Garmin fenix 7 Sapphire Solar

Features

The Garmin fenix 7 Sapphire Solar is Garmin’s top-of-the line watch series packed with the most advanced technologies to help you track your workouts and perform better.

The fenix 7 Sapphire Solar edition is the pinnacle of the Garmin fenix series, having all of the same great features as the fenix 7 and fenix 7 Solar, but with the additional benefit of the Power Sapphire lens™, which can convert sunlight into battery power while being incredibly durable—the sapphire lens is extremely hard, which makes it much more difficult to scratch than glass.

The updated and ultratough design features a 1.3” display that is tested to U.S. military standards for thermal, shock and water resistance. The newest fenix 7 watches feature the trusted button controls that work in any environment and a responsive touchscreen interface so you can quickly access your selections.

With preloaded topographical maps and navigation sensors, getting lost is a thing of the past. You can access multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) so you have the most accurate readings and can track in more challenging environments than GPS alone.

The fenix 7 Sapphire Solar also tracks advanced training metrics during your runs, that includes pretty much everything you can think of—pace, distance, heat and altitude adjusted VO2 Max, heart rate, trail running adjustment, recovery advisor, real-time stamina data and more. Caroline loved all of the different options in our Garmin fenix 7 Sapphire Solar review.

There are also some great features on the fenix 7 watches to help you race better. A visual race predictor gives you an estimate of what your pace could be for the distance you want to run based on your past performances. Garmin also developed PacePro™, which keeps you on pace during your race with grade-adjusted guidance. Plus, the “Up Ahead” feature shows you selected information for what’s coming, including aid stations, upcoming distance/elevation and key trail points.

The fenix 7 Sapphire Solar has all of the great features you know and love from Garmin. Smart notifications appear on the phone, so you will always get a text message or alerts. You can listen to your music with 32GB of storage (up to 2,000 songs) so you do not need to carry your phone. Plus, the device includes WiFi connectivity and Garmin Pay, so if your run isn’t going well you can pay for an ice cream break with your watch.

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Tech Specs

Garmin fenix 7s Sapphire Solar

Dimensions

47 x 14.5 mm

Weight

58 g

Battery Life

  • Smartwatch: Up to 18 days/22 days with solar
  • Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 57 days/173 days with solar
  • GPS Only: Up to 57 hours/73 hours with solar
  • All Satellite Systems: Up to 40 hours/48 hours with solar
  • All Satellite Systems + Multi-band: Up to 23 hours/26 hours with solar
  • All Satellite Systems and Music: Up to 10 hours
  • Max Battery GPS: Up to 136 hours/289 hours with solar
  • Expedition GPS: Up to 40 days/74 days with solar

Water Rating

10 ATM; waterproof

Heart Rate Monitor

Yes; wrist-based monitor

Lens

Power Sapphire™

Smartphone Compatibility

Yes (iPhone, Android); Smart notifications

Band Size

20mm with quick release straps

Heath and Wellness Features

  • Monitor respiration, Pulse Ox, stress, advanced sleep (with sleep stages), hydration logging and 24/7 heart rate (with user-configurable alerts for high or low readings).
  • Wrist-based heart rate monitor that will give you alerts for abnormally high or low heart rates.
  • Monitor activity throughout the day with step counting, calories burned, intensity minutes and more.
  • Body Battery energy monitoring shows the body’s current energy level, which can help with scheduling workouts, big events and understanding when it is time to slow down.
  • Women’s health features, including menstrual cycle tracking and pregnancy tracking, support women during each stage of their reproductive cycle with the ability to log symptoms alongside their other health and wellness data in the Garmin Connect app.
  • Breathwork activities guide the user through a relaxing series of breaths and holds for focus and stress relief.

Sport App Activities

  • Includes built-in indoor sports apps for yoga, strength, Pilates, cardio, treadmill, cycling, pool swimming, elliptical training, stair stepping, treadmill, indoor track and breathwork.
  • Includes built-in outdoor sports apps for hiking, indoor climbing, bouldering, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, XC skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking, surfing, hunting, Jumpmaster, tactical, kiteboard, windsurf, snowshoe, running, track running, treadmill running, indoor track running, trail running, virtual running, ultra running, biking, indoor biking, mountain biking, triathlon, pool swimming, open water swimming.
  • Golf features include being preloaded with 42,000 golf courses worldwide.
  • Preloaded TopoActive maps from around the world to keep your explorations on track. Use built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity to easily load and update maps and software without using a computer.
  • SKIVIEW™ MAPS. Preloaded ski maps let you view run names and difficulty ratings for more than 2,000 ski resorts worldwide.

What’s New

There are many updates to the fenix 7 Sapphire Solar. Physically, Garmin made all the fenix 7 watches thinner than the previous version and added button guards to all of the buttons, so you are less likely to accidentally press a button. Software updates include:

  • Worldwide preloaded topographical maps.
  • Music capabilities, WiFi and Garmin Pay Support
  • Touchscreen display as well as buttons
  • GPS Only mode to increase battery life
  • Garmin ELEVATE GEN 4 optical HR sensor with a glass-cover to increase durability
  • New “Map Manager” feature to manage/download maps on watch
  • New “Up Ahead” features for distances to markers such as aid stations or climbs that were predetermined
  • RealTime Stamina feature
  • Race Predictor
  • Garmin Connect IQ store on watch
  • Pre-loaded Skiing and Golf Maps
  • Added Kiteboard and Windsurf Sports Type (and SpeedPro function for Windsurfing)
  • Improved the solar capability
  • Multi-band GPS