I would like to thanks Garmin Belux for putting this watch at my disposal to perform this test.
The idea of this article is to provide a brief test, concise and objective.
Is the Garmin Fenix 3 HR the ultimate Gps Multisport ?
Having previously tested the Fenix 3, this test will focus on what differentiates it from its younger sister. I invite you to read the full review of the Fenix 3.
As for the Fenix 3, the box is sober and well finished.
The watch catches the eye immediately. The outline of the aluminum dial gives it a luxurious look.
The bracelet has less holes that on the Fenix 3.
For an increased resistance to scratches the face of the Fenix 3 HR is equipped with a saphire glass.
The Fenix 3 HR is as confortable to wear as the Fenix 3 despite an important volume. You don't feel at all the HR sensor on the wrist.
The start up of the watch is simple and intuitive, the same as the Fenix 3.
The HR Mode
Once attached to your wrist the Fenix 3 HR, with its integrated sensor, gives you your heart rate without the need to use a heart rate HRM belt.
I was quite skeptical about the reliability of such a sensor, but my first impressions are good. The results measured in parallel with a belt sensor are similar.
However, if you want the sensor to work correctly, you have to make sure that the watch is worn on the wrist and not on the front metacarpus. Which requires you to properly adjust the wrist band of the watch so that it does not advance towards your hand while moving. Personally, I don't like to wear a watch tight on my wrist. Wearing it tight, the Fenix 3 HR gave me a little discomfort in the beginning. ButI got used to it after two days.
If you practice a gentle sports, the Fenix 3 HR is perfect. On the other hand, for your intense activities, I think that it's better to pair it with a HR belt like the HRM Run or the HRM Tri.
In fact, several times during intense sporting activities the HR sensor of the watch was inefficient. Like in running split sessions, where sweating is very intense, the sensor could not give an accurate measurement. Similarly, during a winter trail in the snow with icy wind, the sensor was completely lost. It did not pass 85 pulsations per minutes. Which was rather flattering for my physical condition, but pretty far from reality ...
On the indoor bike workouts where sweating is also very abundant, the problem has also arisen.
But for activities such as jogging, skiing, hiking, the HR sensor worked perfectly.
Where the HR sensor proves to be a real advantage, it's in the 24/7 heart monitoring to count your calories burned as well as calculate you recovery time. The watch calculting throughout the day your heart rate, even apart from your sports activities, can more accurately count your calories burned and better adjust your recovery speed.
Coupled with a HRM belt, Fenix Hr 3 is currently the best multi activities GPS watch on the market, it's undeniable ! Given the small price difference between the Fenix 3 Saphire and the Fenix 3 HR, which also has a sapphire glass, I think it's actually better deal to acquire the HR version. It is true that on Fenix 3 Saphire, you receive in addition a metal wrist band. But for a sport use, I remain skeptical about its utility.
In conclusion, Garmin is once again raised the bar with this Fenix 3 HR and shows a little more its dominance against the other brands ...