Garmin® Announces the fēnix® 5 series in the Philippines – Multisport GPS Watches for Fitness, Adventure and Style

Multisports, lifetyle and adventure just got rolled into ONE and it’s a Garmin!

Garmin Philippines recently launched the fēnix 5, fēnix 5S and fēnix 5X, adding three watches designed for athletes and adventurers of all shapes, sizes and competencies, to complement its popular and already well-entrenched line of multisport GPS wearables.

The fēnix 5S is lighter, sleeker and smaller than previous models – perfect for small wrists without sacrificing multisport functionality. The fēnix 5X boasts preloaded wrist-based mapping; and the compact fēnix 5, like other fēnix watches, is feature-packed and ready to take on any adventure with an all-new industrial design.

Common to all of the fēnix 5 models are unbelievably great features to keep the lifestyle as active as your sports or adventure, in Garmin-style:

  • 24/7 wearable with extended battery life

The fēnix 5 can get up to two weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode and 24 hours in GPS mode. The fēnix 5X can get up to 12 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 20 hours in GPS mode. The fēnix 5S can get up to eight days in smartwartch mode and up to 13 hours in GPS mode.4 Users can also take advantage of the UltraTrac™ power saver mode to extend battery life even more.

  • daily activity tracking ¹
  • Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology
  • QuickFit™ bands (switch between stylish leather and metal watch straps to sporty silicone, in seconds and without tools)
  • all 5 models come in a variety of cool colored bands to choose from!
  • Built-in navigation features include a 3-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter, as well as GPS and GLONASS support to track in more challenging environments than with GPS alone
  • When paired with a compatible smartphone, users can get call, text and email smart notifications right on their wrist. Compatibility with Connect IQ is enhanced so that users can customize their watch with apps, widgets, data fields and watch faces

*To take watch faces one step further, fēnix 5 watches are compatible with the Face It app, so users can set their favorite photo as their watch face. Sapphire models are Wi-Fi® Enabled, so users can connect their watch to their home network for automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™ when within range.

  • water rated to 100 meters ², and is built to withstand the elements with a stainless-steel bezel, buttons and rear case
  • preloaded with the full multisport toolset for running, hiking, swimming, biking and more
  • More apps and connected features using Garmin Connect

The perfect-fit and advanced fēnix 5S, measuring  a compact 47mm , has a brand new industrial design and has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the wearable technologies category in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA upon its global reveal this year. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.

“After years in the wearables market, Garmin knows that athletes and adventurers come in all sizes, which is why we have designed the new line of fēnix 5 watches to fit every wrist and every workout,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “This is the first time Garmin has created a variety of sizes for one product so now users don’t have to choose between getting the features they want and wearing a watch that fits.

But make no mistake that power just comes with size, as Garmin also innovated on the first fenix designed with the female adventurers in mind. The fēnix 5S is a sleek, smaller sized watch that packs so much power-punch! At 42mm, fēnix 5S is small yet comfortable for petite wrists, without compromising any multisport features. Both stylish and functional, fēnix 5S is available in silver with either a white, turquoise or black silicone band with a mineral glass lens.

The fēnix 5S Sapphire has a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and is available in black with a black band, or champagne with a water resistant gray suede band or champagne with a metal band. The fēnix 5S Sapphire units also come with an extra silicone QuickFit band.

The Fenix 5X and the ULTIMATE outdoor experience!

Preloaded with TOPO Asia Pacific mapping, routable cycling maps and other navigation features like Round Trip Run and Round Trip Ride, the ruggedly elegant fēnix 5X measures at only 51mm. With these features, users can enter how far they’d like to run or ride, and their watch will suggest appropriate courses to choose from. Users can also get at-a-glance guidance from their fēnix 5X. During an activity, easy-to-read guidance cues for upcoming turns are displayed as banners on the watch so users are always aware of their route. Additionally, fēnix 5X users can use the Around Me map mode to see different points of interest, waypoints and other map objects within the user’s range to help users be more aware of their surroundings. Users can configure their fēnix 5X to see data overlays on mapping screens, and to see highlight key information without having to switch screens during an activity. The pre- loaded TOPO Asia Pacific maps include detailed maps of the Philippines and other countries in the Asia Pacific region plus over 40,000 golf courses.

Product Availability

Upon launch, the fēnix 5 and fēnix 5S will have a suggested retail price of Php 36,950; the fēnix 5 Sapphire, fēnix 5S Sapphire at Php 39,950 and the fēnix 5X will have a suggested retail price of Php 42,950.

The fenix 5 is already currently available in all Garmin Stores and selected dealers. For those who are interested in fenix 5S or fenix 5X, next month (May) is the target date for its distribution, so better hang on to your pockets — or better yet, pre-order NOW!

Only watches purchased from authorized dealers in the Philippines will include the exclusive 2-Year Garmin Protect Warranty and invite-only programs ran by Garmin Connect Coaches plus 20% discounts from partner institutions like the PACE Pre-hab & Recovery Center.

