A look at the Garmin range of GPS watches
Thu 2nd April 2020
When you first look at purchasing a GPS watch it can be a bit of a minefield.
Therefore, when looking at the Garmin range of GPS watches there are a number of things you need to consider.
I hope this breaks it down nice and easy into the key points to look at and take into consideration.
To summarise what is covered in the video the key things to look at and consider when looking at a GPS watch are –
Heart rate monitoring
1. All the GPS Watches featured in this video measure your heart rate from your wrist, this gets stored in the saved track data so you can see where in your activity where your heart rate was highest and what it was.
Oxygen levels monitoring
1. The Garmin Fenix 6 GPS units also measure your blood Oxygen levels from your wrist, this is great when mountain climbing at high altitude.
2. You donít get this option of the Garmin Instinct watches.
1. The Garmin Fenix 6 range comes pre-loaded with Topo Active mapping. This is a proper digital map so as you zoom in you get more detail and as you zoom out you get less.
2. Again you donít get Topo Active Maps on the Garmin Instinct range
Build quality of the case
1. Stainless Steel – Base model, can be damaged if climbing, scrambling etc
2. Titanium – Harder wearing and lighter.
3. Diamond Like Carbon, coated Titanium – Very hardy, should never get damaged and still very light.
Then you need to look at the screen options that are available
1. Glass – Can get scratch and broken
2. Gorilla Glass – Very hardy and scratch-resistant
3. Sapphire – Chemically bonded and truly stunning, very hard to scratch or break
Accuracy of the watch when navigating with it
1. All new generation GPS watches use both the US and Russian Satellite types
2. Newer models (Fenix 6 onwards) also use the European Galileo satellites which increase accuracy by 100%
1. As you will be wearing the watch every day you now have a smartwatch on your wrist, when paired with your phone you will now get all your phone notifications (from apps etc) on the watch. Donít worry you can choose to switch this off if you want to.
Battery Life – Outdoor GPS Watch
1. Garmin GPS Watch – 14 days as smartwatch, 36 hours when using GPS built can be put in Expedition mode to increase this to 72 hours. Garmin also do a x version of the Garmin Fenix 6, this is a slightly larger GPS watch with an increased battery life (1/3 extra time).
2. The Garmin Fenix 6 models have a great battery feature that now tells you how long your battery is going to last (in time) and then you can switch off certain aspects you feel you donít need and see your battery life increase.
3. With the Garmin Fenix 6 there is a solar option, the solar panel is built into the screen and helps top up the battery.