In this review paper, the fenix6X purchased the other day, while intermingling the actual feeling of use based on climbing and hiking, was compared with other models that are likely to be candidates for functions, comfort, operation methods, and candidates. We will review the tips and know-how of comparison, usage, etc., and introduce them in detail into the first part, the second part, and the second part.
There aren't many blog posts in the fenix 6 series that provide close-ups and manual explanations on the fenix 6X, so I hope you'll be able to create images when considering purchasing and refer to the operation method after purchasing. This is a paper level if it is based on the number of characters rather than a blog post, but it has been made readable.
There is considerable volume because the flow of the story is connected throughout. Use the table of contents as needed. The table of contents includes the first part, the second part, and the third part.
table of contents
[Review article first part] GARMIN GPS watch fenix 6X Function usage detailed review and deciding factor of purchase
[Review article second part] GARMIN GPS watch fenix 6X Climbing map navigation complete manual
Maps and navigation
・ If you only use the trace log of GPS, you will not find GARMIN.
・ Navigation about navigation once.
・ Preparation for navigation by climbing (fenix6X and handy GPS)
・ How to use in actual mountain climbing (until departure)
・ How to use in actual mountain climbing (after departure)
Maps and navigation
If you only use the trace log of GPS, you will not find GARMIN.
GARMIN, as you all know,One of the first manufacturers to talk about GPS equipment manufacturers used in mountain climbing and outdoor scenesis. I think many people use GARMIN's handy GPS, which boasts a great sense of trust, for mountain climbing and mountain work.
It is such a GARMIN, but how many people are using the navigation function?.
"It's not a car navigation, you can't navigate to a mountain trail."
"Speaking of navigation, it just shows the distance and direction to the destination."
"It is enough to trace the track data downloaded in advance."
I think that there are quite a lot of people who think so.
To conclude with the conclusion, you can navigate on mountain trails, and you can also show the distance of the actual walking route instead of the straight line distance and direction. It's an equal, how long you need to walk to your destination (eg a mountaintop or hut)Being able to know the remaining distanceIt is also.
I used to work in the mountainous area, but only a few of my colleagues who are used to these devices know what kind of navigation is available.
Let's organize navigation once.
In the case of car navigation, you set a destination and have them guide you to that point, but basically you do not care much where you go (set a waypoint or use a toll road You can also specify whether or not).
For it,In the case of mountain climbing, it is decided beforehand which mountain road to walk, which point to go to which destination at the stage of planning a mountain climbing plan.
Here is the decisive difference between the two. In other words, the navigation used for mountain climbing should be "at least which way", "which point", "destination".
It can be realized with the navigation function of GARMIN. Of course, even with fenix6X.
If you are using GARMIN handy GPS,Waypoint(Point) andTrackI think many people know the concept of (trajectory).
Applying the above explanation, waypoints are "what points" and tracks are "what roads".
If you have at least a truck, at least if you are careful where you are and you are not walking off the track, the navigation function will feel unnecessary, so if you have a smartphone and a mountain climbing application, it is enough I think that may be it.
As an aside, the model introduced below is GARMIN's"INSTINCT". In the 3 yen range, it boasts outstanding cost performance compared to mountaineering watches made by other companies.
The biggest difference compared with fenix6X,Whether you can see the map on the clock. The liquid crystal is also monochrome.
Features that are not in "INSTINCT" include PacePro function, golf course function, safety (automatic notification) function, music function, payment function, ConnectIQ store, etc.Somewhat unsatisfactory if there is a possibility of doing other activities including daily use smart watch, run and golf etc.I think.
INSTINCT also checked for a while. But, as mentioned at the beginning,The new GPS watch demands GARMIN's handy GPS level performance., At that time was dismissed.
In addition, this is a big difference in price, so there is no other way to differentiate it, but this is the only difference to check.  Is "fenix6X" and () is "INSTINCT".
Case material: [Diamond-like carbon (DLC) coated stainless steel] (Fiber reinforced polymer)
Lens material: [Sapphire crystal] (Chemically strengthened glass)
battery:【Smart watch up to 21 days] (Up to 14 days), [Up to 60 hours when climbing (at all times using GPS)] (Up to 14 hours)
Built-in memory: [32GB] (16GB)
Is it around?
