The Garmin Fēnix 7 multisport watch turns into a touchscreen and gains in connectivity and autonomy

The Garmin Fēnix 7 multisport watch turns into a touchscreen and gains in connectivity and autonomy

The standard for outdoor multisport watches, Garmin’s Fēnix is ​​now in version 7. Although still intended for seasoned athletes, it’s very accessible and versatile.

Designed for sports enthusiasts for outdoor activities, Garmin’s Fēnix watch has established itself over the years as a benchmark in the so-called “outdoor” category. Very powerful and complete, it nonetheless had to evolve in order to stand up to the most intense competition, which does not hesitate to bring modernity to the somewhat traditional world of sports watches.

Now, Fēnix 7 has a more modern design. Its body – made of fiber-reinforced polymer and immersion-resistant at 10 ATM – is thinner and its narrow edges (2 mm) leave more room for the solar sensor located under the glass (+54% for capture area). The steel or titanium frame depending on the version extends over the case horns where the screws are now, ensuring, according to Garmin, a more resistant strap attachment.

Three sizes, many variations

To fit the thinnest and thickest of wrists, the 47mm Fēnix 7 is available in two other versions called the 7S and 7X, offering 42 and 51mm sizes each.

The Fēnix 7S, 7, and 7X have a screen of 1.2 inches (240 x 240 pixels), 1.3 inches (260 x 260 pixels), and 1.4 inches (280 x 280 pixels). Watches of different sizes, available with or without a solar sensor and equipped with classic Corning Gorilla Glass or more resistant sapphire glass.

Touch screen plus buttons

The main novelty of these screens is their touch ability. Not only does Fēnix 7 abandon its five buttons – fully configurable – but it also offers a more modern user interface, without forcing it on those who don’t want to fiddle with their watch in this way. However, touch brings more convenience in navigation, especially when it comes to using mapping. The interface has been completely revised for the occasion, and the Fēnix 7 always connects to the Garmin Connect app.

Increased autonomy and efficiency of solar charging

Garmin is also advancing on the autonomy front. The manufacturer promises 37 days of run in connected watch mode, 135 hours with GPS enabled and up to 161 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode (for ultra-trail runners, in particular).

The efficiency of solar technology has also skyrocketed, with Garmin announcing a 105% increase in solar capture compared to the Fēnix 6 Solar.

More accurate sensors, safety lamp

On the hardware level, Garmin reports that it has improved the accuracy of the barometric altimeter. You can also count on the Garmin Elevate Gen 4 underwater heart sensor, as well as the pulse oximeter (SpO2) Pulse Ox 2.0, which has been touted as the most accurate for analyzing your recovery and sleep.

Available on Sapphire Solar models only, the GPS chip manages multiple ranges, improving accuracy in isolated areas (canyons, cities, etc.).

To take advantage of its larger size, the Fēnix 7X includes an LED flashlight to illuminate the road and, above all, be visible when jogging at night. A strobe mode is also included, where the red light alternates when the lever bounces back and the white lights up when it moves forward.

Better performance tracking

When it comes to sport modes, Fēnix 7 offers you no less than 1,400 customizable workouts, a selection of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), as well as new activity modes such as surfing, windsurfing, windsurfing…

For their part, racers will appreciate the “on the road” (forward) function, which is used to locate refueling points and other points of interest on the road. The watch already integrates updated mapping directly via wifi. No need to go through a computer. The standard Fēnix 7 and Solar both have 16GB of internal memory to do this, while the Sapphire Solar has 32GB.

Monitoring performance and capacity is not left out with the Race Predictor Trend feature, designed to predict race times over the long term. Fēnix 7 is also able to estimate the endurance level in real time. A feature called Stamina which provides, among other things, an estimate of the distance we can travel based on the energy we consume.

More healthy and connected functions

In terms of health and well-being, Fēnix 7 offers a specific activity that allows you to obtain a set of data in just two minutes, with the aim of transmitting it to a professional.

Sleep tracking is also handled by the watch, similar to the Venu 2, for example. In addition, Fēnix 7 handles all the functions of connected watches such as music management and NFC payment.

high-end positioning

Highly complete and built to withstand tough conditions, the Fēnix is ​​positioned in the high-quality category. The classic 7 and 7S models sell for €699.99, followed by the 7 and 7S Solar versions at an additional €100. Count an additional €100 for the Sapphire Solar versions. The latter is also available in a titanium version with a leather strap (999.99 euros), and a titanium bracelet (1149.99 euros).

The Fēnix 7X is only available in the Solar version at €899.99 or the Sapphire Solar at €999.99, with titanium versions also.

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