Garmin fenix Performer GPS + ABC Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Priced: $450.00 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 13 reviews.
Garmin fenix Performer GPS + ABC Heart Rate Monitor Watch
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The Garmin fenix GPS + ABC Heart Rate Monitor watch utilizes GPS technology and tracking functions along with a powerful altimeter, barometer and compass.


Weather and Wind:

  • The Garmin fenix GPS + ABC watch is waterproof to 50m (165 ft.)


  • Included heart rate monitor chest strap stays put around your chest for sustained and accurate readings


  • Temperature sensor keeps track of how rapidly the temperature is rising or falling, helping you to determine clothing and shelter needs
  • Sensors for the altimeter, barometer and compass are automatically calibrated using the GPS receiver; GPS also automatically sets the time based on your location
  • GPS lets you create routes, record up to 1,000 waypoints and record tracks while on the move; TracBack® function guides you back along a previously recorded track
  • Barometer helps you monitor and predict weather changes by showing you changes in air pressure
  • ANT™ and Bluetooth® wireless capability makes it easy to share tracks, waypoints and routes among compatible devices
  • Real-time performance data including distance, pace and calories helps you track your progress during and after your adventures
  • This watch is built to endure rough conditions with a shock-resistant, steel-reinforced housing, scratch-resistant mineral crystal and tough wristband
  • Watch displays current heart rate; average heart rate and target heart rate zone are recorded so your workout stays on track
  • Barometric altimeter provides accurate elevation information to keep track of ascent and descent
  • 3-axis electronic compass keeps your bearing whether you're moving or not; sight a bearing and fēnix will keep you headed toward your goal
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Review RatingNumber of Reviews
Analog or Digital:Digital
Average battery life:(GPS mode) 16 - 50 hrs. / (sensor mode) 3 weeks / (watch mode) 6 weeks
Average heart rate:Yes
Construction:Steel-reinforced thermoplastic
Countdown timer:Yes
Cycling functions:Optional
Date display:Yes
Dimensions:1.9 x 1.9 x 0.7 inches
Exercise log:Yes
Face diameter:1.2 inches
Heart rate sensor type:Chest strap
Heart rate target zone(s):Yes
Number of routes:50
Number of waypoints:1,000
OS compatibility:Windows / Mac
Recovery heart rate mode:No
Time in target zone:No
Tracks calories burned:Yes
User replaceable battery:No
Watch band material:Urethane
Water-resistant depth:50 meters
Wireless communication:Yes
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Garmin fenix Performer GPS + ABC Heart Rate Monitor Watch Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Should have never left Garmin

I bought the Suunto Ambit with HR to replace a Garmin Forerunner which I thought was getting old. I owned a Suunto Vector from 2003 to 2009. Truly one of the best watches that I have ever used. So I went back to Suunto and had to of problems with the software on my iMac. I couldn't download the data but the watch charged fine and I could only download data onto my Macbook. Talk about frustrating. I have never had any issues with the Garmin website or software that allows me to study the data from my workouts and track various trails along hiking and mountain bikings routes. I have been very impressed with the Garmin fenix both the watch and with the Garmin website. I have no issues downloading the data which is a key feature of watches within this genre. I am glad I am back with Garmin because I have had several years of proven success with Garmin GPS/HR watches. Suunto is going to have to do a lot to win back my confidence.
Rowdyraider02 at REI on 06/06/2013

Fenix beats Suunto ABC Watches

I am a tech watch user. I have been with Suunto watches the past several years. After a compass issue I decided to try the Garmin Fenix. I have been nothing but impressed. It has all of the features of Suunto, plus GPS and the battery lasts a good long while between charges. You can reverse your track, monitor calorie burn, do heartrate, add an external sensor for exterior temp (which is great to mount in your vehicle to know how warm it is on the dogs inside), shows sunrise/sunset, is customizable for each type of activity, and so far has proven highly accurate. The back light is bright enough to serve as a crude flashlight at night and the face is quick and easy to read day or night. I have had this watch about a month and between biking, trail running, SUP, etc., it has excelled in all areas.
Stormy Barks at REI on 05/05/2013

Great except for the battery life

The GPS fix usually takes less a 1-2 minutes. Once the alti is calibrated, pretty accurate. The menus are intuitive. The Tempe unit which I have attached to my backpack is awesome. Love everything about it except for the battery life. I had it on for about ten hours and it was dead. For multiday hikes, I will probably purchase an extra USB cradle charger and carry that and an external power source. It would get 5 stars if it wasn't for the battery life.
The Garmin Basecamp software needs to show the topo map and not the route against a white background.
uscdentist at REI on 01/01/2014

I like it!

