£699.99 Is this the ul­ti­mate mul­ti­sport train­ing watch?

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

Yes, your eyes don’t de­ceive you – that’s nearly £700 for a watch. That’s bank-break­ing but, Garmin would ar­gue, it’s war­ranted be­cause of the ex­ten­sive fea­ture list, start­ing with the stan­dards of speed and dis­tance across the three dis­ci­plines (and many, many… more sports).

Ac­cu­racy and pick-up is im­pres­sive thanks to multi-satel­lite link-up, plus a compass, gy­ro­scope and baro­met­ric al­time­ter, those last three high­light­ing that the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus is ar­guably more for out­door ad­ven­tur­ers than pure mul­ti­sporters.

Its rel­a­tive bulk (86g) is also more at home ca­noe­ing and trawl­ing the moun­tains than seek­ing out triathlon speed. A set of Blue­tooth head­phones will tap you into 16GB of mu­sic, and you can cur­rently stream iHeartRa­dio and in­te­grate with Spo­tify (Deezer is also im­mi­nent). You can also trans­fer via Garmin Ex­press, but this is just clunky.

You’re also given a huge amount of per­for­mance met­rics in­clud­ing train­ing sta­tus; wrist-based heart rate; cus­tomised apps from the Con­nect IQ store and Garmin Pay, though check the sup­ported bank list if this is one of your key re­quire­ments.

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