Garmin today announced the launch of two premium watches: the Fenix 7 Series and the top-end Epix.
The Fenix 7 comes in three sizes and enhances the five-button interface with a responsive touch screen and adds innovative new training features, multi-band positioning and multi-continent mapping, all redesigned for ultra-durability with reinforced lugs and metal button guards.
Button controls are matched with a responsive new touchscreen interface for dual utility, improving daily smartwatch interaction and map navigation.
Garmin Fenix 7X Solar
The introduction of Sapphire Solar models means users do not have to choose between solar capabilities and a scratch-resistant sapphire lens, as they had done previously for the Fenix 6. Garmin has also improved the solar harvesting capability up to 200 per cent in smartwatch mode from Fenix 6 Solar to Fenix 7 Solar.
The solar-enabled Fenix 7X models can go even longer between charges, with a quoted battery life of up to five weeks in smartwatch mode and up to five days in GPS mode.
Fenix 7X also introduces an integrated hands-free quick-access multi-LED flashlight. This red or adjustable white light will brighten the way for greater visibility and situational awareness.
With running mode enabled, the light will match to a runner’s cadence, alternating between white and red with each arm swing so they can see and be seen.
Garmin Fenix 7X training features
New training features include:
- To avoid burnout, the new Real-Time Stamina tool allows athletes to monitor and track exertion levels during a run or bike activity.
- The new Visual Race Predictor feature takes into account running history and overall fitness to provide race estimates and insights into how training is progressing.
- Post workout, Recovery Time Advisor takes into account training intensity and other factors like stress, daily activity and sleep to estimate the number of hours of rest needed to properly recover before another session of the same exertion.
- Daily Workout Suggestions gives a recommended next run or ride workout based on current training load, training status and overall fitness level.
Like previous versions, the Fenix 7 features 24/7 health and wellness tools including Pulse Ox, wrist-based heart rate, respiration and stress tracking, plus Garmin wellness insights such as Body Battery, Fitness Age and Sleep Score with Advanced Sleep Monitoring.
When paired with a compatible smartphone, the Fenix 7X can receive smart notifications, with the ability to toggle on and off or disable during an activity.
Safety and tracking features provide peace of mind while training outdoors with automatic incident detection and manually triggered assistance alerts, both of which send a message with the users real-time location to emergency contacts. Users can access Garmin Pay and music playlists from streaming services.
Available models include Fenix 7S, Fenix 7 and Fenix 7X, with options for standard (non-solar), Solar and Sapphire Solar Editions, and have a suggested retail price starting at £599.99. To learn more, visit the Garmin website. We will be publishing a full review both online and in-mag soon.
Garmin Epix also launches
Garmin has also today announced the launch of the Epix, a premium multisport smartwatch with the standout feature being the inclusion of a bright AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diodes) display.
Built for everyday wear, Epix combines a durable design and premium materials like sapphire and titanium with a 1.3 inch always-on AMOLED display. Button controls are again matched with a responsive new touchscreen interface for dual utility, improving daily smartwatch interaction and map navigation.
Available now, Epix is offered in slate steel, black titanium sapphire and white titanium sapphire, black/carbon grey DLC titanium sapphire with a suggested retail price starting at £799.99. To learn more, visit www.garmin.com.