January 30, 2021

7 Best Garmin Watches for Hikers (Review) 2021

January 30, 2021

To be able to endure extreme outdoor conditions, we should consider buying Garmin watches for hikers as they provide the best monitoring metrics such as weather forecast, air pressure, altitude, navigation, distance, and more. Hiking, mountain climbing, and trekking are very rigorous outdoor activities that require us to endure extreme heat, torrential rain, and high altitude, among others. Garmin, one of the major players in wearable technologies, offers a wide array of these hiking watches that can help us monitor our health, body strength, and safety along the trail.

Today, The Spring Bar presents to you the seven best Garmin watches for hikers. We’ll look into their watch specifications, price, exterior features, hiking metrics, and other functions that make them great and affordable hiking watches for beginners and expert hikers alike. Since we’re focusing on only one brand, these hiking watches may have similarities with other models. Still, we will be assessing each model to identify which of these will suit the needs of every beginner, enthusiast, and expert hiker out there.

1 Garmin Fenix 5

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Let’s start off with the Garmin Fenix 5. As a hiking watch, this model can survive in outdoor excursions with its fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear casing, stainless steel bezel, and tough glass screen. Having a 10 ATM water resistance rating also means that the watch can withstand water pressure of up to 100 meters.

For its actual hiking metrics, much of what you want for a hiking watch is here. Some hiking trackers included here are the Elevation Profile, Barometric Altimeter, Storm Alert, Weather tracker, preloaded and downloadable maps, and other metrics that can be useful on hiking, mountain climbing, or off-road travel. The watch’s long battery life of up to two weeks (as a smartwatch) and 24 hours (for GPS use) is also a big plus for people who will be out of their homes for quite some time.

However, this watch can be a bit heavy to carry, which is not ideal for hiking and trekking. It also has a lower memory capacity compared to other Garmin hiking watches. Lastly, it can be a bit expensive for those with a tight budget and might prefer other watch models with almost the same features, such as the Forerunner 935 and the Garmin Instinct. Still, this watch is worth it for beginners and experienced hikers and climbers alike.

+PROS

  • High water resistance
  • Has Elevation Profile, Barometric Altimeter, and other hiking metrics
  • With preloaded and downloadable maps

-CONS

  • Heavy to carry while hiking
  • Lower memory capacity
  • A bit expensive for those with a tight budget
The Basics:

Brand: Garmin

Model: Fenix 5

Price: $309.95

Reference Number: 010-01688-00

Diameter: 30.4 mm

Thickness: 15.5 mm

Case Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover

Bezel Material: Stainless Steel

Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)

Strap/Bracelet: Silicone or Steel

Crystal: Chemically strengthened glass or sapphire crystal

Additional: 

Sunlight-Visible, Transflective Memory-in-Pixel Display

240 x 240 pixel Colored Display

Multiple Outdoor Modes

Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitor

Compatible with Android and IOS. 

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Digital (Smartwatch)

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date

Diameter: 30.4 mm

Thickness: 15.5 mm

Display Resolution: 240 x 240 pixels

Weight: 85 g.

Additional Details:

Uses GPS/Glonass/Galileo Satellite Navigation

Memory Capacity: 16 GB

Battery Life: 2 Weeks (Smartwatch Mode), 24 hours (GPS without music), 6 hours (GPS with music).

Syncs with Smartphone through Garmin Connect.

Key Features:

Brand: Garmin

Model: Fenix 5

Price: $309.95

Reference Number: 010-01688-00

Diameter: 30.4 mm

Thickness: 15.5 mm

Case Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover

Bezel Material: Stainless Steel

Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)

Strap/Bracelet: Silicone or Steel

Crystal: Chemically strengthened glass or sapphire crystal

Additional: 

Sunlight-Visible, Transflective Memory-in-Pixel Display

240 x 240 pixel Colored Display

Multiple Outdoor Modes

Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitor

Compatible with Android and IOS. 

