5 reasons why Garmin’s new Fenix 5 Plus series will excite the athlete in you

5 reasons why Garmin’s new Fenix 5 Plus series will excite the athlete in you


Text: Rachel Ng

Maps, music and payment all in one

Garmin is no stranger to the athlete, or anyone whose fitness takes up considerable space in their mental and physical preoccupations. Known for its ground-breaking fitness watches that have been endorsed by leading athletes worldwide, Garmin's launch of its latest series — the Fenix 5 Plus — is about to excite the sportsman in all of us. 

If you thought the Fenix 5 satisfied, Garmin has come up with solutions to your frustrations you never considered reasonable harbouring. With the new Fenix 5 Plus series, you can now enjoy the benefits of music, Garmin Pay™ and built-in routable topographical maps on top of your usual GPS routing, all in one device. 

This series comprises of three models — Fenix 5S Plus, Fenix 5 Plus and Fenix 5X Plus, all of which feature the general upgrades of this series. However, to appease the us even more, specificities have been varied across the models to cater to the individual idiosyncrasies of every athlete out there. Feeling a little lost with all these techy terms? Let us break it down for you, one by one.

Built-in mapping brings you the best routes, in colour
GPS navigation gets elevated with the new mapping function previously only available in the Fenix 5X. With the new Trendline™ Popularity Routing feature, you can now find and follow the best trails and running routes based on billions of miles logged by previous Garmin users. Just enter the distance you wish to cover and your Fenix 5 Plus will give you a list of appropriate courses to choose from. No clear sky in sight? Fret not. Galileo’s multinetwork satellite reception covers the deep canyons and urban environments. That’s one less pre-workout concern off your mind.

Store up to 500 songs for free-phone listening
This new on-device music storage means one less gadget on your body, and whether you are clocking in the miles or going for speed, this is weight that matters. A memory storage capacity of 16GB means you can now have on-the-go access to all your favourite tunes without having to pay the price of a weighed down run. Simply load your playlists, connect to a pair of compatible Bluetooth headphones and you are good to go.

Garmin Pay™ allows you to run cashless and cardless
Fancy a well-deserved bite or beverage after your workout but dread the entailing requirement of lugging your wallet along a demanding run? Garmin’s contactless payment solution allows you to pay straight from your watch without depriving you of the same rewards and convenience of the physical cards. Leave your cash and cards at home — your wrist will suffice.  

Monitor your blood oxygen saturation level with the Fenix 5X Plus
The Fenix 5X Plus is Garmin’s first wearable to offer a wrist-based Pulse OX sensor for blood oxygen saturation awareness, stretching its boundaries beyond the usual low-latitudinal adventures. On ascending, use the 24/7 mode option to assess how well your body adjusts to the thinner air. No exaggeration intended when we say this could save a life.

The Fenix 5S Plus caters to the woman
The smallest watch of the series, the Fenix 5S Plus was designed with the active woman in mind. Suited for those with smaller wrists, it also comes with a rose gold option for those who prefer a less rugged look. No compromise has been made on the essentials though — the Fenix 5S Plus features a 1.2-inch display which is almost a 20% increase over the Fenix 5S, meaning users don’t have to sacrifice screen size for a watch fit for smaller wrists.

The Fenix 5 Plus series is now available at Advance Lap, Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City, Harvey Norman and all authorised retailers.