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Time Tested Gear: Garmin fenix 2 Multisport GPS Watch

time-tested-gear-garmin-fenix-2Field Test: I used the new fenix 2 as a training watch paired with a heart rate monitor while Nordic skiing this past spring, and as a navigational tool in the backcountry—on skis and foot.

Why It’s Timeless: Extreme versatility. It’s not as functional as my touch-screen GPS-enabled bike computer (also a Garmin), but for running and Nordic skiing it’s all I’d ever carry. In fact, I never bothered to track those efforts before the fenix. As a navigational tool, here too, the watch isn’t as easy (the text and the buttons are smaller) and intuitive as a larger handheld device, but when paired with a physical map and a backup compass, it works for most outings. It’s smartly reverts to a simple timepiece when activities are done, saving the USB rechargeable battery. $400; garmin.com —Marc Peruzzi

From the Early Summer 2014 issue. See more Time Tested Gear.

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