2 Garmin Fenix 5X Plus

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Akin to the Fenix 5, its Fenix 5X Plus counterpart is also tough and provides metrics and other features suitable for hikers, mountain climbers, and travelers. The watch’s tough casing, bezel, and glass screen, as well as its water resistance rating of 10 ATM, can ensure that it can withstand extreme outdoor conditions.

Then, of course, there are the hiking metrics, such as the Elevation Profile, Barometric Altimeter, Storm Alert, Auto-climb and vertical speed, and more. It even has preloaded maps and cartography support that can be downloadable through Garmin’s ConnectIQ feature present in the watch. Yet, what sets this one apart from the Fenix 5? Well, the Fenix 5X Plus has this feature called “ClimbPro Ascent Feature” which tracks the grade, distance, and elevation gain on your upward movements, as well as the remaining distance on your upward trail.

However, much like the Fenix 5, this watch can also be heavy to carry on outdoor adventures. Comparing these watches through its price, the Fenix 5X Plus is also moderately priced, but a tad higher than the Fenix 5 watch. Nonetheless, this watch is still worth buying for its hiking metrics that could give you real-time information on your climbing and hiking progress.

+PROS

  • With ClimbPro Ascent Planner
  • High water resistance
  • With preloaded and downloadable maps

-CONS

  • Heavy to carry while hiking
  • A bit more expensive than its Fenix 5 counterpart.
The Basics:

Brand: Garmin

Model: Fenix 5X Plus

Price: $399

Reference Number: 010-01989-00

Diameter: 30.4 mm

Thickness: 17.5 mm

Case Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover

Bezel Material: Stainless Steel or Titanium Bezel

Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)

Strap/Bracelet: Silicone, Leather or Titanium

Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal

Additional: 

Sunlight-Visible, Transflective Memory-in-Pixel Display

240 x 240 pixel Colored Display

Multiple Outdoor Modes

Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitor

Compatible with Android and IOS.

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Digital (Smartwatch)

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date

Diameter: 30.4 mm

Thickness: 17.5 mm

Display Resolution: 240 x 240 pixels

Weight: 87 g. (Titanium Version), 96 g.

Additional Details:

Uses GPS/Glonass/Galileo Satellite Navigation

Memory Capacity: 16 GB

Battery Life: 20 Days (Smartwatch Mode), 32 hours (GPS without music)

Syncs with Smartphone through Garmin Connect.

Key Features:

Brand: Garmin

Model: Fenix 5X Plus

Price: $399

Reference Number: 010-01989-00

Diameter: 30.4 mm

Thickness: 17.5 mm

Case Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover

Bezel Material: Stainless Steel or Titanium Bezel

Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)

Strap/Bracelet: Silicone, Leather or Titanium

Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal

Additional: 

Sunlight-Visible, Transflective Memory-in-Pixel Display

240 x 240 pixel Colored Display

Multiple Outdoor Modes

Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitor

Compatible with Android and IOS.

3 Garmin Fenix 6

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Here’s another Fenix watch with Garmin’s Fenix 6. Much like the other Fenix watches we have listed so far, this one boasts its tough casing, bezel, and Gorilla Glass that suits the adrenaline junkies who are into traveling through extreme environmental conditions. However, this watch one-ups the former Fenix watches with its 32GB memory capacity to track all your activity data and battery life of up to 14 days (as a smartwatch) and more than a day of use (as a GPS watch). Not to mention, this still offers a wide array of hiking data that can monitor your progress in real-time.

The problem with this Fenix 6 watch is its price of almost $500, which can be very costly for those with a tight budget. However, this doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth trying. We suggest this for experienced hikers and enthusiasts who do not have concerns with the price and want to have a smartwatch that can track their hiking progress.

