Why We Chose It: outdoors-focused features, high-pixel watch face, battery life
GPS watches have become an incredibly powerful tool in recent years. This increase in wrist top performance has been led, largely, by one company; Garmin. The Fenix series sits at the top of their GPS smartwatch lineup and is packed full of features that are ideal for outdoor users.
This, the Fenix 6X Pro, is a great example of that outdoors-focused feature set, with a load of technology within this timepiece. All of the features are designed to streamline your life on the trail; there for your navigation or for keeping tabs on your health and physical wellbeing.
Design And Materials
The first thing you’ll notice about this watch is that huge watch face. The ‘X’ in the name ‘6X’ signifies the large 51 mm case size – the largest in the whole Fenix lineup. It’s made up of a large titanium bezel to protect the 280 x 280 pixel watch face.
You’ve got the choice of a silicone, leather, fabric or metal band to tie the watch together. This whole package comes in at a weight of 82g. Yes, this might sound like a lot for a watch, but it all makes sense once you consider the whopping 21 days of battery life in smartwatch mode, with the option to squeeze much more out of it with specific battery saving modes. Speaking of which…
Expedition Mode is a feature that gives you up to 56 days of GPS tracking. This is achieved by putting the watch into an ultra low ‘sleep’ mode, only waking up every hour to take a new GPS fix. This essentially means that you’re able to get an astonishingly long battery life out of your Fenix – ideal for those times where you find yourself on the trail for long periods without a power source.
Previously only available on the top spec Fenix 5 Plus, the Pulse Ox Acclimation keeps tabs on your blood oxygen saturation (SATs) levels for when you’re spending prolonged time hiking or climbing up at altitude.
“You’re able to get an astonishingly long battery life out of your Fenix.”
Keeping an eye on your SATs can be essential when in the high mountains as it can help determine how well your body’s acclimatising to higher altitudes. For example, if your SATs drop to a dangerous level while you’re ascending, the Fenix 6X Pro can warn you before you push your body to a potentially dangerous limit.
The Fenix 6X Pro comes with an impressive range of mapping already built into its 32GB internal storage. We’ve always found that Garmin nails things in the mapping department, and this is certainly true with this timekeeper.
It’s comes with full-colour Topo Maps that cover the whole of Europe (with more maps available to buy for other continents) – super handy stuff. OK we do stress the importance of proper map reading and navigational skills when out in the hills here at Outdoors Magic, there’s nothing more reassuring than being able to have a wrist top computer that can give you fast location information on a zoomable map.