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Review: Garmin Fenix2 for Triathlons

This Full Featured Training Watch for Multisport Athletes runs between $249.99 and $379.99.

  • Tracks distance, pace and heart rate
  • Calculates recovery time and VO2 max estimate (when used with a heart rate monitor¹)
  • HRM-Run™ monitor¹ adds data for cadence, ground contact time and vertical oscillation
  • Connected features², including uploads to Garmin Connect™ and BaseCamp™ for live tracking and sharing
  • High-sensitivity GPS positioning, 3-axis compass with altimeter and barometer

Physical & Performance

Physical dimensions 1.9” x 1.9” x 0.7” (4.9 x 4.9 x 1.7 cm)
Display size, WxH 1.2” (3.1 cm) diameter
Display resolution, WxH 70 x 70 pixels; transflective, monochrome LCD (negativemode-black)
Negative mode display
Weight 3.0 oz (85.0 g)
Battery Rechargeable 500 mAh lithium-ion
Battery life Up to 50 hours in UltraTrac mode; up to 20 hours in GPS training mode; up to 5 weeks in watch mode
Water rating 5 ATM
GPS-enabled
High-sensitivity receiver
Barometric altimeter
Electronic compass
Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)
Vibration alert
VIRB® control

Maps & Memory

Basemap
Built-in memory 32 MB; available 25 MB
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest)
Waypoints/favorites/locations 1,000
Routes 50
Track log 10,000 points; 100 saved tracks

Running Features

V02 max estimate
Recovery advisor
Race predictor
Running dynamics
Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod)

Cycling Features

Compatible with Vector™
Bike speed/cadence sensor Yes (optional)

Running & Cycling Features

Heart rate monitor Yes (optional)
Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person)
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed)
Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button)
Auto multisport (switch sport modes with 1 button press)
Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts)
Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace)
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals)
Heart rate-based calorie computation
Calculates calories burned
Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness)

Swimming Features

Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories)
Stroke type identification (e.g. freestyle)
Open water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories)

Outdoor Features

Hunt/fish calendar
Sun and moon information
Area calculation
Jumpmaster

Garmin Connect™

Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)

Additional

Additional
  • Connect IQ™ app support: No
  • EXO™ antenna (GPS/GLONASS): No
  • Wireless Connectivity: Yes
  • ANT+®: Yes
  • Bluetooth®: Yes
  • Weather Alerts: Yes
  • UltraTrac: Yes
  • tempe™ sensor support: Yes
  • TracBack: Yes

Specs provided by Garmin

 

Our Review

Overall, I enjoy this watch.  I’ve used other tracking watches and haven’t been that impressed with the functions.  This is an overall good watch that I have used in triathlons and enjoy having my own real-time transition and discipline time. 

 

Positives

  • Tracks multisport, including transitions, with one push of a button
  • Quick view of current speed and time within discipline
  • Smart Notification lets you receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch (Iphone connectivity only)

Okay With

  • On the swim, I noticed that it will add an extra 25-50 yards that I didn’t actually swim.  Just be mindful of any extra flicks of arms, such as drinking water bottle or reaching for kick board/buoy.
  • Price is a bit higher than some on the market, but the fact that it will change between yards/meters, miles/kilometers is a plus that outweighs the price (along with the other positives listed here).

Negatives

  • Difficulty Bluetooth connecting for syncing – this isn’t a dealbreaker as it very may well be partially user error
  • Very large for a female wrist but does not get in the way.

Check out more details of the Garmin Fenix2 here.

About the author

Team USA Athlete. Lawyer. Business Consultant. She current competes in multisport events and lives in Virginia with her five kids, Military Veteran husband and two rescue puppy dogs.

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