 

+PROS

  • Long battery life
  • Tough Gorilla Glass screen
  • Has preloaded and downloadable map support

-CONS

  • Expensive
The Basics:

Brand: Garmin

Model: Fenix 6

Price: $489.99

Reference Number: 010-02158-55

Diameter: 33.02 mm

Thickness: 14.7 mm

Case Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover

Bezel Material: Stainless Steel, Titanium or Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated titanium bezel

Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)

Strap/Bracelet: Silicone, Leather, Titanium or Nylon

Crystal: Corning® Gorilla® Glass DX

Additional: 

Sunlight-Visible, Transflective Memory-in-Pixel Display

260 x 260 pixel Colored Display

Multiple Outdoor Modes

Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitor

Compatible with Android and IOS.

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Digital (Smartwatch)

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date

Diameter: 33.02 mm

Thickness: 14.7 mm

Display Resolution: 260 x 260 pixels

Weight: Steel: 83g., 60g. (case only); Titanium: 72g., 49g. (case only)

Additional Details:

Uses GPS/Glonass/Galileo Satellite Navigation

Memory Capacity: 32 GB

Battery Life: 14 Days (Smartwatch Mode), 36 hours (GPS without music)

Syncs with Smartphone through Garmin Connect.

Key Features:

Brand: Garmin

Model: Fenix 6

Price: $489.99

Reference Number: 010-02158-55

Diameter: 33.02 mm

Thickness: 14.7 mm

Case Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover

Bezel Material: Stainless Steel, Titanium or Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated titanium bezel

Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)

Strap/Bracelet: Silicone, Leather, Titanium or Nylon

Crystal: Corning® Gorilla® Glass DX

Additional: 

Sunlight-Visible, Transflective Memory-in-Pixel Display

260 x 260 pixel Colored Display

Multiple Outdoor Modes

Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitor

Compatible with Android and IOS.

4 Garmin Forerunner 935

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Not exactly a hiking watch, but the Garmin Forerunner 935 still fits the criteria as a smartwatch for hikers. For one, it still has its basic hiking data metrics such as Barometric Altimeter, Weather and Storm Trackers, Elevation Profile, and other features. It may also have a lower water resistance rating of 5 ATM, which means that it can withstand water pressure of up to 50 meters, but it can still withstand the outdoors.

Comparing this one to other hiking watches in this list, the Forerunner 935 is significantly lighter and cheaper than other watches. Having a long battery life is also an advantage as you can use the device for hours while traveling outdoors. Sadly, it does not feature downloadable cartography map support and compatibility for Galileo Satellite Navigation in European Nations. However, the Forerunner 935 can still be a highly useful watch for beginner hikers and climbers.

+PROS

  • Affordable Price
  • Has elevation profile, barometric altimeter, and other hiking profiles
  • Has PulseOx Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor

-CONS

  • Not compatible for Galileo Satellite Navigation
  • Low water-resistance rating
  • Doesn’t support downloadable cartography support for maps
The Basics:

Brand: Garmin

Model: Forerunner 935

Price: $299.99

Reference Number: 010-01746-16

Diameter: 30.4 mm

Thickness: 13.9 mm

Case Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer

Bezel Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer

Water Resistance: 5 ATM (50 m)

Strap/Bracelet: Silicone

Crystal: Chemically strengthened glass

Additional: 

Sunlight-Visible, Transflective Memory-in-Pixel Display

240 x 240 pixel Colored Display

Multiple Outdoor Modes

Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitor

Compatible with Android and IOS.

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Digital (Smartwatch)

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date

Diameter: 30.4 mm

Thickness: 13.9 mm

Display Resolution: 240 x 240 pixels

Weight: Steel: 49 g.

Additional Details:

Uses GPS/Glonass Satellite Navigation

Memory Capacity: 64 GB

Battery Life: 14 Days (Smartwatch Mode), 21 hours (GPS without music)

Syncs with Smartphone through Garmin Connect.

Key Features:

Brand: Garmin

Model: Forerunner 935

Price: $299.99

Reference Number: 010-01746-16

Diameter: 30.4 mm

Thickness: 13.9 mm

Case Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer

Bezel Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer

Water Resistance: 5 ATM (50 m)

Strap/Bracelet: Silicone

Crystal: Chemically strengthened glass

Additional: 

Sunlight-Visible, Transflective Memory-in-Pixel Display

240 x 240 pixel Colored Display

Multiple Outdoor Modes

Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitor

Compatible with Android and IOS.

