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Thanks! Was in the market for a new watch after my previous watch bit the dust earlier this week, so the timing was perfect. Paid with PayPal using chase freedom for 5x points as well.
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This is a great deal, don't know why it's not getting attention.
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Hmm...the 5x is on sale for 300 on Amazon for a few more hours. Isn't that better?
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Hmm...the 5x is on sale for 300 on Amazon for a few more hours. Isn't that better?
Maybe... I honestly find the sheer volume of Garmin models to be overwhelming and confusing. I spent a lot of time trying to research the Fenix 5, and I don't know that I can say for certain which is "the best". That said, I think the model here is the "5 Plus", while the Amazon deal is for the 5x, not the "5x Plus". The 5x is bigger, so maybe it would be better than the 5 Plus in some regards. But, overall, it seems like the "plus" models have a few additional features over the non plus lineup. I think they allow music storage, have better map accuracy (something about a Galileo sensor) and offer Garmin pay. Also, I think the deal here is for the sapphire edition, which I think may be more durable than the Amazon 5x deal. I'm rough on watches, and will likely catch it on a door or chair at least once a month. Hopefully the sapphire edition will help me out in that regard.

All of that said, I eventually just gave up my researching and decided I'd jump on this deal. Even after researching, I am lost in a sea of Garmin market jargon and don't really know for sure what truly differentiates these various models. Reviews for the Fenix 5 look pretty solid in general, so it might be the case that any of them would be just fine.
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Maybe... I honestly find the sheer volume of Garmin models to be overwhelming and confusing. I spent a lot of time trying to research the Fenix 5, and I don't know that I can say for certain which is "the best". That said, I think the model here is the "5 Plus", while the Amazon deal is for the 5x, not the "5x Plus". The 5x is bigger, so maybe it would be better than the 5 Plus in some regards. But, overall, it seems like the "plus" models have a few additional features over the non plus lineup. I think they allow music storage, have better map accuracy (something about a Galileo sensor) and offer Garmin pay. Also, I think the deal here is for the sapphire edition, which I think may be more durable than the Amazon 5x deal. I'm rough on watches, and will likely catch it on a door or chair at least once a month. Hopefully the sapphire edition will help me out in that regard.

All of that said, I eventually just gave up my researching and decided I'd jump on this deal. Even after researching, I am lost in a sea of Garmin market jargon and don't really know for sure what truly differentiates these various models. Reviews for the Fenix 5 look pretty solid in general, so it might be the case that any of them would be just fine.
You have to look at each generation versus sizing. The fenix line has 3 sizes - "s", regular, and "x". The "s" is a 42mm case, the regular is a 47mm case, and the "x" is 51mm. Each size has the option for a normal glass face or a sapphire face. Spec wise the sizes do not have a feature impact outside of battery life.

Then you look at generations - you have the Fenix 5, then the Fenix 5 Plus, and newest is the Fenix 6. Each of these lines are generational changes - a 5 Plus is not the same as a 5. The 5 Plus brought in several changes over the 5 like onboard maps, Garmin Pay, music, etc. The 5X Plus also brought in a PulseOx sensor, but it doesn't exist on the other 5 Plus sizes.
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You have to look at each generation versus sizing. The fenix line has 3 sizes - "s", regular, and "x". The "s" is a 42mm case, the regular is a 47mm case, and the "x" is 51mm. Each size has the option for a normal glass face or a sapphire face. Spec wise the sizes do not have a feature impact outside of battery life.

Then you look at generations - you have the Fenix 5, then the Fenix 5 Plus, and newest is the Fenix 6. Each of these lines are generational changes - a 5 Plus is not the same as a 5. The 5 Plus brought in several changes over the 5 like onboard maps, Garmin Pay, music, etc. The 5X Plus also brought in a PulseOx sensor, but it doesn't exist on the other 5 Plus sizes.
Thanks for distilling it down into simpler terms! Do you have any insight into what "DLC" means? From my basic googling, I've gathered that this stands for "diamond like coating". That sounds like it's a good thing to me, but further googling seems to uncover a much deeper debate as to how scratch proof each coating and/or lens type is. And it doesn't seem clear as to whether stainless steel is better than the titanium with DLC. Users seem divided on the subject.

As best I can tell, the 5 Plus offered here is a sapphire edition, titanium, with DLC. It seems like this would imply it is the most durable of the Fenix 5 lineup. Is that accurate? For what it's worth, I don't care about potential resale value. I'm rough on watches and keep them until they ceae working, which I'd like to get at least 3 years of life out of it. I'm coming from a samsung active that lasted right at 3 years.
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Thanks for distilling it down into simpler terms! Do you have any insight into what "DLC" means? From my basic googling, I've gathered that this stands for "diamond like coating". That sounds like it's a good thing to me, but further googling seems to uncover a much deeper debate as to how scratch proof each coating and/or lens type is. And it doesn't seem clear as to whether stainless steel is better than the titanium with DLC. Users seem divided on the subject.

As best I can tell, the 5 Plus offered here is a sapphire edition, titanium, with DLC. It seems like this would imply it is the most durable of the Fenix 5 lineup. Is that accurate? For what it's worth, I don't care about potential resale value. I'm rough on watches and keep them until they ceae working, which I'd like to get at least 3 years of life out of it. I'm coming from a samsung active that lasted right at 3 years.
DLC is a coating that Garmin places on the stainless steel / titanium case - generally you'll see this in a black or dark gray model, but it just adds some extra strength/scratch resistance to the case, not the screen/glass. But you are correct in thinking that this is the most durable model Garmin makes. Titanium is stronger/lighter than stainless steel, so there is a weight benefit to the titanium model. From a scratch resistance standpoint, I don't think there will be much of a difference between the 2 though with the DLC coatings since it's usually the coating that gets scratched/scuffed.

I definitely recommend the sapphire (which is on this model) if you wear the watch on the regular. I have a 5s Plus that does not have a sapphire face and I have a nice "U" shaped scratch that I am not really sure where it came from (I wear mine all the time so it could have come from anywhere)...if you don't get a sapphire face, a screen protector makes sense.
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This seems like a pretty decent deal. I am curious however if we will see even better deals in the coming weeks leading into Black Friday. I'm sure we haven't seen the best yet. I'm going to hold off.
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In for 2. My wife and I thank you OP.
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Was waiting for the Sam's Club deal for $329, but this is better mainly because no tax, but the titanium band is actually a $50 premium normally. Thanks for the post. Got one.
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Ordered one! I was waiting for the deal in Sam's but realized that this a better deal:
1) This is DLC/Titanium (which is usually $50 more)
2) This has no tax!

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Ordered one! I was waiting for the deal in Sam's but realized that this a better deal:
1) This is DLC/Titanium (which is usually $50 more)
2) This has no tax!
Can also pay with PayPal on this site, which yielded additional bonus points through my chase freedom card.
Chase freedom credit card is currently offering 5x points with PayPal purchases, which can be worth another 5% to 10% off, depending on how you use your chase ultimate rewards points.
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Thanks OP, wanted to hold out for the rest of the deals to drop today - checked those offerings, and they're not as good. Ordered.
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Great deal for a great watch! Looking forward to receiving mine tomorrow!
Use Promo Code RECOVERNOW for an additional $17.49 off for a total price of $332.50 and Free Shipping

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@johnesc and other that have ordered this deal: Did you receive your Fenix? Everything as expected? I don't know this seller, so want to ensure these are new goods, etc. Thanks for the info.
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