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Garmin’s November watch update adds a ton of features: Here’s what’s included

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2022 can go down in the books as the best year ever for Garmin GPS sports watches with a plethora of great hardware options across a wide price range, enhanced watch and smartphone software, and quarterly feature releases that ensure buyers have active support. Garmin just announced the November 2022 software release that will apply to several watches and the features are excellent.

The November feature updates are rolling out to the Location 2, Location Square 2, Forerunner 255 series, Predecessor 945 LTE, Forerunner 955 series, Phoenix 6/MARK, Phoenix 7/Epix (gen 2)MARQ (Gen 2), Enduro2and Tactics 7. Earlier this year I tested the Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar which launched with some of these features in this update, but even that device gets some of the new goodies. The Garmin Enduro2 always lives on one of my wrists while on the other wrist I test out all sorts of other smartwatches and GPS sports watches.

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The Venu 2 and Venu Sq 2 watches only receive support for disc golf with this update. There are also some limits to what the Forerunner 255 series and Fenix ​​6/MARQ receive. The rest of the watches will get these new features unless the watch has already launched with the feature (such as Morning Report on the Forerunner 955). The new features include:

  • Wrist-based running power: Polar was the first to launch with running power on the wrist, then we saw the same feature appear on COROS and Apple watches. Garmin needed an external accessory, but with this update nothing extra is needed to see the different elements running force. This is a useful metric for people who run a lot of hills and is my favorite metric for training.
  • Report tomorrow: When you first get up in the morning and look at your Garmin watch, you can now see your sleep, recovery, training outlook, HRV status, training readiness and weather for the day. You can also customize the data you see in the report and I find it very useful in the morning.
  • Degree adjusted pace: If you’re not a fan of running power and prefer to train with pace, then slope-adjusted pace stats are useful for monitoring pace on uneven terrain.
  • NextFork map guide: I tried out this route guidance functionality at a Camp Garmin event and it helps you figure out which path to take when trails cross or split. It is useful for notifying you if you stray from the intended path and then helping to guide you back to your selected route.
  • Snowboarding inland: Just in time for the winter sports season, we see an extra activity for those who like the cold white stuff. There are several activities related to snow on Garmin watches and you can even view them Skiview Mapsso go out and stay safe.
  • Disc golf: Since taking four lessons, I’ve improved my golf game significantly, but I’m terrible at throwing a Frisbee disc. For those with the skills, your Garmin watch can now track your round of disc golf. With the UDisc app on Connect IQ you can even request distances to the basket.
  • Tidal look: Even if you don’t have a marine-facing Garmin device, you can now add a tide chart and view the tides for your local or other designated area. By selecting the glance, you can view ebb and flow several days ahead in graphical format. I loaded this onto the Enduro 2 as it helps with marine salvage and fishing activities.
  • Automatic rest for Ultrarun: The Enduro 2 launched with this feature, but is now available on several other watches with this update. Your watch automatically tracks the time you spend at an aid station or checkpoint, so you don’t have to worry about pausing and restarting your Ultrarun activity.

With this update, every new feature we’ve seen on products released in 2022 is now on the latest and greatest Garmin watches. I’m not sure what the next quarterly update will bring, but I look forward to more from Garmin in 2023.

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Garmin has also released a software update for the Explore edge 2 and Edge 1040 cycling computers with Live Event Sharing, LiveTrack Spectator Messaging and Targeted Adaptive Coaching (Edge 1040 only).

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