5 Garmin Forerunner 945

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The Forerunner 945 is similar to the 935 as it is not a hiking watch. Still, it is usable for hiking and mountain climbing activities with its hiking metrics, ClimbPro Ascent Planner-support, preloaded and downloadable map-support, and other features. Having a Gorilla Glass 3 + DX screen is also great as it avoids scratches and breaking the screen while outdoors.

However, this watch is very expensive. For almost the same features, you can look up other Garmin watches with nearly the same features but at a more affordable price. The AMOLED screen display is also a disadvantage since the screen can be hard to see under direct sunlight.

+PROS

  • Has elevation profile, barometric altimeter, and other hiking metrics
  • With preloaded and downloadable maps
  • Tough Gorilla Glass Screen

-CONS

  • Expensive
  • AMOLED display can be hard to see under direct sunlight
The Basics:

Brand: Garmin

Model: Forerunner 945

 Price: $599.99

Reference Number: 010-02063-00

Diameter: 30.4 mm

Thickness: 13.7 mm

Case Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer

Bezel Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer

Water Resistance: 5 ATM (50 m)

Strap/Bracelet: Silicone

Crystal: Gorilla Glass 3 + DX coating 

Additional: 

AMOLED Display

240 x 240 pixel Colored Display

Multiple Outdoor Modes

Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitor

Compatible with Android and IOS.

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Digital (Smartwatch)

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date

Diameter: 30.4 mm

Thickness: 13.7 mm

Display Resolution: 240 x 240 pixels

Weight: Steel: 50 g.

Additional Details:

Uses GPS/Glonass/Galileo Satellite Navigation

Memory Capacity: 200 hours of activity data

Battery Life: 5 Days (Smartwatch Mode), 20 hours (GPS without music)

Syncs with Smartphone through Garmin Connect.

Key Features:

Brand: Garmin

Model: Forerunner 945

 Price: $599.99

Reference Number: 010-02063-00

Diameter: 30.4 mm

Thickness: 13.7 mm

Case Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer

Bezel Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer

Water Resistance: 5 ATM (50 m)

Strap/Bracelet: Silicone

Crystal: Gorilla Glass 3 + DX coating 

Additional: 

AMOLED Display

240 x 240 pixel Colored Display

Multiple Outdoor Modes

Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitor

Compatible with Android and IOS.

6 Garmin Instinct

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The Garmin Instinct is the kind of smartwatch that suits perfectly with the outdoors because of its high resistance. Built to the U.S. Military Standard 810, the Instinct watch is a rugged, waterproof, and heat-resistant smartwatch that can withstand even extreme outdoor and environmental conditions.

Looking also at its hiking features, it has the basic metrics such as Barometric Altimeter, Elevation Profile, Auto-climb and Vertical Speed function, and more. This watch also has a night vision function that can be pretty useful if you’re spending the night camping outdoors.

Does this make the Instinct the perfect watch for hiking? Sadly, this only has a black-and-white display and does not have Connect-IQ capabilities. However, this watch is still near-perfect, especially when you look at its price. Thus, for beginner hikers and enthusiasts who want to purchase their first hiking watch, the Instinct is a good starting point.

+PROS

  • Rugged waterproof fitness watch
  • Highly affordable
  • With barometric altimeter, elevation profile, and other hiking data
  • Nightvision

-CONS

  • No Connect-IQ feature
  • Monochrome Display
  • No PulseOx Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor
The Basics:

Brand: Garmin

Model: Instinct

Price: $195

Reference Number: 010-02064-05

Diameter: 23 x 23 mm (Custom two-window design)

Thickness: 15.3 mm

Case Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer

Bezel Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer

Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)

Strap/Bracelet: Silicone

Crystal: Chemically strengthened glass

Additional: 

Monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) Display

128 x 128 pixel Colored Display

Multiple Outdoor Modes

Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitor

Compatible with Android and IOS.

