Garmin has announced the fēnix 6 series, the next generation of its flagship GPS multi-sport smartwatch line-up.
The fēnix 6 collection includes Power Manager for longer battery life, allows runners to better plan their race with new PacePro technology and introduces the largest round display from Garmin.
Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales, said: “We are thrilled to introduce solar charging into the the new fēnix 6X Pro Solar edition, giving users all of the features they’ve come to expect from the fēnix lineup with increased battery life and larger displays.
“In addition to our brand-new solar technology, we’ve built the fēnix 6 to redefine expectations, with enhanced features and design elements to appeal to driven athletes and adventurers of every kind.”
As the first Garmin GPS watch to offer solar charging, the fēnix 6X Pro Solar edition is designed with Power Glass, a transparent solar charging lens that uses the sun’s energy to extend battery life. Because of its unique solar charging technology, users will have more on-wrist time to enjoy their activities, training features, colour mapping, music streaming and much more. Users can quickly check the solar harvesting performance of their fēnix right on the wrist.
The battery performance on the fēnix 6X Pro Solar in smartwatch mode is 21 days plus an additional three days when utilizing the solar charging capabilities.
The fēnix 6 and fēnix 6X multisport GPS watches feature a rugged, sophisticated design and are constructed for a trimmer, more comfortable fit on the wrist, while increasing the display size to 1.3’’ and 1.4’’ respectively, which is 17 and 36 per cent bigger than previous fēnix models. fēnix 6S remains with the 1.2” display, a watch fit for smaller wrists.
In addition to bigger display sizes, Garmin has introduced new QuickFit nylon bands and silicone colours. Sapphire editions add the quality and durability of a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and other high-performance premium materials.
The fēnix 6 series introduces the first-of-its-kind PacePro feature, which keeps a runner’s pacing strategy on track with grade-adjusted guidance as they run a course. Runners can create plans directly from the watch or ahead of time on Garmin Connect or Garmin Connect Mobile. While running the course, users will be able to see their target split pace, the actual split pace, distance to the next split, and how much time they are ahead/behind on their target, right on the watch face.
Out of the box, the fēnix series includes TopoActive Europe maps for outdoor adventures, ski maps for over 2,000 ski resorts worldwide, and 41,000 golf courses. Featuring on-device music storage of up to 2,000 songs, allowing users to sync playlists from several of the most popular music services, no phone required.
The new customizable Power Manager allows the user to see and control how various settings and sensors impact battery life. For more confidence before an activity or a long distance trail running race, battery remaining can be represented in hours and days to help determine whether the adventure can last until the next charge.
Users can adjust their battery saving modes by disabling certain features to extend battery life on the fly. For ambitious athletes, the fēnix 6 series includes the popular ClimbPro feature, that allows trail runners and cyclists who like to train in hilly areas, gain better awareness of their environment and their performance during climbs.
The fēnix 6 series is announcing in conjunction with the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) trail-running event taking place in Mont Blanc Chamonix, France, August 26 to September 1, where it will be on display in Booth #14 in the UTMB Village from August 29.
Michel Poletti, founder and co-director of the UTMB, said: “Garmin has been a long-standing partner of the UTMB and this year we are honoured that they have chosen Chamonix Mont-Blanc to launch their latest fēnix 6 range. The UTMB is globally recognized as being the reference when it comes to trail running just as the fēnix is recognized as being the reference GPS multi-sport smartwatch for performance trailers and athletes alike, so the announcement here today makes for the perfect match.”
The fenix 6 series watches are packed with easy-to-access features including built-in activity profiles, VO2 max estimates and training status with adjustments for heat and altitude. All models include enhanced wrist-based heart rate for all-day stress tracking, underwater wrist-based heart rate for swimming and Pulse Ox blood oxygen saturation to support advanced sleep monitoring and altitude acclimation. Plus, the innovative Body Battery energy monitoring feature lets users see their body’s energy levels at any given moment, which can help with scheduling workouts, rest times and sleep.
It’s easy to stay connected with the fēnix 6 series that allows users to receive alerts on the wrist for incoming calls, texts, emails and more by enabling smart notifications. All models also include Garmin Pay, a contactless payment solution so users don’t have to worry about carrying cash or cards, which can now be used at major transit systems around the world. Commuters simply tap and pay-per-ride with their watch – no transit card, phone or wallet needed.
Available now, the fēnix 6 series is available now in the UK and Ireland with a suggested retail price that starts at £529.99 (€599.99). To learn more, visit the Garmin website.
The fēnix 6 series is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, trail running, mountain biking, golfing, diving or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels.