Mens Sports Watches – Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire Review – The watch for all Situations

Garmin_Fenix_5_Sapphire_UFC_Athlete_MMA_MMAGateway_review Mens Sports WatchesProduct: Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire GPS Multisport Smartwatch

Price: Have a look right HERE

Best place to buy: Amazon.com

Colour: Black/Matte Black

Sizes: one size fits all

Boxed-product Weight: 440 g

Material: Stainless Steel reinforced polymer case and band, scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal.

Shipping: Free UK Delivery/ for all other countries shipping varies from £1.99-£4.75

Guarantee: Standard 30 days returns policy

My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Product Overview

Garmin_Fenix_5_Sapphire_UFC_Athlete_MMA_MMAGateway review Mens Sports WatchesIn the world of MMA things can get chaotic and all your equipment needs to be durable and supportive to help you reach your training goals which will crossover into the fight.

No matter what combat or high octane sport your doing you need to find out what are the best Mens Sports Watches – today we look at the Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire GPS Multisport Smartwatch.

Now obviously when I’m sparring or rolling I don’t like to wear any watches and you really shouldn’t for training partner safety, but at points during training regimes I need a watch to time myself, track my heart rate, my movements, keep me on track when I’m running on the track, the road, or in the woods and mountains.

But no matter what watch I’m wearing during training regimes, I also want to know that its going to durable enough to handle the most forceful of impacts – if I throw it off a mountain, or a car runs over it, I want to know that it wont break in these worst of scenarios.

You get all these benefits with the Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire.

This video will show you this watch up close and personal –

My favourite parts of this watch

  1. Style man – I mean seriously this watch has to be the best multi purpose watches on the market, and one of the stand out points are how cool the watch itself looks. You can wear this watch while your working out anywhere, but you can also wear it with a nice suit out to a classy meal with your wife, or while your wearing causal smart clothes for a party night with your friends. As I have pointed out with other reviews before, don’t underestimate the power of a piece of equipment that looks really cool, because it will give you a motivational and confidence boost while your training!Garmin_Fenix_5_Sapphire_UFC_Athlete_MMA_MMAGateway_review Mens Sports Watches
  2. It cannot be scratched! Look bottom line if your a high octane trainer like me, meaning someone who can find themselves rolling around on matts in a gym, to climbing mountains then you need to know your watch is built to handle that – doesn’t matter if your a fighter, a triathlete or any high octane athlete, the scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal watch face on this Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire GPS Multisport Smartwatch gives you what you need.Because I’m serious you will not be able to scratch this watch! To give you an example, I slipped when I was rock climbing while wearing this watch, I dropped a good 10ft, watch face was scrapping along the rocks on the way down, but when I looked at it – nothing not even a little scratch line. I also took a really sharp knife to it onetime just to be sure, and again not a single mark!
  3. Just so many functions – now I’m not going to go into all of the functions here because there is so many, but that in and of itself is a huge part of the strength. Don’t worry I will list all these functions in the pros and cons section below, but Heart rate monitor, sleep monitor, calorie intake monitor, GPS, Wifi, connectivity with your phone, ridiculous battery length are just a few to mention!

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  • Stainless Steel/Reinforced Polymer case and band is so durable that you could throw it off a mountain or run over it with a car and it would still be functional.Garmin_Fenix_5_Sapphire_UFC_Athlete_MMA MMAGateway review Mens Sports Watches
  • Watch is fully water resistant up to 100 meters, meaning you can operate it under water, or generally just not worry about taking it off around water, which is crucial if swimming and underwater drills are part of your training regimes.
  • The scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal display watch face means you don’t have to worry about accumulating those annoying scratches you can get on weak watches when your a high octane multi terrain athlete.
  • Built in heart rate monitor means you can keep a close eye on how hard you are working so you can increase or decrease your workout accordingly with this accurate monitor.
  • The built in GPS functionality just means you never will get lost, you will always know if your heading north or south, what the name of the area/roads your on, a type of satellite navigation and of course extensive maps that can be synced through this GPS, there is also a gyroscope to assist the GPS.
  •  You have the ability to track multiple sports and activities straight from the watch, which again is another handy function!Garmin_Fenix_5_Sapphire_UFC_Athlete_MMA_MMAGateway_review_Mens_Sports Watches
  • For running it tracks – distance, timing, route, pace/speed, lap info, stride length, oscillation, vertical ratio, ground contact time, GCT Balance and cadence. This is also the case with each sport setting on the watch having multiple similar options.
  • Syncs via USB or bluetooth to various Garmin apps.
  • The has a Wifi functionality on this model, and the watch can be synced with your phone to deliver phone notifications to your watch directly!
  • Much smaller then the Fenix 3 and the Fenix Fx versions.
  • Battery can last up to 2 weeks in between charges! as well as having advanced battery saving options.
  • You can interchange between different bands! This means you can literally tailor the watch for any situation.
  • A watch for all situations!


