Garmin Enduro 2 review: Still the endurance top dog

With a 110-hour GPS battery life, a brand new touchscreen, TOPO maps, offline music and an LED flashlight, the Garmin Enduro 2 not solely seems like a Fenix, it packs all of the smarts of Garmin’s flagship too.

However all these new smarts include a worth premium. It’s a piece dearer than the first-generation Enduro, which began (in stainless-steel) at £699 / $799 (and may now be discovered for £549).

At £929.99 / $1099.99, the titanium-only Garmin Enduro 2 is now probably the most costly journey sports activities watches on the planet.

Solely the Fenix 7X Solar Sapphire, the Garmin Epix 2 Sapphire ($1099/£999.99), and the MARQ collection price extra. 5 Fenix 7 Photo voltaic editions are available in as cheaper alternate options. And that’s not one thing we are saying usually. 

So is that this beast of multi-sport endurance watches definitely worth the funding? Has it changed the Fenix as the brand new king of Garmin’s ultra-endurance line-up? Does it dwell as much as that vast battery billing? 

We put it to the take a look at in our Garmin Enduro 2 evaluation – and remember to learn our best Garmin buying guide.

Battery life monster

Let’s begin with the headline-grabbing battery life. If the unique Enduro raised the bar on battery life, the Enduro 2 pushes it larger nonetheless.  

Garmin claims the Enduro 2 boasts 110 hours of GPS battery life and as much as 264 hours in max battery mode.

That rises to 150 hours of GPS and a whopping 714 hours Max Battery (with a low GPS sampling fee solely suited to climbing or excessive endurance working) if the Energy Glass photo voltaic show is uncovered to fixed daylight.

Claimed basic smartwatch utilization is 34 days (46 with photo voltaic). That’s a drop from the first-gen Enduro which supplied 50 days. However there’s an elevated lifespan in Expedition mode which now stretches to 77 days – rising to 172 days when the solar performs good.  

There are 5 preset exercise energy modes to select from, plus the choice to create and retailer your customized settings within the actually helpful Energy Supervisor device. 

It tops the Fenix 7X Photo voltaic’s 89 hours of full GPS and 213 hours in max battery mode.

Solely the Coros Vertix 2 affords an extended GPS lifespan of 140 hours and 240 hours in UltraMax low-power mode.

Battery life testing outcomes

In our assessments, we acquired 11 days of utilization on a single cost. That included 13.5 hours of coaching, protecting a mixture of indoor periods and outside GPS-tracked exercises in varied energy modes.

By comparability, the first-gen Enduro newest 31 days on a single cost with greater than 30 hours of coaching.

On common, in an hour’s working utilizing All Methods GPS coaching the Enduro 2 burned not more than 1%.

In a 3-hour run utilizing All Methods GPS mode, it burned 6%. That is the identical because the Garmin Fenix 7X. That equates to round 50 hours of ordinary GPS use when Garmin states 78 hours.

There are some quirks when estimating and extrapolating battery life over lengthy intervals – but it surely’s clear the Enduro 2 does have critical endurance.

A 2.5-hour bike experience in Prolonged Mode (GPS solely) leeched solely 4%. 

The battery burn fee averaged 1% in a single day with out the Pulse Oximeter. 

To place the Enduro 2’s battery life into context, utilizing the suitable energy modes to trace your efforts, it’ll fortunately survive most week-long multi-day endurance challenges. Plus it has sufficient gasoline within the tank to cowl a month-long streak for anybody working, using, or swimming for an hour a day. 

Most individuals will probably solely must cost the Enduro a dozen occasions a 12 months and your Enduro 2 may be on lower than 5% and nonetheless head out for a two-hour experience with confidence.
 
The icing on the battery life cake is Garmin’s Energy Supervisor device. This lists estimated power financial savings by sensors and options so you may see what prices probably the most power and modify accordingly. It’s also possible to create and retailer customized energy modes to increase the battery life.  

Tremendous-size construct

The Enduro 2 additionally now solely is available in one taste – the scratch-resistant Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coated titanium model with a fiber-reinforced polymer case and titanium rear cowl. After a month of testing, ours nonetheless regarded model new. That accounts for the upper beginning worth, however general it is excellent news. The Enduro stainless-steel was far too cumbersome and uncomfortable in our testing.

Put the brand new Enduro 2 subsequent to its predecessor (or the Fenix 7 and Epix 2 for that matter) and also you’ll need to look carefully to inform them aside.

There are some small variations within the styling particulars: the dummy crown essential button is now an everyday button, the lime inexperienced detailing has vanished from contained in the bezel and the optical sensor set-up has modified to match the Fenix 7. 