I changed Garmin units, until I found this one! I like the easy to use & accessible buttons. Feels good with the larger strap. Nice everyday watch too. I did purchase the additional footpad and bike sensors. Heat rate works fine. I have not used for Geocaching, but have used indoors (at gym) and works really good - I like that you can turn off the GPS! I am sure that there are many more functions that I have not used, but I have not needed them yet. Screen is a bit small, but an ok tradeoff for multifunction unit!
SD Vela at REI on 02/02/2013

Surprigingly light and functional

First thing I noticed when I grabbed the Fenix is how light it s. As it is rather big, I was expecting a heavy unit. No way! It is super light and feels great on your wrist.

Menu system could be a bit more intuitive, but resembles a lot other Garmin products. Very functional and nice, not top notch in terms of usability and coolness.

Once you try it in the field you don´t want to go back to another gps unit. Provides a nice navigation interface with handy information always on the screen.
jvemea at REI on 03/03/2013

Best birthday gift ever!

This watch/heart rate monitor is the best. It is accurate and has A LOT of bells and whistles. I will definitely be growing into the functionality over the years but tracking my hikes, runs, and rides have been awesome! The heart rate monitor works perfectly and you can set alerts to remind you about the zones you are in.

I really cant say enough about this watch. It is easy to use, lightweight, and there is not one thing you wont be able to do on it.
mrjrmorgan at REI on 06/06/2013

Powerful but not intuitive to use

Bought it for my wife but had to get her another one because it is too complicated
KMoore at REI on 05/05/2013

It's worth every penny

Outstanding for trail runs and hiking. Easy to use and fashionable. Great watch.
Raven 70 at REI on 08/08/2013

Negative Reviews:

Not advanced or useful for the price

I purchased this watch to track my outdoor workouts, whether walking, running or hiking. It looked nice, and seemed to have everything I needed, including a very nice heart rate monitor on a chest strap. Actually, the heart rate monitor strap is one of the nicest designed ones I've seen, including the "standard" Polar version.

Here's what I like about the watch:

1. I think it actually looks cool with the orange strap that is included. Not bad for an exercise watch.
2. It appears to be very waterproof, though I have read several complaints online about it.
3. The GPS seems to be very accurate, and tracks my hikes very well, when compared to my other trail GPS handheld (which has better maps). So, if you get lost, you can follow the right paths back to the starting point.
4. It has a lot of menus and submenus for you to personalize the watch to your outdoor activities.
5. It has a geocaching function, for those into that sort of thing.

What I don't like about it:

1. It's a bulky watch, even if it kind of looks cool. There's a trend in men's watches to make them bigger and bigger, but it's not the diameter that's large, it's the thickness. I actually have to unbutton some of my long sleeved shirts' cuff to thread my arm through. It's that thick.
2. The menus, though very helpful in personalizing the watch, are complicated and sometimes confusing.
3. Battery life is great without the GPS. But forget to turn off the GPS, and the battery is gone in a few hours. Be aware of this problem.
4. My largest issue with the watch is what it doesn't do, but it really should do. For example, it measure distance, heart rate, etc. but it doesn't give you information like calories burned. Or steps taken (if you buy the fairly expensive foot pad that measures your walking or running cadence). Or some other useful workout information. It allows you input your height and weight, but I cannot figure out why it doesn't do some useful calculations.
5. Altimeter appears to use barometric readings. It's got a GPS chip, which gives altitude, so I have no clue why Garmin couldn't have written the software to give a more accurate altimeter reading.
6. The fenix, out of the box, is not Mac OSX friendly. You have to download two pieces of software. One allows you to update the watches' firmware, which I have had to do twice in a month. The other piece of software, Garmin's Base Camp, is OK, but again, gives no really good information about the exercise you've just done.
7. The watch face and bezel are just plain cheaply manufactured. This isn't a $50 watch, it's 8X that. And obviously Garmin is remiss in hiring design engineers for the watch, because it is not only badly manufactured, but badly designed. For example, along the outer edge of the bezel are these indentations that have no function but to accumulate the dirt, oils, and other detritus of a hike.
8. The watch is supposed to link with your iPhone. It does. But just to download data to the iOS version of Base Camp, which gives you even less information about your exercise.

I am very disappointed with this watch, and am considering a return, except it does a few things so well, that I can't think of a way to replace it. The GPS tracking during hiking is good enough to keep me from getting lost, even if there's no map visible.

It really gives you no information about your hike/run/walk that GPS watches half the cost can do. And Garmin software hasn't integrated the cadence + heart rate + distance + time into useful and meaningful information about your exercise routine. Nike and other companies have developed integrated tools, like the Nike Fuel, that connects with computers and iPhones directly to give you up to date info about your fitness and your goals.

