It’s Day 12!! Wow it went so fast! The final giveaway the 12 Days of Runnylegsmas is a Garmin Enduro Watch!!
I am a Garmin Outdoor Ambassador & I am grateful to Garmin for providing an Enduro for this giveaway!
I’ve had my Enduro since just after it launched in March. It has become not just my running watch but also my everyday watch.
The Garmin Enduro is super lightweight GPS watch with a nylon strap.
It has solar charging capabilities so you can get power from the sun to go longer between charges. I have my screen set so I can see how much solar I get in a day.
The VO2 Max data on the Enduro takes into account trail run VO2 max & more so you can get more accurate data if you run trails and roads.
The lightweight but durable watch makes it easy to wear all day & night. I’ve never been able to wear a watch to bed (and take advantage of some of the sleep data) but the Enduro is so lightweight and the nylon velcro band so comfortable that I don’t feel it while sleeping. Little messages pop up on the watch when you have gotten more sleep too.
You can conserve battery energy by managing your sensor use.
The battery lasts up to 80 hours in GPS mode or up to 300 hours sin max battery mode.
What’s cool about the Enduro is that when you start an activity, the watch will tell you how much time you have in each activity & how much battery is left.
With the settings that I have on the watch, when I have a 100% charge, the Enduro shows 15 days of battery, I have been able to run a half marathon on less than 5 days left (less that 50% battery) and still had plenty of charge left.
The display is really easy to see, you can customize the watch face & all of the activity screens.
The watch has a rugged, weather-resistant design & the super light sport loop band is so comfortable, it’s adjustable and really durable.
I do occasionally throw the band in the washer because it can get pretty smelly from all the sweat lol. I wear it almost all the time except when I’m showering.
I don’t check the Power Manager often, but you can see how the various settings & sensors impact your battery-life and if you need to make battery extending changes for an extra long race, etc. you can do that on the fly.
For the first time, Garmin added in a Trail Run VO2 Max feature. It now estimates your cardio fitness level. It adjusts based on trail & terrain conditions.
There’s an Ultrarun feature, with a rest time so you can log the time you spend in aid stations. I think this is super cool but I also think that I would forget to turn off the rest timer.
Another feature I think is pretty cool but haven’t tried is the Climb Pro Feature. You do have to follow a course that includes elevation data that is in the .fit format. This is something I’m going to be testing out as we get back into the trails.
You can work on your heat & altitude acclimation. This does require that you sync with the app before you head out so that the watch knows where you are at. So it can be a little challenging if you don’t have cell signal.
I enjoy seeing these numbers but we don’t have hot enough temps or high enough altitude in San Diego for it to always work. I think heat wise, if we lived in AZ it would work really well and same if we lived or visited altitude more frequently.
Like with some of the other Garmin watches, the Enduro has a recovery advisor that tells you how long you need to rest before your next big effort. It also has the ability to suggest daily workouts. I have done a few of these workouts and it’s pretty cool, the watch will beep if you go too fast or too slow.
Sensor-wise, the Enduro has a wrist-band heart rate that tracks both on land and underwater without a heart rate strap.
There’s a Pulse Ox Sensor that gauges how well your body absorbs oxygen.
The Advanced Sleep Monitoring is something I enjoy looking at. I don’t know exactly how accurate it is since it typically tells me I’m in REM when I’m already awake but still in bed, but outside that, I find the data quite interesting and it gives you a sleep score.
There’s a body battery that monitors your body’s energy reserves. I find this number very interesting because it takes into account among other things heart rate variability, stress & sleep. Today for example, I didn’t get great sleep last night & did a hilly half marathon so when I looked tonight, I was at 12/100. Guess I need a really good sleep tonight!
Another thing I like to look at is my Respiration Tracking, which tlls you how many breaths you take per minute during the day, during sleep & during breathwork & yoga activities.
You can get Smart Notifications, like your emails, texts, IG notifications, etc. but I personally turn this all off – I don’t need to have my watch dinging every 2 seconds LOL.
You can also add Garmin Pay so you can pay for things without your physical card at participating retailers. Not something that I personally have added but it’s an option. It might be good if you were running a long race/on a long hike and would be hitting up gas stations, fast food, etc.
There’s also some safety & tracking features so you can send your location to your emergency contact if you feel unsafe.
There are loads of activity types that you can use on the watch. I found a new one called Breathwork, where you can do specific breathwork activities. I found that really cool and enjoy doing these activities.
Overall, the Enduro has a lot of features, probably more than I need, but I love all the data and things that you can learn from the watch.
If you are an ultrarunner though, the battery life alone is worth the purchase, up to 80 hours in GPS mode or up to 300 in max battery mode is huge.
I can honestly say that the Enduro is the best running watch I’ve worn. I literally wear it almost all day, every day. Oh and you can broadcast your heart-rate to the Peloton so you can see HR on the bike & tread and get your strive score.
I can’t wait to share the Enduro with one of you!