The new Garmin Fenix 6S Sapphire is a multisport GPS watch that packs tons of power into a smaller package.
The “S” in “6S” is the smallest of the three versions of the new Fenix. The 6S’s diameter measures 42mm, which is best for runners with smaller frames. For larger wrists, the Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire bumps up to 47mm, and the Garmin Fenix 6X Sapphire has a 51mm diameter.
Like other Garmin running watches, the top-of-the-line Fenix 6S features GPS (and GLONASS and Galileo) tracking and music-streaming services through apps like Spotify. Designers also gave it a wrist-based heart rate monitor and Pulse Ox sensors to give you new insights into your training.
Engineers set a 1.2” display into a rugged stainless steel or Diamond-Like Carbon-coated steel bezel and covered it with a lens cut from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The whole package has a waterproof rating of 10 ATM, which means it can stand up to water pressure equivalent to a depth of 100 meters (although it's not suitable for Scuba diving).
Each watch comes with an interchangeable silicone strap that swaps in and out without the use of any tools.
Underneath, the color display brings life to topographical maps and turn-by-turn navigation so you can always find your way, and new assistance and incident detection features can quickly send your location to a list of emergency contacts.
Garmin also packed impressive battery life into the Fenix 6S. Garmin says the watch gets up to 25 hours in GPS mode and six hours in GPS with music. But changing the settings to Max Battery GPS Mode will net you up to 50 hours of battery life, Expedition GPS Activity mode goes for 20 days, and Battery Saver Watch Mode can last up to 34 days.
In the Fleet Feet Garmin Fenix 6 review, a tester says he trained regularly for nearly three weeks on a single charge without changing any settings. He was confident the big battery would get you through any adventure you could think of.
The Garmin Fenix 6S Sapphire gives you cutting edge performance and features for you smartest training cycle yet.
Garmin Fenix 6S Sapphire
GPS mode: 25 hours, GPS + Music: 6 hours
GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
Wrist-based heart rate, Pulse Ox, barometric altimeter
Up to 2,000 songs
4/5 on 1 total reviews
In the era of COVID I am adding some outdoor walks/runs into my exercise routine so I can get out of the house, get some sunshine, and wave/smile at someone other than my husband. I purchased the Garmin fenix 6S Sapphire to help me track my activity and progress as I rediscover running. I love the watch: great battery life, lots of tracking that appears to be pretty accurate, and the watch looks stylish even when I wear it at work/casually outside of workouts. I'm removing one start because Garmin struggles at offering a variety of wristband sizes in colors that work with the watches they offer. For example, the only two large wristbands that work with my watch don't match the color of the watch and would look terrible. I've had Garmin watches in the past and this has consistently been an issue. Some women have larger wrists! I would love to see Garmin address this!