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Which Garmin GPS Multisport Watch Should You Buy in 2022?

Compare the 2022 Garmin fēnix 7 vs epix (Gen 2) vs Venu 2 Plus vs Forerunner 955

Garmin came out of the gate in 2022 with three new heavy-hitters in the GPS multisport watch department: the long-awaited fēnix 7 that added a touchscreen; the Venu 2 Plus that allows you make and take calls while keeping your phone in your pocket; and the wild card epix (Gen 2) that is pretty much a fēnix with an AMOLED display.

And now they've added to the mix the Forerunner 955/955 Solar. And it's a really impresive upgrade from the Forerunner 945, the premium multisport watch that runners and triatheletes have been swearing by since 2019. They gave it a touchscreen as well, a solar-charging option, and more performance metrics you're going to want to hear about.

In this article, we compare all the new high-end Garmin watches of 2022 so far, so you can find the one that's right for you!

Watch this Venu 2 Plus vs epix (Gen 2) review


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Garmin fēnix 7 vs Forerunner 955
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Garmin fēnix 7 — Best Overall Garmin Multisport Watch

The Garmin fēnix 7 series consists of 16 watches that includes three sizes — 7/7S/7X — and three models — standard, Solar, and Sapphire Solar. Below, we provide specs for the fēnix 7 size. For more details on each size, check out our Garmin fēnix 7/7S/7X page or visit our Garmin Outdoor Watch Specs page for full specifications.

fēnix 7 Specs Quick Look

  • Weight: 79 grams
  • Size: 47 x 47 x 14.5 mm
  • Display size: 1.2″ (30.4 mm)
  • Lens: Corning® Gorilla® Glass DX; Power Glass™ (solar models); scratch-resistant Power Sapphire™ (Sapphire Solar models)
  • Battery life:
    • Smartwatch: Up to 18 days/22 days with solar
    • Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 57 days/173 days with solar
    • GPS Only: Up to 57 hours/73 hours with solar
    • All Satellite Systems: Up to 40 hours/48 hours with solar
    • All Satellite Systems + Multi-band: Up to 23 hours/26 hours with solar
    • All Satellite Systems + Music: Up to 10 hours
    • Max Battery GPS: Up to 136 hours/289 hours with solar
    • Expedition GPS: Up to 40 days/74 days with solar
  • GPS Sensors:  GPS, GLONASS, Galileo; multi-frequency positioning on Sapphire Solar editions
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
  • Water rating: 10 ATM (up to 100 meters)

How the fēnix 7 Stands Out

Garmin has added a new touchscreen interface to the fēnix 7 lineup while also retaining their trusted button controls. This high-end Garmin watch now accomadates convenient touch opteration and the three-button operation that you can rely on through sweat, rain, and any outdoor condition.

Get preloaded golf, ski, and road & trail maps on all the Garmin fēnix 7 multisport GPS watches. The fēnix 7/7S/7X Sapphire Solar models are preloaded with topographic maps, while you can download TopoActive maps onto the standard and Solar models of the fēnix 7.

Enjoy access to all the previous top-of-the-line fēnix sports apps and performance metrics like Training Status, Training Load, VO2 Max (for run and trail run), and Race predictor. Plus Garmin has added Realtime Stamina to track and manage your exertion—and help avoid overexerting at the start of your run or bike. And there are some new activity profiles, as well, such as Ultra Running, Kiteboarding, Windsurfing, Snowshoeing, Tennis, and Pickleball.

While the fēnix 7 remains the most rugged Garmin watch lineup (tested to military standards), this generation has a slightly smoother design giving it a less bulky look.

And finally, the fēnix 7 series offers improved battery life. To see the difference, check out this comparison article between the fēnix 6 and fēnix 7 lineups of premium outdoor watches.

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Garmin fēnix 7

Garmin Forerunner 955/955 Solar

Garmin epix (Gen 2) Sapphire

Garmin Venu 2 Plus


Garmin epix (Gen 2) — If Venu 2 and fēnix 7 Had a Baby

The new Garmin epix (Gen 2) premium multisport GPS watch is, in essence, a fēnix 7 or fēnix 6 Pro with an irresistable edge: an AMOLED touchscreen display. Geared toward active lifestyles, the epix 2, at its core, is one of the most robust multisport performance watches on the market—now with a display that perfectly complements it.