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Digital (Smartwatch)

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date

Diameter: 23 x 23 mm (Custom two-window design)

Thickness: 15.3 mm

Display Resolution: 128 x 128 pixel

Weight: Steel: 52 g.

Additional Details:

Uses GPS/Glonass/ Galileo Satellite Navigation

Memory Capacity: 64 GB

Battery Life: 5 Days (Smartwatch Mode), 20 hours (GPS without music)

Syncs with Smartphone through Garmin Connect.

Key Features:

Brand: Garmin

Model: Instinct

Price: $195

Reference Number: 010-02064-05

Diameter: 23 x 23 mm (Custom two-window design)

Thickness: 15.3 mm

Case Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer

Bezel Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer

Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)

Strap/Bracelet: Silicone

Crystal: Chemically strengthened glass

Additional: 

Monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) Display

128 x 128 pixel Colored Display

Multiple Outdoor Modes

Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitor

Compatible with Android and IOS.

7 Garmin Tactix Delta

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Similar to Garmin Instinct, the Garmin Tactix Delta is a rugged, waterproof hiking watch built to U.S. military standards. It ensures the near-protection of the device in withstanding outdoor conditions. Through its hiking metrics, this watch can provide real-time information on your performance on the trail.

Interestingly enough, this watch has numerous functions that can be used by the military such as Night Vision, Stealth Mode, Kill Switch, and Jumpster Mode; among others. With these functions, you’ll be provided with added security while outside the comforts of your home.

Seems interesting? Sadly, this is the most expensive watch on the list, which is pretty reasonable since it has many interesting features. Thus, this watch is for more experienced hikers, workers on the trail, soldiers, and other people with intense hiking activities. This smartwatch ensures protection for the device and its users.

+PROS

  • Rugged waterproof hiking watch
  • Long battery life: More than 2 days for GPS use
  • High memory capacity

-CONS

  • Very expensive
  • No PulseOx Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor
The Basics:

Brand: Garmin

Model: Tactix Delta

Price: $899.99

Reference Number: 010-02357-00

Diameter: 35.56 mm

Thickness: 14.9 mm

Case Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover and knurled buttons

Bezel Material: Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated steel

Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)

Strap/Bracelet: Silicone

Crystal: Domed Sapphire Crystal

Additional: 

Sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) Display

280 x 280 pixel Colored Display

Multiple Outdoor Modes

Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitor

Compatible with Android and IOS.

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Digital (Smartwatch)

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date

Diameter: 35.56 mm

Thickness: 14.9 mm

Display Resolution: 280 x 280 pixels

Weight: Steel: 97g. (case with steel), 69 g. (case only)

Additional Details:

Uses GPS/Glonass/Galileo Satellite Navigation

Memory Capacity: 32 GB

Battery Life: 21 Days (Smartwatch Mode), 60 hours (GPS without music)

Syncs with Smartphone through Garmin Connect.

Key Features:

Brand: Garmin

Model: Tactix Delta

Price: $899.99

Reference Number: 010-02357-00

Diameter: 35.56 mm

Thickness: 14.9 mm

Case Material: Fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover and knurled buttons

Bezel Material: Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated steel

Water Resistance: 10 ATM (100 m)

Strap/Bracelet: Silicone

Crystal: Domed Sapphire Crystal

Additional: 

Sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) Display

280 x 280 pixel Colored Display

Multiple Outdoor Modes

Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitor

Compatible with Android and IOS.

Best Garmin Watches for Hikers FAQ

What to look for when buying Garmin hiking watches?

