It seems that pre-orders for the new Fenix 5 range have taken Garmin a little by surprise.
There are essentially 3 model formats/types: Fenix 5s (small wristed version), Fenix 5 (normal version), Fenix 5x (larger, map version).
It’s no surprise that pre-orders are at a good level. HOWEVER what is the surprise is that a LARGE number of orders are being placed for the top-end Fenix 5X model.
We can only speculate why:
- Latest, greatest top-of-the-range is the must-have.
- Early adopters are more tech- and feature-focussed
- Buyers want maps
- Pose value
Garmin obviously realise this. Maybe they are adjusting their production accordingly? Maybe there will be short-term shortages of the 5x? (There is).
The Fenix 5, 5s and 5x are now generally shipping in most countries.
As of 17March there are still a few select anomalies where, for example, the 5x is only available in the UK at selected stores, well, Cotswold! (Check return policy, no affiliation to this blog). The 5x will very soon be at Amazon.
There is 10% off most stuff at Power Meter City in the USA with the coupon / discount / promo code: the5krunner10. HOWEVER It will not work for the Fenix 5 as cashback there will only be a 10% store credit instead. That will be at list-price everywhere for some time, plus Garmin frown upon discounting in any case while products are under “MAP“. Occasionally some naughty resellers do discount but then get into trouble. Tut, tut.