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.
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.
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.