Are you considering buying a Garmin Fenix 6S Pro, but not entirely convinced yet? Let me tell you about my experience after using this watch for more than two months. All the best features like Maps Navigation, PacePro and upgraded sleep tracking. And of course, outstanding activity tracking for running, swimming, cycling and so much more.
I’ve been a Garmin user for a long time. It started about 10 years ago with the Forerunner 305. A few years ago I bought the Vivoactive 3, which I upgraded to the Forerunner 645 Music about a year ago. There is no rational reason I replaced the Forerunner 645 so quickly other than I really wanted to. The software on the Forerunner 645 was not being updated with new features anymore, and basically I just wanted those cool new features.
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The most important features that made me decide to buy the Fenix 6S Pro and that I’m using the most are navigation, PacePro, improved training load and sleep tracking and Garmin Coach.
Point to point navigation from your current location to a point of interest near you: cities, gas stations, restaurants, hospitals, etc. all reachable through your watch. This was a major selling point for me. My Forerunner 645 had the option to load courses, but that’s only helpful when you prepare a route upfront.
With navigation and actual maps, you can go anywhere, explore in whatever direction you want and then simply ask your watch to take you home. It can then either take you on the same route back or find the shortest route back to your starting point. Lost in the woods and in need of food, drinks or a gas station? Ask your watch to show you the way.
This feature will help you with pacing during your race or training run. You can set up a race strategy in Garmin Connect like an even pace or negative/positive splits. If you add a Course as well, it will also take into account changes in elevation. During your run your watch will show your target pace for each split and how you are performing compared to the target you’ve set.
The training load data has been improved on the Fenix 6 series. You’ll no longer see a seemingly random number that is calculated through easy and harder runs. Your training load is now visibly divided into anaerobic, high aerobic and low aerobic. It gives you your status based on your past workouts and what you should be aiming for.
Disclaimer: For this data to be correct, it’s important that your heart rate is measured correctly and your zones are set up correct as well. It is recommended to use a chest strap for this.
Garmin has never been known for their great sleep tracking, but the Fenix 6 series has recently gotten a great update. It now has a widget that will tell you everything you want to know about your sleep quality as soon as you wake up. How much time you were sleeping light, deep, in REM or that you were awake. Sometimes the watch hasn’t realized you are no longer sleeping and you can end the sleep tracking right in the widget as well.
Every Garmin watch coming out has this feature, but since it is the feature I use the most, it needed to be mentioned here. Garmin Coach helps you run better and train towards a specific goal. All the information you need on this feature can be found through the What is Garmin Coach page.
LooksI love the look of the Fenix 6S Pro. I went with the white and rose gold version, but there is a black version as well. The 6S Pro currently doesn’t come in other color variations, but the slightly more expensive Sapphire version comes in grey/rose gold and black/rose gold as well.
In general, this watch probably has everything you’ll need in sports watch. It looks great, has a very good battery life, one of the best activity tracking and lots of extra features you may or may not need.
I love this watch and have not regretted my purchase once, but I wouldn’t recommend it for a beginner or a first time Garmin user as all the data and options might be a little overwhelming.