Among the comparisons above, what I could not compromise especially was
・ Lens material: The strength of sapphire crystal is completely different from that of gorilla glass, which is synonymous with tempered glass. The difference when compared with chemically strengthened glass is more. The scratch resistance of the glass is important for climbing. In fact, this also led to not choosing the fenix6X solar model this time. That said, the solar model seems to use its own glass (Power Glass), and it is not described as gorilla glass or sapphire crystal. I was a little worried about this, so this time I stopped using the solar model.
-Battery: GPS mode up to 60 hours when climbing is amazing. If you use the whole day during mountain climbing, it is expected to last for at least 4 days. This is not a comparison, as we often do long runs.In practical use, 14 hours is about 1 day, considering the remaining battery power. This also affects the size of your mobile battery.
If you can clear the points around that, there is no problem with "INSTINCT" at all. If you refer.
Return the story.If you are reading this article, you are probably interested in the brand and product GARMIN, and you should be interested in the highest model, "fenix6X (including solar model)" .
I hope that you can use the navigation function. It is wonderful to see the mountain climbing map "" Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu "map" on the watch, but it is very useless not to use this function.
I guess there are many different things you need for GPS, navigation features, and how to use it during mountain climbing, but I will introduce my usage for reference.
Preparation for navigation by climbing (fenix6X or handy GPS)
1. Make a mountain climbing plan to determine which road to use, where to go, and how far to go that day. at this pointIt is recommended to use "" Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu "map".
2. When making a plan, calculate the estimated time of passage for each point you plan to pass from the course time so that you can know it later."YamapuraIs convenient because it automatically calculates.
(The picture is from Yamareko's Yamapla page)
3. On the PCBaseCampLaunch the app and display the map recorded on the GPS. Handy GPS andIf you connect fenix6X to PC, the built-in map (" Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu " map based topographic map) will be displayed.
4. Create a start point, a destination, and a waypoint on the "BaseCamp" map. At that timeThe waypoint location should be set to the same location as the "" Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu "map" (important).
Starting BaseCamp, connecting fenix6X to Mac and displaying the built-in "" Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu "map". The area around Mt. Tsurugidake is displayed.
Mt. Tsurugidake with waypoints set. You can freely edit names, icons, comments, etc.
Similarly, a waypoint was set in Mae Tsurugi.
5. Route creation functionUse to create a route by connecting waypoints in the order you walk.
A route from Mt. Tsurugisan Villa to Mt. Tsurugidake has been created. As you click on the waypoints, the route is automatically drawn along the trail in this way.
6. Give the route you created a name that makes sense to you (in this example, "Mt. Tsurugisan-so-Mt. Tsurugidake").
Departure date and arrival date and time are displayed in the displayed waypoints, but this part is not used, so there is no need to set anything.
7. Send the created waypoint and route to the connected GPS (such as Handy GPS or fenix6X).
The general procedure is like this. Make this preparation once your climbing plan is decided.
How to use in actual mountain climbing (until departure)
1. When you arrive at the starting point, select a pre-made walking route such as "Mt. Tsurugisan-so-Mt. Tsurugidake" from the GPS route (course) menu. The photo is walking the other day, selecting a route from Chichibu Railway Minano Station to Mt. Happu.
2. GPS positioning starts.
3. Navigation starts when route calculation and positioning are completed.
4. On the GPS map screen, the way to walk is colored and the waypoints are displayed.
5. The actual walking distance and name to the next waypoint can also be displayed.
6. Look at the course time of the "" Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu "map" (the magnification is your own) and check when you will pass the next point.
How to use in actual mountain climbing (after departure)
1. Walk while checking the remaining distance to the next waypoint displayed on the GPS and the estimated passing time calculated in advance from time to time.
2. In the above route example, the distance to that place such as "Mae Tsurugi 1.1km" or "Mt. Tsurugidake 876m" will be displayed according to the current location.. The walking road is also colored.
3. When approaching the waypoint, you will be notified by alarm sound and vibration.You can be careful in advance if there is a branch(Because sometimes the map and actual points are slightly off.)
4. When you arrive at the waypoint, compare the current time with the estimated time of passage to determine if the pace is fast or slow.
5. Similarly to the next waypoint! I will repeat this.
6. Arrival at destination!
The advantage of this navigation method isNearly accurate distance to the next point or destination can be checked from anywhereis. It is very useful for deciding whether to arrive earlier or later than the scheduled time. Unlike a car navigation system, the "right ahead" and other such parts are not very important. The display comes out properly.
