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Introducing Garmin® epix™: The First-of-its-Kind Handsfree Navigation Device

Introducing Garmin® epix™: The First-of-its-Kind Hands-free Navigation Device
Rugged Watch Boasts 1.4” Colour Touchscreen, ability to add Mapping, Navigation and
Smart Watch Functionality


Sydney, Australia Garmin today announced epix, the first-of-its-kind, rugged GPS mapping enabled watch for outdoor enthusiasts who are looking for a handsfree navigator. Featuring a 1.4” highresolution colour touchscreen, epix comes preloaded with a worldwide shaded relief basemap, a free 1year subscription to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, plus 8 GB of builtin memory for additional maps. Epix boasts an omnidirectional EXO™ steel antenna with GPS and GLONASS support for a quick fix and accurate position, as well as traditional altimeter/barometer/compass functionality. Epix is also compatible with ANT+ sensors like heart rate monitors and Tempe™ temperature sensor for even more data. Additionally, epix supports the Connect IQ™ store for customisation and smartwatch capabilities. With a full menu of outdoor and navigation features, epix allows users to not only track where they’ve been, but plan for what’s ahead, right from their wrist. 

“For the first time, we’re able to pack the punch of an outdoor handheld GPS into a wearable device,” said Matt DeMoss, General Manager Garmin Australasia. “Garmin is already a leader in GPS wearables, and we’re excited to kick things up a notch with epix by adding extra storage for mapping to an extremely rugged watch that can handle the most rigorous conditions.” 

Hands-Free Navigation 
Epix features a 1.4” colour touchscreen display, which allows users to pan and swipe across the watch face to access vivid, detailed maps. It comes with a free one-year subscription to BirdsEye Satellite imagery, plus 8GB of internal memory to support additional mapping (sold separately). Epix also boasts a 50m water rating 1, and extended battery life with up to 24 hours in watch mode, 50 hours in UltraTrac mode and 16 weeks in watch mode2.

Epix uses the new high sensitivity EXO antenna with GPS and GLONASS support, which means a stronger signal and quicker fix. When connected to GPS, epix has a full suite of navigation features like track recording and navigation, as well as waypoint and coordinate navigation. Users can also reverse their tracklog back to the start using the TracBack feature, or navigate to a location within sight, but not necessarily accessible due to terrain, using Sight ‘N Go. 

Equipped with autocalibrating sensors, epix provides relevant realtime information right from the user’s
wrist. The altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, while the barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing shortterm changes in air pressure. The 3axis electronic compass allows users to keep their bearings, no matter if they’re in a deep canyon or heavy forest. 

Multisport Functionality
In addition to the navigation features, epix is also a fullfeatured fitness training watch, so users don’t need to change watches between activities. With different profiles for running, cycling, swimming, ski/board and indoor training, epix can record distance, pace, speed, calories burned and more. When paired with a heart rate monitor, epix can estimate the user’s VO2 max, and provide a recovery check after intense workouts3.

Epix can also record advanced running dynamics4, which includes cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time to improve the user’s running economy.

Connect IQ & Wireless Connectivity
With Connect IQ, epix can be completely customised to suit the needs of the user. Connect IQ is the firstever open platform for thirdparty developers to create apps and widgets for Garmin products. Through the Connect IQ store in the Garmin Connect Mobile app, users can upload customised apps, widgets, data fields and watch faces to make their epix even smarter, and to suit their specific lifestyles. 

Garmin is working with several app developers that are creating epix apps for the Connect IQ store. Tempo, for example, is building a smart calendar app that will let users see their upcoming events, and send an email from their watch if they are running late. AccuWeather will offer an app to give users air quality and allergy information at a glance. Octane Fitness is building an app to bridge the gap between outdoor runs and indoor workouts on the Octane Zero Runner to seamlessly track all workout stats.

In addition to Connect IQ, epix is equipped with even more wireless connectivity. The Smart Notification feature allows users to pair their smartphone5 with the watch to receive call, text and email alerts right on their wrist, no matter if their phone is buried deep in their pack. Through Bluetooth® and the Garmin Connect Mobile app, users can seamlessly upload their data, or start at LiveTrack session, allowing invited friends and family to follow along in real time while out on the trail or during a training session.

Epix can also act as a wireless remote for the Garmin VIRB® Elite action cam. Using ANT+™, users can start and stop recording and take stills right from their wrist. In addition to heart rate monitors, epix is compatible with a variety of other ANT+ accessories such as tempe and the speed/cadence sensor.


For more information on Garmin water ratings, click here.
2 Depending on settings.
3 Heart rate monitor sold separately.
4 When paired with HRMRun™.
5 Examples of compatible phones include: iPhone® 4S & later, Android™ 4.3, Galaxy S3 or later, Galaxy
Note 3 or HTC One, phone must be Bluetooth Smart. For the full list of compatible smartphones, click here.

