com and today ive got 15 things to know about the new garmin epics gps watch im going to take you through my usage and experience over the past month and a half or so in places like this out swimming biking, running hiking, indoor Sports, you name it figuring out whats great about the watch and what still needs a little bit of love. Now in this video im going to cover all the new details and all the new features on the epics watch, though its technically the second generation fx watch. But im not going to compare it to that, because thats like six years old, instead im gon na, compare it to the phoenix 6 which is sort of the predecessor for this particular lineage. Now, in addition to the epics, garmin, also released the phoenix 7 today uh. This video is not about that, though. Ive got an entire in depth, review up in the corner there, as well as a full comparison, video comparing the epics as to the phoenix 7. All the nuanced nitty gritty details i go into that there so check out. One of those two videos up in the corner there now this video is not sponsored in any way shape or form. Im gon na tell you the good, the bad and the ugly about this watch were gon na talk through accuracy and help you figure out whether or not its worth the price, so that seems like a good place to start.

There are two different models here: theres a base model as well as a sapphire edition. The base model is 8.99. The sapphire edition is 100 bucks more at 9.99. There are four basic differences between those two. The first is that the base model has a glass screen versus the higher end. Has a sapphire screen. The base model has a stainless steel. Bezel versus the high rin has a titanium bezel. The base model has 16 gigs of storage. The higher end has 32 gigs, and the base model does not have multi band gps, whereas the higher model does have multi band or dual frequency. Gps and dont worry were going to talk about what those size, storage and gps metrics mean in just a second. Every single epic unit, whether its bass or the sapphire editions, has wi fi, contactless payments and music on it. So theres, no differentiation between the epic skus. They all have those features across the board. So the reason why wi fi matters thats how you download music from platforms like spotify or deezer or amazon music, and that does not require you – have your phone with you to listen to music. I can be out here where theres no cell phone coverage, i unlisted music, just fine using simply headphones paired to the watch itself and here a quick note. If youre, finding this video intriguing or useful go ahead and whack that, like button at the bottom there, it really does help with this video and the channel quite a bit.

Next, we have unquestionably the most important feature of the epic series, which is the new amoled display. I know amoled displays are much more vibrant, much more beautiful, but they also take a bunch more battery life. So you think about an apple watch, for example, or samsung watch or garmins own venue series. Those are amoled displays in the case of the epics. It is 1.3 inches across at 416 by 416 pixels. If youre, comparing it to the phoenix 7 series, it fits right in the middle there with the phoenix 7 itself, so the phoenix 7s is smaller at 1.2 inches. The 7 is 1.3 and the 7x is 1.4, so its the exact same size and case and display as the middle model of the phoenix series. Now, as you would expect from an amoled display, it is a full touch screen display, which means you can navigate through using touch or the five different buttons on the side there. So it retains the five buttons of kind of garmins 4runner and phoenix series that youve seen on numerous over the watches over the past decade or so. But you can now use touch in certain areas, for example in the map, its really handy to kind of quickly. Just scroll around the map using your finger as opposed to having to use a bunch of buttons. Now you can lock the touch display in any mode you want. So if you dont want it in sport modes, you can turn off.

If you dont want it in day to day usage, you can turn it off theres, a bunch of features there, even turning off just for sleeping versus the rest of the day. I have an entire user interface video up in the corner there, where you just walk through the whole user interface and how it works, and some of those kind of really nitty gritty details on all the options that you have next up, weve got battery life and Thats tied to one core thing which mode youre in from a display standpoint, the epics has two display modes, always on or gesture based. So when always on, the display is always on, though the dimness level varies. So when its down like this, the dimness cell is going to go down slightly and then i raise it up and boom instantaneously. It goes to full brightness. In that scenario there, which is how ive been using it for almost my entire time, itll last about six days in smart watch mode and thats, using about an hours worth of gps or optical heart rate, workout stuff, every single day and thats, pretty consistent. What ive been doing some days longer, some days shorter, but kind of the average there and those numbers actually do hold up in terms of battery life for the gesture based mode where you put it down, the screen goes off, you raise it up. The screen goes back on again, in that case its claimed at 16 days and standby, for that, including all the smart features on behind the scenes and then finally for gps on time, heres, just an entire chart of all those times in one kind of easy to Read and easy to pause, sort of screen and also note there is no solar on the epic series at all, so it is on the fenix 7 series, depending on which model you get but theres no solar on the epics, because, frankly, it probably wont do very Much next on the list is the new multi band or dual frequency gps.