The important point is thatThe point of "" Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu "map" and GPS waypoint should be in the same placeis. This allows you to associate navigation with course time.
At the beginning of this article, we talked about the pre-recorded "" Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu "map in fenix6X, which is very convenient for using this method.
In other words, A base map based on "" Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu "map is displayed in" BaseCamp ". Set a waypoint at the same location as" "Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu" map " Ultimately easy to goWhat is it? Just click on the point that is displayed.
The photo below shows the paper "の" Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu "map (Tsurugu Tateyama) in the same area. You can see that the information on the paper map is also included in fenix6X.
If this is another map, it will be set based on the shape of the road and the terrain, and it will be around this point, but this is quite difficult, and if there are many passing points it will be a job.
How important the recorded map is when using it in the mountains, It was a simple example, but you could understand. Here is the decisive difference from SUUNTO and Protrek smart watches.
In addition to "" Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu "map, fenix6X includes road maps, information on 41,000 golf courses in Japan and overseas, and data on about 2,000 ski resorts around the world (ski course names) And the difficulty level can be checked).
By the way, the map based on "" Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu "map" is from GARMIN to "Japan Mountaineering Topographic Map (TOPO10MPlusV4)Is sold separately for ¥17,000 (tax not included), but the map version is V4,
Pre-built in fenix6X uses newer V5.
Compatibility problem between fenix6X and "BaseCamp"
I explained navigation in the previous chapter,In fact, if you try to do it with fenix6X, you need to devise.
As I mentioned earlier, for example, the nature of the activity is different between running and mountain climbing in the first place. As a result, apps and web services such as "BaseCamp", "Connect", and "Explore" suitable for each activity management were created individually,The fenix6X only claims to be multisport compatible and supports all three.
However, there are situations where it is difficult to use them properly.
What's more complicated is thatTerms not used in each app or service.
"BaseCamp" is "route" and "waypoint", and "Connect" is "course" and "course point".
In addition to the familiar GPX file, the file format involvedTCX,FITThere is a file format, which adds further complexity. The differences are easy to understand on this page.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COURSE AND A ROUTE?
(What is the difference between a course and a route?)
If you have a handy GPS, simply send your waypoints and routes to the handy GPS connected to your PC using "BaseCamp" and you're ready to go.
Just select the route created from the handy GPS menu and the navigation will be performed as described above.fenix6X supports "BaseCamp"So I thought that the same procedure was fine.
But it does not work as expected.
Even if you send the same data to fenix6X using BaseCamp on PC,"Route" is converted to "Track" for some reason. Moreover,Track data simply connecting waypoint points in a straight line.
There is no waypoint information on this truck, so the next point is the distance and how many kilometers you can't navigate. If the product does not support the route guidance function, the "route" function cannot be used, but the fenix6X has a route guidance function.
After various investigations, you can exchange information in the form of bulletin board on the official GARMIN website in the United StatesforumIf you take a look, there is something wrong with this story. Isn't it a bug? Some topics have already been raised. For example, BaseCamp doesn't come to mind or some information isn't displayed.
Below is the official GARMIN forum. I picked up some of the threads that talked about this.
fēnix 6 series – Wearables – Garmin Forums
(Fenix6 series GARMIN official forum)
Hiking, how to show distance to next waypoint?
(How do I display the distance to the next waypoint when hiking?)
“Next Waypoint” and “Distance to Next” showing distance to next TURN
("Next waypoint" and "next distance" indicating the distance to the next turn)
Courses and Waypoints
(Courses and waypoints)
No Turn by Turn Notifications when hiking (walking activity)
(No turn-by-turn notification when hiking (walking activity))
Navigating a route created by Garmin Explore with turn by turn.
(Navigate the routes created by Garmin Explore on a turn-by-turn basis.)
This forum was very helpful because users can exchange opinions directly with each other, so there is a lot of information and the freshness is high. Check out the forum for the previous model, the "fenix5 series".
Explanation on GARMIN's official support pageGPX file and FIT file show different data in same activity"according to,
Some Garmin devices can record track data simultaneously in both GPX and FIT file formats.
These file formats are designed for specific uses and each has its own strengths.
Note that comparing two formats to record data separately may result in slightly different data being displayed for the same activity.
For best information, use the Garmin BaseCamp app when viewing GPX files, and use Garmin Connect when viewing FIT files.
