Garmin’s Newest Smartwatch Gets Its Power From a Surprising Place
The Garmin Fenix series is the one to buy for those who head out on long trail runs, hiking trips and backpacking adventures. Garmin announced its newest edition, the Fenix 6 series, right as the UTMB begins. The UTMB is revered in the trail running world for its gritty terrain throughout the Alps in Chamonix, France, and you’re likely to spot athletes using the new Fenix series there. The latest releases boast a plethora of added features, but one of the most surprising is the ability to solar charge.
The highest-end model, the 6X Pro Solar, features a solar panel on the watch face itself that adds to your battery. You need to keep the watch face in the sun to get the fastest charge. While it’s not the absolute best way to charge, if you’re in the backcountry, or racing the UTBM, you can add valuable hours to your tracking device. If you just use the base smartwatch applications, you can extend your battery life from 21 days to 24 days. Using GPS, you’ll extend the life from 60 hours to 66 hours — not too shabby.
In addition to the possibility of solar charging, the Fenix 6 series is bursting with new features. It also allows you to see the most popular routes other people take on your watch. PacePro is a new way to track your pace and stick with it for the duration of a race or training session. And you’ll also gain access to over 2,000 ski resort maps, plus pre-loaded golf maps. You can shop the 6X Pro Solar, 6X Pro and Sapphire and 6S on Garmin today and check out our roundup of all the Garmin models here.