Garmin epix 2 Specs Quick Look

  • Weight: 76 grams (standard); 70 grams (titanium Sapphire)
  • Size: 47 x 47 x 14.5 mm
  • Display size: 1.3″ (33.02 mm)
  • Lens: Corning® Gorilla® Glass DX; Sapphire Crystal (Sapphire editions)
  • Battery life:
    • Smartwatch: Up to 16 days (6 days always-on)
    • Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 21 days
    • GPS Only: Up to 42 hours (30 hours always-on )
    • All Satellite Systems: Up to 32 hours (24 hours always-on)
    • Sapphire Editions: All Satellite Systems + Multi-band: Up to 20 hours (15 hours always-on)
    • All Satellite Systems + Music: Up to 10 hours (9 hours always-on)
    • Max Battery GPS: Up to 75 hours
    • Expedition GPS: Up to 14 days
  • GPS Sensors:  GPS, GLONASS, Galileo; multi-frequency positioning on Sapphire editions
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
  • Water rating: 10 ATM (up to 100 meters)

How the epix (Gen 2) Stands Out

The epix 2's AMOLED display (a Garmin first for a serious, high-end multisport watch) puts improved readability with vibrant colors, sharper images, and better viewing angles on your wrist and in your routine. Plus, it allows for more information to be viewed on the watch face at once.

The convenience of this combined with its touchscreen, allows you to access the information that you want quickly, while still being able to count on Garmin's button operations when you're in the thick of it—defying sweat, weather, and other conditions when staying focused is key.

The Garmin epix (Gen 2) comes preloaded with golf, ski, and road & trail maps. The epix 2 Sapphire models are preloaded with topographic maps, while you can download TopoActive maps onto the standard edition.

Enjoy access to all of Garmin's top-of-the-line sports apps and performance metrics like Training Status, Training Load, VO2 Max (for run and trail run), and Race Predictor. Plus Garmin has added Realtime Stamina to track and manage your exertion—and help avoid overexerting at the start of your run or bike. And Garmin's ever-increasing activity profiles now include Ultra Running, Kiteboarding, Windsurfing, Snowshoeing, Tennis, and Pickleball.

The fēnix 7 offers extended battery life and solar-charging options, three size options, and a more rugged build than the epix (Gen 2). But if you can do without these—and the AMOLED touchscreen is a must-have—then the epix 2, which is every bit as feature-rich as the fēnix 7, is the premium active smartwatch for you!

See a full set of epix 2 specs on the Garmin Outdoor Watch Specs page.

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Garmin fēnix 7S

Garmin Forerunner 955

Garmin epix (Gen 2)

Garmin Venu 2 Plus


Garmin Venu 2 Plus — Best Garmin Smartwatch with Sport Savvy

Like the epix (Gen 2), the Venu 2/2S Plus also puts a vibrant AMOLED on your wrist. But that's not the only thing that makes this GPS smartwatch shine. Garmin has added speakers and a mic, and now you can make and take phone calls on your wrist while leaving your phone in your pocket!

Garmin Venu 2/2S Plus Specs Quick Look

  • Weight: 38 grams (Venu 2S Plus); 51 grams (Venu 2 Plus)
  • Size: 40.4 x 40.4 x 12.1 mm (2S); 43.6 x 43.6 x 12.6 mm (2)
  • Display size: 1.1" or 27.9 mm (2S); 1.3″ or 33 mm (2)
  • Lens: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
  • Venu 2S Plus Battery life:
    • Smartwatch mode: Up to 10 days
    • Battery saver smartwatch mode: Up to 11 days
    • GPS mode with music: Up to 7 hours
    • GPS mode without music: Up to 19 hours
  • Venu 2 Plus Battery life:
    • Smartwatch mode: Up to 9 days
    • Battery saver smartwatch mode: Up to 10 days
    • GPS mode with music: Up to 8 hours
    • GPS mode without music: Up to 24 hours
  • GPS Sensors:  GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
  • Water rating: 5 ATM (up to 50 meters)

How the Venu 2/2S Plus Stands Out

Voice functionality, speakers, and a microphone put a whole new kind of fitness smartwatch experience on your wrist. Make calls from your wrist when connected to your compatible smartphone and create or respond to text messages hands-free, courtesy of your paired smartphone’s voice assistant. Plus, ask questions and even control your compatible smart home devices.

While the Venu 2 Plus is heavier on the smart features than the other multisport watches, it is still pretty sport savvy, offering a nice balance between the smartwatch and sport watch aspects of this Garmin watch.

You won't get near the performance metrics or activity profiles as the super-loaded Garmin fēnix 7 and the epix (Gen 2). But compared to other fitness GPS smartwatches on the market, the Venu 2 Plus still provides a rich set of sport features, including VO2 Max for running and activity profiles for running, outdoor recreation, swimming, cycling, and even golf!

The Venu 2 Plus has all the advanced health-monitoring features offered by high-end Garmin watches, and even has on-board music—up to 650 songs!

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Garmin fēnix 7

Garmin Forerunner 955

Garmin epix (Gen 2) Sapphire

Garmin Venu 2 Plus


Garmin Forerunner 955/955 Solar — Still the Best Running Watch

You need functionality, precision, and options when chasing down your insane goals, and the Garmin Forerunner 945 has all this and more to help you analyze and optimize your performance. Plus, its lightweight, sleek build won't weigh you down when your leveling up!

