Garmin has launched a huge update for its Fenix 7, Epix and Instinct ranges – and added a host of new features.
The new features rolling out are:
- SatIQ: A battery saving feature for watches that use multiband GNSS, that downgrades the accuracy when mutiband is struggling for signal.
- Heart rate variability (HRV) status: Garmin’s version of Whoop and other’s training readiness features, the HRV status checks your heart rate variability for signs of fatigue, overtraining or stress. It’s displayed as a widget on the device itself.
- Race widget: One for fans of races, the widget counts down to your next race and adapts the training suggestions to help you towards your intended time goal.
- Updated training status: More insights into training load, volume and the effect of training on your body.
There's also a new stocks widget that can keep track of your investments.
There’s no official word on Enduro, but these features are already in beta, so we’re assuming that will be some weeks behind.
In our review of the Forerunner 255 and 955, we enjoyed the addition of the HRV Status tool – which offers some daily insights regardless of whether you trained or not.
However, it’s averaged over a week, which we found less useful than Whoop, which is assessed daily so you can see a clear impact of things like sleep, alcohol intake and training.
But it's good news for users of Garmin’s top smartwatches that the devices are now in line with the new Forerunners.
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