FENIX 3 SAPPHIRE
Dig deep for the latest wearable tech
Wearable tech has exploded over the past few years, but despite all the major technology companies entering the race, for many Garmin still reigns supreme as the go-to multi-sport watch brand. Tri specific models, such as the trusted 910xt, have always been popular wearable devices for multi-sport fans. The Fenix 3 Sapphire continues to deliver the functionality, usability and accuracy that Garmin fans are used to, covering the swim, bike and run bases with ease. In fact, there are some neat features, especially the improved run dynamics that certainly trump the 910xt, providing run cadence and stride length data. While some more generic smartwatch applications are not something your quantifiable triathlon training really needs, you might actually enjoy counting your steps, monitoring your sleep, checking texts on your wrist or working out which way is north. Plus it boasts some serious good looks. The Fenix 3 does lack some of the dedicated training modes of other models, such as virtual reality training partners and a quick release strap allowing you to convert to a bike computer. But this is a genuinely smart, usable watch that transforms effortlessly into a powerful, accurate training tool so easily. While purists may prefer the updated 920xt, (which packs in few more features such VO2 max estimate², race predictor and recovery advisor), most triathletes can get everything they need and more from the Fenix 3.