Received my amazing new Multi-Sport watch yesterday, the Garmin Fenix 2!
The wife took the photo above and texted it to me upon arrival. Given I had 3 hours left in my work day, I felt that was particularly mean spirited! :) Soooo, what's this watch all about? Well, it's basically the the most advanced and diverse sports/outdoors watch on the market. Because of it's diversity it's a bit complex but having read a couple reviews (several times over) and the entire manual (twice) before getting my hands on the real deal, it wasn't too daunting.
Here's a sample of what the watch is capable of... GPS navigation, magnetic compass display, altimeter, barometric pressure, navigation, run tracking, cycling tracking, both open water and indoor swim tracking, connection to external sensors via ANT+ wireless technology (like my heart rate monitor and bike speed and cadence sensor), pre-programmed workouts, estimated recovery times based on workout intensity and the users profile... those are just the ones I'm likely to use... there's also Jumpmaster mode (sky diving anyone?), Sunrise/Moonrise tracking, hunting and fishing data, xc and downhill ski/snowboard modes... yah, it's crazy.
For me, the watch is all about multi-sport functionality and using my addiction to geeky technology to continue to motivate my attempts to get healthier. Using the companion Garmin Connect Mobile Application and the Garmin Connect website, the watch is a really advanced tool in measuring and planning my workouts and races. I took the watch out for a quick 1 mile jog just to log something before I had to work. I've placed a screen shot of what the Mobile app displays for the activity. Of course this is just the tip of the ice berg. I can scroll through graphs of my heart rate data, run cadence, speed/pace, and even vertical oscillation (do you bounce too much when you run? I do!). Using the web interface there are analysis tools and training plans that help me design a fitness plan that is based on real metrics about where I am and what I need to do to get better!
And of course, on triathlon race day, this one device will track my actions from start to finish, showing me exactly where I did well and where I can improve! It's a crazy device (and crazy expensive). I've worked my way into the gps sport watch market and didn't mind selling off a few other toys to make this purchase (which I also see as an investment in my health... better than dropping another $400 on a new golf club... something I used to be prone to do).