Try the all-new Garmin Fenix 5 Plus multisport GPS watch made for the rugged user, the kind of person who’s just as at home in a canoe as they are in the desert or flinging themselves off a mountain. Multisport adventure watches like this aren’t often that pretty to look at but the Fenix 5 Plus reveals just how far Garmin has come on the design front. It’s still clearly a chunk of a watch but at the same time, you’ve got something you can wear all day with smart clothes, without feeling like you’re making a statement about how SAS you are. In short, it’s a very nice looking and sophisticated marvel.
The Fenix 5 Plus multisport GPS watch is built up with a scratch-resistant lens that is designed to take all the knocks and bumps. There’s room for four stats on screen at any one time in various customizable layouts, though we felt three stats was enough, anything more and things started to get a little cramped and lack hierarchy. That’s still plenty tough. Notably, the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus is controlled using five side buttons that are nicely responsive and easy enough to find on the move. Is it missed? It’s very much a subjective thing but touchscreen controls aren’t that easy to use when you’re bouldering up a cliffside or speeding down a mountain trail, so we weren’t that bothered.