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Garmin Enduro vs Fenix 6: what’s the difference?

Enduro is the latest addition to the ever-growing line of Garmin wearables. This one is described as a lightweight ultra-performance GPS watch. It comes with solar charging and is built for extreme endurance athletes.

The closest comparison is Garmin’s Fenix 6x Pro Solar. However, there’re some important differences between the two. A major one is that Enduro can keep going much longer. However, Garmin has had to sacrifice some functionality in order to achieve this.

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Enduro vs Fenix 6? If you are in two minds as to which device better fits your needs, we’re here to help. In this article we list the exact differences between the two.


Garmin Enduro vs Fenix 6: Design and hardware

The Fenix 6 is currently the daddy of Garmin’s bunch. It comes in multiple variants and sizes. Enduro, on the other hand, has only one size and two variants.

When purchasing the Fenix 6 you can choose between the S version for small wrists, the regular and the X for large wrists. What’s more, there’s a Pro, Pro Solar variant and a few made of Sapphire. This gives a total of 8 different Fenix 6 iterations, and they range in price between $550 and $950.

Measuring 51 x 51 x 14.9 mm, Enduro has exactly the same dimensions as the Fenix 6X. The first comes in a cheaper stainless steel or more expensive Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coated titanium option. The second in a titanium or Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coated titanium option.

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Garmin Enduro | Image source: Garmin

As far as design, most things are the same. Both watches have a 1.4 inch sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display with a 280 x 280 pixel resolution. The duo also has 10ATM water-resistance rating.

There are some slight differences in weight, though. Enduro is more lightweight. With the strap, its steel version comes in at 72 grams and titanium at a mere 58 grams. On the Fenix 6X, the titanium iteration measures 82 grams.

Also worth a mention is the strap. Garmin has developed a special one with an elastic nylon hook and loop for Enduro. The band material for Fenix 6X is silicone or titanium. If you’re a fan of the lightweight nylon one, you can always purchase it on Amazon and attach it to your Fenix.

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Garmin Fenix 6 | Source: Garmin

As mentioned, Fenix 6 models have a Pro and Pro solar variant. The smaller editions also have a base (non-Pro) version. That one lacks music, maps and WiFi.

In a sense, Enduro is the equivalent to the non-Pro variant, but with the addition of solar charging. All of this means its battery life is stonking!

You can expect to get up to 50 days in smartwatch mode on Enduro, and an incredible 65 days with solar. With GPS on the timepiece will keep going for up to 70 hours and 80 hours with solar. There are also various battery saving options for a maximum of 130 days/1 year with solar between charges.

The Fenix 6X Pro Solar is no slouch on this count, either. But the 21 days (24 with solar) in smartwatch mode is less than half of what you would get on Enduro. With GPS switched on the watch keeps going for at least 60 hours.

The sensors are the same across the whole Fenix range and Enduro. Garmin has not upgraded these. Perhaps it is saving the upgrades for the rumored launch of the Forerunner 955 later this year, and possibly Fenix 7.

So you get the full gamut which includes an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, thermometer, Pulse Ox, barometric altimeter, Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate monitor and GPS/GLONASS/Galileo. There’s also NFC for payments on the go.

Here’s a table illustrating the hardware differences between the Fenix 6X Pro Solar and Enduro.

Enduro
Fenix 6x Pro Solar
Bezel material
stainless steel or Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coated titanium
titanium or Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coated titanium
Strap material
ultra light-weight elastic nylon hook and loop
silicone or titanium
Weight
Steel: 72 g (case only: 66 g)
Titanium: 58 g (case only: 52 g)
Titanium: 82 g – case with silicone band (case only: 54 g)
Battery life
Smartwatch: Up to 50 days/65 days with solar*
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 130 days/1 year with solar*
GPS: Up to 70 hours/80 hours with solar**
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 200 hours/300 hours with solar**
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 65 days/95 days with solar
Smartwatch: Up to 21 days/24 days with solar*
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 80 days/120 days with solar*
GPS: Up to 60 hours/66 hours with solar**
GPS + Music: Up to 15 hours/16 hours with solar**
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 120 hours/148 hours with solar**
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 46 days/56 days with solar
Memory/history
64MB
32GB 
Connectivity
Bluetooth® Smart, ANT+®
Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Plays and controls watch music
No
Yes
Music Storage
None
up to 2,000 songs
RRP
$800 and up
$950 and up

Garmin Enduro vs Fenix 6: Activity tracking and smart features

In terms of basic activity and sports tracking, you will not find much that is different between Enduro and Fenix 6. But the first is missing built-in storage for music, there are no maps, no wifi, no preloaded golf courses. Because of this Enduro has much less storage than the Fenix 6x Pro (64MB vs 32GB).

These make the most difference to outdoor recreation. It means Enduro misses out on things such as preloaded topographical maps, preloaded road and trail maps, preloaded ski resort maps, downloadable cartography support.

That’s a bit of a puzzle. Enduro is designed for ultra-runners. But many of them run on trails and sometimes use maps to navigate!

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Garmin Enduro | Image source: Garmin

Enduro does bring a few new things to the table, though. This includes a slightly tweaked version of Garmin’s VO2 max called Trail Run VO2 max, an ultra-run rest timer and information on climbs, descents and flats.

It’s worth pointing out that these features are currently in Beta for the Fenix 6. So pretty soon the Fenix 6 will inherit all of this from the Enduro.

Enduro
Fenix 6x Pro Solar
Gym on-screen workout animations
No
Yes
Rest timer
Yes
No
Vo2Max (Trail Run)
Yes
No
Round-trip course creator (running/cycling)
No
Yes
Trendline™ Popularity Routing
No
Yes
Ultra Running run profile
Yes
No
Preloaded golf courses
No (downloadable from phone)
Yes
Golfing features (custom targets, full vector map, plays like distance, touch targeting)
No
Yes
Outdoor recreation (Preloaded topographical maps, preloaded road and trail maps, preloaded ski resort maps, downloadable cartography support)
No
Yes

Garmin Enduro vs Fenix 6: Bottom line

If you’re in the market for an outdoor adventure watch, you won’t go wrong with a Garmin. The Fenix 6 line is top of its range. It comes with pretty much everything the company has on offer.

Enduro is a slightly tweaked version of the Fenix 6X Pro Solar. But without music, maps and WiFi – pretty important omissions. This is a watch specifically made for multi-day ultra-marathoners. They will love the awesome battery life and some additional functionality.

The rest of the crowd would probably be better off with one of the Fenix 6 watches. They start at around $550 for the base model on Garmin’s website and come in multiple iterations so you can find one to best fit your needs. Enduro starts at $800. You can check the current prices on Amazon on this link (Fenix 6, Enduro).

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