Is Fenix 7 waterproof?

We discuss the water ratings and ingress-protection ratings of Garmin Fenix 7 in this study. This should help in sharing information about swimming profiles and water resistance of Garmin Fenix 7.

Is Garmin Fenix 7 waterproof?

There is no waterproof certification for Garmin Fenix 7.

Fenix 7 carries a water rating of 10 ATM. This water resistance rating does indicate sufficient water resistance capability in all editions of Fenix 7 smartwatches.

A water resistance rating of 10 ATM means that the smartwatch can withstand a depth pressure of 100 meters or 10 atmospheres below water level. Pressure is measured in units of ‘atmosphere’.

A Garmin Fenix 7 can go up to a depth of 100 meters and take a depth pressure of 10 atmospheres or 10 bars. 100 meters below water level would mean a depth of 330 feet below the water level.

This makes Garmin Fenix 7 appropriate for swimming. As per Garmin, the water rating of 10 ATM for Fenix 7 makes it suitable for the following activities:

  • splashes
  • rain or snow
  • showering
  • swimming
  • diving into water
  • snorkeling
  • high-speed water sports

For most practical reasons, a water rating of 10 ATM makes the watch resistant to water exposure that we could normally expect during the day. However, you do need to make a note. 10 ATM-rated watches are unsuitable for deep water diving, or high-speed water sports activities.

You may also need to be careful in swimming in seawater. Exposing the watch screen to seawater could have unintended consequences.

We also suggest limiting water exposure time to less than 30 minutes at any given stretch of time. This is based on the standards of a 10 ATM water rating.

It is best to wipe the seawater off your watch surface in the event of exposure. Generally speaking, watch exposure to seawater should be avoided.

Some people do ask about using a waterproof case for the Garmin Fenix 7 smartwatch. With a water resistance rating of 10 ATM, waterproof protection of the cover for the watch may double up the protection for your watch. It may sound like an added protection.

In our opinion, this may not be needed. Especially, if you use the Fenix 7 only for swimming or the activities shared by Garmin.

The ingress protection rating or IP rating of a device indicates protection against dust and water intrusion into the device. You can read more about IP ratings on the IEC website on this page.

Smartwatches are prone to water damage if water intrudes into the sealed unit.

The IP rating of a device consists of two numerals. So, you get an IP rating like IP67 which indicates IP rating of 67. 6 in this IP rating indicates dust resistance. 7 in this IP rating indicates resistance against water ingress.

The first numeral refers to the protection against solid objects and is rated on a scale from 0 (no protection) to 6 (no ingress of dust).

The second numeral rates the enclosure’s protection against liquids and uses a scale from 0 (no protection) to 9 (high-pressure hot water from different angles). 

Garmin Fenix 7 does not have any IP rating. So, we are not sure about ingress protection against dust and water for a Garmin Fenix 7. Without a true IP rating, it is difficult to predict the damage to the watch from an unintended intrusion of water into the Fenix 7 device.

This may be the precise reason that the Garmin Fenix 7 smartwatches do not carry water-proof certification.

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Garmin Fenix 7 has multiple variants. All these product variants come with the following in-built profiles:

  • Pool Swimming
  • Open water swimming

The in-built profiles indicate that the Garmin Fenix 7 smartwatches are suitable for pool swimming and open water swimming. We, however, do suggest sticking to the maximum water exposure time between 20 to 30 minutes.

These swimming profiles are available on the following models of Fenix 7:

  • Fenix 7 Standard edition
  • Fenix 7S Standard edition
  • Fenix 7 Solar edition
  • Fenix 7S Solar edition
  • Fenix 7 Pro Solar edition
  • Fenix 7S Pro Solar edition
  • Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar edition
  • Fenix 7S Sapphire Solar edition
  • Fenix 7 Pro Sapphire Solar edition
  • Fenix 7X Pro Solar edition
  • Fenix 7X Pro Sapphire Solar edition

Summary

In this post, we have covered the essential features of the Garmin Fenix 7 smartwatch. We concluded that:

  • Fenix 7 is 10 ATM rated watch. It is, therefore, suitable for swimming.
  • Fenix 7 can also be used for shallow water activities like snorkeling
  • You must avoid using a Fenix 7 for high speed water sports and deep water diving.

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