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WATCH REVIEW: Garmin Enduro – Canadian Running Magazine

WATCH REVIEW: Garmin Enduro - Canadian Running Magazine

WATCH REVIEW: Garmin Enduro – Canadian Running Magazine

The Garmin Enduro has a unique feature like no other watch on the market: a 50-day battery life and over 80 hours of GPS. Over a weekend, we put 42 hours of GPS activity on the Garmin Enduro to test the GPS accuracy, battery life and solar repowering of the watch.

An overview of the three day testing of the Garmin Enduro

The initial observation is that this watch is heavy-duty and simply refuses to die. Whether you are using this watch for its GPS battery or daily use, there’s no Garmin watch on the market that lasts as long as the Enduro.

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The battery (per Garmin’s specs)

The standard smartwatch feature holds up to 50 days of battery life and 65 days with solar, the solar feature charges itself by being outside on a sunny day.

The ‘Battery Saver Mode’ gives users 130 days of battery life and one year with solar (Battery saver mode is only available outside of GPS modes).

The GPS mode gives users up to 70 hours of battery, and 80 hours with the solar feature. After using this watch for 42 hours of running, hiking and walking the watch battery did not drop lower than 80 per cent.

Expedition GPS mode would be used for long-distance hikes or treks. The battery would last 65 days and up to 95 days with the solar feature (incl. Rest Timer feature)

WATCH REVIEW: Garmin Enduro - Canadian Running Magazine
Photo: Matt Stetson

Other notable features

The battery is definitely the most notable feature, but there are a few other features worth noting. The Garmin Enduro added Rest Timers and proper VO2 max metrics for trail and ultra running. Although, these metrics are now available for Fenix 6 and FR945 users in the most recent software update from Garmin.

The inclusion of the new pause-menu Rest Timer feature in ultra and trail running modes gives athletes the ability to manage their time spent at bathrooms or aid stations without stopping the GPS.

There is also an updated version of ClimbPro, which now tracks and displays descents, triggering alerts before your climb starts.

The Enduro comes with a one-of-a-kind durable nylon strap that provides the user with additional comfort during all activities.

WATCH REVIEW: Garmin Enduro - Canadian Running Magazine
The super-durable nylon/velcro band on the Garmin Enduro. Photo: Matt Stetson

What is missing 

Some features that are missing from the Garmin Enduro are the no live maps nor heatmap routing. Both features are in the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro.

The Enduro has no connection to Apple Music or Spotify and can’t physically store music. Although, this watch does display current music playing on your iPhone or Android and you do have the ability to play or skip songs playing through your connected Bluetooth device.

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The verdict

The battery life on the Enduro is like no other watch on the market and from brief usage, it does not appear to have come at the expense of bad GPS or heart rate inaccuracy. While using the GPS modes the watch would pick up satellites within 10 seconds of starting the activity.

This watch is perfect for the ultimate athlete who loves the outdoors where the main priority is having a watch they rarely have to charge for their busy active lifestyle. The Enduro has everything from backcountry skiing to golf to ultra running and will give the user an in-depth analysis of Vo2 max levels and heart rates zones during most activities.

WATCH REVIEW: Garmin Enduro - Canadian Running Magazine
A solar intensity reading of the last six hours on the Garmin Enduro. Photo: Matt Stetson

The Garmin Enduro may inspire a new generation of high-tech devices that are focused on long-haul performance, differentiating from the intro charge everyday GPS sports watches.

The Enduro comes in two styles, retailing $1,099 for the stainless steel face and $1,249 for the titanium-faced model.

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