Gear Lust: Garmin fēnix 2 – Multi-Sport Training GPS Watch


With the longer Ultra Beast, marathon distance obstacle race, September 21 and the yet to be announced 2014 World’s Toughest Mudder on our race radar, we are putting the Garmin fēnix 2, the long lasting, do it all, GPS watch on our gear wishlist.


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Full Featured Training Watch for Multisport Athletes

•  Tracks distance, pace and heart rate
•  Calculates recovery time and VO2 max estimate (when used with optional heart rate monitor)
•  HRM-Run™ monitor (optional accessory) adds data for cadence, ground contact time and vertical oscillation
•  Connected features, including uploads to Garmin Connect™ and BaseCamp™ for live tracking and sharing
•  High-sensitivity GPS positioning, 3-axis compass with altimeter and barometer

Garmin Fenix 2 Combining the best features of our fitness and outdoor watches, the fēnix 2 is the ideal multisport athlete’s training partner. Whether running, climbing, riding, hiking, paddling, skiing or swimming, the fēnix 2 lets you easily switch between feature sets for easier access to the information you need. Switch from advanced fitness training features like VO2 max, Virtual Partner® and recovery advisor to high-sensitivity GPS tracking features like 3-axis compass and TracBack®. And with Smart Notification you can stay in touch, even while you’re out testing your mettle.

Advanced Fitness Metrics

fēnix 2 is packed with training features to tell you about your form and fitness. The first is the VO2 max estimator. When used with a heart rate monitor¹, fēnix 2 crunches data, including your running speed, beats per minute and heart rate variability to estimate the maximum volume of oxygen you can consume per minute. Track changes to your VO2 max to see your fitness gains and to compare with your peers. Other fitness metrics include recovery advisor with a recovery timer and recovery check, plus a Race Predictor, which estimates your ideal finish time based on your current VO2 max number.

Running Dynamics Features

fēnix 2 incorporates sophisticated Garmin running watch feedback on your running form by reporting multiple metrics. When used with the HRM-Run monitor¹, fēnix 2 reports your cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. These metrics are called running dynamics, and they effect your running economy.

Swim Profile and Ski-Board Mode

The fēnix 2 isn’t just for outdoor fitness; special feature sets help swim training and skiing too. Borrowing from the Garmin Swim™, fēnix 2 tracks your distance, pace, stroke count and more. You just tell fēnix 2 the size of the pool you’re swimming in and begin your workout. Ski-Board mode puts speed, distance, vertical drop and an automatic run counter (with Auto Pause for the lift line) and more at your fingertips. You can even use your fēnix 2 as a glove-friendly remote, via ANT+™, for the VIRB™ and VIRB Elite action cameras.

Navigate Your Way

No other navigator GPS plus ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) wristwatch offers you the combined training functions and our leading GPS technology. fēnix 2 provides comprehensive navigation and tracking functionalities as well as trip information to guide you on and off the beaten track. Its built-in sensors provide information on heading, elevation and weather changes. It’s built to endure the toughest outdoor conditions — and also makes a stylish day-to-day timepiece.

It records a track log creating a GPS “bread crumb trail” as you move. It also allows you to mark waypoints, such as a start/finish line, course check point, or a campsite, vehicle or other point of interest. With fēnix 2, you can create and follow routes, mark up to 1,000 waypoints and store up to 10,000 track points.

Plan trips and share adventures with friends and family using BaseCamp. fēnix is equipped with both ANT+ and Bluetooth® capabilities to wirelessly share tracks, waypoints, routes and geocaches with other compatible Garmin devices or smartphones.

Altimeter, Barometer and Compass

fēnix 2 is equipped with ABC sensors to provide relevant real-time information. The built-in altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, while the barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing short-term trends in air pressure. The 3-axis electronic compass keeps your bearing whether you’re moving or not.

fēnix 2 auto-calibrates its ABC sensors using its GPS receiver and also auto sets the time based on location. For an extremely accurate temperature reading, pair it with our tempe™ external temperature sensor.

Built to Endure the Roughest Conditions

fēnix 2 combines a strong housing to survive shocks with a curved mineral glass lens to resist scratching. It boasts a large LCD display with a red LED backlight and a robust polyurethane wristband. An alternate fabric wrist strap (with hook-and-loop fastener) is also included with your fēnix 2 to accommodate all wrist sizes and so you can strap it on top of a heavy jacket. fēnix 2 is water rated to 5 ATM (50 meters) and has a battery life of up to 50 hours in GPS mode (depending on settings) and up to 5 weeks in watch mode. Basic watch functions include alarms, tones, vibration alerts, timer, stopwatch and world clock with the ability to display several times zones at once.