Now this has long been touted as sort of the holy grail of gps accuracy, and it does that by having way more gps satellites to connect to technically not called gps is called gnss, but well just call it gps. For the purpose of this conversation, and the idea is that by scaling upwards of 60 satellites, you have a much better chance to find your location alongside of cliffs like this or other hard gps accuracy areas. Now, garmin is hardly the first person in town here. In fact, coros released this this past summer on the coros vertex 2 gps watch and in my testing of both that, as well as the epics and the phoenix 7 id say its like shrug. I see there are certainly some cases very, very slim cases of all the testing ive done where it might matter for literally like a few seconds, the rest of the time, its pretty much the same as normal, which is largely very, very good. But i dont necessarily see like the massive gains in every scenario, whether it be running in your hometown or even up in the mountains here that sometimes people have claimed might come with that technology. I think whats likely the case that were going to see updates over the next year or two primarily on the software side, thats going to get us closer to that holy grail, gps accuracy that everyones hoping for now. If youre looking for more detail on that gps accuracy, ive got all of my data sets linked down below in that written review and you can go and look at every single one of my data sets compared to a slew of different watches over the last month And a half in all sorts of conditions and all sorts of places next up, theres the new up ahead feature.

This is arguably one of my favorite features on the watch. Ive got actually displayed right now, and it tells you the distance to the next waypoints that youve defined its just a simple glanceable menu. So waypoints are certainly not new to gps. Watches theyve been around forever, but these waypoints show you an icon and show you the distance on the route in just a single glanceable page. So you can see here. These are waypoints that ive created on a route that ive imported from commute, but you can import them from any other service that you want to once theyre on garment connect. You can use either garmin connect to the website or garmin connect mobile to add the waypoints and the icons that you want a bunch of pre canned icons and you give it whatever names you want, and it just simply shows you the distance until each one of Those points along the route, speaking of routing every single epics watch on it, has full blown maps on it, though whether or not theyre pre loaded or you have to download them afterwards for free will vary on the base. Skus those base models for 8.99 that comes with 16 gigs of storage versus the higher end unit. It comes with 32 gigs of storage and the reason that matters is what garmin has done for the base units is not pre loaded any of the maps except for skiing and golf. So you have to go ahead and just choose which region youre in and then it downloads that map set to your watch versus on the 32 gig edition its got the whole world pre loaded with all the full topo active mapping, details that you see right here.

The point, though, being that all of those maps are still free, you just got to tap download once for your region and then youre good to go its worth. Noting, however, that these downloads over wi fi, are incredibly slow, youre looking at roughly one hour per two to two and a half gigs, so north america, europe is going to take you over four hours to download now continuing on with mapping. Youve got increased levels of detail, thats visible on the epics maps compared to the phoenix 7 maps. The underlying data is the exact same, but what you can see using that higher end display is much more visible, heres, a bunch of different kind of shots side by side at different points over the last week, or so showing you what the map detail looks like At the exact same level and ive got to say in using these side by side like this, and just today alone is a great example that the visibility, the brightness, the contrast all the stuff on epics just puts the phoenix 7 a shame and its too bad. Because the phoenix 7 is a great watch, but once you go epics honestly its hard to go back to this, i keep on. Like sorry, garmin. I think you kind of just sort of like killed the phoenix lineup, at least for the phoenix 7 edition anyways. The next feature is the new stamina feature. What this is. It basically allows you to figure out how much energy you have left now its not actually available in a hiking mode like this.

