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Garmin’s newest for a more challenging “great outdoors”


IO – Garmin is a prominent smart wearable device, producing constant and innovative breakthroughs since it was first founded. The brand’s deep scientific and technological research and development have enabled Garmin to dominate land, sea and air with incredible achievements. Since Forerunner was released in 2003, Garmin has expanded its market to include triathlons, mountain climbing, golf, and other sports fields, building the most established market in all outdoor sports segments. 

Extending its on-road path, Garmin has ranked top in marine recreational activities, since 2017. The remarkable Garmin Autoland received the Robert J. Collier Trophy, a benchmark in aerospace achievements, in 2020. The US military has selected Garmin D2 and Fenix series for their accuracy and reliability. 

Garmin dares adventurous souls to partake in challenging outdoor activities by launching the fènix® 7 series, presenting more efficient solar cells, longer-life batteries and internal flashlights for more convenience in sporting. 

Along with launching the fènix® 7 series, Garmin also introduced epix™, a smartwatch set designed to shape and twist the adventurous spirit into a new urban rhythm. Besides supporting numerous sports functions, epix™ features a high-definition AMOLED touch screen, complete with incredible battery life. 

“We have continuously pursued innovation since our first fènix smartwatch launched, ten years ago. We bring amazing products that ensure safety and reliability for outdoor enthusiasts. We have designed the ultimate outdoor smartwatches, enhanced with safety, health and fitness functions, to support the seamless journey through fènix 7 and epix series,” explained Scoppen Lin, Assistant General Manager of Garmin Asia. 

The global pandemic has altered people’s lifestyles and made them more cautious about their health and fitness. Outdoor sports have become a new normal and chosen lifestyle during the pandemic, over the past two years. A 2021 global fitness and exercise trend survey released by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) states that smart wearable devices placed 2nd above outdoor sports, in 4th position. 

Outdoor sports are trending in Indonesia, as proven by the sharp increase of Garmin users, up 24 percent. Garmin Indonesia recorded pleasing growth in outdoor sports, namely cycling, hiking, mountain climbing and other outdoor sports, such as paddle boarding, bouldering, and rock climbing, which escalated over 100 percent. Bouldering reached the highest growth of interest, marking a rise of nearly 500 percent. Garmin also reported 26 percent of outdoor GPS devices growth within the first Q3, which indicated an increase in outdoor sports. 

The increased usage of Garmin connects with its expanded solar panel surface feature, which optimizes charging better than 200 percent compared to the previous generation. The improved Power Manager function and the fènix 7-times battery life have allowed Garmin to hold 24 days of battery life with UltraTrac Mode. 

The new Real-Time Stamina feature allows users of 40 advanced exercise modes suitable for sports such as mountaineering, triathlon, bouldering, cross-country running and more to monitor their physical strength and adjust speed and intensity in real-time. The feature helps athletes set strategies and manage their power for long-distance races at different intervals. 

Other features from Garmin, such as the Up Ahead feature, will help athletes set strategies before a game. Garmin Connect helps create routes and mark waypoints; after syncing with fènix 7, they can quickly view checkpoints, drinking water stations, medical posts and other route data. 

Fènix 7X is the first smartwatch with a built-in flashlight with four brightness levels and an activated red flashlight to display an SOS signal for critical situations. For night runners, the feature of running a rhythm-adjusted flashlight will alternately emit white and red lights, to increase personal safety. 

The Epix, a premium GPS watch for stylish outdoor wear, is equipped with a high-definition AMOLED touch screen, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lens and is cased in 45mm lightweight titanium alloy, designed for the modern urban adventurer. The series also offers more than 40 outdoor and indoor sports modes, supporting 42,000 golf course maps and 2,200 ski resorts worldwide. This watch continues to record data for 30 hours in GPS sports mode, has a battery life of 16 hours with smartwatch mode, and up to 21 days when Power Manager is activated. 

The fènix and epix series are built to conform to US Military MIL-STD-810 in supporting MultiGNSS (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) positioning. The Multi-Band frequency setting greatly improves speed and accuracy during challenging conditions in the city and up mountains. 

For the first time, epix series offers the flexibility to switch from touchscreen to button use, as well as supporting free global maps, to give users complete control. 

The fènix 7 and epix series allow users to sync music streaming providers such as Spotify, with an allday connection. Health and fitness monitor features include heart rate, stress level, blood oxygen, body battery, sleep quality, fitness age, and instant health report provide health and fitness information at your fingertips. 


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