£699.99 The all-singing Fenix 5 gets an early up­date

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The 2017 re­lease of the Garmin Fenix 5 con­firmed the brand’s po­si­tion at the pin­na­cle of mul­ti­sport watch de­sign, with the unit ar­guably edg­ing Garmin’s own FR 935 as the ul­ti­mate tri watch. And now Garmin are back with an­other three Fenix mod­els – known as the 5 Plus se­ries – for mul­ti­sporters to sink their pay pack­ets into.

Key fea­tures of the 5 Plus range in­clude Garmin Pay for con­tact­less pay­ments, and the abil­ity to store up to 500 songs and down­load off­line playlists from cer­tain mu­sic stream­ing ser­vices, as well as trans­fer­ring mu­sic di­rectly from your com­puter. In terms of training tech, there’s the ad­di­tion of a pulse ox ac­cli­ma­tion sen­sor that mon­i­tors blood oxy­gen sat­u­ra­tion lev­els on the 5X Plus model (key at higher al­ti­tudes) and built-in topo­graph­i­cal maps. There’s also the bike- and run-friendly Trend­line rout­ing fea­ture lifted from their cy­cling com­put­ers, which uses Garmin Con­nect data to al­low users to find the best trails and run routes based on miles logged by Garmin users.

We’ll be test­ing for our Mul­ti­sport Watches Buyer’s Guide next is­sue, out on 1 Novem­ber.


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