Garmin Fenix 2
$400; $450 with HRM
Taking the outdoor chops from the original Fenix, that seemed like more of a hiker’s dream watch than a triathlete’s, the Fenix 2 combines the features of a fitness and outdoor watch to create a training tool for any multisport activity you can imagine. The gps plus ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) wristwatch offers tracking features like a three-axis compass and Garmin’s TracBack feature so you can feel free to explore any trail with confidence that you’ll be able to find your way home. Thanks to its ant+ and Bluetooth compatibility, you can connect the watch to other devices or a smartphone.
The fitness capabilities of the Fenix 2 are astounding. Add a HR monitor and you can not only keep track of your speed, pace and distance, but the Fenix will even estimate your VO2 max to help you monitor your fitness. With the optional hrm- Run monitor you can gauge cadence and ground contact time to measure your running economy. In the pool the Finix 2 (which is water resistant to 50 m) can track your distance, pace and stroke count. In addition to all the triathlonfriendly features, you can even use the Fenix 2 to track your vertical and count your runs on the ski slopes in the winter. Any serious multisport athlete will love this training tool.
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