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Garmin’s Fenix 7 is a watch for the kind of person whose workout ambitions can’t be contained by simply jumping on a Peloton every morning before work. Why? They’re busy climbing up mountains, not leaderboards. This timepiece was made for adventurers and, as such, it boasts the smarts to track almost any outdoor pursuit in a ludicrously comprehensive manner.
Honestly, you’d expect as much from the latest entry in such a storied sports watch lineage. Having debuted a decade ago, the Fenix range has outgrown its initial MO of documenting your every drop of sweat to offer enough stamina for weeks of wear and the location-aware smarts to help even the most directionless soul find their way home. Since the age of the smartwatch has long been upon us, it can also reel off WhatsApp messages and stream your favourite Spotify playlists.
Believe it or not, the most exciting change here is something you’ve long taken for granted in almost every other wearable. Yep, after ten long years the Fenix 7 finally comes with a touchscreen.
Subtle is not the best way to describe the Fenix. It’s built to be knocked about but it’s not an ugly watch to look at thankfully. The Sapphire Solar edition we tested comes with a pleasingly light titanium bezel and while the case is a mix of polymer plastic and metal, there’s still a quite sophisticated, rugged attractiveness about it. It’s partnered up with a silicone band out of the box, but you can pull that out and slap on some chestnut leather, nylon or metal and make it feel like you should only be wearing out on big hikes.
The Fenix 7 sees Garmin stick to its transflective roots with the display, which means you can still stare at it when the sun glare is strong and still get great battery life too. That screen is topped with a new Power Sapphire lens, which means you get the best Garmin has to offer in screen protection and also get the power of solar to boost battery numbers in a very big way.