Know where you've been, where you are, and where you're going.
It took years of practice but you finally mastered triangulation and night-sky navigation. Now bite the billet and file all that knowledge away for a rainy day, because the Garmin Epix mapping watch is going to make it all redundant. Of course, the Epix is hardly a watch—you wear it on your wrist and it can tell you what time it is—but it's probably easier to call it a watch than a wearable touchscreen navigation computer, which is what it actually is. It comes pre-loaded with a worldwide shaded relief basemap and a one-year subscription to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, so you can move, zoom in, and analyze all sorts of topo (and custom) maps so you always know right where you are. The Epix features navigational ability that's powered by its GPS and GLONASS satellite navigation systems, which are embedded in the stainless-steel housing to provide seriously accurate worldwide location services and have different interval settings to let you choose between constant and accurate updates or more battery life.
The Epix is more than a backcountry navigation watch, though. Not only will it get you to and from secret hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking spots, but it will tell you exactly how fast you're moving, how long it's taking you, how many calories you're burning, what your elevation is, how the weather is changing, what direction you're moving in, and it can even help you map and re-trace routes. This is seriously useful in the deep backcountry, but it also makes the Epix a great training tracker for runners, cyclists, endurance athletes, swimmers, skiers, snowboarders, and fitness freaks. It can sync wirelessly with your other devices so you can analyze your results and design a training plan at your leisure, and it also has a USB hookup for speedy recharging and data transfer. If you don't want to leave civilization behind completely, you can set the Epix up to display text, phone, and email alerts or to document your adventures by syncing it up to work as a remote for Garmin's VIRB action camera. To put it succinctly, if the Epix can't do it, it's probably not worth worrying about.
- Stainless steel housing and rubber band with high-res touchscreen display
- EXO+ antenna for GPS and GLONASS location tracking
- Cycling, running, hiking, and swimming tracking features
- Five ATM water resistance
- Up to 16 weeks of continuous battery life in watch mode
- Up to 24 hours battery life in GPS training mode
- Included USB cable for recharging and data transfer
- Fully customizable displays, modes, and settings
- BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription included
- Compatible with Garmin Connect IQ, TOPO 100K maps, TOPO Canada maps, City Navigator maps, BlueChart g2 maps, and custom maps