Garmin Enduro 2 vs Enduro vs Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar Compared

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The original Garmin Enduro launched in February 2021 and targeted a niche segment of endurance users that needed incredible battery life.

It was positioned somewhere in the middle of the 6X models and the none Pro options.

It launched at a lower price point than the Fenix 6X Pro Solar and the Fenix 6X Sapphire while adding 10 hours to the GPS battery and more than double the smartwatch battery life.

The caveat was that it stripped away all the Pro features, making it functionally the same as the Fenix 6. In comparison to that, it cost £170 more than the standard Fenix 6 but had 3.5 times the battery life for regular smartwatch use and a 66% increase in the GPS.

Garmin Enduro 2 vs Enduro vs Fenix 7X – Main differences

Garmin Enduro 2

The new Garmin Enduro 2 is a less distinctive device. I am not saying it is bad, but there is nothing very unique about it. It is essentially identical to the Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar, but you have a longer battery life, a different watch strap which reduces the overall weight and a slightly different aesthetic. That’s it.

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Garmin Enduro 2 vs Enduro vs Fenix 7X Price

On a positive note, there is not a significant increase in cost. The Garmin Enduro 2 costs £930 vs £860 for the Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar. If you wanted to save a little extra money, you could skip the durability of the Sapphire glass and pay £780 for the 7X Solar, but I feel that doesn’t compare to the Enduro as well because the Enduro is supposed to be durable.

Buyers in the US can save a small ammount of money on the Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar when buying from Amazon US.

The downside is that the Garmin Enduro 2 has had a massive £230 price hike vs the Enduro. One one hand, this is justifiable as you get a huge number of extra features.

Others may feel difference, I imagine a lot of endurance type athletes liked the Enduro because it was a feature-lite multi-sport watch with incredible battery life and a lower price point than the most expensive Fenix 6X watches.

Garmin Enduro 2 vs Enduro vs Fenix 7X Battery Life

The Garmin Enduro 2 is 0.7mm thicker than the Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar, and this will likely be due to the physical battery size being bigger. Garmin has literally taken the Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar and put in a bigger battery. That’s it.

For some, that will be good enough. Importantly for those endurance types, you can get up to 150 hours GPS with solar, 70 hours more than the predecessor and 28 hours more than the Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar.

Using the new fancy all satellite systems and multi-band, you can squeeze out 68 hours or 81 with solar, which basically matches the Enduro when with its basic GPS and provides a massive 89% improvement over the Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar.

Garmin Enduro 2 vs Enduro vs Fenix 7X Comparison Table

GarminEnduro 2EnduroFenix 7X Sapphire Solar
Lens materialPower SapphirePower GlassPower Sapphire
Bezel materialTitaniumstainless steel or Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coated titaniumTitanium
Case materialfiber-reinforced polymer with titanium rear coverfiber-reinforced polymer with titanium rear coverFibre-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
Quick-fit watch band26mm26mm26mm
Physical size51 x 51 x 15.6 mm51 x 51 x 14.9 mm51 x 51 x 14.9 mm
Screen typeColour touchscreen, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)Colour (no touchscreen), sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)Colour touchscreen, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Screen size/resolution1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter, 280 x 280 pixels1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter, 280 x 280 pixels1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter, 280 x 280 pixels
Weight70 g (case only: 64 g)Steel: 71 g (case only: 65 g)
Titanium: 61 g (case only: 55 g)
89 g with silicone band (case only: 61 g)
SensorsAccelerometer, gyroscope, compass, thermometer, Pulse Ox, barometric altimeterAccelerometer, gyroscope, compass, thermometer, Pulse Ox, barometric altimeterAccelerometer, gyroscope, compass, thermometer, Pulse Ox, barometric altimeter
Sattelite connectivityGPS/GLONASS/Galileo (Multi-frequency positioning)GPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/Galileo (Multi-frequency positioning)
NFCYesYesYes
Battery lifeSmartwatch: Up to 34 days / 46 days with solar
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 111 days / 550 days with solar
GPS: Up to 110 hours / 150 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems: Up to 78 hours / 96 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems and Multi-band: Up to 68 hours / 81 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems and Music: Up to 20 hours
Max Battery GPS: Up to 264 hours / 714 with solar
Expedition GPS: 77 days / 172 days with solar
Solar charging, assuming all-day wear with 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions
Solar charging, assuming use in 50,000 lux conditions
Smartwatch: Up to 50 days/65 days with solar
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 130 days/1 year with solar
GPS: Up to 70 hours/80 hours with solar
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 200 hours/300 hours with solar
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 65 days/95 days with solar
Solar charging, assuming all-day wear with 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions
Solar charging, assuming use in 50,000 lux conditions
Smartwatch: Up to 28 days/37 days with solar
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 90 days/ 1+ year with solar
GPS Only: Up to 89 hours/122 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems: Up to 63 hours/77 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems and Multi-band: Up to 36 hours/ 41 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems and Music: Up to 16 hours
Max Battery GPS: Up to 213 hours/ 578 hours with solar
Expedition GPS: Up to 62 days/ 139 days with solar
Solar charging, assuming all-day wear with 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions
Solar charging, assuming use in 50,000 lux conditions
LED flashlightYesNoYes
Water-resistance10 ATM10 ATM10 ATM
Memory32 GB64 MB32 GB
ConnectivityBluetooth, ANT+, Wi-FiBluetooth, ANT+, Wi-FiBluetooth, ANT+, Wi-Fi
RRP£929.99Currently £549.99
RRP £700
£859.99

Opinion

I have mixed feelings about the Garmin Enduro 2. Part of me thinks this is just a lazy launch by Garmin.

However, you can’t deny the impressive improvement in battery life when using GPS. If I was already willing to spend £860 on the Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar, I think I might just spend the extra £70 and get the Enduro 2 instead, which is just an 8% price difference.

Last update on 2024-06-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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