From the company synonymous with stellar GPS navigation systems comes the Fenix 5, a hefty and handsome smartwatch with all the features you’d expect: GPS (and GLONASS), a 3-axis compass, baro-altimeter, storm alert, sun and moon info, plus a ton of trail features like point-to-point navigation, breadcrumbs tracking, and distance to destination. Fitness perks include super-accurate heart-rate detecting technology that gives you heart rate zones, alerts, calories, max, and recovery time. If you like swimming, running, cycling, golfing, and working out, you’ll like the activity-specific features on this watch.
Beyond that core tech, this watch is made with customization in mind. It comes in three sizes (42mm, 47mm, or 51mm) and two crystals (glass or a Wi-Fi-enabled sapphire edition). You can even opt for add-ons like the “heart rate bundle” (it includes a chest strap), as well as extra maps (only available on the sapphire-crystal model). The high-res, full-color display packs a LED backlight, so I found it easy to read in any weather. The case’s sleek, stainless-steel bezel effortlessly transitions from the boardroom to the backwoods, and its QuickFit bands make that transition a snap.
Bottom line: This is a pretty well thought-out watch with tons of polished features, making it one of the best smartwatches out there, minus a few connectivity quirks that pop up. (From $549.99, garmin.com)