Garin Fenix 5X

The Garmin Fenix 5X

THE AMERICAN BACKPACKER

The Garmin Fenix 5X watch is a multi-functional GPS watch.  The Garmin Fenix 5X is advanced technology that you wear on your wrist.  The Fenix 5X comes with a many features and it has the capability to download maps.  The Fenix 5X is always with you and you will not misplace it or lose it unless you take it off your wrist.  The Garmin Fenix 5X is one of many GPS watches that Garmin manufactures and it comes with a pre loaded 100K topographical map.

I  purchased this watch for my wilderness backpacking adventures.  I am a big fan of wearable GPS watches this being my second GPS watch.  The Garmin Fenix 5X is a very busy watch.  When I say busy I mean that it has a lot of functions and features for the outdoor and sports minded individual.


Garmin Fenix 5X

The Garmin Fenix 5X Basic Features  and Specifications.

  • Sapphire Crystal lens.
  • Stainless steel bezel.
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer.
  • Sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • 16 GB Memory
  • Physical size 51 x 51 x 17.5 mm
  • 100K Topo map
  • GPS/Glonass Sensor
  • Can download maps

The Fenix 5X has a very good battery life consisting of the following:

  • Smart watch mode up to 12 days.
  • In GPS mode (20 hours).
  • In Ultra-Trac mode up to 35 hours without wrist heart rate.

My Field Test Of The Garmin Fenix 5X

I field tested the Garmin Fenix 5X in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness located in the Southwest portion of Oregon.  The Kalmiopsis Wilderness is a very remote and rugged area and it was a perfect place to test out this watch.  I started out from the Briggs Creek Trailhead and I headed west.

Before my trip, I downloaded (2) routes and several waypoints.  I used the waypoints as markers to test the accuracy of my Fenix 5X. During my 6 days and 5 nights in the Kalmiopsis my Garmin Fenix 5X did not lose a GPS signal.  It kept me on my routes and it found all of my waypoints.  

Garmin Fenix 5X
Navigating with my Garmin Fenix 5X

I was very happy with the navigational features of this watch as I bushwhacked off the trail.   While on my adventure, I charged the watch 4 times, using my solar panel, during my 5 night 6 day journey in this Wilderness.  Overall, I enjoyed using this watch and I will be using it on other future wilderness adventures.


Garmin Fenix 5X Field Test Video