The fenix6X is exactly this "some Garmin devices".
For handy GPS, it is sufficient to handle mainly GPX files, but in the case of fenix6X, since this FIT file also gets involved, which one is best to use when climbing? Rather, the explanation of GARMIN itself is confusing, and it has not been determined which is the best way to get the best information for each activity.
Fatal weakness of "Connect"
On the other hand, "Connect", it is easy to create a course from the "Training" menu,Lines are automatically shaped along the road. The screenshot below shows a route from Otemachi to the Imperial Palace in a counterclockwise direction. A line is drawn just by popping on the map.
If you use course points, it is also possible to set waypoints along the way. In the screenshot above, course points are set at Chidorigafuchi.
The course made with "Connect" will be displayed along with the name and distance of the next course point during navigation with fenix6X.
However,"Connect" has a fatal weakness if it is used for climbing and hiking.
It is a map. "Connect" can be used on smartphone applications and on the web, but the maps that can be used are limited to Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, and HERE maps prepared in advance.Even if there is a detailed climbing map based on "Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu" map in fenix6X, it cannot be usedTranslation.
To make navigation as described aboveIt is necessary to register points on the wayHowever, in order to do this, it is necessary to set a place that looks like the same point on those maps such as Google map while looking at the paper "" Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu "map" Become. If this is enough, it will only take time, but the biggest wall when creating a climbing route with “Connect” isThe point that not all mountain trails are listed in GoogleMap and those maps.
The example below is a Google map around the Mt. Tsurugidake mentioned earlier. Mt. Tsurugidake is barely visible, but has little information, including the trail.
In the first place, if there is no road, you can not automatically draw a line.
If you don't have a road, you can create a crisp course manually, but the distance between points will be very different from the actual distance on the road.
In the case of OpenStreetMap, mountain trails are also published to some extent, but they do not reach the Geographical Survey Institute topographic map or "Yama-To-Kogen-Chizu" map. so,There is also a wall hereAnd you try to switch to this map,
Courses created in OpenStreetMap are public and can be viewed and used by all Garmin Connect communities.
OpenStreetMap is open source map data. All data is available anonymously and the data is open to the public. No personal information is shared. You and other users can download this Garmin Connect course.
Will be displayed. To use this mapCourse must be publishedIt becomes a translation. There is no indication of a mountain hut or the like that is necessary when using it for mountain climbing, so you do not feel the need to use it up to that point.
There is a way to import a GPX file or TCX file containing a track that traces the mountain trail that can be downloaded on mountain climbing related sites etc. to Connect,Tracks are imported as courses, but course points must be set manually.
The map displayed when setting manually is a map with a small amount of information, so it is delicate whether you can set the point at an accurate position without dropping the point due to contour lines and the way the road turns. If you can do it in an approximate position, you don't need to navigate this way in the first place.
For this reason, Connect is not a good way to prepare for GPS navigation when climbing or hiking.
In the first place, when creating a mountaineering or hiking course from the "Training" menu, it does not seem verbal enough.
How to perform route navigation to destination via multiple points with fenix6X?
How to perform route navigation to destination via multiple points with GARMIN fenix6X?
In this area, I will organize various things.
What you want to achieve
-Navigation from point A to point D via points B and C (the number of via points is free)
-During navigation, you want to display the distance and name to the final destination (point D) and the next point (points B and C)
・ Because there is a possibility that the service will end suddenly, I would like to avoid using external services that are not provided by GARMIN directly and are not apps.
Looking at "BaseCamp" and "Connect" together
・ The terms and concepts of “BaseCamp” and “Connect” are different, and even if they are used for the same purpose of designing a route course, the operation of fenix6X is not necessarily the same.
・ Can I use a map for mountain climbing? "BaseCamp" → usable, "Connect" → not usable
-Is there a concept of root? “BaseCamp” → Yes, “Connect” → No
・ Can you create and manage data on the web or on a smartphone app? "BaseCamp" → not possible, "Connect" → possible
・ Can I automatically draw a line along the road? "BaseCamp" → possible, "Connect" → possible, but the key mountain trail is not listed
・ What does route calculation mean? : A line is automatically drawn along a road that passes a designated point (waypoint / course point).
-"Connect" course points can only be used on that course only, and cannot be reused like "BaseCamp" waypoints. Course points need to be set each time a course is created.