Total it is a handsome watch that hasn’t strayed from the unique Enduro design. It options the identical rugged construct, the identical low-res colour 280 x 280 transflective LCD display, and the identical chunky 51mm case.

It’s a contact fatter and marginally heavier than the unique titanium Enduro (61g). At 70g it’s nearer to the outdated 71g metal model. 

Regardless of being lighter than the Fenix 7x (89g), there’s no escaping it is a massive watch. And it’ll swamp some smaller wrists. That heft means it’s not probably the most snug to put on in mattress even for the chunkier wristed. However you sort of get used to it over time and also you’ll must take advantage of the sleep monitoring and in a single day restoration insights. 

The Enduro 2’s 1.4-inch always-on colour display is massive and the visuals are crisp. Not as wow because the AMOLED on the Epix 2 but it surely’s now additionally a properly responsive touchscreen – identical to you discover on the Fenix 7. 

The Enduro 2 display now has sapphire lens glass, changing PowerGlass on the unique. 

Like the unique, the display will get brighter in daylight to assist legibility and we discovered it simple to learn on the transfer with room for as much as six customizable metrics on a single display. These may be simply modified on the watch too. No app faffing is required.

The Enduro 2 additionally now sports activities a multi-LED flashlight constructing on the highest fringe of the case. Garmin says it’s twice as shiny because the one you discover on the Fenix 7X and whereas we wouldn’t wish to depend on it whereas shifting at velocity, it’s glorious for tenting and different conditions the place you would possibly fireplace up your cellphone torch. 

The Enduro 2 ships with a really snug 26 mm nylon strap and 26mm silicone watch band.

The Enduro 2’s sturdy body homes a full suite of sensors together with the identical Elevate optical coronary heart fee on the Fenix 7, a barometric altimeter, compass, gyroscope, and thermometer plus a SpO2 pulse oximeter for monitoring blood oxygen saturation. There’s Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity which suggests you may hook as much as third-party trainers like Wattbike and Peloton whereas concurrently utilizing a chest strap. 

The controls are customary Garmin fare with 5 easy-to-use buttons which might be properly responsive, simple to make use of on the transfer, and include loads of shortcuts. Plus you now have the added comfort of that touchscreen which makes scrolling your post-workout stats simpler. The touchscreen was properly responsive although moist and sweaty circumstances had us again utilizing the buttons fairly rapidly. 

There’s a barely smaller reminiscence for exercise historical past, down on the first-gen Enduro from 64GB to 32GB however nonetheless according to the Fenix 7.

Just like the Fenix 7 and Epix 2, it’s additionally waterproof as much as 100 meters. 

Sports activities monitoring and options

The Enduro 2 follows within the footsteps of the first-gen however plugs among the gaps. This is a superb all-rounder that marries an enormous vary of sports activities monitoring modes with efficiency, health, and restoration instruments plus it now affords a stronger suite of navigation and security options. 

There are devoted exercise modes for all method of sports activities together with working, biking, indoor biking, swimming (indoor and open water), snowboarding, browsing, mountain biking, climbing, energy coaching, and triathlon. Golf is nicely served, too and there’s a brand new journey racing app. 

As you’d anticipate on a watch at this worth, it additionally boasts all of the each day exercise, sleep, stress, respiration well being, and wellness instruments we’ve come to see as customary fare on Garmin gadgets. That features hydration logging and menstrual cycle monitoring which now include a Garmin IQ widget. 

Operating assessments

On the subject of working, there are profiles for working, treadmill working, indoor monitor working, path working, extremely working, and digital working.

There are intelligent endurance abilities for off-road extremely path varieties too. An extremely run mode with a intelligent automated relaxation timer that clocks once you cease and splits out how lengthy you spend dawdling at support station buffets. 

We spent appreciable time with the Enduro 2 on long-distance path runs and did discover some quirks.

The automated timer was a bit trigger-happy. We discovered it began the remaining timer somewhat too eagerly for even the briefest of pauses. However you may change that off and the handbook timer is very easy to make use of – important for 75km jelly mind – and really revealing.

Submit-run, you get your lively coronary heart fee and cadence separated out of your regular stats. 

Path VO2 Max estimates bear in mind the truth that runners who hit the path can discover the slower tempo hammers their VO2 Max and adjusts their VO2 Max accordingly. It’s exhausting to validate the accuracy of those estimates with out some costly cellular oxygen trade gear however these can function a helpful solution to benchmark your progress, notably if you happen to enterprise off-road.   

