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NEW: The Garmin Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar

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Garmin have shocked the entire smartwatch industry with the release of the Garmin Fenix 7 collection. The series comes two years after the Fenix 6 which until today was considered one of the best outdoor GPS and fitness wearables on the market. Trumping it quite significantly, the Fenix 7 guarantees all the same spec as its precursor alongside solar-powered displays across the entire range, extended battery life, additional sports apps and a built-in flashlight on the Garmin Fenix 7X.

What’s new?

When it comes to ground-breaking technologies, Garmin have always been at the forefront. Yet again, they have amazed us all with a whole host of new features and functions available in the Garmin Fenix 7 watch collection. For starters, while the Fenix 6 collection offered only one solar-powered model, the Fenix 7 guarantees solar powered displays across the entire range promising up to a whopping 300% solar harvesting gains over the Fenix 6 Solar! The displays are also engineered from sapphire crystal allowing for increased durability.

Each Garmin Fenix 7 watch is also entirely crafted from titanium parts and refined using scratch resistant DLC coating (Diamond Like Carbon) and reinforced with fibre-polymer housing. From within, there’s a bunch of new functions available including Multi-Band GNSS, improved physiological training metrics, real time stamina, expanded sport profiles, HIIT workouts, sync settings, Up Ahead feature, Visual Race Predictor and pre-installed TOPO maps with Wi-Fi map downloads. For the Garmin Fenix 7X, there’s also the addition of a multi-LED flashlight for hand-free illumination, but more on that later.

Garmin Fenix 7S

Like the Fenix 6 before it, the new Garmin Fenix 7 collection is divided into three sub-categories. The first being the Fenix 7S, the smallest case size of the trio. There are five Garmin Fenix 7S watches to choose from each 42mm in diameter and engineered from titanium with fibre-polymer housing. The first presents a Carbon Grey DLC coated case and a black rubber band. The second opts for Cream Gold PVD and a light sand rubber strap and the third, a gorgeous Dark Bronze PVD model secures to the wrist by a shale grey rubber band. There's also a Rose Gold model with a Limestone leather strap and a Cream Gold smartwatch with a matching cream heathered nylon band.

The Garmin Fenix 7S smartwatches also deliver impressive battery life, thanks to their sapphire crystal solar powered displays. We’re guaranteed 14 days in smartwatch mode, 87 days in battery saver mode, 51 hours in GPS, 162 hours in Max Battery GPS and 43 days in Expedition GPS. Other than their differing size, colourways and battery life, the Fenix 7S models deliver all the same functionality as the models below.

Garmin Fenix 7

Our prediction as the best-seller, the Garmin Fenix 7 sits comfortably on the wrist at the popular diameter of 47mm and again comes in a choice of five designs. The first opts for a Carbon Grey DLC coated titanium case with a black rubber band while the second delivers a nautical-inspired finish with a Mineral Blue DLC case and Whitestone band. The third reference is a true classic, offering a stealthy all-black finish of Black DLC and a black rubber strap while the fourth is finished in plain Titanium and fitted with a chestnut leather band. The last Garmin Fenix 7 watch comes in Carbon Grey DLC with a Carbon Grey DLC vented Titanium bracelet.

As for battery life, the Garmin Fenix 7 exceeds its 42mm counterpart with 22 days in smartwatch mode, 173 days in battery saver mode, 81 hours in GPS mode, 289 hours in Max Battery GPS and 74 days in Expedition GPS.

Garmin Fenix 7X

The champion of the series is without a doubt the Garmin Fenix 7X. Not only the largest with a case size of 51mm, the Fenix 7X it is also the only model in the series to boast an integrated flashlight on the case. As for the designs available, we’re treated to the same designs as the regular Fenix 7 including a Carbon Grey DLC case, a Mineral Blue DLC case, a Black DLC case and a plain Titanium case fitted with a choice of rubber, leather or metal bands. Battery life is again beaten with smartwatch mode lasting 37 days with solar, battery saver watch mode lasting up to a year, GPS for 135 hours, Max Battery GPS for 578 hours and Expedition GPS allowing for 139 days.

So what’s this about an integrated flashlight we hear you ask? Well, exclusive only to the Garmin Fenix 7X, there is a new multi-LED flashlight feature accessible with just a double tap of a button on the case. After tapping, a light extends out from under the case and onto the ground in front of you. When the light is off, you wouldn’t even know it was there with the flashlight wonderfully hidden behind a diffused lens. The light has several settings for you to play around with including different coloured lights and speeds of flashing. There is also a SOS mode that will flash the light to signal for help and display information about yourself and your emergency contact on the display.

If you’d like to learn more about the Garmin Fenix 7 and shop the collection for yourself, head over to the W Hamond website here. Alternatively, get in touch with the team by calling 01947 603330 or send us a message at info@whamond.com.


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