Garmin loaded the Fenix 5 with tons of great features, which is why it earned our Top Pick Award. This watch is like a fitness trainer that also functions as an altimeter watch. It collects all sorts of exercise metrics while providing some of the best ascent and descent metrics information of any contender in this review. That said, the altimeter is not as accurate as other watches tested, but its display and interface are tester favorites. The display is big and beautiful. However, because it is so big, it's not as comfortable to wear under clothing as the rest. The fit also isn't as ergonomic or breathable, like the Suunto Ambit3 Peak.
The latest Fenix is out. The Fenix 5, pictured above, is an attempt to make the watch slimmer without any big changes in software and function. We detail the differences below with a side-by-side comparison of the models.
We did love the GPS battery life. For a watch with GPS, its battery lasts the longest (~36 hours in UltraTrac mode) whereas the Ambit3 Peak has a shorter battery life when set in power save mode (with the GPS on). So battery life among the other GPS watches is great, but it still doesn't stack up to traditional watch battery-based options like the reliable solar powered Casio PRW-6000Y. All in all, this watch almost won our Editors' Choice Award but fell short because it lacked precision in altimeter accuracy. Instead, it was awarded our Top Pick for Features. Take it with you on your daily athletic pursuits. Or if you just don't use the GPS, it's a great tool to have on multi-day adventures.