“Garmin devices are well known to be tough, rugged and of the best quality – but as an added commitment to our customers, we are offering the exclusive 2-Year Garmin Protect Warranty for those who purchased their devices from official resellers in the Philippines. By June this year, Garmin will open its first ever local service and repair facility to be ran and managed by NAVCO so that servicing can be done locally. We hope this will be a good news to many loyal Garmin fans”, said NAVCO president, Ryan Tan.

You know that Garmin’s research and development is rooted from customer needs and feedback. This can be manifested with the availability of the fēnix 5 range as Garmin’s answer to the expanding outdoor segment. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching, golfing, or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels, making the adventure a much personal experience than ever before.

 

References:

1 See Garmin.com/ataccuracy for more details.

2 See Garmin.com/waterrating for more details.

For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, you may call 0917-8LEADER or (02)-632-9513.  You may also coordinate with our Marketing and Media Relations Head, Nikko Soria at 0917-877-7240, or follow us at facebook.com/garmincenter.

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About Garmin

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin and fēnix are registered trademarks, and Garmin Elevate, QuickFit, UltraTrac and Garmin Connect are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.

About NAVCO

NAVCO is the official distributor and the official marketing and service partner of Garmin International Inc. in the Philippines. NAVCO distributes Garmin products to retail partners, operates Garmin Center stores, and will operate the first Garmin service and repair center in the country. It maintains offices in Ortigas Center, Pasig City and in Cebu City.

Finding My Way Back to Garmin: The Forerunner 220

At the cusp of the running mania circa 2009, back when Garmin GPS watches were not yet sufficiently locally distributed, I admit to having used the back-route (personal sellers) in getting for myself the latest model. With much pride, I stomped about wearing the Forerunner 610 with its amazing touch features almost on a daily basis, gobbled up every stat in Garmin Connect and self-coached myself to many exhilarating marathons for years…until I started experimenting with other brands.

Sometimes you have to experience difficulties and inconveniences, before you learn the TRUTH. Same is true with your choice of GPS running watches. While your choice must define your needs, it won’t hurt to eliminate guesswork by putting your faith and confidence on a training buddy that truly understands why you run.

Clear watch display. There is no excuse or substitute for good resolution when you are on the run and monitoring your progress. Some have BIG numbers or colored text or changing backgrounds — all trying to skirt around the issue of readability which simply boils down to resolution and sufficient internal lighting. The Forerunner 220 made me remember how I used to struggle with the other brands, especially during critical races. fr220br_product_03

Simple functional operability. I will admit that here’s a point I had a cheat. I was one of the first migrants to Garmin and have used at least 4 previous Garmin models. This experience made maneuvering around Forerunner 220 almost second-nature as soon as I strapped it on. And even if all the important statistics were already available in the watch, I was not able to resist logging onto my old Garmin Connect account, just to be able to download the workouts and get more detailed. I think this is why Garmin claims that having a Forerunner 220 is like having a personal coach,  making all the analytics lead to better training days.

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Lightweight and snug wristband. I used to joke a lot about wearing the old Garmin models that look and felt like a computer in my wrist! But Garmin’s timely evolution to hinged wristbands has made girl-runners like me debunk the myth about Garmin being biased to male runners. The snug feel in small wrists (again, like mine) is nicely complemented by a silky-smooth-soft band. The choice of using silicone minimizes allergic response to those sensitive to rubber, plastic or even velcro straps.

 

Fast GPS lock-in. This is where one appreciates the Forerunner 220, as high-sensitivity GPS locks in superiorly faster than its more affordable, entry-to-training level competitors. As long as an initial fix-time has already been established, Forerunner 220 defies atmospheric and man-made interferences by staying true to its quick lock in time. Having tested this baby on 3 different locations for the past 3 weeks, I got a lock-in time of 5 seconds, on the average! It certainly would, however, be an exciting experiment to compare GPS alone versus GPS+GLONASS, a feature that is making waves in more recent Garmin GPS models, filling the gaps for not just fast lock-ins, but also fast fix-ins — anytime, anywhere.

GLONASS or “Global Navigation Satellite System”, is a Russian technology designed to further improve the accuracy of GPS.

Fast-forward to NOW, across thousands of kilometers over many races and having tried quite a number of commercially-available GPS watches, it is only fitting that I reunite with Garmin, whose expertise in  the game has evolved with the times.

This baby Forerunner 220 has not only proven to be a training buddy and an objective coach. On the run, I look forward to MILESTONE MOTIVATORS that make each workout so personal, simply because there’s a Garmin on my wrist.

Forerunner 220 – Product Features & Specifications 

Physical & Performance

Unit dimensions, WxHxD 1.8″ x 1.8″ x 0.5″ (4.5 x 4.5 x 1.2 cm)
Display size, WxH 1.0″ (2.54 cm) diameter
Display resolution, WxH 180 x 180 pixels
Touchscreen
Weight 1.4 oz (40.7 g)
Battery rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life up to 6 weeks in watch mode; up to 10 hours in training mode
Water resistant (50m)
GPS-enabled
High-sensitivity receiver

For more information:

Please visit the Ph website : http://ph.garmin.com/

Or visit the Garmin Stores:

Garmin SM Megamall, 2nd Floor Atrium, Mandaluyong City (in front of La Lola)

Garmin Glorietta, 3rd Floor Glorietta 5, Makati City

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