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Review: Garmin Fenix 5X

I’ve been using the Garmin Fenix 5X since August 2017 thanks to Garmin Malaysia!

My Ninja!

I’ve had enough time to play around with it and here’s my review!

As with the review I did for my panda (FR 235), this will be from my perspective of what I’ve found useful and interesting (the highlights). For a more IN DEPTH review with comparisons between models, check out the famous DC RAINMAKER.

Why did I choose the Fenix 5X?

-I do more than just run (since my plantar injury)

-I love big watches

-I wanted to try the 5S in WHITE for aesthetic reasons (as always!) but it wasn’t available

-More importantly (I saved the best for last), THE BIGGEST REASON would be the beautiful topo MAPS that is unique to the Fenix 5X!

SO PRETTY *wipes tears*

Features that are ONLY found in the Fenix 5X:

Point of Interest: You can find cities, FOOD and DRINK, fuel services, lodging, attractions, entertainment, recreation, SHOPPING, transportation, hospitals etc. Oh yes, you can also find COFFEE!

The downside is that it takes quite a while to load. BE PATIENT!

Looking for cities!

Around Me: It maps your current position and helps you find things that are around you.

You can move the little pizza slice to narrow the search to that area. SO COOL! *I was indoors and I didn’t wait for the map to load before taking this picture. A full map (like the one above) will appear.*

Back to Start: You can use this to get back to where you started if you ever get lost.

It will tell you how far off you currently are, ETA, directions, compass and a map.

Courses: You can preload routes from your phone/computer and let your watch do the navigating!

Round-Trip Courses: I absolutely LOVE this function! You can choose to run or bike, the distance and the direction (any direction, North, South, East and West)! Once you’ve done that, it will map out a route for you. This is GREAT especially when you’re exploring a new place/city! It will tell you where to go, turn and if you’re heading in the WRONG direction!

Other features:

Watch faces: You’d probably know by now that I go NUTS over watch faces.

Simple or complicated? YOU decide.

Battery: 20 hours for the Fenix 5X to support all your crazy endeavours (in GPS mode)!

Weight: 98g (Fenix 3HR – 86g; FR 235 – 42g) It is a lot heavier than the other models.

Connectivity: Bluetooth Smart sensor for all your external devices (HR monitor, Footpod etc) and WiFi (for Sapphire units) for easy and quick uploads straight to Garmin Connect! REALLY, and I mean REALLY quick.

HR Sensor: Improved optical sensor that takes readings more frequently – more accurate!

Data fields and screens: HIGHLY customizable! But I like to keep it simple to just 5 data screens with 3 data fields where appropriate.

I’ve included a map!

Smart notifications: When Bluetooth or WiFi is turned on, you can receive texts/tweets etc on your watch WITH Emoticons!

TOO CUTE!

Control “room”: Quick access to certain widgets and functions when you hold the LIGHT button.

Widgets: Like other models, you can add all sorts of widgets from heart rate, performance, steps, calendar, notifications, weather, “My Day”, calories, temperature, stress, altitude etc

Quick glimpse of your activities throughout the week.

New activities and apps: Navigate app, Track Me app, seperate Indoor Track and Treadmill, Mountain Biking, separate Snowboard and Ski

You can basically turn on Track Me and go! And it will do just that… TRACK YOU!

Breakdown of all the activities/sports mode:

Run: Run, Treadmill, Indoor Track, Trail Run

Other cardio: Hike, Walk, Climb

Bike: Bike, MTB, Bike Indoor

Swim: Pool Swim, Open Water Swim

Multisport: Multisport, Triathlon, Swim Run

Snow: XC Ski, Snowboard, Ski

Watersports: SUP, Boat, Row Indoor, Row

Gym: Strength, Fitness Timer

Other: Tactical, Golf, Tru Swing, Cardio, Jumpmaster, Project Wpt, Other

The Fitness Timer

I have been using this function for my HIIT workouts!

Try this quick Full Body 12 min workout. For one circuit, set your timer for 8 rounds of 20 seconds GO TIME and 10 seconds REST. Repeat this process for circuits 2 and 3.

Circuit 1

Burpees

Walking lunges

Jump squats

Step ups (on bench)

Rest for 1 min

Circuit 2

Push ups

Plank

Tricep dips

Lay down push ups

Rest for 1 min

Circuit 3

Plank

Mountain climbers

Flutter kicks

Dead bug

Quick example: When it beeps… it is GO TIME! Want more workout videos? Check out my Instagram.

One thing I love about Garmin watches is that it is not just a watch with a bunch of apps throwing all sorts of data at you but that these data are PERSONAL to you. It GROWS with you. For example, data from a VO2 Max workout allows the watch to determine your fitness level and provide suggestions for training/recovery etc accordingly.

Below are 2 new features with the Fenix 5 series:

Training Status Screen: It describes how your current training is affecting your performance and overall fitness. You can either be peaking, productive, maintaining, recovery, unproductive, detraining or overreaching.

As you can see, I am “maintaining”.

Training load shows you your current effort. It pulls data from the last 7 days of training (both duration and intensity). It will then let you know if it was low, optimal or high, comparing to what you’ve done previously.

