Garmin Fenix 7 and Epix are set to get pro-exclusive features for free. Users and owners of these devices have every reason to be happy with this news as Garmin just gave them a couple of reasons not to buy the latest of its watches.
Garmin Fenix 7 and Epix Pro-Exclusive Features
Garmin has just released a new public beta software update for the users of its Fenix 7, Epix, and Marq lines of premium watches, which as you should know adds 30 new workout profiles as well as features such as its Hill and Endurance scores.
These Hill and Endurance scores as you should know were once exclusive to two of the best Garmin watches around, which are the Garmin Fenix 7 Pro and Garmin Epix Pro that were released in June 2023, but right about now they are available to other premium Garmin watches in the market as long as you have opted into the public beta program of Garmin. If it is that you haven’t, and you also don’t want to, then you don’t need to worry as the fact that they are being tested on these watches simply means that they will be coming in an update soon enough officially.
Other Watches the Features Are Available
Spotted by Advnture, the update in question also fixes a laundry list of bugs and then adds settings such as Backup & Restore, a new Gaming app, improved golf functionality, and lastly, a new split-screen field map layout. Beta version 14.23 of the features is also available on the following watches below:
- Garmin Fenix 7 (all models)
- Garmin Epix (Gen 2)
- Garmin Fenix 7 Pro
- Garmin Epix Pro
- Garmin Enduro 2
- Garmin Quatix 7
- Garmin MARQ series (Gen 2)
List of the Workout Profiles and Features Added
The workout profiles that have just been released are inclusive of American football, kayaking, field hockey, ice hockey, football, lacrosse, rugby, ultimate disc, cricket, BMX, racket sports “and many more”. It is still unclear at this stage if any form of unique metrics is included in the workout profiles, or if it is that they are just basic classifications that are monitoring heart rate and calorie burn.
The more interesting news is the addition of support for Hill and Endurance scores, which are two new features that we knew were going to make their way to other watches eventually. Hill score as you should know helps to measure just how efficient you are at running uphill, while Endurance score on the other hand uses your VO2 max to help give you an indication of just how good it is you are at long-distance, low-intensity training.
Garmin’s Expensive and High-End Sports Devices
All of the watches that are listed above are the expensive, high-end sports devices of Garmin. However, just by taking features that were formerly exclusive to the Garmin Fenix 7 Pro and Epix Pro and then putting them on other watches, especially the ones that are slightly cheaper, such as the base models, it helps to provide less reason to buy those Pro models in question.
In a Garmin Epix Pro review, an expert wrote that “I can’t help feeling that, apart from the [Epix Pro’s new] LED torch, the whole thing could have easily been a software update”, and it quite seems that is indeed the case. Well, I’m not complaining as it is really far from it, in fact, as it lets people buying an older Fenix 7 or Epix watch, even a pre-owned one, just to get new features to utilize on their devices and then continue to improve on their training, thus making their purchases to go further.
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