While Garmin is certainly not the world’s most successful smartwatch seller, true leader of the ever thriving industry seems more focused than ever on improving both the software and hardware to appeal to professional athletes and extreme sports enthusiasts.
Those are clearly a big part of Garmin’s core audience of Forerunner and Fenix lineups, the latter of which encompasses an impressive multi-level device that somehow now costs just $249.97.
Not technically marketed as a rugged device, the jumbo-sized 47mm intelligent timepiece on sale here at a lower-than-ever price point features a stainless steel bezel and a premium case made from a strong material called fiber-reinforced polymer with a back cover that simply described as constructed from “metal”.
In short, the “standard” Fenix 6 (i.e. the version without additional sapphire protection against drops and other hard contacts) probably won’t rival the durability and overall toughness of that upcoming rugged Apple Watch model… while costing many hundreds of dollars. costs less.
Of course, that means the Garmin Fenix 6 comes with built-in GPS connectivity, not to mention heart rate tracking, state-of-the-art Pulse Ox technology, and perhaps most importantly, “more running and cycling stats than you know what to do.” make with.” That’s a pretty unusual marketing angle, but we like it… and it’s not entirely untrue.