Garmin have been in the navigation game since 1989 and have sold well over 100 million units across automotive, sport, marine, aviation and outdoor products, so there’s no question they’re doing something right. When they released their first fenix outdoor watch back in 2012, most people agreed it was great for hiking, but lacked the features of a full, multi-sport adventure watch. Something they well and truly rectified with the fenix2, and have gone on to take to new heights, literally, in the just released fenix3.

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The updated model boats some awesome new features that support a full range of multisport activities, from advanced fitness training, to cross-country and alpine skiing, snowboarding, biking, as well as hiking, climbing and trail running. With that range of functions it’s sure to be of interest to all you adventure lovers out there. On your adventure-free days, the fenix3 delivers the kind of everyday activity tracking functionality so many people are now enjoying courtesy of devices like the VivoFit.

There’s the full navigational toolset you’d expect, with an EXO antenna paired with a 3-axis electronic compass, barometer and auto-calibrating altimeter for navigating off the beaten track. You can plan trips, navigate courses, mark locations such as campsites or points of interest and record GPS breadcrumb trails on the move.


This latest model also introduces next generation wireless connectivity so you can pair it with your smartphone to receive calls, texts and emails on your wrist even when your phone is safely tucked away in your backpack. For those who like to share their adventures, you can even use the mobile app to start a LiveTrack session and have your friends follow your progress in real time!

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If you’ve made your way to the I/O Merino website, you’re obviously someone who recognises and appreciates true quality, so you may even want to shell out for the premium Sapphire model which features a scratch resistant sapphire lens and uncompromising details like a stainless steel bezel and sunlight-readable high resolution color display.



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While the fenix3 Sapphire may have a scratch-resistant lens, we’ve only scratched the surface of what it’s really capable of here, suffice to say this is one super sexy watch that will meet the needs of even the most demanding adventurers. So grab your natural I/O Merino wool thermal base layers, get a Garmin fenix3 on your wrist, and you’ll be ready for just about anything!

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