Garmin Epix watch review

The Epix marks the first time that Garmin has combined in one device both multisport and mapping functions. In fact, the Epix could be said to be a multisport watch that duals as a GPS mapping device and vice versa

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Epix is unquestionably impressive, although with its multitude of functions it is aimed more at multi-sport athletes than cyclists

Reasons to buy
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    Touch screen

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    Quick GPS pick up

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    Great mapping

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    No WiFi connectivity and syncing via Bluetooth took a while

The Epix is a good addition to Garmin’s vast range of GPS devices. As you would expect with a device developed for multisport athletes the Epix is a watch rather than a handle bar mounted dedicated cycling computer.

Initially you could be overwhelmed by the numerous metrics at your disposal. It is worth spending some time to get familiar with the Epix’s functionality to fully understand what options work best for you.

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That said, the cycling functions perform well. The 1.4 inch touch colour screen is easy to use on the fly (or you can use the buttons), GPS is picked up quickly, the battery life is good and it is comfortable to wear.

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In addition, the navigation features are reliable and you can link the Epix to your smart-phone via Bluetooth - however, there is no WiFi connectivity and at times using Bluetooth it took multiple attempts to successfully sync my rides to Garmin Connect.

To get the most out of the Epix it is a good idea to purchase a Garmin heart-rate strap (which performed very well) and a bike mount.

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