Great news for those impatiently expecting the Garmin Fenix 3 HR in Thailand: Amazon ships this model to Thailand. Love the idea and I will definitely spread the news to all my friends in Thailand interested in purchasing this model. I believe it will take months before it is available in the local shops, so if you can’t wait any longer, order today from Amazon and have it delivered to you in the first week of April.
From what I can see, this model is desired by many (include me in that group) and it’s also getting very good reviews.
Just released Garmin Fenix 3 HR, getting it’s new software update – version 2.91 BETA. Please be aware that it’s a Beta version, which means it’s still during testing phase, and should be available in fully tested and compatible version soon. If you decide to update the unit to the new Beta version, you are doing this on your own risk 😉
What’s been added:
For full description of what’s new in this software version, visit Garmin.
So impatiently expected Garmin Fenix HR is already available for orders from Garmin (“processing time 1-3 business days“). I believe the availability on Amazon will be slightly delayed until the very beginning of April.
Couple of hours after I published the post, we got an update: Garmin Fenix 3 HR will be also available from Amazon on 26th of March. You can order it now.
Garmin Fenix 3 HR review
Fenix 3 HR on Garmin
The Garmin Fenix 3 HR is a great and much needed upgrade to already successful Fenix 3 and in this iteration brings to the table an onsite class leading heart rate sensor and a flotilla of band color variations. And good news for existing Fenix 3 owners is they will receive a slew of software updates, which we’ll get into later on in this review of Fenix 3 HR. The HR sensor plopped into the back of the Fenix 3 is no ordinary one and is the Elevate optical heart rate sensor introduced this past fall.
With the Elevate HR sensor onboard, the Fenix 3 is not only track heart rate data for most types of activities it is able to complete this task round the clock as part of its continual HR monitoring and recording feature. The integrated heart rate sensor does of course make the Fenix 3 HR a bit heavier than the non-HR version, 6 grams to be exact, but regardless still showcases a robust build and eye catching appeal. Continue reading
improvement to Fenix series. I’m saying “expected”, as after introducing built-in hear rate monitor for vivo and forerunner series, Fenix was next in line for this extra
feature. What’s rather surprising is
Garmin’s Varia Vision (top picture on left). It reminds me about other item of wearable technology – Google Glass (pic on right). Varia Vision is a device which can be attached to practically any glasses and without taking your eyes off the road, allow you to read important information from some of the Garmin EDGE series and Varia (as of today, mid January: EDGE 1000, EDGE 520, Varia). It also provides vibration alerts for texts/e-mails, directions and key cycling information. I guess getting used to vibration on your glasses requires some time, but it may be quite useful, considering that the alert will be easier to notice and without a need of constantly looking on your bike computer. The color display can provide up to 4 data fields, and consist of built-in ambient light sensor. Switching between the data fields is made through glove-friendly touch panel. It does sound interesting, doesn’t it?
As for Fenix 3 HR, it can be great for multisport athletes preparations. I just wonder why there is a bundle option with Heart Rate Monitor available. Shouldn’t the HR (hear rate) feature help us to get rid of the extra accessory?
Can’t wait to hear some “first hand” experience. Perhaps you already use one of those. Let us know and leave a comment .
Comparing Fenix 3, Fenix 3 Sapphire and Fenix 3 HR:
|Fenix 3||Fenix 3|
|Fenix 3 HR|
|Multiple sport profiles||✔||✔||✔|
|Advanced running dynamics||✔||✔||✔|
|ABC (altimeter, barometer, compass)||✔||✔||✔|
|Wireless Capabilities||ANT+, Bluetooth, Wifi®||ANT+, Bluetooth, Wifi®||ANT+, Bluetooth, Wifi®|
|Water Rating1||10 ATM||10 ATM||10 ATM|
|Battery||20 hrs GPS|
50 hrs UltraTrac
|20 hrs GPS|
50 hrs UltraTrac
|20 hrs GPS|
50 hrs UltraTrac
|Advanced smart features3||✔||✔||✔|
|Virtual Racer™ software feature4||✔||✔||✔|
|Race predictor, recovery advisor & personal records||✔||✔||✔|
|Metronome (cadence training)||✔||✔||✔|
|Scratch-resistant sapphire lens||✔||✔|
|Styles that include an additional band||Metal, Silver with Leather Band, Gray with Leather Strap||HR|
|Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate||✔|
|1. Buy on Amazon;||1. Buy on Amazon;||1. Buy on Amazon;|
Would you like to find out more: read my review on Fenix 3 (coming on 18th January) or Fenix 3 HR (pre-review coming this Friday – 15th January).