Garmin Fenix 6

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CornishRob

195 posts

101 months

Sunday 2nd February 2020
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Anyone seen any deals anywhere on the Tactix Delta?

They don’t seem to be available on first class watches?

CornishRob

195 posts

101 months

Tuesday 4th February 2020
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I spoke to first class watches and they said they can't get the Tactix Delta, and were not sure if they ever would.

Apparently only certain retailers will get it in.

Can't see any deals being done on these which is a shame.

Pesty

42,655 posts

223 months

Wednesday 19th February 2020
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One thing that’s slightly annoying about the 6 over my 5.

The 5 had screw in strap bars. Bit of locktite and you are never losing a watch.

The 6x has normal spring bars. While this makes it very easy to change straps, it’s more likely to be knocked off. Ok doesn’t happen frequently but it happened to me several times with other watches.

Wonder why they went that route. Cost probably.



ThePenrose

3 posts

18 months

Friday 21st February 2020
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Seen the Tactix Delta can now be had for £679 from £799 from a few places.

They seem to have a 15% discount going.

CornishRob

195 posts

101 months

Wednesday 26th February 2020
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Got a Tactix Delta for £645 delivered

Richieboy3008

986 posts

150 months

Wednesday 26th February 2020
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Love the watch (6 Sapphire), had mine for 6 weeks now, only had the charge it 3 times (mixed use with GPS). There are so many functions, I've only scratched the surface.

Running outside- It finds the GPS signal in a few seconds when at home, and within 30 seconds when in London. This is a HUGE improvement over my Fitbit Ionic, which sometime wouldn't lock on at all. Accuracy is also better within 20m of known 5k course. Not tried any of the other running functions, but looking forward to going on random runs with the route planner.

Treadmill- 95-97% accurate once calibrated.

Swimming- 99% accurate length count.

Gym\weights- 90% accurate rep count.

HR tracking seems accurate enough for me.

Body battery- though this was a gimmick, but often when I've felt knackered my BB has be right down near the bottom.

Sleep tracking, again seems accurate, don't pay too much attention to it.

Overall if you're on the fence about buying one, go for it.

Anyone know where I can get a decent leather strap for it?

Cheers

S100HP

Original Poster:

11,266 posts

134 months

Wednesday 26th February 2020
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My 6X Solar has to go back to Garmin. Keeps thinking I'm at 25000ft when I start an activity, which impacts on performance metrics. Really don't want to be without it for a few days tho, so torn on what to do.


satans worm

2,154 posts

184 months

Monday 13th April 2020
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So im considering getting a Garmin GPS watch but am pretty confused by the myriad of options out there, the 5, 6 Ticktax , then the seemingly sub option of each variant, with costs all over the place (some 5 more expensive than some 6 etc)

Any chance some one can give a overall break down of what one has over the other

Overall,. it seems people are pretty pleased with them, im looking to replace my Tag Carrera for a while, and it would be nice to get something more functional

Id like to have the sunrise/ sunset function, weather /storm predictions( for photography), stop watch, as much of the health functions out there as possible, as long as they are reasonably accurate, especially the sleep apnea as i suffer from it and getting a more accurate handle on how bad it is would be good. also a current temperature reader.

GPS mode for hiking national parks (i live in the USA) , do you have to download these or are they all preloaded?

How quick is the operating system? is it laggy or fast?
Does it connect to iPhones ok?

Anything that doesnt work so well that it promises?

Any must have functions that ive not mentioned that now you have them you cant live without?

Sorry for all the questions but trying ot get a handle on the model that i need, rather than pay for something with stuff id never use




grumbledoak

29,099 posts

200 months

Monday 13th April 2020
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satans worm said:
Any chance some one can give a overall break down of what one has over the other
Manufacturers of everything are pulling the same stunt - make the range so confusing we just give up and buy the most expensive. It's really annoying.

This explains the Fenix 6 range better than words have managed:
S100HP said:
The Fenix 5 is the older Fenix range. Typically the features only available in the top of the range 5 are now in the basic 6, which is smaller and prettier.

There are other, older, and lower spec Garmin ranges.

And there are the speciality models like the Tactix, which is for people who think they are Ethan Hunt.