Aerobic and Anaerobic Training Effect: After every workout, it gives you a split of your training effect.

Killing two birds with one stone!

I still consider myself fairly new to this whole techy GPS watch thing and have only tested a few Garmin models. But of all that I HAVE tried, this is by far THE BEST! I am REALLY happy with all the additional data and unique features especially THE MAPS!

It is pretty pricey. If you’re unsure about whether or not to get one, let me help you decide!

Is THE FENIX 5X for you?

YES if you:

-Are into multisport

-Data nutterhead (like me)

LOVE maps (also like me)

-Want to train effectively, efficiently and specifically

-Travel often

-Rough (I wore the Fenix 3HR (similar design, material and outlook) to Tough Mudder and it survived every bit of the MUDDY MADNESS!)

-Itching to spend your money somewhere

NO if you:

-Don’t care about data and maps (Pfffftttt!)

-Want to keep things simple

-Not a techy/data person and would easily be confused with data (OVERLOADDDDD!)

-Only do one type of sport (ain’t nobody got time for extra stuff) (Check out Garmin Forerunner series)

-Just wanting to keep fit

-Just wanting to track simple data like steps, calories etc (Check out Garmin Vivo series)

Please let me know if you have any specific questions about the watch or if you are thinking of getting one! 😉

xx

If you are in Malaysia, these are the relevant websites:

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Review: Garmin Forerunner 235 (MY PANDA)

For the past 2 months ++, I’ve been using the Forerunner 235 thanks to Garmin Malaysia!

*For the rest of the review, the Forerunner 235 will be referred to as MY PANDA (you’ll see why)*Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMy panda has been my go-to watch since.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI have trained and even completed several races with it. I am still relatively new to Garmin. I have not tested many of the other models.

I’ll just highlight the interesting/useful/useless/fun features that my panda has (which may very well be common features in other models)!

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Internal Features:

  • The WATCH FACE: Yes, you can change the watch face. It is much more interactive compared to the FR225. I chose the cutest, most non-professional looking watch face – My PANDA! People get intrigued by it and I have random people coming up to me asking about my watch! Conversation starter, maybe?

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Just a few of the MANY different watch faces.

  • Wrist-based Heart Rate sensor: My Panda is the first product from Garmin featuring its own heart rate technology (FR225 was using Mio’s HR technology). So far so good. My heart rate has been quite consistent across all wrist-based heart rate sensors. As with all technology, you cannot expect 100% accuracy. Try not to rely too much on it and ALWAYS trust your efforts. You will know how hard/easy you are running. 😉FullSizeRender_1 2

Resting Heart Rate at 37!

  • The GPS system: The Panda allows you to select between GPS or GPS + GLONASS. Without hesitating, I went for the GPS + GLONASS even though I had NO CLUE what it was! Having a ‘+’ is always a good thing, right? Anyway, I Googled it and GLONASS aka Global Navigation Satellite System is the Russian version of the GPS. This feature increases the accuracy of position and distance (because we all want our paces and distances to be accurate to the T, right?)IMG_6541
  •  Different modes of activity: You can select between run, run indoor, bike, bike indoor or others. IMG_6540I’m a sucker for maps and I LOVE looking at maps. I like to see where I’ve been. Very pleased to have a GPS watch that can track my other activities: hiking/walking etc JUST so that I can review them later!IMG_4407These were from my hike/walk in Hawaii. You can SEE the AKAKA Falls! HOW COOL IS THAT!

IMG_4461Walking through the CRATER! You can see how big it is. Excuse me for being overly excited!

IMG_4759Journey to Green Sand Beach!

  • Satellite capture was a zillion times faster compared to the FR225

 

  • Bluetooth sync with Garmin Connect (smartphone) seemed faster and more sensitive compared to the FR225

IMG_6542A lot of info for this watch face.

  • Other fun/miscellaneous/smart watch-ish functions:
  • Activity trackerIMG_6539
  • Step counter and calorie counterIMG_6544
  • CalendarIMG_6545
  • WeatherIMG_6546
  • Smart Notifications from your phone when you turn on your bluetoothFullSizeRender_1Receiving whatsapp messages!

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  • Set several time zones. This came in handy when I went to Hawaii. I wanted to keep track of the Malaysian time.IMG_6548

External Features:

  • Light Weight: This is an EXTREMELY important feature because as runners, any extra weight would mean slower run times, right?! ;P
  • Big/wide watch face: Also an important feature because we want to be able to see the details presented AT A GLANCE and not squinting or trying too hard.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
  • Interchangeable straps: Because we MUST change our watch straps to match our running outfits/shoes. My Panda strap comes in two colours: grey or black. It also comes in red and orange.
  • Easy to put on: As runners, we are always rushing out the door because WE CANNOT WAIT TO RUN. So we need to be able to put on our watches as fast as possible. The FR 225 was a little more difficult to slip on. Plus point for the Panda!IMG_2769
  • Clip on charger: I know there are many different types of charger heads across the different models. For the Panda, it was a lot easier to toggle compared to the FR 225. No problems with clipping it on!

