Garmin has unveiled a bunch of new sportswatches at CES 2015 in Las Vegas. We got some hands-on time with the Fenix 3, Epix, and Vivofit 2, all of which look drastically different and suit different needs, but they're still ushering Garmin into the athletic wearables market.
The Fenix 3 is a multisport GPS training watch that can track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, sleep patterns. I’ll even measure your distance and pace while running, cycling, or swimming. The watch can also receive calls, texts, and email notifications, and it supports Garmin's Connect IQ platform.
Garmin got a lot of complaints about the Fenix 2’s size and weight, so it makes since that it would drop the weight of the new silver and grey models by 12g. Although that means the Fenix 3 is now smaller and ideal for small wrists, we think people who are unaccustomed to wearing watches or even slender-wristed folks will still find the watch rather bulky.
The watch will be available in the first quarter of the year. The three models include silver (with red strap), grey (with black strap), and sapphire *with stainless steel strap), the latter of which has a scratch-resistant sapphire lens. Garmin didn’t announce international pricing, but the US price coverts to about £499. The sapphire model will be $599.
The next Garmin wearable we looked at was the Epix. This device is Connect IQ-compatible and features an altimeter, digital compass, barometer, water resistance, and 8GB of internal storage. It’s also the most hardcore-looking of the company’s new wearable lineup, mostly because it doesn’t have a round display but rather a 1.4-inch color touchscreen.
Other features include waterproofing up to 100 meters, GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi, 20-hour battery life, swappable straps, colour screen with an LED backlight, and a stainless steel bezel. You can pick up this watch sometime in the first quarter for $549.99. It’s ideal for people who like to rock climb and do all sorts of other rugged and sporty things.
And finally, Garmin has updated its Vivofit fitness tracker and partnered with designer Jonathan Adleron on a series of custom bands for the new Vivofit 2. We got a close look at all the colorful bands and were impressed with the wide range of styles and options.
They’re not heavy either, and they easily snap into place. There’s also a "Style Collection" that uses more classy materials such as stainless steel and leather. The Vivofit 2 - and all of the fancy straps you can get to customise it - should be shipping in Q1. You can expect it to cost $129.99.