  • Only certain models (the most expensive ones like the one we are reviewing) will track your heart rate while your swimming, for other models you will have to switch off the heart rate monitor before swimming.
  • Its not cheap, so even if you go for the most basic Garmin Fenix 5 it will still cost a solid price, so make sure you have plenty of funds available before ordering!
  • The trail running lap info is not the most accurate in the industry.

Style and function for any situation!

Garmin_Fenix_5_Sapphire_UFC_Athlete_MMA_MMAGateway_review Mens Sports WatchesSo ultimately this Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire GPS Multisport Smartwatch is an amazing watch from all aspects. So whether your looking for a watch for intense athletic endeavours, or just a watch for everyday life, then this watch is the one for you!

Now if your smart then you have already read enough, and you now just need to get this watch.

That’s all for today, but stay tuned for more Mens Sports Watches for MMA training or any sport training right here at the MMAGateway.

Also don’t forget to leave a comment or a question if you have any feedback, because that always helps out and I will get back to you asap.

See you next time!


Marley Dawkins


  1. The way the garmin fenix 5 sapphire’s matte black colour looks matches with so many different work suites I have! The fact that it’s hard to scratch gives me a great feeling as I have been clumsy before with my watch. The cost is worth it if it has style, gps, water -resistance and damage resistant. Such a beautiful piece of tech on the wrist. I agree with your great review I will save up but man what a great present especially with the holidays coming up.

    • Hey Akeem, exactly you can tell that the Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire goes with ALOT of outfits! This along with its versatility and durability make it by far one of the best watches for an athlete to have at all times.

      Like you say the cost is worth it when you getting quality, and i agree this would make a great present at anytime of the year!

      If your looking for another good present option, then you should try these.

      Thanks for your support! 

  2. Aloha Marley! The Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire looks like the perfect watch. I am a personal trainer in Hawaii, and break my watches on almost a monthly basis. I never knew Garmin made such a versatile and nearly indestructible watch. Two questions for you:

    (1) Does this watch or any other watch you are aware of measure HRV (Heart Rate Variability)? I use this metric on myself and clients to asses recovery levels. I checked the website and it appears to have a recovery score, but I’m not sure what measurement that is based on.

    (2) Can this watch go into airplane mode? I get slightly concerned with high-tech watches that send off signals 24/7 so close to the body. I’ve only found a couple fitness devices that have the airplane mode option, but I hope it becomes more of a trend.

    Thanks for your time!

    • Hi Bryce, as a personal trainer this watch really could be the solution to all your breakage issues with previous watches.

      in answer to your questions –

      1 – Yes it does, but you have to use the Garmin chest heart rate monitor, before you can view your heart rate variability. If you get the top Fenix 5 like i have reviewed today, then your heart rate monitor should be included, if you get a slightly cheaper Fenix 5, then you will have to pay to get an official Garmin chest heart rate monitor.

      2 – Yes you simply go to Settings/Bluetooth/Status = off, or in activity tracker go to sleep mode.

      Hope this has helped, also as a personal trainer do you use protein like this.

      See you soon!

  3. This watch is so advanced I’m a bit old school and I use to box. But the more and more I grow into the sport I see that technology is also shaping the sports world just as it did with us humans.

    This watch can track heart rate and It has a built in GPS. Wow that is unheard of. I will defiantly put one of these on my wish list.