Stay Connected

Smart Notification lets you receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch, even if you’re on the trail. fēnix 2 receives the wireless signal from your iPhone® 4s or later, let’s you know you have a message, and displays the full text on its own screen whenever you’re ready to read it.

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At-A-Glance Training Information

Get quick access to current pace, distance, split times and whether you are ahead or behind your target pace.



Recovery Time

Recovery Time

Estimates your state of recovery immediately following a run and operates in a countdown mode until the next effort. Recovery can range from 6 to 96 hours.



Recovery Check

Provides a real-time assessment of your recovery in the first several minutes of a run.




fēnix 2 has a built-in barometric altimeter that provides accurate elevation information so you can keep track of your ascent and descent.



The built-in barometer can help you monitor and predict weather changes by showing you short-term changes in the barometric air pressure. If the barometric pressure begins a steady decline, this could be a warning of an impending storm.



fēnix 2 includes a 3-axis electronic compass that keeps your bearing whether you’re moving or not. Sight a bearing and be confident that fēnix 2 will keep you headed toward your goal.


Temperature Sensor

You can gain insight into temperature trends from the built-in temperature sensor. Knowing how rapidly the temperature is rising or falling can help you determine clothing and shelter needs or whether it’s time to turn back.

Wireless Unit-to-unit Communication

Easily share tracks, waypoints, routes and paperless geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin GPS units and smartphones. fēnix 2 is equipped with both ANT+™ capabilities and Bluetooth® technology. That means can also pair fēnix with several external devices, such as our temperature sensorheart rate monitorand speed/cadence bike sensor.

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Physical & Performance

• Unit dimensions (WxHxD): 1.9” x 1.9” x 0.7” (4.9 x 4.9 x 1.7 cm)
• Display size: 1.2” (3.1 cm) diameter
• Display resolution (WxH): 70 x 70 pixels
• Display type: transflective, monochrome LCD (negativemode-black)
• Weight: 3.19 oz (90.6 g)
• Battery life: up to 50 hours in GPS mode (depends on settings); 5 weeks in watch mode
• Battery type: Rechargeable 500 mAh lithium-ion
• Water rating: 5 ATM (up to 50 meters)
• GPS-enabled: Yes
• High-sensitivity receiver: Yes
• Interface: USB
• Built-in memory: 20 MB


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Training Features

• Time, distance, pace: Yes
• Custom POIs: Yes
• Auto Lap. Pause, Scroll: Yes
• Alerts: Yes
• Calories: Yes
• Virtual Pacer®: Yes
• Auto time zone: Yes
• Alarm: Yes
• Cadence: Yes
• Vibration: Yes
• Indoor pace and distance: Yes
• Advanced workouts: Yes
• Heart rate zones: Yes
• Training Effect: Yes
• VO2 max estimate: Yes
• Race Predictor: Yes
• Recovery Advisor: Yes
• Advanced Running Dynamics: Yes
• Cadence: Yes
• Ground Contact Time: Yes
• Vertical Oscillation: Yes
• Smart Notifications: Yes


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Additional Features

• Waypoints: 1,000
• Routes: 50
• Track log (TracBack®): 10,000 points; 100 saved tracks
• Electronic 3-D compass: Yes
• Barometer altimeter: Yes
• Hunt/fish calendar: Yes
• Sun/moon information: Yes>
• Area calculation: Yes
• Unit-to-unit transfer: Yes
• Garmin Connect™ compatible: Yes (mobile/computer)
• Wireless sensors: Optional HRM-Run™, heart rate monitor, tempe™, foot pod, speed/cadence
• Wireless connectivity: ANT+™/Bluetooth® for sharing info with compatible Garmin devices or smartphones





  1. Looks really cool, but I would be concerned about the buttons being too exposed and prone to accidental pushing. I had a Columbia brand watch that had a similar button design and when I was running races or mountain biking, the angle of my hand/wrist would sometimes cause the start/stop button to be pushed accidentally, stopping my time… Still looks nice though…

  2. good call on the buttons . I recently did the Spartan super in vegas and I think I hit the button with the back of my hand going over a wall.. no way I had a 5 minute mile. so buttons are a concern of mine also and I had a cheap 15$ casio


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