The Garmin Enduro leaves the competition in the dust. It boasts an impressive battery life that lasts for weeks, solar charging that boosts the life of the battery with training outdoors, and a high-end processor that delivers more power and less overall weight.
It’s comfortable, powerful, and a must-have tool for all endurance athletes.
The Garmin Enduro is built for extreme endurance athletes. This watch is insanely durable, boasts solar charging (that actually works!), and packs a powerful processor in a lightweight and comfortable frame.
This GPS watch provides users will all of the important tracking features needed to keep you on top of your game (such as lap time, heart rate, and even your VO2 max. Sure, other sports watches offer similar performance features, but few are quite as accurate as the Garmin Enduro.
While this watch is built for endurance athletes, it’s still a great choice for casual training as well. This watch boasts a lightweight frame that feels great when worn all day long, and the impressive battery life means that you won’t need to charge it at the end of the day.
Without the need for constant charging, users can wear this watch to bed every night for accurate sleep tracking, which is something that many watches offer but don’t provide sufficient battery life to get the job done.
Often, users have to trade off a powerful processor for a heavy watch. This watch, however, delivers a powerful processor in a lightweight frame. It weighs in at just 9.6 ounces. The watch face is slightly bulky, but users found that this face feels great when worn on their wrists and doesn’t get in the way in the slightest.
What I also love about the comfort of this watch is the band that is included. This band affixes to your wrist with a velcro strap and a set of loops. When training, the last thing that you want is a watch that shifts around on your arm.
When a watch doesn’t stay in place, it can get incredibly distracting and it also hinders the accuracy of things like VO2 max readouts and heart rate monitor accuracy. This watch stays firmly in place, and the lightweight frame feels like you aren’t wearing anything at all.
The included watchband is composed of nylon materials that are comfortable, breathable, and dry quickly. This nylon band doesn’t quite wick away sweat and can become a little soggy after a long run. However, it dries incredibly quickly and doesn’t leave that classic ‘watchband odor’ even after weeks of continued use.
Whether you are swimming, biking, mountain biking, weight training, skiing, or running, this watch offers high-end activity tracking to keep you in tune with your performance. Simply select your workout from the menu, and get to work. As you workout, this watch tracks your distance, speed, heart rate, and even your VO2 max with impressive accuracy.
The VO2 Max sensor isn’t quite as accurate as a blood oxygen reader that you place on the tip of your finger, but it provides a general idea of how hard your heart is working. The included heart rate monitor has been tested against a chest-strap heart rate monitor, and the performance is pretty close.
Of course, you’ll get a more accurate readout from a device that is mounted next to your heart, but the accuracy of this heart rate monitor is pretty close!
The performance of this watch doesn’t just end when you take off your running shoes. This sleep tracker can determine when you reach REM sleep and give you a general idea of just how restful your sleep was the night prior. If you want to train at your peak, a restful night’s sleep is essential!
What I also love about this watch is that it also gathers up the metrics of your workout and provides suggestions on how long you need to rest before getting back out there. Depending on how hard you trained, the suggested recovery times can range anywhere from 4 hours to 4 days!
It calculates your recovery time by logging the intensity of your workout as well as your continued heart rate once the workout is over.
One of the most notable features of the Garmin Enduro is its insanely impressive battery life. If you hate charging your devices at the end of the day, this watch works hard to conserve as much battery life as possible. In fact, this has one of the longest battery lives of any smartwatch out there on the market.
In smartwatch mode, the battery will last up to 65 days! In GPS mode, it provides up to 80 hours of battery life. It also boasts a power manager so that you can make tweaks to the settings to squeeze even more juice out of this battery when you are far from a charging station. This is a perfect feature for campers or endurance athletes that love adventures that take them off of the grid!
What I also love about this watch is that it also provides additional solar charging. While solar charging is often seen as a hit-or-miss gimmick, athletes have discovered that the solar charging on this watch actually works. When you are out in the sunlight, the solar charging features will provide an extra 3 hours of battery life to your watch.
Overall, I feel that Garmin was a little conservative when providing information on the suggested battery life. Many runners that took this watch for a spin found that they were able to squeeze more life out of a single charge than the Garmin website suggests.
If you have made it this far and are thinking that this smartwatch is a little too good to be true, I’m here to rain on your parade. While this watch packs insanely impressive features when it comes to battery life, comfort, and activity tracking, these features come at a pretty steep price point.
When compared to simple smartwatches (such as the Apple Watch) the Garmin Enduro clocks in at about twice as much. While it may cost twice as much, you get twice as many impressive features as well as that insane battery life
As far as Garmin watches are concerned, the Enduro is one of the most expensive smartwatches in their entire lineup.
However, if you are on the hunt for a watch that utilizes modern features and performance, Garmin threw the best-of-the-best into their Garmin Enduro smartwatch. It may be expensive, but it doesn’t get much better than this design!
While these two watches have very similar designs and performance features, the Enduro just does everything better. Garmin upgraded the processor of the Fenix 6 and popped it into the Enduro for less lag time and faster speeds. While the processor is more powerful, it doesn’t translate to a heavier overall weight. The Enduro is just as lightweight and comfortable as the Fenix 6, but runs faster and more efficiently.
The Enduro also smokes the battery life of the Fenix 6 Pro. While the Fenix 6 Pro provides users with 14 days of battery life, the battery of the Enduro will last up to 60 days (and sometimes more with power-saving functionality).
The Enduro has a screen resolution that is about 16 percent better than the Fenix 6 Pro, a screen that is about 8 percent bigger and is 11 grams lighter.
What makes this watch well worth the higher price point is the insane battery life that smokes the competition, the accurate heart rate monitor (and VO2 Max sensors), and the impressive processor that delivers high-end performance without a lot of extra weight.
This smartwatch is lightweight and comfortable enough to wear all day, and you likely won’t need to take it off all that often to charge it. It provides users with detailed performance to help you perform at your peak, as well as recovery suggestions to ensure that you don’t overdo it. The heart rate tracking features aren’t medically-grade accurate, but come pretty close!
While it’s a lot more expensive than other smartwatches out there on the market, few brands can even come close to the performance of the Garmin Enduro smartwatch. If you want the best of the best and are willing to spare no expense, this watch is worth checking out!