Garmin Enduro 2


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The Garmin Enduro 2 offers an improvement over the first-gen model, thanks to the addition of mapping, Garmin’s useful Multi-band tracking mode, and improved battery during tracking. The price makes the watch difficult to justify over Garmin’s cheaper Fenix 7-series models, whose feature set is similar and where battery life remains impressive for less.

Pros

  • Full-colour mapping added
  • New Multi-band mode boosts tracking accuracy
  • Slightly refined design
Cons

  • Expensive
  • Design will still be big for some
  • Smartwatch battery numbers are down
Availability

  • UKRRP: £929
  • USARRP: $1099
Key Features
  • Excellent enduranceUp to 110 hours of GPS battery life
  • Mapping skillsMulti-continent TOPO maps
  • High-end sensorsMulti-band GPS and SatIQ technology

Introduction

The Garmin Enduro was added to the company’s already extensive family of watches in 2021. With the Enduro 2, Garmin is continuing to target endurance athletes and ultra-runners, who want all of those big Garmin tracking features but with the addition of generous battery life, too.

Alongside impressive battery life, the Enduro 2 also includes some desirable features already seen in other Garmin watches. There’s Multi-band GNSS to boost outdoor tracking accuracy, the mapping and music features that were missing from the first Enduro, and this model even has a flashlight.

However, those features arrive at a premium, so are they really worth the money?

Design

  • Always-on 1.4-inch transflective display
  • 70g weight
  • 51mm case
  • Waterproof up to 100 metres

The first Enduro was quite a hulking watch – and that hasn’t changed with the Enduro 2. The 51mm polymer case remains, but now Garmin drops the option of a stainless steel bezel watch, offering just one model with a titanium bezel.

It’s a wise move. Having used both stainless steel and titanium versions of the first model, the latter certainly felt the nicer-looking of the two – and, crucially, was the lighter on the wrist, too. 

The Step counter on the Garmin Enduro 2Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

The titanium version is slightly thicker now, though, jumping up from 14.9mm to 15.6mm. While it isn’t as slender as the previous model, it hasn’t been uncomfortable to wear – but you’ll certainly know it’s there. Note that it isn’t a very subtle device to wear to bed for tracking your sleep, though. 

Front and centre, the display is the same size and resolution as the screen found on the first Enduro. That’s an always-on 1.4-inch, 280 x 280 transflective display. No AMOLED as seen in Garmin’s Venu or Epix watches, then, but that’s hardly surprising given that adding a more power-hungry AMOLED would have invariably impacted battery performance.

Nevertheless, the screen is nice and big, offering great visibility in bright outdoor light – and it’s in such scenarios that using a transflective display really pays off. You do get some colour here but, not surprisingly, it’s more muted than what you’ll see on AMOLED – although it does make viewing maps on the Enduro 2 far more comfortable.

The panel here is touchscreen, too – which has been quite easy to forget. However, it does make the experience of swiping up and down to view Garmin’s widgets or workout modes far more pleasant. You’ll likely reach for the array of physical inputs dotted around the case, though, with the button at the top right adding a flash of colour.

At the top of the case you’ll spy a thin LED strip, which signals the Enduro 2’s flashlight feature, first introduced on the Fenix 7X. Garmin says it’s brighter and offers an extra source of light when you’re adventuring at night. It’s surprisingly bright, plus you can set it to pulsate or switch to a red LED colour in the event you need to signal that all is not well.

Buttons on the Garmin Enduro 2Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

Keeping that big case on your wrist is a 26mm nylon strap, which Garmin introduced with the first Enduro. So far that strap has been super-comfy to wear, offering a snug fit; it’s easy to loosen as well. However, note that over the longer-term, that same strap in the first-gen Enduro did start to lose some of its velcro stickiness – and a replacement isn’t cheap.

The Enduro 2 also offers the same 10-ATM water rating of the original device, which means it will survive being submerged in water up to 100 metres in depth.

The strap of the Garmin Enduro 2Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)Tracking and Features

  • TOPO mapping
  • Multi-band GNSS and SatIQ technology
  • Grade adjusted pace 
  • HRV Status and Training Readiness

The Enduro was a solid performer, and like Garmin’s Fenix range, arrived packed with indoor and outdoor tracking modes, performance metrics, training and analysis features. It performed well in the capacity of a smartwatch, too.

In use, it felt very similar to a Fenix, albeit with Garmin’s decision to cut some features. There was only breadcrumb navigation as opposed to full mapping support, and there was no built-in music player either. Their omission appeared to be in order to ensure the Enduro delivered those big battery numbers.

With the Enduro 2, Garmin delivers those features missed, alongside the original lineup, while also bringing in features from Garmin’s latest watches as well.

Arguably the most notable is the addition of Multi-band GNSS, which is joined by SatIQ technology. The two are designed to improve tracking accuracy in those areas it proves problematic to secure a reliable satellite signal. Here, we’re talking about built-up areas such as city centres with multiple tall buildings, or dense forests or woods. 

That SatIQ technology chooses the appropriate GPS mode depending on your environment. So if you’re in an open area, for example, it could choose to opt for a low power GPS mode instead. The aim is to deliver the best accuracy for the scenario you’re in, while also preserving battery life.

This serves to make the Enduro 2’s already beefy battery even better – although using Multi-band mode will prove a bigger drain on the battery compared to other modes. Just over two hours of running saw the battery drop by 6%, which may not sound like a lot, but less power-intensive GPS modes will make less of a dent in the battery. The Multi-band feature is very good, but it’s the SatIQ tech that ensures you’re using it at the right times.

Core tracking modes comprise running, cycling, swimming and golf. There’s a dedicated ultra-running mode, plus the adventure racing mode from the first-gen Enduro, which will let you view heart rate and elevation metrics while also recording GPS data.

There are plentiful outdoor tracking modes, too, including rowing, kayaking, hiking and fishing. These are elevated by the addition of multi-continent Topo maps, which come preloaded. It’s the same level of mapping support you get from Garmin’s latest Fenix watches, offering some touchscreen navigation, too; but you do still need those buttons to navigate maps. Garmin offers arguably the best mapping support on a sports watch – and that doesn’t change with the Enduro 2. Mapping detail is rich and it’s easy to follow directions and pick out key locations nearby.

GPS navigation on the Garmin Enduro 2Image Credit (Trusted Reviews)

Overall, the core tracking experience is excellent, just as you’d expect from a top-end Garmin device. In my experience, distance tracking was accurate. Heart rate tracking accuracy was decent for most steady-paced workouts, but faltered at high intensity, but the Enduro 2 certainly isn’t the worst performer I’ve tested.

Thankfully, you can pair up an external heart rate sensor for more accurate results in high-intensity workouts. There’s a PulseOx sensor for tracking blood oxygen levels during sleep or fuelling the onboard altitude acclimation status. However, note that in continuous use this feature will have a noticeable impact on battery life.

With the Enduro 2 you’re in receipt of the same training and analysis features as the first Enduro, with the m

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