Instead, its only available in running or cycling, primarily in modes, where youre going ahead and getting your heart rate up for some intense activity for a long period of time, and what its aiming to do is to figure out how much energy youve left in two different Categories so do your long term energy, so how much energy youve left for the entire day and then your short term energy, how much energy you have left like this particular interval. Now the feature is really designed more for racing, but showing an interval. Workout is actually a really great and easy way to kind of explain it. Now. You can see here that my top level energy continues to go down over the workouts thats shown on the map right here, but then each time i stop after an interval and recover that short short term energy goes ahead and increases again and the idea being that You could either end your race or whatever it may be, that youre trying to aim for at zero. In fact, there are two different data fields that you can add here. One is essentially a distance till empty and one is a time little empty and its going to continuously change that number based on your exertion and your effort at that point in time now, in my testing id say, this is a really tough one to judge, because You really have to be like going balls to the wall out for some sort of a race or something like that.

My interval, workout so id say its relatively accurate with how im feeling during that interval workouts but for the most part, im not doing like three hour interval workouts, so its kind of hard to judge there. But next up weve got a biggie for anyone. Whos ever configured a garmin device before, which is the ability to configure the data fields, the settings, almost everything from your phone. Finally, like a decade later, we can now do that. You still can do it on your watch. You can go onto your phone now. You can configure data fields for sports. You can change settings on the watch. What satellite systems it uses all that stuff is available here. There are very few features you run into every once in a while that require to be configured on the watch. For example, downloading maps you have to go onto the watch itself to do, but otherwise almost everything be done from the phone itself. As long as the phone is within range of the watch, i think theres still a ton of things garmin could do in this area. For example, on their ed series devices, they allow you to import in your past data fields. That doesnt happen here like if i have a phoenix 6 and go to the phoenix 7 or the epics you dont get any of that stuff. You have to reset it from scratch. Still as ive said many times before. The point here was for grommer to just start it on some device, not try to boil the ocean just start somewhere and then add those features over time and they finally started somewhere.

Next up is the addition of ski view. This is basically garmin rebranding kind of their ski mappings, but adding new features so youve now got the resort names themselves, as well as all the different slope or run names are shown as well as all cross country trails. Those were not shown in the past and thats available on all units pre loaded, so even the base epics has those pre loaded and theyre updated as normal, like every other map set on epics, as well as a phoenix 7.. Next up, garmin has added their generation. 4 elevate optical heart rate sensor to the back of it that optical heart rate sensor does basically 24×7 heart rate continuously. It also does heart rates at a higher power during workouts, and then it goes ahead and gives you pulse ox, or basically spo2 measurements during sleep or even 24 by 7. If you want, this is the same sensor that was introduced on the venue 2, as well as a 4 1 or 9 45, and i find it generally quite accurate, even for interval workouts, even in the cold at night. It does seem to struggle a little bit in outdoor, sucking workouts when im descending, but for the most part, its perfectly acceptable. You can still pair to a chest, strap if you want to either amp plus or bluetooth smart. That capability is certainly there. If you want even higher levels of accuracy, ive also got all those heart rate accuracy details in the in depth review that i mentioned earlier on with that generation, 4 optical heart rate sensor, garmin also added the new health snapshot feature.

This is something that you saw in the venue series as well, and what essentially allows you to do is to sit down and not do anything for two minutes and then, during that two minute time period, itll take five different readings, including your average heart rate. Your stress levels, your pulse ox, your hrv and your breathing rate, and once its done with that itll give you a report. In fact, you can actually take that report if you want to from garmin connect mobile spit it out as a pdf and bring it to a doctor or whatever the case may be. The one gap, though, is that garmin already tracks all those metrics, except for hiv. Over time anyways, so i would expect you to see some sort of ability to trend your health snapshots over time, because, ostensibly the reason you do a health snapshot is to have consistency. I say every single morning at 8 am or right after you. Wake up, youre gon na have the same levels of readings every single day, but you cant actually compare health snapshot to help snapshot, hopefully thats something ill be able to add down the line. Though sorry i just its really pretty finally, its the the suns finally breaking through its been cloudy all day long. This is tenerife by the way and the canary islands off the coast of africa and its absolutely an astounding beautiful place to come and swim bike run. Hike do all the outdoor things you cant really beat it this time of year.

