FENIX 3 SAP­PHIRE

Dig deep for the lat­est wear­able tech

Triathlon Plus - - Object of Desire -

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.

£469.99 garmin.com

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