Sunday, November 3, 2019

Garmin Fenix ​​3 Saphir HR test clock: the best GPS watch for athletes

Garmin Fenix ​​3 Saphir HR test clock: the best GPS watch for athletes

Take a Hi-End GPS watch with all its advantages and combine it with the function that is currently the main market trend - optical pulse measurement. Our test winner, Fenix 3 HR, is ready.

Test results


  • Top equipment
  • Built-in heart rate monitor
  • Functions of the fitness tracker
  • High accuracy of the GPS module


  • Heavy construction
  • Partly confusing menu

Test results of Garmin Fenix 3 Saphir HR

  • Price-quality ratio
    Place in the overall ranking
    1 of 6
    Value for money: 95
    Sports functions (35%): 100
    Ergonomics (35%): 95.2
    Equipment (20%): 100
    Accuracy (10%): 90.3
We are known as cool watches with the support of the heart rate monitor and GPS, which have been in our rating for a long time. Now, Garmin has taken and packed an optical heart rate monitor in their case. Those who need to know their pulse during a workout can now not put a special tape with a sensor on their chest. An optical sensor built into the watch will measure your pulse right on your wrist.

The combination of broad functionality, high quality, precision and the above-mentioned optical heart rate monitor makes Fenix ​​3 HR the winner of the 2016 test.

GPS watches for professionals

Obviously, when you buy a “test winner”, you cannot make the wrong choice. But in fairness it should be noted that the Fenix ​​3 HR is also the most expensive GPS watch we tested. Beginners may not need many features that will be useful to the target audience in the form of either athletes who take their hobbies very seriously or fans of street sports such as running or cycling.

Fenix ​​3 HR is the so-called "multisport" watch, that is, it is also suitable for triathlon training. But it should be noted that the optical measurement of the pulse does not work in water. Anyone who needs to measure heart rate while swimming should use the Fenix ​​3 HR in combination with a chest strap.

Garmin Fenix ​​3 HR: 

  • there is everything
  • Fenix ​​3 HR

Built-in heart rate monitor: 

  • the optical heart rate monitor is already built into the Fenix ​​3 HR

Fenix ​​3 HR - not for those users who want the gadget on their wrist to weigh as little as possible. 86 grams - does not sound so strong, but on the wrist, especially if we take into account the sophisticated female hand, this mass is felt distinctly. The lightweight Garmin Forerunner 25 will not deflect the scale arrow by half compared to the Fenix ​​3 HR.

Our "test winner" has a built-in fitness tracker that analyzes sleep quality. We also liked the interaction with the application on the smartphone, which displays the measurement results.

Sports functionality is more than complete: you can send training and competition results in real time, the clock calculates the level of maximum oxygen consumption, warns the user if he is under stress and helps to polish the running style.

Based on the received training data, Fenix ​​3 HR gives a forecast of the results in a competitive mode and calculates the time required for rest after heavy loads.

High reliability

From time to time, the test model irritated us with a mixture of multilingual terms in the menu. In all other respects, the quality is beyond praise: the connection to the GPS satellites is very fast, deviations from the true values ​​during GPS measurements are within acceptable limits.

Garmin endowed its device with a couple of functions of “smart watches”, but at the same time, it is clear that sports functionality is still in the first place. Messages or calendar notes Fenix ​​3 HR can display, but to accept an incoming call on the GPS-clock will not work.

Garmin Fenix ​​3 HR: Alternative

Anyone who does not need a built-in heart rate monitor, when buying a Garmin Forerunner 920xt, will get a GPS watch with a similarly high level of functionality at the best price.

Characteristics and test results of Garmin Fenix ​​3 Saphir HR

  • Price-quality ratio
    Waterproof case
    Splash protection
    Barometer / Altimeter
    MP3 player
    Built-in speed meter
    Connecting external sensors
    ANT +
    Battery life: with GPS
    16 hours
    Battery life: without GPS
    6 weeks
    GPS satellites search time: first launch
    13 seconds
    GPS satellite search time: known locality
    9 s
    GPS satellites search time: unfamiliar terrain
    24 seconds
    Speed ​​measurement
    Distance measurement
    Auto pause function
    Interval timer
    Circle History
    Virtual rival
    Heart rate monitor
    Heart rate measurement (without heart rate monitor on a belt)
    Calorie counter
    Recovery time (between workouts)
    Workout rating
    Multisport functions
    Reverse timer
    Audio trainer
    Results Analysis: Online
    Results analysis: offline
    Functions of the fitness tracker
    Smartphone application
    Data synchronization with third-party applications
    very good
    Operation (convenience)
    very good
    Menu (convenience)
    Sports features (convenience)
    very good
    Display readability
    86 g

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