Off to your first mountain trail? Aiming to reach the top of another mountain as part of your bucket list? Whatever may be the reason, a Garmin hiking watch should be a must for your hiking adventures. However, if you’re confused about what to look for in buying the best Garmin watch for hikers, here are the things that you may consider:

  • Hiking Metrics – Of course, if you’re looking for a hiking watch, you need to look for the hiking metrics and data a Garmin watch provides. All of the hiking watches featured in this article have all the essential data metrics and trackers such as a Barometric Altimeter that measures altitude through air pressure, Elevation Profile that measures the elevation or altitude in a certain track or course, Auto-climb and vertical speed measurements, and weather and storm trackers. Some watches are also capable of having preloaded and downloadable maps, depending on your geographical location and personal preference. In addition, instead of having a separate thermometer and compass, Garmin hiking watches already have these functions too. However, some watches may have this feature called “ClimbPro Ascent Feature.” This one tracks the grade, distance, and elevation gain on your upward movements, as well as the remaining distance on your upward trail. Thus, watches with this kind of function should be a big plus in choosing hiking watches from Garmin.
  • Rugged and Waterproof Features – Another factor to consider in buying a Garmin watch is its ability to withstand the extreme conditions of nature such as heat, water, and rough surfaces. Thus, it is important to choose a hiking watch that could not be easily broken or destroyed by such conditions whenever you’re on a hiking trip. It is best to look for its case, bezel, and glass screen material, as well as its water-resistance rating. Some watches may have also been tested to U.S. military standards, which further proves its toughness and resistance as a hiking watch. Regardless, buying a Garmin hiking watch also means being responsible when using it on your outdoor excursions.
  • Readability – Because hiking, mountain climbing, and trekking are all done outdoors, it is also important that your watch screen can be readable enough. Most screens from smartwatches have colors and can be seen even under bright sunlight due to their sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display. However, some watches like the Garmin Instinct use a monochrome screen, which might not be ideal for some people. Other watches also use an AMOLED screen, which might not be useful when looking at the screen while outdoors and under bright sunlight. Thus, you should check with the display type and resolution before buying any hiking watch.
  • Battery Life – What’s the use of a hiking watch if you can’t use it for a significant amount of time? Well, especially considering that hiking activities are done for hours or days, it is wise to look for battery life when purchasing hiking watches. Most smartwatches include information on the number of hours to fully consume these devices like a smartwatch, a GPS-only watch, and a GPS-with-music watch. Either way, you might not want to have your device on a low battery in the middle of nature. It is why finding the best hiking watch in terms of battery life is important.
  • Price – Sometimes, our instincts say that we should choose the best item through its price. However, a cheap price may also mean fewer features and functions for you to use. It can be the case for some of the much cheaper hiking watches as they can only provide limited data metrics and support for your hiking progress. Thus, you should also look at the price of these watches relative to the features, functions, and perks that you may be having once you buy the product.

What is the best Garmin hiking watch for beginners and experts?

The SpringBar Team recommends the Garmin Fenix 5 watch for those who will try out hiking, mountain climbing, and trekking for the first time. It may be moderately-priced and has a lower memory capacity to track significant amounts of activity data, but as a hiking watch, this will still impress beginners. With its essential hiking metrics that are available in this watch, the Fenix 5 can provide you with real-time information and data, as well as ensuring your safety and satisfaction on your very first hiking milestone.

For expert runners, the Garmin Fenix 6 watch is worthy of your attention. Similar to the other Fenix watches featured, Fenix 6 can provide excellent data tracking for navigation, ascent, and descent, weather and storm tracker, and altitude. With its built-in ClimbPro Ascent Planner, this can provide you with essential information on the grade, distance, and elevation gain on your upward trail and can make you prepared for your next big obstacle on your mountainous adventure.

Another worthy consideration is the Garmin Tactix Delta which, for us, is the ultimate hiking watch because of its rugged and waterproof build that can endure the outdoors. It even has numerous additional security features such as Night Vision, Stealth Mode, Kill Switch, and Jumpster Mode that can be useful on risky mountainous excursions. If you’re not on a tight budget and willing to spend more on its amazing features, then the Garmin Tactix Delta is definitely for expert runners like you!