Hiking with fēnix 3 and the Connect IQ Store



Are you interested in utilizing one of the newest and most beneficial outdoor tools for your next hiking expedition? It’s possible with the Garmin fēnix 3 smart watch and the fast growing Connect IQ Store. The fēnix 3 is our rugged, capable and smart multisport training GPS watch, with feature sets for fitness training plus feature sets for outdoor navigation. With the Connect IQ Store you can get the most out of your fēnix 3 by downloading custom watch faces, apps, data fields, and widgets for outdoor activities like hiking.

Losing your bearings and getting lost while on a hike can be a worst-case scenario for most people. Download the Garmin Distance to Start data field and you will never have to worry about that. Distance to Start allows you to set and save remote geographic positions on your fēnix 3, which can later be used for navigation if needed. This small data field will help you find your way back to your starting point by continuously showing three pieces of information: the distance to your starting point, the heading to the starting point, and an arrow guiding you in the right direction.

Have you experienced moments when you need to know how much sunlight you have left in the day? Start your next hiking trip off right with the Sunrise/Sunset Widget. This widget features accurate sunrise/sunset time calculation without active GPS or phone connection and has an easy to read digital display of the time remaining to your next sunrise and sunset. Store your GPS location once and calculate your sunrise and sunset times using your saved coordinates.


Have you ever been on your way up a mountain and questioned how high you were? Download the USGS Elevation data field and use your current GPS position to query the U.S. Geological Survey's National Elevation Database for your current elevation. This data can be used to manually calibrate your altimeter before or during a hike and is generally pretty accurate.

There’s an exclusive variety of watch faces, apps, data fields, and widgets to choose from on the Connect IQ Store and its rapidly growing every day. Our only hope is that with the information provided you will be more acquainted with your fēnix 3 and prepared to head out on the trails with confidence and plenty of reassurance.


Interested in building something with us? Connect IQ is our first-ever open platform for third-party developers to create apps for our products. Get the Connect IQ SDK now to start building apps for our wearable devices. Don’t forget to share your adventures with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and use hashtag #ConnectIQ.

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