This is the first equipment feature that I’m compiling in partnership with Euphoria Telecom and it’s a fitting choice because this particular makes me feel pretty euphoric.

Technology has come a long way in every sector of our lives. Health and fitness especially so, with smart watches now all the rage if you are at all serious about your exercise pursuits.

Though there are many competitors in the market, there is a series of watches that looks like the Chuck Norris of them all. It’s the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus series. Sure, it’s pretty pricey, but it is pretty incredible what it offers to cyclists. And runners, hikers, swimmers, golfers, snowboarders, paddlers… basically just about anyone that likes to go outdoors.

Sure your friends will try and impress you with their Apple watches, or other impressive brands. But when it comes to one that does it all in a sporting sense, Garmin are pretty solid in delivering something to be excited about.

Just going through the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus series’ features is enough to make you feel like a kid again in the lead up to acquiring an electronic item that could change your life.

Back then it was a game console mostly, this though is something that may even become more useful than your phone.

From a cycling perspective there are some pretty mind blowing features to tap into here. Training statistics put key stats at your fingertips, and when used with optional Vector cycle power meter, the watch records your speed and cadence to ensure the best possible form. Storing multiple bicycle profiles, comparing real time conditions to your average levels and the lactate threshold even estimates where rapid muscle fatigue begins.

Talk about making you feel like an elite athlete even if you aren’t one.

 If you want to venture off the beaten path on the mountain bike, the advanced navigation sets in to make sure you always know where you are going. This comes via the EXO antenna which is unobtrusively integrated into the bezel, receiving signals from GPS and GLONASS satellites. Along with this the Garmin Fenix 5X also has built-in altimeter, barometer and compass sensors to provide real-time information while out on a ride.

 Display wise you also get full-colour TOPO maps. Not only does this brilliantly show you what’s around you, but also how to best plot your tracks and distances for each ride. Then GroupTrack allows you to keep track of your riding buddies, while LiveTrack lets others follow your path whether it be in a race setting or just a training ride.

I could keep going on and on with the features (of which they are seemingly endless), but let’s just take a moment to appreciate the rugged yet stylish design.

That’s a robust package all round, with scratch resistant sapphire lens. Naturally you get a choice of bands too to help make it a more everyday watch in addition to be your sporting companion.

On that front, it will do the basics of logging your steps, recording calories burned, reminding you to stay active throughout the day along with monitoring your sleep. It connects to your phone via bluetooth, opening up a multitude of other features including phone connectivity to always stay in touch with incoming communications. And the free app further enhances the experience which leads us onto one of its best features.

Though not a massive cycling feature, you also get the option to load up to 500 of your favourite songs or stream music from select streaming platforms. That means you can leave your phone at home, even your wallet too as the new Garmin pay ready feature allows contactless payment solutions from your watch.

This watch seems to just deliver on all platforms with special ski/snowboarding, swimming, paddling and hiking settings, and most impressively in the all rounder stakes – golf mode.

Yup, you will have access to over 40 000 courses around the world on the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus series, showcasing yardages and other info for whatever hole you are playing.

Again, all within a really good looking and robust premium watch.

 

Finally, there is the battery life. Per change you can get up to 12 days of use. So you can really get out there and make the most of all of the outdoor features on offer.

JULY PRIZE
WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 4 AT ROYAL JOHANNESBURG & KENSINGTON

If you haven’t already entered this month’s Pitch & Pedal competition then read my golf course review of Royal Johannesburg and Kensington and then head over to the Euphoria Telecom Facebook page and post your answer to this easy competition question😐

In what year did Royal Johannesburg’s layout undergo renovation to its greens and bunkers?

Post your answer on the Euphoria Facebook feed and tag the 3 people you should share your prize with. It’s that easy.

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See you again soon

Ben