The Garmin Epix Gen 2 is a premium sports watch and triathlon watch of absolute top class. We were able to test the watch briefly at our editorial office. After testing, the Gen2 (unfortunately) had to move on to the next tester. In this extensive review you can read everything you want to know about the Gen2.
Epix Gen2 on offer
Below you can see the best prices of this watch, collected from several large and smaller online stores. You can immediately see that the watch has a pretty hefty price tag 😉. The Garmin Epix Gen2 is also not for sale at every sports store, as a watch such as the Garmin Venu 2 is.
Information about the Garmin Epix (Gen 2)
The Garmin Epix Gen2 launched in 2022. You can see this watch as a combination between a smartwatch and a sports watch. It is a premium watch with basically all the functions built in that Garmin will have in 2022. However, this is also reflected in the price tag. You operate the watch via the touchscreen and/or the buttons on the side. Handy for triathletes: You don’t have to use the touchscreen. This is very useful during activities, where it is sometimes difficult to operate the screen with, for example, sweaty hands or under water. The Gen2 of the Garmin Epix series features accurate GPS, heart rate monitoring and topographic maps. The battery life is excellent and well suited for an entire triathlon in GPS mode. You could even do an ultra distance. The battery lasts up to 42 hours in GPS mode.
For sale in several editions
As you can see above, the watch is available in several editions. You buy the Gen2 in the normal version (cheapest) and the Sapphire edition. It has a sapphire glass screen. This is even stronger and better against scratches than the standard Gorilla Glass.
Did you know: The Gen2 was launched at the same time as the Garmin Fenix 7. This is also a great triathlon watch.
The Epix 2 for triathlon
If we had to list all the specifications of this watch, this article would be way too long. There are quite a few of them. Below we have highlighted some features that are of interest to us as a triathlete. Do you want to see all functions, features and specifications? Then check it out here.
- Touch screen
- 1.3 inch AMOLED screen
- Always on display
- Weighs 76 grams (housing + strap)
- Waterproof up to 100 meters
- 16 GB memory (Sapphire edition even 32GB internal memory)
- Clock: Time, sync via GPS, daylight saving time, alarm clock, timer, stopwatch, sunrise and sunset time.
- Heart rate measurement
- Pulse OX (measure blood oxygen saturation)
- Calculate fitness age
- body battery
- Advanced sleep measurement
- GPS, Glonass & Galileo positioning
- Barometric altimeter
- Live track
- Measure gym activity
- Advanced workout scheduling features
- Running: distance, duration, speed (based on GPS), cadence, performance condition, runs, forecasts:
- Wave functions
- Topographic maps
- Track back
- Climbing routes
- Cycling: Navigable cycling maps, MTB Grit & Flow, courses
- Swimming in pool: lanes, distance, pace, strokes, stroke rate
- Open water swimming: Distance, pace, stroke count, stroke rate, calories
- Measure heart rate underwater
- Critical swimming speed test
Watch in a video
Below is a brief introduction to this premium multisport watch from Garmin, by Garmin:
The garmin Epix Gen2 in pictures
Highlights of the watch
- Topographic maps
- Both touchscreen and control via the buttons (you don’t have to use the touchscreen if you don’t want to, for example during workouts)
- Available in multiple editions
- Really all functions that Garmin currently has to offer are built into the Epix 2
Conclusion of the Garmin Epix Gen2 review
During my testing, I’ve been impressed with the Garmin Epix Gen2. This smartwatch actually has everything you want as a triathlete. It accurately measures swimming, cycling and running and has a very impressive battery life.
With an average of 10-12 days of normal use, I don’t have to worry about constantly charging my watch. This is a great advantage, especially during long training sessions and competitions. In GPS mode I could use the watch for 28 hours (I left the watch on overnight ;). This is more than enough for an entire triathlon and even some ultra distances. Do you want more? Then you can consider a solar model, such as the Fenix 7.
The Epix Gen2’s touchscreen is easy to use and less sensitive to accidental touches, which is a big plus during intense training sessions. The addition of a home/back button makes it easy to undo any accidental actions.
The new AMOLED display is pleasing to the eye and the added metrics and data screens are very useful. The Body Battery and Training Readiness screens are very useful additions that help me optimize my performance. I am a fan!