Garmin fēnix 2

This watch's long-lasting battery makes it easy to collect a wealth of data.

Brand: Garmin Gear Reviews

Model: fenix 2 Watch


Like its predecessor the fēnix, which won an Editors’ Choice Award in 2013, the fēnix 2 has an impressively user-friendly interface and accurate GPS tracking. But this version has even more multisport functionality (geared toward running, swimming, and skiing). We routinely locked into satellites in less than a minute and found activity stats easy to read on the 1.2-inch-diameter LCD screen.

Backcountry cred

In addition to its altimeter, barometer, and three-axis electronic compass, the fēnix 2 can record and store up to 100 tracks and mark up to 1,000 waypoints.

Battery life

The lithium-ion battery far outperformed the previous iteration. With the GPS on and tracking every five minutes, we got about a day and a half of functionality before the unit needed to be recharged.


It’s bulky for the small-wristed.

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