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Introducing three new fēnix® 3 Sapphire GPS sport watches featuring wrist heart rate, new activity profiles and more product variations

5 January 2016 @ 7:11 AM  / Outdoor /


SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland. /January 5, 2016/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced an update to the fēnix 3 multisport watch range that includes Garmin ElevateTM wrist-based heart rate technology, additional activity profiles and great, new product variations. The three new sapphire options include a premium version featuring a titanium bezel and band, a version with classic leather and nylon straps, and a version touting Garmin Elevate wrist-based heart rate. All watches are also getting a software update with new activity profiles for golf, stand up paddle boarding, rowing, as well as the latest advanced running dynamics and physiological measurements. This free update will be available to all current fēnix 3 owners, so all fēnix 3 users can download and experience the new activity profiles.

Fenix-3-hr “As one of our most popular watches, we’re thrilled to offer new fēnix 3 models to people with an active lifestyle,” said Martin Resch, Product Manager EMEA. “We’re excited to bring Garmin Elevate technology to the fēnix line, and the updated leather and titanium versions will appeal to users whether they’re hitting the trails, the meeting room, or even the golf course.”

Boasting a full sport and navigational toolset, fēnix 3 is also stylish enough to go from the trail all the way to the office. The new fēnix 3 Sapphire features the latest trends in classic watch strap options. The genuine leather and nylon straps are easily interchangeable with no additional tools required, making switching back and forth a breeze.
For the most demanding of sports and expedition professionals, fēnix 3 Sapphire Titanium offers the choice of outstanding toughness at minimal weight and the highest quality standards that they have come to expect of Garmin.

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Wrist-based heart rate

Featuring Garmin Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology, fēnix 3 HR users can monitor heart rate 24/7 at the wrist, giving you the option to run without a strap. Its colourful gauge identifies your heart rate zone and beats per minute in real time. Fēnix 3 HR users can get credit 24/7 be it for their workouts or extra effort with the Intensity Minutes. By tracking daily Intensity Minutes, users can monitor their progress against weekly aerobic activity goals recommended by leading health organisations like the American Heart Association and World Health Organisation.
Building off the previous version of advanced running dynamics like cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time; keen athletes will be able to utilise more data and physiological measurements1 with the new fēnix 3.

New metrics include:

  • Stride Length: Measures the length of a runner’s stride in real time.
  • Ground Contact Time Balance: Measures a runner’s ground contact symmetry, which some runners have found to correlate with injuries or strength imbalances.
  • Vertical Ratio: The cost-benefit ratio of vertical oscillation to stride length, serving as one indicator of a runner’s efficiency.
  • Lactate Threshold: Estimates the level of effort at which fatigue rapidly increases in terms of a runner’s heart rate and pace.
  • Stress Score: Measures heart rate variability to make an assessment of a user’s overall level of stress.
  • Performance Condition: Provides a real-time fitness-level measurement relative to a runner’s average baseline, which indicates performance readiness for the day’s workout or race.

Software Update

All current fēnix 3 owners will have access to a software update that will include the updated advanced running dynamics, as well as new activity profiles for golf, SUP and rowing. With the recently updated Garmin Connect mobile app, users can access more than 40,000 worldwide golf courses for precise course data and use their watch as a digital scorecard. With the new SUP/Rowing mode, users can measure their paddle stroke count, stroke rate and distance per stroke to gauge their efficiency. The fēnix 3 software update will come preloaded on new units and will be made available for current users to download now.

Connect IQ

The new fēnix 3 models will still be compatible with the Connect IQ platform for endless customisation options. Through the Connect IQ store in the Garmin Connect mobile app, users can download any of the free apps, widgets, watch faces or data fields so their fēnix 3 can suit their individual needs.

The new fēnix 3 Sapphire watches will be available in Q1 2015. The fēnix 3 Sapphire HR will have a RRP of 469.99 GBP, the fēnix 3 Sapphire Titanium will have a RRP of 629.99 GBP, and the fēnix 3 Sapphire with leather and nylon straps will have a RRP of 469.99 GBP.

Fēnix 3 is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching, golfing, dog training, or capturing it all on VIRB action cameras, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, go to www.garmin.com/outdoors, www.garmin.blogs.com and twitter.com/garmin.
For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.

1 HRM-Run or HRM-Tri is required to get Stride Length, Ground Contact Time Balance and Vertical Ratio. A chest-strap HR monitor is required to get Lactate Threshold, Stress Score, and Performance Condition.

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