    • Hi James, yeah spot on bro, technology really is becoming more important for all sports and like you say is even shaping sports like it does with humanity in general.

      Yes the heart rate monitor and the GPS are two big pluses with this watch, so yeah put it on the xmas wish list! And get Santa to come here and place the order for you! lol

      Also if you want some quality headgear if you wana get back into boxing then look at this post.

      Thanks for your feedback!

  4. Wow what an amazing watch. I never knew that this was possible. So many features it’s awesome. Built in heart rate monitor are you kidding me? GPS? What is this world coming too.
    I’m a runner and this watch seems like the real deal. I need something to track my time and distance. I just use a app on my phone but that is always to bulky to carry around.
    Just a quick question. Does it only come in one color? Or are there multiple colors to choose from?

    • Hi Horst, exactly bottom line this Garmin Fenix 5 watch is just amazing – so many functions and for a runner this watch literally has everything you need to keep track of while your running.

      In answer to your question, you can get different colour watch straps direct from the Garmin website, but i believe the watch itself only comes in Black.

      If your a keen runner, have you got yourself a good treadmill for indoor use for the tough weather conditions?

      Thanks for stopping in bro!

  5. Hi, Marley,
    Wow, I am impressed by this beautiful watch!
    I was just looking for a great gift for my husbands birthday, and I think I’ve found it! Not long ago my husband started to do some jogging around the block, and it would be nice for him to be able to track the distance and the timing! And if the watch is unscratchable, then it is more than perfect:)
    Is this watch available in other colors? Also, is this watch only for men?
    Thak you for this excellent article!

    • Hi Daniella, nice to hear from you again! Glad you like the watch it is rather awesome, and trust me for a guy i don’t think you can buy a better present, a top quality watch is always a big deal for any guy, especially if he is training of any type! 🙂

      Well you can only get the watch itself in a few colours which is either Black/Matte black or a more Silver coloured option. But as far as the watch straps go, you can buy additional straps in any colour you like!

      No really this Garmin Fenix 5 watch is more popular with men, it is a unisex option i would say, however stay tuned because i will be reviewing a top quality female option very soon!

      If your husbands getting big into running right now you should also show this to him for the days when he cant get out, or needs lower impact training.

      See you again!


  6. Hey Marley

    This Garmin sports watch does seem to be everything an active person would wish though it is quite expensive. I am not sure if I was ready to spend this amount of money on the watch. My husband is a runner and he has used Mio watch (it was not so advanced though) and it also didn’t last long. But could you advise anything cheaper than this Garmin watch but still good for running?

    • Hi Arta, yes this Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire watch is easily one of the best in the industry for athletes, but your right its not cheap, this option while designed for women is still a unisex option which is a few hundred cheaper then this Fenix 5.

      See you again soon! 

  7. My brother has the apple watch. You know I am going to show this to him! The Garmin Fenix 5 looks sleek and stylish. I love how it looks like a normal citizen or seiko watch. You have great taste sir! The tracking features on the watch can track anything! Did you come across the watch to be faulty? I know sometimes my brother complains about his watch but I said thats what you get for buying an apple product haha! The video gives a good description of what the watch entails. More users need to know this!

    • Hi Jonathan, yes if your brother has an Apple watch, then knowing how some Apple products can be, you should definitely show him this Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire, because to my mind its the best all purpose watch a guy can get on the market right now!

      Like you say its sleek and stylish comes off like a classy Seiko or Citizen watch, but no i have never had any major issues with this watch, only what i mentioned in the Cons section.

      If you’ve got a partner that’s into training of any kind then you should show her this watch.

      Thanks for your feedback bro!

  8. Love this watch ! Sturdy, studly and ideal for the “Man’s man !” I guess “takes a licking and keeps on ticking” was already taken, otherwise this watch surely lives up to that credo. Great Review and you listed the best parts about the Garmin Fenix 5 and worth every penny !

    • Hey Rico, yeah your right this watch really is a watch for a mans man. It really is a great piece of kit which will stay with you through any activity!

      If your getting into training bro then you should also check out this for all kinds of training.

      See you again!

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