Next, up garmin has added historical data to the race predictor feature. Now, if you use garmins race predictor in the past, youve probably had varied success with it, depending on which device you have the older the device, the uh more like lenient. It was in its predictions the newer device, the better its got. Essentially, though, it takes your vo2 max, it takes your age and the newer devices also take your training history and they try to figure out what the fastest pace you could run for a given races, so 5k, 10k half marathon and marathon. But you couldnt see how that changed over time. Now you can this isnt revolutionary. It just allows you to see. Are you getting slower or faster as the year goes on, keep in mind, this is dependent on that vo2 max feature and that feature in turn is dependent on generally higher intensity interval, workouts or higher intensity workouts. So if youre kind of more steady state for most of your workouts dont expect that feature to be as accurate next up, there are a slew of different changes to user interface, things that are just kind of little tidbits here and there that are worthwhile, noting first Off is that you can click on any one of the data bits on the watch face, and that takes you straight to the widget itself and now, once youre on the widget, you can actually swipe backwards like a timeline, something that garmin adds the venue series.

This past year, its now on the epics and phoenix series given the touchscreen display, there, theres also changes at the end of a workout, better visualization of the training load and the training impact of that particular workout, as well as better visualization of the training zones that You were in the workout zones – heart rate zones, for example, theres a ton of little interface changes throughout the watch. It wont feel massively different to you if youre coming from the phoenix series the last couple years but itll feel a little bit more polished if youre coming from the phoenix or the 4runner series the last few years, except we got a feature thats buried hopelessly down In the menu system, one like garmins biggest faults are just menus that are so deep and impossible to find. But if you can find the setting its pretty cool, which is ability to configure how the watch reacts while youre asleep now theres, basically three categories of things. One is: what does the display do, what does the buttons do and what is the brightness level in the screen do and then from there? You can go ahead and actually configure what it does on different days of the week. If you wanted to, i would have preferred some sort of like weekday versus weekend, but i didnt see a way to easily do that. Uh still the idea, though, being that you have tons of options to say hey, i want the touch to be off at night.

So im not like accidentally rubbing it or you want the display to get really really dim at night. Those are all options you can set exactly what the dimness level as well. Next up is the addition of the garmin connect store on the wrist itself. This is something they teased last year at the garmin connect iq developer conference in the fall and its now. Finally, here on both the epics as well as the phoenix series, this allows you to go ahead and install apps directly from the wrist, without necessarily using your phone, though the actual installation of the apps is somewhat limited to ones theyve, pre populated, theyre sort of, like The recommended list of apps there, so you cant, like search through every single app, but there are some apps there to consider installing and you can do that directly via the app on the watch itself. Next up, we got like a 10 second item which is great because were getting close to the end of video here, which is theyve added a button guard. So, next to the start and stop button, there youll see that it has that little bump around it kind of like guards. If you will on both sides that simply keeps your jacket from going ahead and potentially stopping or starting it. If its underneath your code or whatever the case may be okay, so that where do we stand on things overall, i am pretty impressed with epics uh.

In fact, i would say, while there are some features, that i love on the phoenix 7, particularly the phoenix 7x, that flashlight there is super super cool. This display its really hard every single time to go back to this display. I look at this and im like yep im taking this and going were calling this day done right here, but with six days of battery life, even including an hour of workouts every single day, i think for the vast majority of people, the epics will probably cover Their battery needs just fine with that. Hopefully, you found this instagram useful ive got tons more videos on these watches and comparisons of these watches theyre to their competitors over the next little.