-In the case of a course, although the course name can be set, there is no concept of setting the departure place name and the destination name.
The behavior of fenix6X is
・ If it is a point-to-point navigation that only sets the destination from the current position, without using “BaseCamp” or “Connect”, just operate the clock itself, the road, the destination name, the actual remaining distance on the map Can be displayed.
-Even if multiple points (waypoints) are set and imported to fenix6X as a route, it will be converted to a course and the display will only be connected with straight lines. The remaining distance in a straight line distance is displayed.
-You can select the mode of "course priority" and "map priority" in "setting" → "routing" → "course" of fenix6X. Course priority only displays a straight line.In map priority, the road is shown and it is not a straight line, but it does not necessarily follow the course you want to pass.
-Even if a course is created on the fenix6X without using an app, the navigation operation does not work as expected. (Firmware V5.1)
To summarize so far
・ If the fenix6X is a FIT file, it can recognize the order of course and points as a set. Recognize individual tracks and points by using GPX files.
・ It seems to be good to create a route with "BaseCamp" and import the FIT file to fenix6X.
・ FIT file cannot be created with “BaseCamp”. GPX files and TCX files can be created.
・ If it is, I hope it can convert GPX or TCX files to FIT files recognized by fenix6X.
・ However, not all FIT files are recognized by fenix6X, and there are some similarities depending on the contents of FIT files.
It looks like this.
Results of trial and error based on the above
1. Create waypoints and routes in BaseCamp. Create a track from the created route. Keep these in one list.
2. Export the list created earlier with “BaseCamp” as a GPX file (①).
3. Send the waypoint created earlier with “BaseCamp” to the connected fenix6X.
4. "JaVaWa RTWtool"Using (external software), select the waypoint and track of the file, and convert to TCX file (②). At that time, the track is set to the course (uncheck “Add course points”), and the waypoints are set to be converted to course points.
5. "CourseTCX2FIT"Using (external software), convert the file to a FIT file (③).
6. ③ File fenix6X"NewFiles" folderPut in. For Mac"Android File Transfer"Can be used.
With this series of work, a course that works as a waypoint and a route is created in fenix6X, and the navigation you want to achieve can be used.
Each process such as output and conversion of work procedure is completed in a moment, so if you get used to it, this work itself may not feel particularly troublesome.
As a precaution
-Without a PC, "BaseCamp", "JaVaWa RTWtool", and "CourseTCX2FIT" cannot be used.
-"JaVaWa RTWtool" and "CourseTCX2FIT" are a bit old software, so it doesn't always work properly on Mac or Windows.
-"JaVaWa RTWtool" can be directly converted to FIT, but in that case, the characters after the 4th full-width character of the point name will be garbled. Use "CourseTCX2FIT" to avoid it.
-Since there are various GPS file conversion services and applications, there are likely other conversion methods from GPX to FIT.
・ When the firmware of fenix6X is upgraded, this method is not always usable.
・ In activity data management, the complete transition from “BaseCamp” to “Connect” for mountain climbing and hiking may be still premature.
Is it really this complicated to import Routes / Courses? C'mon Garmin!
(Is it really complicated to import routes / courses? Hey, GARMIN!)
Question on a couple Data Fields
(Question about some data fields)
I researched the course point function of Garmin Connect (second half)
FIT File Tools
Export user data from BaseCamp or HomePort
Well, in the first place, fenix6X created with "BaseCamp"A story that only needs to recognize "route" as "route" or "course" normallySo, it seems that everything will be easily resolved by future firmware upgrade. Somehow, the current firmware (V5.1) has a feeling of trouble.
The above story is only for knowing how to use the navigation function of fenix6X for mountain climbing and hiking, so if you use run or golf, there is no problem if you use "Connect".
The best answer to what Toleran should do is not immediately obvious. After all, you have to do it in a mountaineering way. The place where you run is the place.
Looking at the movement of GARMIN so far, I think that in the future, I would like to shift to a system that can be managed on the web like `` Connect '' instead of using a PC application like `` BaseCamp '' I can feel it.
However, "Connect" can be accessed from anywhere if there is an Internet environment, and it is convenient if it is convenient, but the impression of the small parts is still sweet. It would be ideal if the functionality of "BaseCamp" would be integrated into "Connect" in the future.
Here is the model purchased this time." GARMIN fēnix 6X Sapphire Black DLC ''.