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Not content to revamp its hugely successful Forerunner lineup, Garmin is also introducing the Enduro 2, designed to usurp the original Enduro as one of the best Garmin watches, period, especially for ultramarathoners and other high-performance endurance athletes.
It’s a raw watch, with an upgrade to the original’s already impressive battery life making the headlines, along with the addition of a touchscreen, something conspicuously absent from the original Enduro. Topo maps have also been added – an essential feature for a serious adventure watch – along with a host of other features.
There’s even memory space for internal music, the lack of which was one of the original’s biggest drawbacks. In addition to having an impressive performance watch, you will no longer need to carry your phone with you or have fun on long trips.
Garmin Enduro 2: Pricing and Availability
Garmin Enduro 2 is now available on Garmin. with (opens in new tab), priced at $1,099.99 in the US. We will update this with UK and Australian prices as we get them.
Garmin Enduro 2: Project
- Titanium case and Power Sapphire lens
- Extremely robust and robust
- Familiar framework of Garmin OS and Connect apps
The Garmin Enduro 2 shares much of its design ethos with its big brother, the original Enduro. The watch case and bezel are constructed of tough titanium, with a Power Sapphire glass lens that offers battery-extending solar charging capabilities just like the latter.
The classic five-button Garmin structure is here, with start/stop, back/lap, up, down and light buttons joined by the addition of a touchscreen. Like the Forerunner 955 Solar, you have the option of using the touchscreen or buttons to navigate your watch. Initially, this seems a bit superfluous (as with the 955), but it’s nice to have options.
The Enduro 2 comes with two strap options: the Ultrafit Velcro strap, designed specifically for resistance exercise, and the thicker silicone strap for everyday wear. They’re easy to change, but the watch’s massive 1.4-inch dial and thick body, combined with the meaty silicone strap, look ridiculous in social settings. This is a utilitarian tool, and you won’t be able to easily move from races to restaurants without attracting some strange looks.
Fittingly, the Enduro 2 feels satisfyingly robust in the hand, with its premium construction and engineering evident in the handling. This is a tank, not a high-performance supercar of a watch: instead of Michael Keaton’s Batmobile, think of Christian Bale’s. Of course, this should perfectly suit your target audience: the people who buy the Enduro 2, or at least get the most out of it, will be ultra-marathoners, long-distance cyclists, and other high-performance endurance athletes. If you were interested in having an all-in-one watch for everyday use, you’d get something slimmer, sleeker and probably cheaper – like an Apple Watch.
The design of the watch’s operating system and Garmin Connect app will be familiar to most existing Garmin users: if you’ve used one of the brand’s other performance watches, there’s no reinventing the wheel here. Holding the ‘down’ button to access the watch face widgets menu brings up the usual customizable menu, with quick access to everything from your past activities to your body battery score to the built-in compass and barometer.
Strangely, there’s no option to add Training Readiness, one of the standout features of the new Forerunner and now Fenix watch line, which tracks your body’s recovery after long runs. We can only assume that a new firmware update is coming; we would be very disappointed if it never landed on Enduro 2.
Garmin Enduro 2: Features
- All new topo maps
- Health Snapshot feature bundles metrics into an easy-to-read package
- multi-LED flashlight
- Built-in music capability
That’s where it gets good. This monstrous watch is stuffed to the brim with just about everything an adventurer or die-hard endurance racing addict could want. New to the Enduro range are topographic maps, courtesy of Garmin’s TopoActive community-based maps, which offer turn-by-turn directions. The new NextFork map guide shows the distance to the next trail intersection, and Visual Race Predictor analyzes your training history and estimates a pace you might be able to complete for the day, a feature we want to implement in other top-end Garmins.
Combined with Garmin’s already impressive lifting tools and TracBack features, you’ll never get lost again. Ski maps are a part of this too, making Garmin’s toughest watch yet the ideal companion on the slopes and on the trails.
Garmin has also released a new Health Snapshot feature in Enduro 2, which will likely roll out to the new Fenix and Forerunners. Garmin says that “the new Health Snapshot feature will record and report key stats.” In essence, it’s a new way to package the metrics you already collect, like Body Battery, pulse oximetry, heart rate, and stress levels, and send them to you in a single push notification, like the new Morning Report functionality did in 955 and now the newest Fenixes.
In terms of hardware, Enduro 2 is well equipped for late-finish adventures. In addition to the detailed multi-band GPS guidance we’ve come to expect from Garmin, the Fenix 7X’s multi-LED flashlight is here, but twice as bright as on the older watch at maximum setting. The flashlight is also dimmable, so you can find your camp at a lower setting or signal for help in the dark at the highest. Running in the dark? A red light security mode allows the user to see and be seen. Another security feature is automatic incident detection, which can alert a designated contact with their live location.
As for the usual smart functionality like notifications, Garmin Pay and music controls, they’re all here as expected. But the built-in music space is also present, so you can finally listen to your favorite tunes on the Enduro, without needing to carry your phone around either.
The Garmin Enduro 2 might be great on the slopes, on weekend hikes, and for paying your groceries with your wrist, but it seems to really shine on race day. An automatic rest timer can detect how much time you spend at the aid stations, while Garmin says “the [Adventure-Racing World Series]The approved adventure running activity profile tracks heart rate, elevation, segment times and other metrics when the race is in progress and saves the data for post-race viewing as per the adventure running rules.”
While it now does everything and more, this is a watch for anyone who has read Born To Run through more times than they can count.
Garmin Enduro 2: battery life
- 46 days in smartwatch mode
- 150 hours in GPS mode
Admit it, that’s what you’re here for. The Garmin Enduro had one of the best battery lives on the market, and the Enduro 2 set out to beat it. With up to 46 days in smartwatch mode and a whopping 150 hours in GPS mode, you can run for an entire weekend and never have to turn it off.
The battery is supported by “enhanced” solar charging and SatIQ, a new technology that will automatically detect which type of GPS mode is best to conserve battery life without losing your navigation. In the middle of the desert, or on top of a hill? You’ll be in a different GPS mode than a short run in a busy city, and everything is buzzing in the background.
It will be extremely difficult to test the battery to the limit in the coming weeks, unless the watch drastically and suddenly fails to live up to our expectations. We will fully charge it and in 21 days we will try to keep you informed about how the GPS and flashlight consume the battery and affect this reading.
Garmin Enduro 2: Early verdict
We’ve only had the opportunity to have it on our wrist for a weekend and it hasn’t yet appeared on Garmin Connect as an option to pair with our phone, so we haven’t tested any of the Enduro 2’s features yet.
As such, we are not including the ‘Buy it if’ and ‘Don’t buy it’ sections in this first hands-on. However, if it lives up to the specs, Garmin has another hit on its hands, albeit among a niche set of serious athletes, and it will likely earn its spot on our list of the best running watches.