Introducing the Forerunner ® 920XT from Garmin ® – a multisport GPS watch with advanced running dynamics and connected features

ydney, Australia – Garmin today announced the Forerunner 920XT – a multisport GPS watch with advanced running dynamics and smart features. Recording detailed metrics for swimming, biking and running, the Forerunner 920XT is qualified to take elite and beginner athletes’ training to the next level. Its slim profile and hinged watch bands offer a comfortable fit, and its high-resolution colour display makes it easy to view stats at a glance during training and on race day. Advanced features include running dynamics, VO2 max and recovery estimates, live tracking and smart notifications, and its watch-mode   and daily activity tracking features are ideal for all day wear to monitor steps and calories.

“As a pioneer and leader in GPS multisport watches, we’re excited to introduce our most advanced all-in- one solution for triathletes and multisport athletes – the Forerunner 920XT,” said Matt DeMoss, General Manager, Garmin Australasia. “Recording in-depth metrics for swimming, cycling and running, tracking daily activity, while keeping users connected, the Forerunner 920XT is ideal for training, racing, and everything in between.”

Exceptional Display and Connected Features 

The Forerunner 920XT’s sleek design is 32 percent lighter and 25 percent thinner than its predecessor, and features flexible, hinged watch bands for a more comfortable fit. Its high-resolution colour display features a watch mode, and daily activity tracking features including steps, distance, calories, countdown to a personalised daily goal and audible move alert after one hour of inactivity, so now triathletes can monitor their activity and sleep patterns during vital rest periods between sessions. It also keeps users connected with smart notifications of incoming text, email, call, calendar reminders and more when in range of a paired Bluetooth®-smart device2.


Athletes can track even more of their workouts by using the Forerunner 920XT as a remote for their VIRB® or VIRB Elite action camera3 – starting and stopping recording, and taking stills right from their wrist. Automatic uploads to the Garmin Connect™ Mobile app on a smartphone using Bluetooth® technology, or Wi-Fi® hot spots with Garmin Connect allow users to seamlessly upload workouts. In the mobile app users can also start a LiveTrack session allowing invited family and friends to follow along in real time during training or on race day.

With a software update available in early 2015, the Forerunner 920XT will become Connect IQcompatible, making additional applications available to users for their active lifestyles.


In the Water

Water rated 5 ATM the Forerunner 920XT offers advanced swim metrics for training in a pool or open water4. Its drill logging allows athletes to easily log swim drills and kick sets at the pool, along with recording swim distance, pace, stroke type, stroke count and SWOLF score. The Forerunner 920XT includes two types of rest timers to keep time pushing off the wall, and features distance alerts to let users know a set is over, or time alerts to help them hold their pace.


On the Bike 

Own the road with the Forerunner 920XT’s advanced cycling features including a built-in altimeter for precise ascent, descent and gradient data during training. It is compatible with sensors such as speed, cadence, heart rate and power meter, and can receive GLONASS signals in addition to GPS for improved accuracy3. When paired with compatible ANT+™ power meters, including Vector™ S and the dual-sensing Vector system, the Forerunner 920XT displays power data including average watts, left/right balance 5, power zone, and when also paired with a heart rate monitor for training it can derive users’ VO2 max estimates for cycling to help monitor changes in fitness.


On the Run

Running efficiently is nowhere more important than at the end of a triathlon. Now triathletes can measure and track their running form with Garmin’s advanced running dynamics, featured on the Forerunner   920XT when used with the HRM-Run™ monitor. Reporting cadence (total steps per minute), vertical oscillation (amount of “bounce” in a runner’s step), and ground contact time (how much time a runner’s  foot spends on the ground during each step), the Forerunner 920XT will even show a colour gauge so users can see how their values compare to running peers. It also features a metronome with vibration and audible alerts to guide cadence training, a race predictor based on VO2 max for running, and a recovery advisor indicating how long a runner should rest before attempting another hard effort1.

For ultra runners, the Forerunner 920XT offers an UltraTrac mode that turns GPS off at certain intervals, extending its up to 24 hours in GPS mode battery life for up to 48 hours.

The Forerunner 920XT is available in black/blue or red/white a Recommended Retail Price of AU $549 and AU $599 for the premium heart rate monitor bundle.

Forerunner 920XT is the latest from Garmin’s expanding fitness segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ lives and promotes healthy and active lifestyles. Whether it’s running, cycling, or other athletic pursuits, Garmin fitness devices are becoming essential tools for athletes both amateur and elite. For more about features, pricing and availability, as well as information about other Garmin fitness products and services, go to or

For 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.


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1  Advanced running dynamics, VO2 max, recovery advisor and race predictor are available when used with a HRM- Run monitor (included with some models, sold separately on others).


2  See for a list of compatible phones.


3 Speed sensor, VIRB, and Vector systems sold separately.


4 Water rating 5 ATM (50m). For more information, see


5 Balance is not available on all power meters.



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Introducing the Garmin® Approach™ S6 Golf Watch A Feature-Packed GPS Golf Watch with First-of-its-kind Swing Metrics and Full-Colour CourseView Map

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