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.