Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire GPS Watch w/Metal Bandsearch

Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire GPS Watch w/Metal Band

Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire GPS Watch w/Metal Band

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Is anyone familiar with the Suunto ambit3 peak? How is this in comparison?
I just returned one of these because of the ABC sensors being very unreliable even though they're the main feature when buying a device like this. For example, while sitting at my desk during work, my altitude went from a recently calibrated 600 feet to 65,000 feet to negative 65,000 feet in about a 6 hour period. That said, the watch was extremely comfortable for its size and if you're willing to gamble on a device that may not work it's definitely worth the price. Check Garmin's forums on the Fenix 3 and you will see my ABC issues are not unique and have been ongoing for years.
does this one have heart monitor?
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Not at all. This watch only does hear rate monitoring when combined with a Garmin HR monitor.
No. This one does not have one. Look at Garmin Fenix 3 HR (https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Fenix-3-HR-Gray/dp/B01A5HIQ7Q/). That one has the Elevate technology that enables wrist monitoring. But it will not be as accurate as a band. It is $336 new on Amazon as of posting ($299 for refurb)
I really want to buy this watch, but there is no shipping except for USA
Lol, who wears a metal watchband on a trail run?
DonAman
I do not care for plastic bands, I always buy metal.
roissy
Same here. Silicone and plastic bands retain moisture and make my arm smell funny and feel funny. Metal doesn't.
If this is the same one, I guess the answer is that it does not include heart rate monitoring (and is a good deal vs. Amazon)
https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-010-01338-20-fēnix-3-Sapphire/dp/B00RY1YYXW/
ChuckDee
Checked with Massdrop; this is indeed the one: And to quote Brian himself: “It looks like for any type of heart rate monitor you have to purchase the correct accessories. The reason why is that they have found the heart rate monitor in some watches not to be all that accurate. So the more enthusiast product that delivers more accurate results would be one like this one along with the correct accessories you would need. They are not included. More info here... https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/516264#accessories
Is this wrist based heart monitoring? Or do you need a band?
  • Heart rate monitor (some versions)
Worth it with a good discount now that F5 is out...
Come on Garmin, if you want to flush older model watches at least throw in a 50% discount like what Suunto did.
lukinid
I might have bit for a second one if it was the regular rubber strap and $200
Come on ... Fenix 5 is out and you are ditching old models here?
$28 less than Amazon and weeks longer to receive. Not sure why this is a 'good' deal
Massdrop should change their name to "WarehouseFlush"... so many old/discontinued/excess stock "deals"...
Have had the Fenix 3 HR for a year and it has been absolutely flawless, decent battery runtime, and sensors working great. I love the Sapphire with stainless band , very robust and still without scratches or marks. Tracking multiple sports indoor and outdoor, working with multiple apps. It's the best Garmin product I have had so far.
Great watch, awful price.
I have been wearing this as my daily watch for the last year and 3/4. Having come from a 910xt it was a huge step up. Acquires satelites faster, plays well with all of my Garmin ANT+ sensors, and works for biking, swimming and hiking. The HR version came out shortly after, so I don't have that battery draw, but even doing a one hour or mor activity each day I can still go over a week without charging. I love the watch, but I agree this is not a great price for US consumers. Clever Training has the Sapphire with Leather band for $399 and not much more for several other models. The rest of the world's mileage may vary.
This is not a good deal nor a good watch. Old model, bought one last xmas for $350. Liked it until I realized how broken the sensors were. Complaints all over the garmin forums. Bad GPS accuracy and malfunctioning barometer. Returned it after a few weeks. Fenix 5 is out now and is also full of problems.
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Interesting. I am not sure why so many people had problems and others didn't, but mine was just crazy. In any case, this is old gen and would make no sense to buy brand new now. Mine was the HR as well. I assume this one is, based on the price, but it actually does not say.
Ditto, have the HR and it's been flawless. That being said, I would definite skip this as this is a fairly old watch. They have the 3 HR, the Chronos and now the Felix 5
Is this the sapphire?
Great watch, I've had mine for over a year and wear it all day everyday. Gone through many races and have had very very few issues with it (like 2-3 tracked workout errors out over ~200).
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me too
kmj442
I've also had mine - I have the HR version but mostly the same - for over a year now and I absolutely love it! Decent app community and their software is regularly updated which is nice. I think if there is one major pro to point out about the Fenix3 is the battery life. Unlike many smart watches, the Fenix3 battery lasts over a week with minimal GPS use and just about a week with some regular activities that use GPS. The other nice point about this watch is the screen; as a transflective memory-in-pixel display (not your typical LED/LCD or AMOLED) it is amazingly easy to see in broad daylight! In fact, the more sunlight there is, the easier it is to see what's on the screen. It suffers a little in darkness but the light is perfectly capable of fixing this and it means that you also get great battery life but not having a lit screen every time you raise your hand. Last but not least, the Garmin Connect app is great. That goes for much more beyond just this product but it's worth while mentioning that if this would be your first piece of Garmin wearable tech. Very happy customer!