Get the lowdown on the latest additions to the multisport range
When it launched the Fenix 5 range over a year ago, Garmin firmly cemented itself as the outdoor sports watch king. And now, the biggest, baddest name in the field is getting an upgrade.
That’s right, through the Fenix 5 Plus range, adventure enthusiasts are getting another three models to choose from. Adding to the original Fenix 5, Fenix 5S and 5X will be a trio of Plus editions, each with their own new features and each with a lofty price tag.
But what new features are involved, and just how much do these watches veer away from the regular Fenix 5 family? Below, we guide you on everything Fenix 5 Plus, from the design and features to that all-important price tag.
Since there’s three vastly different models to choose from here, let’s clear up what you’re getting from each in the design department.
Across the board, you’ve got your pick of a stainless steel bezel with silicone watch band combo or a titanium bezel with titanium bracelet. The latter will be a tad lighter, so keep that in mind if weight is your priority. All models are also packing a Chroma Display with LED backlighting, and you’ll still have your pick of interchangeable silicone, leather and titanium straps, with all watches waterproof to 100 metres.
Perhaps the most notable change which comes through Plus series, though, is that of the 5S Plus. The original Fenix 5S was already the option for smaller wrists, but now the Plus model boasts a larger, 1.2-inch screen, which is almost 20% bigger than the one on the original. If you’re looking for something a little larger, the 5 Plus comes in at 47mm and the 5X Plus is again the hulk of the litter, designed with a 51mm bezel.
As you can expect, all still include Garmin’s own proprietary heart rate monitors and multi-network satellite reception – with Galileo support aiding that vital route mapping.
So, the design has been tweaked in some areas, but it’s fair to say that there aren’t big, sweeping changes here – this is still the same series, after all.
But what has grown more significantly is the feature set of the new trio. Crucially, all three members of the 5 Plus series watches will be able to store up to 500 songs and download offline playlists from select music streaming services, including iHeartradio and Deezer, as well as transfer music directly from your computer. Support for Garmin Pay, to help you make contactless payments, will also arrive on all models.
Garmin is also bringing new sensors and data, too, with the addition of a pulse ox acclimation sensor. This enables users to be more aware of their blood oxygen saturation levels, which is particularly useful for outdoor tracking when you need to adjust to higher altitudes. However, be aware that this is only available on the 5X Plus model.
Features that were initially limited to the original 5X are now graduating to the 5 Plus and 5S Plus, too. The big one is the built-in, routable topographical maps, while that cycling and running-friendly Trendline routing feature from its cycling computers is now also available. This uses Garmin Connect data to allows users to find the best trails and running routes based on miles logged by other Garmin users.
The same smartwatch-style features are also on board, with access to Garmin’s Connect IQ store to download additional watch faces, apps, data fields and widgets.
And one of the biggest features for those who like to go off the grid, battery life, is well covered throughout the new range. Starting with the 5 Plus, you’re getting 10 days in smartwatch mode and 8 hours in GPS and music mode, the 5S Plus musters up a week in smartwatch mode and 4 hours in GPS and music mode and the 5X Plus manages 20 days in smartwatch mode and 13 hours in GPS and music mode.
Price and release
The original Fenix 5 range doesn’t come cheap, and that doesn’t change with the latest Plus models.
The regular 5 Plus will come in roughly four or five variations, depending on your region, with prices ranging from $699.99 to $1,099.99. If you want one of the many smaller 5S Plus variations, you can shell out between $699.99 and $849.99, while the 5X Plus behemoth will be available for $849.99 and rise all the way up to $1,149.99. Yikes, that’s a lot of cash.
All are available to buy now, though you may be facing some waiting time – again, depending on which region you’re planning on shipping your shiny new Fenix into.