It’s price noting that the trail-adjusted VO2 Max additionally works with ultra-run mode. So you may have relaxation occasions and adjusted VO2 Max if you choose extremely mode.    

Garmin’s glorious ClimbPro function covers descents in addition to ascents to create a full image of the quad-burning that awaits you in your preloaded programs. That features real-time data on the present and upcoming climbs and descents with gradient, distance, and elevation achieve/loss.

The brilliantly responsive auto climb function additionally flicks the watch face to point out your present climb stats. It’s a really helpful device for torturing/motivating your self throughout lumpy races.

The acquainted coaching load, coaching impact, and coaching standing all function, together with a post-run restoration advisor that tells you the way lengthy it’ll take earlier than you’re totally restored to go once more. 

For racers who need assistance pacing there’s PacePro that serves up real-time, grade-adjusted tempo steerage throughout your run, primarily based on the elevation and your pacing preferences. There’s additionally Grade Adjusted Tempo and a Visible Race Predictor that now charts a 4-week pattern that reveals how your coaching is having in your potential race time.

Biking and MTB

The Enduro 2’s biking capabilities are in-sync with the Fenix 7, too. There are particular modes for bike, highway bike, MTB, gravel bike, cyclocross, cycle commuting, bike touring, eBike, eMTB, indoor bike, and triathlon.

The Enduro 2 fortunately pulls information from third-party energy meters, stationary bikes, and cadence sensors. 

Mountain bikers can monitor the issue and technicality of MTB trails, with specialised grit and circulation information. The Enduro 2 additionally remembers MTB trails and scores your efficiency, so you’ve gotten one thing to beat subsequent day trip. 

Swimming

The Enduro 2’s swim smarts are complete. All of the essential lengths, distance, tempo, and stroke rely are lined, as is automated stroke detection, SWOLF swims rating, drill logging, tempo alerts, important swim velocity, and underwater wrist-based coronary heart fee. 

In our assessments, doing 500m in a 25m pool, the auto lap monitoring was a single size out. However then so was the Fenix 7.

Snowboarding

Snowboarding is nicely served too. There are preloaded SkiView maps for greater than 2,000 runs with view run names and issue scores. Use the Enduro 2 with an HRM Professional Plus chest strap and also you additionally get the train load of your cross-country exercises.

Steered exercises 

Garmin’s Steered Exercises device makes use of your latest coaching schedule and restoration standing to advocate exercises to spice up basic health and keep away from overtraining. 

They’re generally helpful if you happen to’re unsure what to do on any given day and want a little bit of inspiration however we discovered these usually contradicted the suggestions coming from our coaching insights. It’d usually advise low-intensity exercises when our coaching standing recommended we had been missing larger anaerobic work.  

Although we discovered the identical on the Enduro and the Fenix 7x so this isn’t watch-specific. 

Power coaching

The Enduro 2 additionally has a devoted energy coaching mode with auto rep counting for fitness center goers. We’ve examined this function throughout most of the more moderen Garmin watches and it picks up sure fitness center drills like weight squats, nicely, it struggles with many others. Unsurprisingly single-arm strikes are troublesome. It’s pretty simple to edit your reps, weights, and strikes on the fly but it surely’s not fairly the killer app simply but. 

Security options 

Garmin units the benchmark for its security options and the Enduro 2 affords the complete complement: Stay monitor, group dwell monitoring, dwell occasion sharing, and incident alerts throughout exercise and help alerts. 

Coronary heart fee accuracy

The Enduro 2 carries Garmin’s newest era Elevate coronary heart fee sensor tech – the identical you’ll discover on the Fenix 7 – with 24/7 steady monitoring that powers health options like Physique Battery power monitor, superior sleep monitoring, and stress monitoring. 

It additionally gives the BPM readings for VO2 Max, coronary heart fee zone coaching, and coronary heart fee alerts and broadcasts over Bluetooth and ANT+. You possibly can, after all, pair a chest strap for improved accuracy. 

The Enduro 2’s optical coronary heart fee sensor carried out fairly nicely throughout nearly all of our take a look at runs and rides. We put it up towards the Garmin HRM-Professional Plus, a Fenix 7x, the Apple Watch Extremely, and the Suunto 9 Peak Professional. 

We did a mix of lengthy, regular low depth runs, uptempo intervals, a half and full marathon race take a look at, and development rides on the Wattbike. Plus energy coaching periods, 5-a-side soccer, and the odd HIIT Bootcamp exercise.  

