Garmin rolls out epic premium mapping for Fenix and Epix

Garmin has opened up premium mapping to a few of its finest smartwatches – enabling customers to get a greater expertise when mountaineering and off-road biking.

It’s a part of its Out of doors Maps+ service, which improves on the TOPO maps constructed into the Fenix, Epix, and different premium units. It prices $49.99 a year to upgrade, and it’s US-only for now.

Frustratingly for customers of the Forerunner 955 (and Forerunner 965), it doesn’t appear to be picked for compatibility, regardless of at present working the present TOPO mapping.

Out of doors Maps+ will launch for:

•    Enduro 2
•    Epix (Gen 2)
•    Fenix 7 sequence
•    MARQ (Gen 2)
•    Quatix 7 
•    Tactix 7 

So what does Out of doors Maps+ provide?

Satellite tv for pc imagery is a giant piece of the puzzle, so you possibly can select an in depth visible of your environment, and have waypoints plotted excessive for those who need.

GarminOutdoor Mapping+

The TOPO maps have additionally been enhanced, and crucially now present contours, quite than the flat, featureless landscapes of the at present included maps.

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There’s additionally new info on state strains, public land boundaries, and Raster maps, that present trailheads, tenting areas, water factors, and extra.

Primarily, that is the extent of mapping that true outside adventurers actually need.

We’ve criticized the TOPO mapping for not being as helpful as we might anticipate, and troublesome to manage on the watch itself. 

These improved maps actually appear to have addressed the problems round info and element, and the introduction of touchscreen AMOLEDs throughout the vary – as we’ve seen with the Forerunner 955 and Epix – is beginning to tackle the usability points, too.

Plainly slowly, Garmin is making its vary significantly better for mapping and the outside.

James Stables


James is the co-founder of Wareable, and he has been a know-how journalist for 15 years.

He began his profession at Future Publishing, James turned the options editor of T3 Journal and and was a daily contributor to TechRadar – earlier than leaving Future Publishing to discovered Wareable in 2014.

James has been on the helm of Wareable since 2014 and has change into one of many main specialists in wearable applied sciences globally. He has reviewed, examined, and lined just about each wearable in the marketplace, and is passionate in regards to the evolving trade, and wearables serving to individuals obtain more healthy and happier lives.


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