Forerunner 945 Specs Quick Look

  • Weight: 52 grams
  • Size: 46.5 x 46.5 x 14.4 mm
  • Display size: 1.3″ (33 mm)
  • Lens: Corning® Gorilla® Glass DX
  • Battery life:
    • Smartwatch mode: Up to 15 days/20 days with solar
    • GPS-only mode without music: Up to 42 hours/49 hours with solar
    • All-Systems GNSS mode plus Multi-Band with music: Up to 8.5 hours
    • All Systems GNSS mode plus Multi-Band without music: Up to 20 hours/22 hours with solar
    • Ultratrac mode: Up to 80 hours/110 hours with solar
  • GPS Sensors:  GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
  • Water rating: 5 ATM (up to 50 meters)

How the FR 955/955 Solar Stands Out

It's loaded with the best tracking and navigation tools, including Multi-band positioning, for the most advanced tracking in challenging enviroments—perfect for long runners and riders. You'll also get ABC sensors—an altimeter for elevation data, a barometer to monitor weather, and a 3-axis electronic compass. Plus a cornucopia of preloaded maps and must-have there-and-back features.

In addition to traditional trusted Garmin button operation, the upgraded FR 955/955 Solar features a responsive touchscreen. This triathlon watch is light on the wrist and easy to read even in direct sunlight. Plus, it's customizable, including every bit of data.

You get a daily training readiness score to know what kind of workout day it is. Customize your own morning report and get an outlook on your training, recovery, the weather, and more. With the race widget, receive personalized infromation you need while you train for your next race. New HRV status offers a deeper understanding of your overall wellbeing while training. And now you can track and manage your exertion with real-time stamina.

And finally, this Garmin Forerunner has improved battery life

Bonus: with this smart running watch, you can stream your music and podcast to your bluetooth headphones and store up to 2,000 songs on watch for phone-free listening.

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Garmin fēnix 7S

Garmin Forerunner 955

Garmin epix (Gen 2)

Garmin Venu 2 Plus


fēnix 7 vs epix 2 vs Forerunner 955 vs Venu 2 Plus Watch Colors  

Garmin fēnix 7 Outdoor Fitness Watch Colors

fēnix 7S (Standard): Silver with Graphite Band, Silver with Whitestone Band

fēnix 7S Solar: Rose Gold with Light Sand Band, Slate Gray with Black

fēnix 7S Sapphire Solar: Cream Gold Titanium with Light Sand Band, Carbon Gray DLC Titanium with Black Band. Dark Bronze Titanium with Shale Gray Band

fēnix 7 (Standard): Silver with Graphite Band

fēnix 7 Solar: Slate Gray with Black Band

fēnix 7 Sapphire Solar: Carbon Gray DLC Titanium with Black Band, Mineral Blue DLC Titanium with Whitestone, Black DLC Titanium with Black Band

fēnix 7X Solar: Slate Gray with Black Band

fēnix 7X Sapphire Solar: Carbon Gray DLC Titanium with Black Band, Mineral Blue DLC Titanium with Whitestone Band, Black DLC Titanium with Black Band

Garmin Forerunner 955 Triathlon Watch Colors

Forerunner 955: Black, Whitestone

Forerunner 955 Solar: Black, Whitestone

Garmin epix (Gen 2) Premium GPS Watch Colors

Slate Steel, Black Titanium (Sapphire), White Titanium (Sapphire)

Garmin Venu 2 Plus Smartwatch Colors

Silver Bezel with Powder Gray Case and Silicone Band; Slate Bezel with Black
Case and Silicone Band; Cream Gold Bezel with Ivory Case and Silicone Band


Garmin Forerunne 945 vs epix (Gen 2) vs Venu 2 Plus vs fēnix 7 Price  

Garmin fēnix 7S Multisport Smartwatch Cost

fēnix 7S (Standard) — $699.99

fēnix 7S Solar — $799.99

fēnix 7S Sapphire Solar — $899.99

Garmin fēnix 7 Premium Outdoor GPS Watch Prices

fēnix 7 (Standard) — $699.99

fēnix 7 Solar — $799.99

fēnix 7 Solar Sapphire — $899.99

Garmin fēnix 7X Outdoor Fitness Watch Cost

fēnix 7X Solar — $899.99

fēnix 7X Sapphire Solar — $999.99

Forerunner 955 Premium Running Watch Prices

Forerunner 955 — $499.99

Forerunner 955 Solar — $599.99

Garmin epix (Gen 2) Watch Price

epix 2 (standard) — $899.99

epix 2 Sapphire — $999.99

Venu 2 Plus Smartwatch Cost — $449.99


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