I'm still on a Fenix 5; it does more than I need. It pairs with my Android phone and a chest strap. I'm sure they pair fine with iPhone. It is snappy in use, more customizable than I can be bothered with, and battery life is about a month.

eyebeebe

2,218 posts

200 months

Tuesday 14th April 2020
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Probably the best review of it.

https://www.google.ch/amp/s/www.dcrainmaker.com/20...

The pro versions all have maps preinstalled.

I wouldn’t buy a 5 now as they are 3 years old and the 5 plus is I guess 18 months old.

As I wrote on the other thread, I wear it pretty much constantly if it isn’t on charge, but I normally do some form of triathlon training every day.

The connection to iPhone can be a little flaky from time to time, but that seems to be the case with all the Garmins I’ve had. Killing the app usually fixes it though.

IMO it’s the best sports watch on the market and I would say I use a lot of the features. However, if you want a smart watch Apple Watch is far better.

The way you’ve described it, I think that it would be overkill for your needs (but I’m not sure of an alternative). Would you really navigate using the small screen on your watch? I’ve used the maps maybe 3 or 4 times in 2 and a half years and that was mainly for creating running routes when I was somewhere new.

S100HP

Original Poster:

11,266 posts

134 months

Tuesday 14th April 2020
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S100HP said:
My 6X Solar has to go back to Garmin. Keeps thinking I'm at 25000ft when I start an activity, which impacts on performance metrics. Really don't want to be without it for a few days tho, so torn on what to do.

It seems the software updates over the last few months have fixed my issues and I've not had to send my watch back thankfully.

RevsPerMinute

1,775 posts

188 months

Friday 29th May 2020
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I am looking to pick a 6pro up, is there any deals any one has picked up on?

garylythgoe

786 posts

189 months

Monday 7th September 2020
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I'm wondering if the Fenix 6 could do navigation duties on my motorbike.

I'm not after full on tom tom style navigation, but just something to indicate a turning is coming up, etc.

Am I barking up the wrong tree with a Fenix?

Thanks

S100HP

Original Poster:

11,266 posts

134 months

Monday 7th September 2020
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Nooe

garylythgoe

786 posts

189 months

Monday 7th September 2020
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What maps/apps would I need on it to do it?

hyphen

21,122 posts

57 months

Monday 7th September 2020
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garylythgoe said:
I'm wondering if the Fenix 6 could do navigation duties on my motorbike.

I'm not after full on tom tom style navigation, but just something to indicate a turning is coming up, etc.

Am I barking up the wrong tree with a Fenix?

Thanks
Do you not own a phone?

A watch based GPS is useful for when walking/running/hiking as you don't need to take your phone out and unlock it/load the app etc.

garylythgoe

786 posts

189 months

Tuesday 8th September 2020
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hyphen said:
Do you not own a phone?

A watch based GPS is useful for when walking/running/hiking as you don't need to take your phone out and unlock it/load the app etc.
I do, and I get that I could use a quad lock mount etc, but I don't fancy having to run a usb cable on the bike. Plus I know a mate who got his phone stolen on a quad lock.
I also like the idea of not having a full tom tom style sat nav in front of me.
Motorbikes (to me) are a bit of an adventure, so I'd prefer a much more low key event suggesting I need to turn right etc.


RevsPerMinute

1,775 posts

188 months

Tuesday 8th September 2020
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garylythgoe said:
I'm wondering if the Fenix 6 could do navigation duties on my motorbike.

I'm not after full on tom tom style navigation, but just something to indicate a turning is coming up, etc.

Am I barking up the wrong tree with a Fenix?

Thanks
I would very much doubt it! Aside from the time it would take to plot the route, it would be fairly dangerous trying to check your route on such a small screen and on your wrist. Especially as you usefully find yourself wanting the navigation information when at a junction etc.

grumbledoak

29,099 posts

200 months

Wednesday 9th September 2020
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garylythgoe said:
I'm wondering if the Fenix 6 could do navigation duties on my motorbike.

I'm not after full on tom tom style navigation, but just something to indicate a turning is coming up, etc.

Am I barking up the wrong tree with a Fenix?
Not gonna fly.

I would try Waze on a phone in your pocket and Bluetooth earphones.

Cimaguy

456 posts

39 months

Friday 23rd October 2020
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CornishRob said:
Got a Tactix Delta for £645 delivered
Where from? It's a good price.