by Dom Wiseman

Garmin has just unveiled the latest edition to their multisport watch series, the new Quatix 5, by far the most superior marine GPS smartwatch on the market.The new Quatix 5 does it all, allowing you to take it anywhere on the water, whether it be boating, fishing, cruising or sailing. Available in two versions; the Quatix 5 and the Quatix 5 Sapphire, with the sapphire crystal lens version highly scratch resistant and includes a stainless steel band and blue silicone QuickFit band.

The new Quatix 5 compliments youronboard Garmin marine electronics, streaming NMEA 2000 data such as speed, depth, temperature, wind information and more. Garmin’s latest technology is so advanced that when engaged with your GHC 20 autopilot control unit, your multisport smartwatch can take over the controls at the helm, allowing you to step away, charting your active GPS route and controlling the autopilot to change heading, and engage heading. The Quatix 5, born for the water, provides boaters with important up-to-date tide data, transferring through your smartphone and able to be accessed for up to 7 days. In case of unexpected drifting, the Quatix 5 is fitted with an alarm and also comes with an anchoring calculator, determining the precise length of anchor line to put out.

Increasing the capacity of your chartplotter, the Quatix 5 will mark and save your waypoint from anywhere on the vessel. The new smartwatch can also control the onboard entertainment system thanks to its built-in FUSION-Link Lite app, which controls connected StereoActive products and other ANT-enabled stereo models.

For those anglers hitting the tournaments, the Garmin Quatix 5 is your new best friend, with integrated competition timer and fish catch log. For the sailors, the Quatix 5 includes tack assist, race countdown timer, distance to start line, and time to burn. The benefits don’t stop here or in the water, the Garmin Quatix 5 is equally designed for land and water sports like running, hiking, biking, swimming, rowing, and paddle boarding, as well as the standard Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology. Used with compatible smartphones, calls, texts and email notifications will ping through to your wrist.

The sports watch tag doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on style and class. Garmin’s latest design is robust but sleek. The key features comprise, a sunlight-readable colour display with LED backlight, meaning data can be read in all lighting conditions and includes an omni-directional stainless steel EXO antenna and high-sensitivity GPS with GLONASS support, so you can track your position in more challenging environments than with GPS alone. The Quatix 5 is water proof up to 100 metres and battery life lasts up to 24 hours in GPS mode, 60 hours in UltraTrac mode and two weeks in smartwatch mode (depending on settings).