I've been hemming and hawing over replacing a couple pieces of my long serving navigation gear. I have a Momentum VS-1 watch that needs some minor repairs, but I'd like another ABC style watch as well. My old Garmin 60 gps is pre high-sensitivity chips and though it works okay, has poor reception and accuracy compared to newer units.
I don't need a big fancy colour screen on my gps. I used a fancy unit this winter (borrowed) and found I still used the paper map. Even on larger screens, I just can't read them that well, and I hate seeing such a tiny portion of the map. Maybe it's because I learned to read a topo map about 40 years ago and I'm stubborn or whatever, but I need the bigger picture.
Enter the Garmin fenix:
This appears to be what I am looking for. An ABC watch with built in gps. The name is stupid (lower case f?) but the specs look damned impressive. I wouldn't consider a rechargeable anything, but this last year we've come up with some light and effective ways to recharge devices in the field.
A few features that stand out are the number of tracking points and waypoints. Also, it has track-back, a feature I use frequently. It also has lots of training features that I can use at home. The remote temperature sensor that links through ANT appears to be super-cool. I find the temperature sensor a waste for the most part on watches as it just gives you the temperature of the micro-climate around your wrist. It also has a vibration alarm, which might help with alpine starts. Garmin's 3-axis compass is awesome. Sure, I'll have an old magnetic compass in my pack somewhere, but these new electronic units are great.
The best part? It's not made by Sunnto. They have their own version, the Ambit, but it's lacking in some of the GPS features (small storage and no trackback) and it's more money to boot. Also, I have has terrible luck with Suunto watches, and I'm not keen to buy another.
My Garmin 305, on the other hand, and all the various handhelds I've had, have worked very reliably.