As a rule, the optical sensor matched the HRM Professional Plus chest strap common and max coronary heart fee readings beat for beat. Throughout our marathon and half marathon assessments, the place we ran at a fairly constant tempo, there have been no loopy anomalies in comparison with the chest strap.  

Even throughout the interval periods, we didn’t see the widespread lag and lurch that comes with optical coronary heart fee. It did generally learn somewhat larger in real-time than our chest strap and we’d all the time advocate utilizing a chest strap to make sure all these coaching analytics and restoration insights are as correct as potential.   

The daytime readings had been additionally roughly according to different wrist-based coronary heart fee displays. And our resting coronary heart fee assessments matched the chest strap. 

Exercise and well being 

Garmin’s suite of exercise and health-tracking instruments is now very robust. Along with the same old each day step rely, 24-7 coronary heart fee, and sleep monitoring, there are stress estimates, Physique Battery power ranges, respiration fee, and SPO2 blood oxygen.

A brand new well being snapshot device makes use of a 2-minute take a look at to measure resting coronary heart fee, respiration fee, stress, and blood oxygen and supply a fast one-screen overview of your key stats at any level, together with your coronary heart fee variability (HRV).  

Talking of which, the Enduro 2 now tracks common HRV in a single day to offer you a 7-day common and the way the final evening in contrast. 

There’s additionally a health age device that estimates the place you’re at in comparison with your precise time spent on planet earth. It clocked me at 36 years (I’m 44) so clearly, it’s extremely correct. 

GPS accuracy

The Enduro 2 boasts multi-band GNSS monitoring with GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo. New  SatIQ™ know-how powers an AutoSelect mode that dynamically determines the perfect GPS mode to maximise battery life with out compromising accuracy.

There are numerous methods to trace together with GPS solely, GPS + multi-systems and a power-saving UltraTrac mode. 

In our assessments, the Garmin Enduro 2 GPS accuracy was reliably correct. Over a number of distances, durations, and places, up towards the Fenix 7x, Suunto 9 Peak Professional, Apple Watch Extremely, and formally measured race routes.  

Over the marathon distance throughout an official race, it clocked 26.34 miles to the Suunto’s 26.33 and the Fenix 7x’s 26.36.

We put the Enduro 2 in Prolonged mode, up towards the Fenix 7x in max accuracy mode, the Suunto 9 Peak Professional, and Apple Watch of their highest accuracy modes. Over a 3-mile-ish twisty, looped park course and it learn simply 0.06 of a mile longer than all three. 

In UltraTrac mode it was rather less on the cash however nonetheless fairly stable, clocking 4.10 miles to the Fenix 7’s regular mode 3:99. 

However in actuality, the full-power GPS battery life is so good that you could be not often want to make use of the lower-power modes.   

Navigation Options

The navigation choices on the first-gen Enduro had been as wealthy as a lot of the competitors however the inclusion of multi-continent TOPO maps makes the Enduro 2 a way more totally rounded extremely journey gadget. 

That’s backed up by breadcrumb turn-by-turn navigation with the power to create, load, and comply with routes, plus point-to-point, back-to-start, and track-back instruments.

Plus a few useful new options. NextFork reveals the gap to the following path intersection in addition to the identify of the upcoming trial. Whereas Up Forward affords an at-a-glance view of chosen locations of curiosity and key path factors arising forward, together with efficiency metrics, cut up occasions, and distance/elevation.

By way of elevation stats, the Enduro 2’s barometric altimeter is there to spice up accuracy.

Smartwatch Expertise

The Enduro 2’s smartwatch options are robust. The main omission on the unique Enduro has been mounted with the addition of offline music and storage for as much as 2,000 songs from Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon Music. You possibly can join your Bluetooth headphones immediately and run phone-free. That additionally dietary supplements the fundamental music controls in your paired smartphone.   

You additionally get smartphone notifications (with textual content response if you happen to’re on Android), Garmin Pay contactless funds and climate, plus entry to further apps, instruments, faces, and widgets through Join IQ. 


Enduro 2

Garmin Enduro 2

By Garmin

The Garmin Enduro 2 affords far more than most individuals want, with a price ticket that does not swimsuit this financial local weather. However it’s the closest you’ll get to the whole endurance companion. Garmin has saved what was nice concerning the Enduro, plugged very important gaps in navigation and music, and boosted that whopping battery life additional. In case your price range stretches, it’s an entire luxurious to have a watch that probably solely wants charging 12 occasions a 12 months – and whereas few will take a look at its limits – it comes advisable.


  • Unrivalled battery life
  • Boosted nav smarts with TOPO maps
  • Offline music
  • Just one measurement
  • No AMOLED
  • Acquired pricier

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