Garmin® introduces three new fēnix® 3 Sapphire multisport watches featuring wrist heart rate, new activity profiles and more band options

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced an update to the fēnix
3 multisport watches
that includes Garmin Elevate wrist-based heart
rate technology, additional activity profiles and new, stylish watch
bands. The three new sapphire-lens options include a premium version
featuring a titanium bezel and band, a version with easily
interchangeable leather and nylon straps, and a version touting Garmin
Elevate wrist-based heart rate. All watches are also getting a software
update with new activity profiles for golf, stand up paddleboarding and
rowing, as well as the latest advanced running dynamics and
physiological measurements. This free update will be available to all
current fēnix 3 owners, so all fēnix 3 users can download the new
profiles. These watches are being announced in conjunction with the
Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and will be showcased at the
Garmin booth, #35811.

“As one of our most popular watches, we’re thrilled to offer new fēnix 3
devices to consumers,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of
worldwide sales. “We’re excited to bring Garmin Elevate technology to
the fēnix line, and the updated leather and titanium versions will
appeal to users no matter if they’re hitting the trails, the boardroom,
and now even the golf course.”

Boasting a full multisport and navigational toolset, fēnix 3 is also
stylish enough to go from the trail to the office. The new genuine
leather and nylon bands are easily interchangeable with no additional
tools required, making switching back and forth a breeze. The premium
titanium bezel and band looks sharp while also reducing weight and
improving durability.

Now featuring Garmin Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology, fēnix 3
HR users now have the freedom to measure heart rate 24/7 at the wrist.
Fēnix 3 HR users can get credit for their workouts and extra effort with
the Intensity Minutes. By tracking daily Intensity Minutes, users can
monitor their progress against weekly aerobic activity goals recommended
by leading health organizations like the American Heart Association,
World Health Organization, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Depending on settings, fēnix 3 HR can get up to 40 hours of
battery life in UltraTrac mode, 16 hours in GPS training mode, 3 weeks
in watch mode and 2 weeks in smartwatch mode.

Building off the previous version of advanced running dynamics like
cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time; fēnix 3 users
will be able to utilize more data and physiological measurements1.
The new metrics include:

  • Stride Length: Measures the length of a runner’s stride in real time.
  • Ground Contact Time Balance: Measures a runner’s ground contact
    symmetry, which some runners have found to correlate with injuries or
    strength imbalances.
  • Vertical Ratio: The cost-benefit ratio of vertical oscillation to
    stride length, serving as one indicator of a runner’s efficiency.
  • Lactate Threshold: Estimates the level of effort at which fatigue
    rapidly increases in terms of a runner’s heart rate and pace.
  • Stress Score: Measures heart rate variability to make an assessment of
    a user’s overall level of stress.
  • Performance Condition: Provides a real-time fitness-level measurement
    relative to a runner’s average baseline, which indicates performance
    readiness for the day’s workout or race.

All current fēnix 3 owners will have access to a software update that
will include the updated advanced running dynamics, as well as new
activity profiles for golf, SUP and rowing. With the recently updated Garmin
Connect mobile app
, users can download more than 40,000 worldwide
golf courses for precise course data and use their watch as a digital
scorecard. With the new SUP/Rowing mode, users can measure their paddle
stroke count, stroke rate and distance per stroke to gauge their
efficiency. The fēnix 3 software update will come preloaded on new units
and is available for current users to download now.

The new fēnix 3 models will still be compatible with the Connect IQ
platform for endless customization options. Through the Connect IQ store
in the Garmin Connect mobile app, users can download any of the free
apps, widgets, watch faces or data fields so their fēnix 3 can suit
their individual needs.

The new fēnix 3 Sapphire watches will be available in Q1 2016. The fēnix
3 HR will have a suggested retail price of $599.99, the titanium fēnix 3
Sapphire will have a suggested retail price for $799.99, and the fēnix 3
Sapphire with leather and nylon bands will have a suggested retail price
of $599.99.

Fēnix 3 is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment,
which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance
users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching,
golfing, dog training, or capturing it all on VIRB action cameras,
Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor
enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other
outdoor products and services, go to, and

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless
devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active
lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including
automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more
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1 HRM-Run or HRM-Tri is required to get Stride Length, Ground
Contact Time Balance and Vertical Ratio. A chest-strap HR monitor is
required to get Lactate Threshold, Stress Score, and Performance

About Garmin

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN).
Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United
Kingdom. Garmin, Forerunner and fēnix are registered trademarks of
Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

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Garmin International Inc.Maddie Estrada, [email protected]