Garmin launches the Enduro - designed for ultra adventures

Jane McGuire
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From Runner's World

  • Garmin has launched the Enduro, an ultraperformance GPS running watch, aimed at Ultramarathon runners after seeing a huge surge in trail running activities on their Connect platform during the pandemic.

  • The watch has the longest battery life on a Garmin to date - a full charge gives you 70 hours in GPS mode, which is extended to 80 hours with solar capabilities.

  • There's a number of new features on the watch, including trail running VO2 max, climbpro and a rest timer, for ultrarunners to log how long they have spent at an aid station.

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Garmin brings this watch to market with a specific runner in mind - the kind of runner who needs weeks of battery life for the ultimate adventure. With 80 hours of battery life and aid station rest timers, this is made for the ultrarunners amongst us.

Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales says, 'Built to last during any training session or ultra-event, Enduro gives ultrarunners and cyclists the confidence that their watch has as much energy as they do, plus the unique insights they need to monitor and improve their performance. And with Enduro on their wrist, ultraperformance athletes can focus on the competition instead of their battery life.'

The battery

The Enduro features Garmin's Power Glass solar charging lens, which allows the power of the sun to charge the watch as you move. A full charge of the watch will get an athlete 70 hours in GPS mode, this is extended to 80 hours when worn outside. Garmin has removed the native in-built mapping features of the Fenix 6 Pro in order to offer this extended battery life, but there is still breadcrumb trail element.

Obviously, in lockdown, it's been difficult to test the battery life of the watch, with current coronavirus restrictions limiting runs to once a day and near the home. When speaking to Garmin ambassador and ultrarunner Tom Evans about the Enduro, he praised the battery, saying, 'For me, training is more than just running – it’s nutrition, it’s stress, it’s sleep, it’s managing all of these things and what the Garmin watches do is monitor all of that. With the 945, I’m charging it once, maybe twice a week, so that’s one or two nights a week where I’m not tracking my sleep or tracking my step data; with the Enduro, it lasts for 80 hours in GPS mode or about 80 days of normal use. It means you can track all of these metrics and all of this data the whole time without needing to recharge it.

‘People have got very used to charging their phone once a day and their watch twice a week and this is completely different – the Enduro shows what is possible. It’s still a normal watch, it’s still the same size as a normal watch, but it’s got these features that mean you can have this 360-degree tracking the whole time, which is going to boost my performance as a professional athlete, but also boost the general wellness of those who are using it, whether it’s for running or not.’

That said, the watch is still remarkably lightweight and not much bigger than the other solar-powered watches in Garmin's collection. Available with and without a titanium bezel, the watch has Garmin's new UltraFit nylon strap, which is light and comfortable against the skin. Runners also have the option to swap to a silicone or leather strap if they'd prefer.

The new training and recovery tools

With the Enduro, Garmin has launched a number of new training and recovery tools to help runners on an ultra adventure. As well as the traditional smartwatch features, with the Enduro, Garmin has added:

  • A trail run VO2 max: runners regularly hitting the trails will notice their VO2 max is different on the harder running conditions. The new trail run VO2 max option automatically adjusts based on performance, the environment, heat and altitude acclimation.

  • ClimbPro Trail Enhancements: Taken from Garmin's cycling computers, this gives runners real-time information on the current and upcoming climbs, including gradient, distance and elevation gain. Runners will be able to see how far into a climb they are, allowing them to adjust their pace and effort accordingly.

  • Rest timer: When running in the 'ultrarun' setting, runners will be able to start and stop a rest timer to log the time spent at each aid station.

  • Mountain Biking: With the addition of mountain biking metrics plus specialised grit and flow measurements, you'll now get a trail difficulty rating.

  • Recovery: After each workout, the watch gives runners recovery data, telling them how long to rest based on sleep and wellness data.

  • Recommended workouts: Like other Garmins, the Enduro has daily run and ride suggestions based on current training load.

How is it on the run?

For the size of the watch, we were impressed by how lightweight it felt on the wrist when moving. It's definitely a serious piece of kit and while most runners won't need 80 hours of battery life, having to charge your watch less is always handy. That said, if you are looking for a watch that will keep up with you on your adventures, this is one worth investing in.

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