Garmin Fenix 2 - First Impressions


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The complete analysis is already finished, so if you are interested in knowing all the details of the watch, I recommend you to read the Garmin Fenix 2 review here.

The Garmin Fenix 2 is a reissue of the original Garmin Fenix, which was introduced in mid-2012. The Garmin Fenix was offered primarily to trail runners, ultra runners, and mountain sports enthusiasts. And throughout this time, the Garmin Fenix team (different from those working on the Garmin Forerunners) has brought it closer to other sports, remaining one of the benchmarks in the mountain world. With the Fenix 2, Garmin not only brings a watch for runners, but also brings it closer to the world of triathlon and you won't be surprised to see it on the wrist of some triathlete.

Think of the Garmin Fenix 2 as a fusion of watches. We took the mountain functions and aesthetics of the Garmin Tactix and combined them with the multi-sport features of the Garmin 910xt, along with the career analysis of the Garmin 620 and 920xt. If you put all that into a mixer, what you end up with is a Garmin Fenix 2, a watch loaded with functions for a wide range of sports, from swimming to climbing and even skiing.

The Garmin Fenix 2 has a bulky, rough-looking body, but it is not as heavy as it may seem at first glance. polymerThis compound makes the watch hard and durable, and does not present the typical problems of aluminum or steel, very easy to scratch. The glass is mineral type, so despite being resistant be careful to fall if you're climbing. You can open your head and also a rock can scratch the glass. The strap is plastic, but not long enough to put the watch on the wrist over a coat. For these purposes Garmin includes a pair of NATO-type straps, one of them long enough to allow you to do so.

The screen is inverted, i.e. the background is black and the information is displayed in white. However, Garmin has released a second edition, the Garmin Fenix 2 SE in which the screen is normal, black text on a white background. And the strap is red.

The illumination is red (on both models), but the worst thing is the low contrast and a screen resolution of only 70×70 pixels makes it sometimes difficult to see the information on the screen, especially when doing interval training, where the watch indicates the target pace during training and is really quite complicated to read.

This low screen resolution also means that the menus are sometimes not at all clear. Not only are they somewhat chaotic in their approach and there are multiple sub-menus within sub-menus, but in many cases you have to shorten the word so much that you have no idea what the menu is for.

The setup is all done directly from the clock. A setup mode from the computer and then synchronizing to the clock would help quite a bit. Setting the display information of each of the clocks to your liking is tedious, and doing it Polar style would help a lot when it comes to getting the clock ready for your first use. The good part is that we only have to do it once (unless you get hit by a clock reset).

If you want to take a closer look at the clock, I recommend you take a look at the picture galleryAnd from now on, I start training with him to tell you the complete analysis in the next weeks.

Eduardo Mateos

I've been surrounded by electronic devices of all kinds for more than 25 years. Using them, testing them, taking them apart and dissecting them. Long distance triathlete: I swim, run and cycle for a long time. Maybe too much.

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