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Compare fenix 5 vs 5S vs 5X

What are the differences between Garmin's legendary line of multi-sport training watches?
We compare the features of the fenix 5, fenix 5S and fenix 5X to find out.

Interested in the differences between the fenix 5/5S/5X vs the brand new fenix 5/5S/5X Plus+ series? Check out our analysis here!

Here's the abbreviated version of the differences between the Garmin fenix 5, fenix 5S and fenix 5X (extended chart available below):

Garmin fenix 5 - Product Details

  • Most similar to previous fenix 3 model
  • The fenix 5 (Gray) and fenix 5 Sapphire (Black) are the only model that offers Performer Bundle upgrade with the HRM-Run chest strap (all versions of fenix 5 watch are compatible with all Garmin HRM chest straps).
  • Five (5) Versions
  • Performer Bundle upgrades available (includes HRM-Tri chest strap heart rate monitor)

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Garmin fenix 5S - Product Details

  • Designed specifically with female users in mind, the fenix 5S still packs every bit of the same functionality but with a slightly smaller build.
  • Six (6) Versions

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Garmin fenix 5X - Product Details

  • The biggest upgrade with the fenix 5X compared to the other versions are the pre-loaded TOPO maps and navigation.
  • This may not seem like a big deal (with navigational tools abound on smartphones) but by several accounts of early testers, it's a really cool and extremely helpful feature. Especially for those who tend to get lost on their long runs (not that we've ever done that...)
  • Slightly larger than the Garmin fenix 5
  • Two (2) versions:
  • Both versions come standard in Sapphire Version.

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Compare fenix 5 Watches

 
Garmin fenix 5
Garmin fenix 5 Sapphire
Garmin fenix 5S
Garmin fenix 5S Sapphire
Garmin fenix 5X Sapphire
Price

$549.99

$649.99 - $799.99

$549.99

$649.99 - $799.99

$649.99 - $799.99

Colors Available
Shipping
Returns
What's in the Box

Garmin fenix 5

Charging/data cable

Documentation

Garmin fenix 5 Sapphire

Extra silicone Watch Band

Charging/data cable

Documentation

Garmin fenix 5S

Charging/data cable

Documentation

Garmin fenix 5S Sapphire

Extra silicone watch band

Charging/data cable

Documentation

Garmin fenix 5X Sapphire

Charging/data cable

Documentation

**The metal band version also includes an extra silicone watch band in the box**

Physical dimensions

1.9" x 1.9" x 0.6"

1.9" x 1.9" x 0.6"

1.7" x 1.7" x 0.6"

1.7" x 1.7" x 0.6"

2.0" x 2.0" x 0.7"

Weight

3.0 ounces

3.1 ounces

2.4 ounces

2.4 ounces

3.5 ounces

Display resolution

240x240 pixels

240x240 pixels

218x218 pixels

218x218 pixels

240x240 pixels

Tack assist mode
         
Personal records
         
Advanced workouts (create custom workouts)
         
Race predictor
         
Area calculation
         
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)
         
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories)
         
GPS Enabled
         
High-sensitivity receiver
         
Aerobic Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your fitness)
         
Open water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories)
         
Digital scorecard
         
Swim alerts (time/distance)
         
Courses
         
Sleep monitoring
         
Heart rate-based calorie computation
         
Measures shot distance
         
Interval training
         
Time/distance goal (triggers alarm when goal is reached)
         
Electronic compass
         
Find my phone
         
Connect IQ App support
         
EXO Antenna GPS/GLONASS
         
ANT+®
         
Bluetooth®
         
Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during an activity)
         
Drill logging
         
Rest timers
         
Training effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic or anaerobic fitness)
         
Training load/status
         
Weather alerts
         
UltraTrac
         
tempe™ sensor support
         
TracBack
         
Ski Feature
         
Physiological measurements
         
SUP/Rowing
         
Hunt/fish calendar
         
Swim workouts
         
Garmin Connect compatible
         
Sun and moon information
         
Vibration alert
         
Virtual racer (compete against other activities)
         
Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod)
         
Negative mode display
         
GLONASS
         
Multiple bike profiles
         
Smart Notifications
         
Compatible with Vector
         
Color display
         
Calculates calories burned
         
Customizable screens
         
Wrist-based heart rate monitor
         
Automatic sync to Garmin Connect
         
Running dynamics
         
Pace alert
         
Virtual pacer (compares current pace to target pace)
         
Custom points of interest
         
Virtual partner (train vs. a digital athlete)
         
VO2 Max Estimate
         
Music control
         
Auto Multisport (lets you change between activities with push of a button)
         
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed)
         
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap)
         
Step counter
         
Yardage to layups/doglegs
         
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)
         
Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button and/or with activity still in progress)
         
Barometric altimeter
         
Stroke type identification (e.g. freestyle)
         
Recovery advisor
         
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)
         
VIRB® control
         
Wi-Fi®
         
Countdown timer
         
SwingStrength (measures how hard you swing)
         
Custom maps compatible
         
Sapphire Lens (Scratch-Proof)
         
Golf course preview (hole by hole)
         
Autopilot remote control
         
Jumpmaster
         
TempoTraining
         
Automatic wireless MOB activation
         
Virtual starting line
         
Round-trip Ride
         
Lactate threshold
         
Round-trip Run
         
Save locations (mark course points of interest for future reference)
         
PinPointer
         
Altimeter
         
SwingTempo
         
Multiple time zones with Zulu/UTC
         
Manual pin positioning (tap and drag flag on green for precise yardage)
         
3-axis compass with horizontal situation indicator (HSI)
         
Basemap
         
Worldwide airport database(s)
         
Pre-Loaded Cycling Maps
         
Pre-Loaded Golf Course Maps
         
Tide tables
         
Pre-Loaded Topographic Maps
         
Built-in barometer and tide tables
         
Navigation
         
Tracks stats (putts per round, greens & fairways hit, average distance)
         
Touchscreen
         
Favorite maps/locations

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

1,000

Display size

1.2''

1.2"

1.1"

1.1"

1.2"

Water rating

10 ATM

10 ATM

10 ATM

10 ATM

10 ATM

Routes

30

30

30

30

30

Track log

200 hours

200 hours

200 hours

200 hours

10,000 points or 1,000 saved tracks

Performer Bundle (with HRM-Tri Chest Strap) Available

Available with Gray/Black Band Only (Includes HRM-Tri heart rate monitor)

Available with Black/Black Band Only (Includes HRM-Tri heart rate monitor)

     
Bikespeed/cadence sensor

Optional

Optional

Optional

Optional

Optional

Watch functions

Time of day (12/24h), calendar (day/date), daily alarm, stop watch, timer, sunrise/sunset alerts

Time of day (12/24h), calendar (day/date), daily alarm, stop watch, timer, sunrise/sunset alerts

Time of day (12/24h), calendar (day/date), daily alarm, stop watch, timer, sunrise/sunset alerts

Time of day (12/24h), calendar (day/date), daily alarm, stop watch, timer, sunrise/sunset alerts

Time of day (12/24h), calendar (day/date), daily alarm, stop watch, timer, sunrise/sunset alerts

Battery life

Up to 2 weeks in Smartwatch mode, up to 24 hours in GPS mode and up to 75 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode

Up to 2 weeks in Smartwatch mode, up to 24 hours in GPS mode and up to 75 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode

Up to 9 days in Smartwatch mode, up to 14 hours in GPS mode and up to 40 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode

Up to 9 days in Smartwatch mode, up to 14 hours in GPS mode and up to 40 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode

Up to 12 days in Smartwatch mode, up to 20 hours in GPS mode and up to 50 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode