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Garmin Epix Gen 2 Review: The Smart Watch Carrying on the Baton of Excellence

6 min read September 06, 2023

Garmin Epix Gen 2 and watch bands by Strapcode

Garmin watches stand as exceptional companions wherever you are, be it on the road, in the air, or even in the sea. Whether you're taking your first steps or aiming for your first marathon attempt, Garmin watches cater to beginners, runners, triathletes, and cyclists alike. Unlike the few new Apple Watch releases yearly, Garmin offers an extensive selection, ranging from everyday smartwatches like the Venu 2 to cutting-edge multi-sports options like the latest Fenix 7 Pro.

For the good part of the last decade, Garmin has released several smartwatches, capturing various markets from novices at the gym to seasoned ultramarathon enthusiasts. These devices have a wide price range, and rightfully so, with top-tier models giving you more than sleep tracking and daily step features. Speaking of top-tier, our attention in this article is drawn to one of Garmin's top-tier watches, the Garmin Epix Gen 2 Watch.

Beige fur and denim leather watch bands by Strapcode Garmin Epix Gen 2

Turning the Garmin EPIX Gen 2 face color to blue and pairing it with a sleek aesthetic beige fur and denim watch strap featuring blue hand-stitching for a bold complement.

The Garmin Epix smartwatch lives up to its name as it presents itself as more than a mere multi-function smartwatch. It embodies excellence in every aspect: from its captivating design and stunning display to its remarkable battery life, they all come together to create an extraordinary wearable. While it's not the initial introduction of an AMOLED display within the company's lineup, the Epix proudly holds the title of their premium model to have the AMOLED feature.

This achievement translates to an impressively extended battery life, meaning you can track a wide range of activities, such as enjoying onboard music storage, making mobile payments easily, and much more, all within that single device on your wrist.

Braided leather watch bands by Strapcode for Garmin Epix Gen 2

This braided leather watch strap feels soothing and stylish on the wrist, making the Garmin Epix Gen 2 watch look even more premium and classy.

Thanks to the hundreds of styles available out there for customizing the Garmin watch face, you can now ace your daily routine workouts with the Garmin Epix 2. You can pair it with a matching color watch band or change to an unbeatable style with a contrasting color watch strap to go about your day and night in a fashionable way.

While most models of the Garmin Epix Smartwatch boast of these features, there is a variant of the Epic 2 that catches our eye- The Garmin EPIX Gen 2 Sapphire Titanium GPS Watch (47 mm) model. This premium timepiece, available in a variety of configurations, includes the remarkable Sapphire Titanium GPS Watch (47 mm) model, a model that redefines what a smartwatch can offer.

Tartan Pattern Watch Strap by Strapcode for Garmin Epix Gen 2

Pick up the accent yellow of the Garmin face color, you can never go wrong with the old school vintage look you get when your Garmin Epix 2 is paired with a Stewart Camel Tartan Pattern Watch Strap.

A stunning AMOLED screen is at the heart of the Garmin Epix Gen 2. Its bright and crisp 1.3-inch display is a standout feature, and with a resolution of 416 x 416 pixels, you get an immersive visual experience. The AMOLED technology means that the Epix Gen 2's display remains intact and readable even under broad daylight, meaning it's useful both indoors and out in the open. This feature is prominent in the Sapphire Titanium model, with the aid of the Sapphire crystal lens for added durability and clarity.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this sapphire model, especially for an AMOLED watch, is how strong of a battery it has. Unlike its predecessors that struggled with limited longevity, this Watch delivers up to 16 days in smartwatch mode with GPS turned off. Even if you activate the "always-on" screen mode, the battery life still stands at an impressive six days, while the battery-saver option extends it to an impressive 21 days. Even with GPS use, the Epix Gen 2 watch is ever-durable, ranging from 10 hours with music to an incredible 75 hours in maximum battery GPS mode.

Horween Chromexcel Leather Watch Strap by Strapcode for Garmin Epix Gen 2

The ultimate comfort experience is guaranteed with this US Horween Chromexcel Leather Watch Strap.

The Garmin Epix Gen 2 was crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the sapphire model features an artistic design that shows you a watch can be rugged and elegant, all at the same time. It Draws similarities to the Fenix 6 Pro in terms of its strap options and size. Its slim bezel and strategically placed screws combine to give it the perfect shape. The Sapphire Titanium variant has a titanium bezel and a fiber-reinforced polymer case, making it a lightweight and durable timepiece. The silicone strap, a feature that complements the Garmin Spring bar in the Garmin Fenix 7, adds comfort to the equation, and its identical sizing eliminates the hassle of choosing between different dimensions.

 

Garmin Epix Gen 2 adaptable FAT spring bars by Strapcode

Garmin watch case comes with a big lug hole to fit its spring bar
where changing watch bands relied on the Garmin watch bands
exclusive system.

Garmin Epix Gen 2 adaptable FAT spring bars by Strapcode

Dia. 2.3 and tip 1.6, Garmin Epix Gen 2 adaptable FAT spring bar
has double flanges for easy grabbing by using a spring bar tool.

Garmin Epix Gen 2 adaptable FAT spring bars by Strapcode

The comparison of Garmin Epix Gen 2 adaptable FAT spring bars
on the left and the general spring bars in the middle.

Garmin Epix Gen 2 adaptable FAT spring bars by Strapcode

These FAT tip 1.6mm adaptable spring bars give you the
flexibility to style your Garmin Epix Gen 2 just the way you like it.

At Strapcode, we have designed a custom spring bar for selected Garmin models. The Garmin Epix Gen 2 has a large hole to house its spring bar. By replacing the Garmin spring bar with this double-flanged spring bar from STRAPCODE, your job of changing watch bands becomes easy. This particular spring bar has a big pin tip, adaptable with this Garmin EPIX Gen 2. Finally, you can change watch bands to match any situation or events you need to attend without losing valuable activity data such as your daily step count if you are participating in a Step Challenge.

Italian Calf Leather strap by Strapcode for Garmin Epix Gen 2

A brown tone Garmin face color pairs a Cracked Croco Italian Calf Leather strap with the same tone, is sure to give you that grand style appearance.

The Garmin Epix Gen 2 is impressive because it comes with TopoActive maps. These maps help you know just where you are at every point in time. If you like skiing, the watch even has maps with info about slopes worldwide. The Epix 2 has an exquisite screen, which makes these maps look even better. Equipped with the Elevate V4 optical heart rate sensor, it delivers all-day heart rate tracking, respiration, stress monitoring, advanced sleep tracking, and Body-Battery energy monitoring. Using the Firstbeat Analytics algorithm means every estimate you get off this watch is very accurate, making it a trustworthy partner for you if you are very heavy on fitness.

Velcro Hook-and-loop watch strap by Strapcode for Garmin Epix Gen 2

Your sporting experience with the Garmin Epix 2 can be easily enhanced with this tactical Velcro Hook-and-loop watch strap.

In conclusion, the Garmin Epix Gen 2 Sapphire Titanium GPS Watch (47 mm) demonstrates the brand's commitment to innovation, producing quality products, and achieving excellence. While the price point ($999.99) may seem quite steep, the investment is justified by its wealth of features, such as the impressive AMOLED screen, remarkable battery life, sturdy design, and the enduring value it provides. For watch lovers who want a premium smartwatch that bridges the gap between fashion and function, the Garmin EPIX Gen 2 Sapphire Titanium GPS Watch (47 mm) model is a must-pick.

 

Written by Victor, images by Toni

 

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Continue to read the Whole GARMIN Reading Series

  • Part 1 - The Rise of GARMIN and its Multisport GPS watches
  • Part 2 - Which Smartwatch Is For You? Garmin? Apple watch?
  • Part 3 - Why Garmin Fenix 6 watch bands make the Difference
  • Part 4 - Garmin MARQ - an Undeniably Stylish Sporty Smartwatch
  • Part 5 - Garmin MARQ Captain Vs. Garmin Fenix, Two Astonishing Smartwatches
  • Part 6 - Garmin Epix Gen 2 Review: The Smart Watch Carrying on the Baton of Excellence

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