If you're looking at this watch for hiking, there are better choices. If you're looking at this watch for exercise, this shouldn't even be considered, it's just plain useless in that area.
Michael from Santa Barbara at REI on 04/04/2013

It's too buggy

I had this watch for the better part of a year, seeing it go from software v2.60 to v4.00. This was an ambitious project, stuffing a full-fledged GPS into a watch, and so I patiently waited for Garmin to iron out the bugs and make it more stable. And I waited, and waited, and submitted bug report after bug report. By v4.00 I had given up and returned the watch (to REI), since I continued to witness the watch freeze while tracking, and saw it continue to represent my hikes as straight lines on the map page. A little googling turned up forums on Garmin's own forum page lamenting these long-standing problems. What is really striking is that they are rolling this out to military chaps (Garmin tactix) with so money bugs...

If you have the money to spare, yes, it is a cool novelty item. But to replace your Garmin Foretrex 401, or other decent GPS? No, this is not reliable enough to guide you on anything ambitious in the backcountry. You'll wind up the weakest link on your hiking/mountaineering team, head constantly buried in the watch trying to get it to work. Maybe as a training watch, but even then, it's buggy and can take 5-10 (sometimes 30) minutes to get a satellite lock, meaning your friends are waiting for you to be ready. I may try the Suunto Ambit2, its closest competitor, but as of yet I cannot comment.

Some people seem to have lucked out and have great experiences with the watch, possibly pointing to a Quality-Control issue, but I haven't gone through enough Garmin fenix units to know if that's the case.

Alas, a great idea, but poor implementation with regards to the software, even a year and a half after its debut. Maybe wait for the Fenix2 to debut.
ScienceGuy at REI on 01/01/2014

Neutral Reviews:

More a toy than a tool

Well, I bought it for a Tennessee hiking trip with the idea of keeping a record of distance and altitude of the 3 day trip. At first glance, the watch has a cool design and for my surprise it was light compared to my other g-shocks. I have a slim wrist and it sits very well, can wear it all day long with no problem. The band is high quality soft rubber and I only wish it had more holes for ventilation. Before my trip I used it a couple of times in 2 different mountain bike rides and to track some walks with my dog, it worked fine. The interphase needs some used to but, in this age of iPhones and iPads I do not understand why Garmin does not have a site where you can customized the watch a la on/off buttons found in those gadgets. Anyway, you do all customizing in the watch itself but, it takes some time.
For my trip, I set it up at the Ultra Tac setting because it saves battery life as it was a 3 day hike. I started the watch at the trail head and then I stopped for lunch, I was very surprised to see the distance display to keep on adding distance, over a mile while I was sitting down (even tough I set it at Auto Pause). The distance on the map was 6.4 miles and I ended up with 8. On the second day, the watch took more than an hour to synchronize with the satellites but, I already walked that time so at the end of the day it was off again in total distance. The third day it started fine but at midday it jumped from 4 to 7 miles and the over all distance was off again by 5+ miles at the end. A walk of 6.8 was registered as 13 miles. The Altitude worked fine. I downloaded the tracks at Garmin Connect, but most of the info was useless.
So in summary, this is more an expensive toy than a tool to use for serious navigation. Will keep it for my bike rides and some small hikes but, disappointed that for the purpose that I bought it for, it failed.
The concept of the Fenix is great, but needs improvement
MiamiJAG at REI on 08/08/2013

buggy software

I purchased the Fenix and at first i was very satisfied. i took it for a few trail jogs and it was very accurate with the previous reading; distance, route, etc.. When i used it in the gym, the heart rate monitor read in close proximation with the treadmills monitor & previous session; so i would say the accuracy of the device is great. Then the problems set in. The date on my device started to jump forward in time & screens started to flicker back and forth. (no i did not drop it, dunk it in water or otherwise mistreat it) After a couple of resetting i finally gave up and took it back to good ol' REI.

I'm giving the device a 3 star rating because when it worked it worked well, but the software problem is hard to overlook.
idle wanderer at REI on 05/05/2013

Works Okay

Must scroll through small windows to get information. Some delay in getting display. While cycling must focus on unit to long and take eyes off road, thus, tended not to use unit. Heart rate function has never worked properly. Used approved lotion to improve sensor pick up with no result. Left unit on speed and time and it working fine. Thus, if all you want is a display of speed and time you may be satisfied. Was hoping it would be suitable for multiple uses and tried to use unit in gym, heart rate, timing, etc, inappropriate for gym use.
Alonzo at REI on 01/01/2013