Garmin is introducing a major new update to its smart watch selection
Garmin smartwatches are a great alternative to the “usual suspects,” like the Galaxy Watch and Apple Watch. Both are competitively priced and pretty decent when it comes to performance and functionality.
Today’s announcement has the potential to make Garmin’s wearables even more attractive, as a major update to select smartwatches is now rolling out.
Garmin has confirmed that the following smartwatches are eligible for this particular update: epix (Gen 2), Fenix 7 series, Forerunner series, Venu series, and more. Furthermore, the update is also making its way to the Edge 540, 840 and 1040 series GPS-enabled cycling computers. Here’s everything that’s included in the update:
- degree of endurance: Measures an athlete’s ability to sustain long-term efforts while also taking into account training data such as VO2 max, short- and long-term training loads, and more from all athletic activities to better understand how training affects overall endurance.
- Hill points: Measure an athlete’s ability to run uphill by measuring running strength on steep climbs and running endurance on long climbs while also evaluating progress over time based on VO2 max and training history.
- muscle maps: Expand muscle maps for strength training, preview muscle groups to be trained during custom or preset HIIT, cardio, and Pilates workouts, then review post-workout stats in the Garmin Connect app.
- app workouts: Find and organize workouts—including daily suggested workouts and those downloaded or created in the Garmin Connect app—and review your workout history directly from a compatible Garmin device.
- Relief shading: Get a 3D map view with color shading and topography to make interpreting terrain and elevation changes on the ground easier than contour lines alone.
- Weather map overlays: View the latest map overlays of precipitation, cloud cover, temperature and wind data directly from your SmartWatch3 to make more informed decisions about the weather.
- fish forecast: Get suggestions for the best days and times to fish based on a database of celestial bodies that tracks sun and moon rises, exact times, the relative position of your location, and more.
- gaming activity: Integration with the Garmin GameOn app provides biometric data to help players better understand their ideal stress zone, plan breaks using the Game Power feature and view body battery power levels to improve their game.
- group tripSeamlessly create a route in Garmin Connect, then share a unique code with other cyclists in the group (who use a compatible Edge4 device) to let everyone see and ride the same route.
This is the second major update that Garmin smartwatches are getting in just three months, so the company seems intent on devoting a lot of resources to bolstering its wearable lineup. In other news, Garmin announced the UltraFit nylon bands. Larger sizes are now available for its smartwatches. These new tapes are made with an anti-microbial, double-layered elastic nylon fabric that allows moisture to escape.
According to Garmin, they are lightweight, soft, and comfortable to wear. Currently, three strap sizes are available for both QuickFit and Quick Release compatible watches: black or gray QuickFit straps in 20mm, 22mm, and 26mm, and black quick-release straps in 18mm, 20mm, and 22mm.
In terms of price, Garmin says each of the new UltraFit nylon straps can be purchased for just $39.99 through its online store.