPS plus music, and the 5X Plus has a monstrous 32 hours GPS, and 13 hours GPS plus music.
Fenix 5S Plus, from £599, Fenix 5, from £699, Fenix 5X Plus, from £749, purchase on garmin.com