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Garmin Debuts Fenix 2 Multisport Adventure Watch

February 25, 2014

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin, a company focusing in satellite navigation, announced the Fenix 2, updating the outdoor GPS watch with new training options, updated easier-to-use interface and expanded smartphone connectivity.

According to a release, the original Fenix focused on navigation and tracking functionality, and the second generation, Fenix 2, continues to aid the explorer, adding multisport training capabilities. Whether running, climbing, riding, hiking, skiing or swimming, Fenix 2 provides users real-time feedback on their progress and helps them achieve their training goals. Advanced running dynamics, for example, can coach users to become more efficient runners. Fenix 2 also features dedicated training modes like swim and ski modes to collect data and gauge efficiency. With ABC features like an altimeter, barometer, and a 3-axis compass, Fenix 2 provides navigation functionalities and guidance off the beaten path.

"The Fenix 2 combines the very best fitness and outdoor technology from Garmin into an easy-to-use wristwatch, making it the perfect training tool for multisport athletes," said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. "Users can easily switch from advanced fitness training features like VO2 max, virtual partner and a recovery advisor, to the GPS tracking features like TracBack and ski mode, all while staying connected with smart notifications and LiveTrack."

Fenix 2 is the first Garmin wristworn device to include running and fitness features in the rugged form factor of an ABC watch, the company noted. Fenix 2 displays real-time performance data such as distance, time, pace and heart rate (monitor sold separately), as well as the workouts and running dynamics introduced with the Forerunner 620 running watch. Like the Forerunner 620, Fenix 2 can estimate users' VO2 max to evaluate their fitness level. Plus, Fenix 2 can calculate recovery time and perform a recovery check after intense workouts, so users know how much time to rest before they're ready for the next hard running workout.

The Fenix 2 also incorporates running dynamics with the new HRM- Run heart rate monitor, which provides feedback on running form by measuring cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. These metrics effect running economy, so Fenix 2 can coach users to be more efficient runners. With the Virtual Partner feature, users can set time, distance or speed goals, then push themselves to compete against their Virtual Partner. With the built-in accelerometer, Fenix 2 users can even track their distance and pace indoors without any additional accessories like a footpod.

Thanks to the Bluetooth Smart wireless upload capabilities, Fenix 2 can send runners' data to the Garmin online community, Garmin Connect, without being connected to a computer. It can transfer the data through the Garmin Connect Mobile app on their compatible smartphone. This allows a user to track progress over time, and with LiveTrack, they can share real-time workouts with friends and family through email or social media. This provides peace of mind, especially if training alone. Also through Garmin Connect, users will be able to download the next seven days of predicted satellite data, to ensure the fastest possible satellite acquisition.

Also part of the features:

-Fenix 2 has additional activity profiles like Ski-Board mode, XC Ski mode and swim mode, which make this device even more appealing to multisport athletes.

-Like its predecessor, Fenix 2 comes equipped with a high- sensitivity GPS receiver plus an altimeter, barometer and 3-axis compass. It includes a navigational toolset that allows users to plan trips and create routes, record waypoints, such as campsites or points of interest, and record GPS breadcrumb trails on the move (tracklogs).

-Fenix 2 is built to endure the toughest outdoor conditions, featuring a scratch-resistant, curved mineral glass lens, and a water rating of 50 m1.

Fenix 2 will be available to purchase in March.

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