Fenix 3

fēnix 3 Silver with Red Band

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Uncompromising Multisport Training GPS Watch

  • Stainless Steel EXO™ antenna with GPS + GLONASS support for fast fix and accuracy

  • 1.2-inch sunlight readable color Chroma™ display

  • Fitness training features like VO2 Max and Recovery Advisor (when used with a heart rate monitor¹)

  • Outdoor navigation features like 3-axis compass, altimeter and barometer, TracBack and Sight’n Go

  • Connect IQ™ compatibility for customized apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields




fēnix 3 is the rugged, capable and smart multisport training GPS watch. With feature sets for fitness training plus feature sets for outdoor navigation, fēnix 3 is ready for any training activity and competition. Access to the Connect IQ platform allows customization of watch faces, data fields, widgets and activities. And, fēnix 3 is a thin, light multisport training GPS that won’t slow you down whether for training or every day use.

Serious Style That Stands Up to the Roughest Conditions

fēnix 3 is available in 3 bold models: gray with high-strength, scratch resistant, crystal and black band; silver with red band; and the premium sapphire model with a stainless steel band and sapphire lens. Each watch features a protective stainless steel bezel and buttons, and reinforced housing for extra durability. A sunlight-visible high-resolution color Chroma display with LED backlight lets you access your data in any light. fēnix 3 is water rated 100 meters and has a battery life of up to 50 hours in UltraTrac mode, 16 hours in GPS mode and up to 3 months in watch mode (all depending on settings).

Advanced Fitness Metrics

fēnix 3 is packed with training features to tell you about your form and fitness. The first is the VO2 max estimator. When used with a heart rate monitor¹, fēnix 3 crunches data, including your running speed, beats per minute and heart rate variability to estimate the maximum volume of oxygen you can consume per minute. Track changes to your VO2 max to see your fitness gains and to compare with your peers. Other fitness metrics include recovery advisor with a recovery timer and recovery check, plus a Race Predictor, which estimates your ideal finish time based on your current VO2 max number.

Running Dynamics Features

fēnix 3 incorporates sophisticated Garmin running watch feedback on your running form by reporting multiple metrics. When used with the HRM-Run monitor¹, fēnix 3 reports your cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. These metrics are called running dynamics, and they affect your running economy.

Swim Profile and Ski-board Mode

The fēnix 3 isn’t just for running; special feature sets help swim training and skiing too. Borrowing from the Garmin Swim™, fēnix 3 tracks your distance, pace, stroke count and more. You just tell fēnix 3 the size of the pool you’re swimming in and begin your workout. Ski-board mode puts speed, distance, vertical drop and an automatic run counter (with Auto Pause for the lift line) and more at your fingertips. You can even use your fēnix 3 as a glove-friendly remote, via ANT+™, for the VIRB® and VIRB Elite action cameras.

Navigate Your Way

No other navigator GPS plus ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) wristwatch offers you the combined training functions and our leading GPS technology. fēnix 3 provides comprehensive navigation and tracking functionalities to guide you on and off the beaten track. Its built-in sensors provide information on heading, elevation and weather changes.

It records a GPS track log creating a “bread crumb trail” as you move. It also allows you to mark locations, such as a start/finish line, course checkpoint, or a campsite, vehicle or other point of interest. With fēnix 3, you can create and follow courses, mark up to 1,000 locations and store up to 10,000 track points and navigate to them.

Plan trips and share adventures with friends and family using BaseCamp™. fēnix is equipped with both ANT+ and Bluetooth® Smart capabilities to wirelessly share locations, routes and geocaches.

Altimeter, Barometer and Compass

fēnix 3 is equipped with ABC sensors to provide relevant real-time information. The built-in altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, while the barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing short-term trends in air pressure. The 3-axis electronic compass keeps your bearing whether you’re moving or not.

fēnix 3 auto-calibrates its ABC sensors using its GPS receiver and also auto sets the time based on location. For an extremely accurate temperature reading, pair it with our tempe™ external temperature sensor.

Connect IQ

fēnix 3 uses the ConnectIQ platform for specialized software so you can personalize your watch with apps, widgets, data fields and unique watch faces that make your Garmin smartwatch even smarter.

Stay Connected

Smart Notifications lets you receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch, even if you're on the trail. fēnix 3 receives the wireless signal from a compatible iPhone® 4s or Android™ smartphone² and let’s you know you have a message, displaying the text on its own screen whenever you’re ready to read it.


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Physical & Performance

Physical dimensions 2.0” x 2.0” x 0.6” (51.0 x 51.0 x 16.0 mm)
Display size, WxH 1.2” (30.4 mm)
Display resolution, WxH 218 x 218 pixels; transflective MIP color
Color display Yes
Negative mode display Yes
Weight Sapphire with rubber bands: 3.0 oz (85 g); Silver/Dark: 2.9 oz (82 g)
Battery Rechargeable 300 mAh lithium-ion
Battery Life Up to 50 hours in UltraTrac mode; up to 20 hours in GPS training mode; up to 6 weeks in watch mode
GPS-enable Yes
High-sensitivity receiver Yes 
Barometric altimeter Yes 
Electronic compass  Yes 
Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)  Yes 
Vibration alert Yes 
Music control Yes
Find my phone Yes
VIRB® control  Yes 
Watch functions Time of day (12/24h), calendar (day/date), daily alarm

Maps & Memory

Built-in memory 32 MB; available 25 MB
Waypoints/favorites/locations 1,000
Routes 50
Track log 10,000 points; 100 saved tracks

Running Features

Virtual Pacer™ (compares current pace to target) Yes
V02 max estimate Yes
Recovery advisor Yes
Race predictor Yes
Running dynamics Yes
Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod) Yes
Personal records Yes

Cycling Features

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

Running & Cycling Features

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

Swimming Features

Swim metrics (stroke type, stroke count and pool lengths) Yes
Stroke recognition Yes
Pool lap recognition Yes
Open-water swim distance Yes

Activity Tracking Features

Step counter Yes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal) Yes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it) Yes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep) Yes


  • Connect IQ™ app support: Yes (watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)
  • EXO™ antenna (GPS/GLONASS): Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Yes
  • ANT+™: Yes
  • Bluetooth®: Yes
  • Weather Alerts: Yes
  • UltraTrac: Yes
  • tempe™ sensor support: Yes
  • TracBack: Yes


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