Garmin Smartwatches – Garmin has come a long way from making car and boat navigation devices. Today, they produce wearables for a myriad of fitness activities from golf to running. If you are looking for a fitness smartwatch, we can guarantee that Garmin has what you are looking for in their extensive line-up. However, you cannot go in blind and choose a Garmin Smartwatches from their selection without contemplating which fitness activities you will be participating in the most, as well as the smartwatch features, you would prefer. In order to save you time, we’ve rounded up the best Garmin Smartwatches for every fitness activity. All you must do is go to the right fitness category and browse our carefully curated selections.
GARMIN FĒNIX 6 PRO SOLAR
The Fēnix 6X Pro Solar is a premium watch with more sport and fitness-related functions than one person can possibly use, but what we love most is the insane battery life. On a full charge, the watch claims 14 days of it, but consistent exposure to direct sunlight significantly extends the amount of life on a single charge. Wearing the watch full time and recording rides with it, we’re consistently getting three weeks out of a single charge. It can pair to ANT+ sensors in addition to Bluetooth ones. For power nerds (TrainingPeaks upload or it didn’t happen), this means you can use this watch as a substitute for your normal bike computer if you either forgot to pack it or simply don’t want to use it on some days. The watch records sleep and stress data, which you can easily access along with a bevy of other health stats in the Garmin Connect app, and you can auto-sync with a wide variety of third-party apps
GARMIN FORERUNNER 945
The Forerunner 945 takes all that we love about the 935, which was already loaded with just about everything you could possibly want in a smart watch, and incorporates some new functions for athletes. In addition to Wi-Fi, ANT+, and Bluetooth connectivity and loads of preset activities and tracking functions, the 945 gets more accurate GPS and adds navigation capabilities. On the training front, you get a pulse oximeter, Strava integration and live segments, and downloadable workouts so you can leave your bike computer at home and still record your workout. And that’s just skimming the surface. It’s not a discount watch, but the seemingly endless list of features for casual and elite-level athletes make it worth the investment.
After a year, the 945 has earned its place as one of our go-to watches for hard training. It’s lighter than some of the more expensive watches, retains all of the critical features for tracking workouts, and the battery life is still good enough to record multiple rides on a single charge.
The Garmin Venu is definitely one of the more casual watches to be included in this list. Aside from being quite affordable, the Venu’s beautiful AMOLED touch-screen display makes it a good choice for a casual watch. Its Pulse Ox and cycling features also make it a highly competitive sports watch.
The Venu’s Pulse Ox function can make it a better choice. The biggest drawback would be in its AMOLED screen, which could make it difficult to see under intense sunlight as compared to the other Garmin watches’ sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display. The Venu is definitely a better choice for those looking for a more casual piece.
Built to U.S. military standard 810G for shock, thermal, and water resistance, this rugged smartwatch is a hiking hero. The trail companion has a built-in 3-axis compass, multiple global navigation satellite systems (GLONASS, GPS, and Galileo), and a ‘TracBack’ feature so you can navigate the same route back to the place you started. On a full charge, you’ll have 14 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 16 hours in GPS mode, giving you plenty of juice for extensive use.
Garmin VivoActive 3
This Verizon-connected smartwatch complements anyone with an active lifestyle. Easily download up to 500 songs to keep your running or lifting rhythm, enjoy 15 pre-loaded sports apps, and breathe easy with incident detection safety feature. The watch has a wrist-based heart monitor, customization for various workouts, and compatibility with Garmin Connect so you can compete with a community of fitness freaks.
GARMIN APPROACH S40
Pre-loaded with 41,000 courses, the Garmin Approach S40 smartwatch looks fantastic on your wrist and performs well on the course. The wearable records detected shot distances and lets you manually adjust the pin position for accurate approach shots. You can even pair it with the Approach CT10 club tracking sensors for accurate game tracking. You’ll also benefit from everyday activity tracking, including steps and sleep data.
GARMIN SWIM 2
Whether you’re swimming, sailing, or surfing, getting your hands on a quality smartwatch will improve your skills. In your search for a water sports smartwatch, you’ll want to focus on water-resistance, GPS functionality, and activity tracking. Make sure the water sports wearable is suitable for the type of sport you practice. For example, one timepiece will be better for sail racing than it is for swimming because it’s programmed with an assistant created for boat navigation.
GARMIN FENIX 5PLUS SERIES
This multisport GPS smartwatch has multi-network navigation and advanced performance metrics, allowing you to dive into physiological metrics, running statistics, and more to fine-tune your technique. If you enjoy outdoor expeditions, you can use the color TOPO maps with ‘Trendline’ popularity routing to follow the best paths in your area. You can even store up to 1,000 songs in this watch so you’ll never run out of music when you’re in the zone.