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(The Gear Loop) - Not one to rest on its laurels, Garmnin has been busy re-jigging its line-up and launching a raft of new watches for those who like to track activities, navigate via the wrist and generally make the most of smart features on the move.

The latest Epix will look surprisingly familiar to anyone who has owned a recent Fenix model (although there’s a new one of those, too), with a chunky titanium bezel and sapphire lens hinting at its potential to handle the rough stuff. Yet, the premium materials used and the ability easily swap out straps also means it can be worn as a stylish daily. 

Although not necessarily designed specifically for one thing - unlike the Marq Adventurer or Garmin’s Descent dive watch - the new Epix is a Jack of all trades, offering activity tracking for everything from simple gym workouts to bouldering, via surfing, skiing and pickleball. Yep, pickleball.

Perhaps most important is the shiny new 1.3" always-on AMOLED display, which now features touchscreen abilities, alongside trusted buttons controls. This will make things, like interacting with mapping and navigation functions, much easier and more intuitive, while that crisp display also now shows easy-to-follow animated workouts for strength training, cardio and yoga. Very smart indeed.

"Designed for an active lifestyle, Epix is a versatile premium multi-sport wearable with AMOLED display and exceptional battery life, built to deliver essential wellness, training and recovery features right to your fingertips," says Dan Bartel, vice president of global consumer sales. 

"Aspirations are personal and regardless of what yours are, Epix will be there at every step, providing essential insights and motivation along the way."

On the subject of battery life, that is clocked at an impressive 16 days, depending on the mode selected and levels of wellbeing monitoring that are activated. Although it can also manage 42 hours in full GPS mode. 

Wellness monitoring includes wrist-based heart rate, respiration and stress tracking, advanced sleep with sleep score and insights, and Body-Battery energy monitoring, which helps inform users on their energy levels when going into a workout.

For those who like to get lost in the great outdoors, Epix now features multi-band frequency and multi-GNSS support for better and more accurate GPS positioning, while the more expensive sapphire editions come preloaded with TopoActive maps with free access to download multi-continent maps from around the world. There’s also the ability to map ski resorts.

With such a dizzying array of features and tracking potential, it can take weeks to really get to know something as powerful as Epix, with the likes of complex training suggestions and real-time stamina reporting sitting alongside simpler things like Spotify and Garmin Pay. There’s almost not enough time in the day to go through everything.

Prices start at £799.99/$899.99/€899.99, meaning it’s certainly not a cheap way of tracking activities. And if you can live without the AMOLED screen but love Garmin's eco-system, the latest Garmin Fenix 7 starts at £599.99/$699.99/€699.99 and packs many of the features mentioned above

Writing by Leon Poultney.