Garmin launches Fenix GPS hiking timepiece


Garmin, the brand better known for its sat-nav technology, has unveiled a GPS wristwatch designed for hikers and mountaineers with technology including maps, a compass and the ability to track performance data during climbs or hikes.

The brand is touting the watch as a “hands-free” piece of kit that allows the wearer to climb of walk while still having access to precise information such as elevation, position and changing weather.

Garmin’s Martin Resch said: “For the first time, all essential information you need in order to navigate to your destination and back home safely are available right from your wrist with the new Garmin Fenix.”

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The brand worked with professional mountain guides to create the watch, which has sizeable push buttons and a large dial to allow for easy reading and use.

It houses Garmin’s GPS technology which enables the wearer to plan a route, which can be displayed on screen, depicted with navigational arrow.

The Fenix also has a TracBack function that can guide a walker or hiker back towards a safety base, as well as an altimeter, barometer, compass which monitors ascent and decent stats and a new external temperature sensor called the Tempe TM.

The watch has mineral glass, is said to be shock resistant and is waterproof to 50m. In full GPS mode the Fenix’s solar-powered battery will last about 16 years, or up to 50 hours in its energy saving mode. In basic watch mode it will last about six weeks.


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