 What do I think?

My Panda is definitely one up from the FR225. I am utterly pleased with all the special features and upgrades that has been added to the Panda.

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Okay, I seem to be a little harsh on the FR225. Don’t get me wrong. There is absolutely nothing bad/wrong about the FR225.

But by comparison, I personally prefer the Panda. IF you are just starting out and looking for a BASIC GPS watch, then the FR225 is for you. If you have a little more to spend and want a little more fun features, GET THE FR235! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!

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Running and tracking has never been easier.

You can get it from most of the Gamin stores in Malaysia at RM1550. 🙂

*Psssst, if you are nice to me, I MIGHT be able to give you a little discount. 😉 T&C apply*

Let me know if you have ANY other questions!

xoxo

Post-Race Report: Compressport Combo Challenge Trail Run 2016

First race of the year and it was NOT a road race! I wanted to go for the KL New Year Run on the 1st of Jan but as usual, I missed it. Haaaaaaaa!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWent for a semi long run and met up with my running friends after.

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It was so good to see so many of them there on New Years’ Day and up on the podium!


Compressport Combo Challenge Trail Run 2016

Thanks to Gus for the bib, Sabrina for arranging my race kit collection on race day and Teck Wai for letting me know all the race details (I’m usually clueless) and that they had changed the venue from Putrajaya to Mardi Maeps! I would have probably driven all the way to Putrajaya to run my own race.

Jeff kindly offered a ride to the race site. Of course, I had to be polite by accepting his offer. 😉 Thanks Jeff!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe left for Mardi Maeps at 5:30am sharp along with Tom and Markiko (I hope I got the spelling right!). Traffic was smooth and although we made one wrong turn, we were there by 6:15am!

FullSizeRender_2Collected my race kit and was surprised to see so many road runners at this race! Likewise, they were surprised to see me too.

I actually LOVE off road running! Although I don’t do much training off road, I like the technical side of it with varying terrains. It is more… interesting.

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I’ve never been to Mardi Maeps but I’ve heard many horrible stories about the place. I was quite prepared for the worst!

Did a very light warm up before heading to the start line. Colleen was there too! She was sharing a bit about the route as she had been there many times before. I’m glad we spoke because she had that upbeat, hyper vibe that really calmed the tense pre-race environment.

And then I heard a familiar voice coming from behind – it was Coach Mark! As Mardi Maeps is his usual training ground, he was able to provide a detailed overall layout of the race route. He said that the first 8km would be nothing but hills and climbs after which would be downhill/flat till the end. Thanks for the tips! I was a little more mentally prepared.

Soon after, we were off! 200m in and we came face to face with our first climb…… and MANY climbs thereafter. Climb after climb after climb, and they were steep climbs! I tried to run up but for most of them, I had to slow to a walk nearing the top of the hill. We had to go up a long flight of STAIRS too! With the Forerunner 225, I could see my pace dropping at every climb. I gained back whatever time that was lost by running hard downhill (not a good idea!) and on the flat terrain.

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Thankfully, it was not so much of a trail run, more like dirt/off road running. The ground was soft and the path was wide. It was not as technical as I had imagined it to be. It was a good thing because I didn’t have trail shoes!

Running with the other men around me, I could see where my strengths and weaknesses were. It was a lot of fun pushing (not literally) and overtaking each other.

My legs were BURNING and I was dying for my GPS to beep at km8 because that would signify the end of the treacherous climbs, most of them at least. True enough, at km 8, we were out of the ‘jungle’ and onto dirt road through fields and farmland. I felt strong and decided to push the pace as soon as I hit the road.

IMG_1666The ending was tough when we merged with the 6km category + going through the park which had one final climb that really sucked the life out of my legs! I felt pretty much like the guy behind me!

FullSizeRender(1) IMG_1630 FullSizeRender_1(1)It was a good ending with cheers and support from friends and the people that were around!FullSizeRender_2(1)Look who I found at the finish line!

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Angel! Thanks for coming out to support us and for taking all the photos!

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DCIM102GOPRO FullSizeRender_3Second place for Colleen! She’s so young but already killing it at every race! Look out for this one! 😀

DCIM102GOPROBumped into Isabelle again! 🙂 We seem to be seeing each other very often at races!

DCIM102GOPROHe says I’m crazy but he’s insane! You can find him at every bootcamp/running clinic/training. Keep it up! But don’t get injured ;). Thanks Fahmie for looking after my stuff! 🙂

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All my road running friends! 😀IMG_1592 FullSizeRender

Jason Loh, fellow #garminbuddy !FullSizeRender_1Jess, my physiotherapist! I was surprised to see her there. Thanks for all the pain-free runs!

IMG_1604 IMG_1590Managed 1st place! Great start to the year 2016!

DCIM102GOPROGoPro on the way back! Everyone in Jeff’s car made it onto the podium that day! In Jeff’s words: The elite car. 😉

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetPost-race fuel!

Phew, what a day! I’ll definitely miss this route when I’m gone! It was a good day, catching up with friends and running!

Till next time!

xoxo