Last Updated on August 23, 2023 by Afsar

Garmin, a leader in fitness wearable technology, has unveiled a comprehensive software update that brings with it an exciting range of features. Users of the Fenix 7, Marq Gen 2, and Epix Gen 2, whether standard or Pro versions, will find this release particularly noteworthy. Among the most anticipated features is the dedicated kayaking tracking option – a long-awaited addition for water sports enthusiasts.

30 New Activity Profiles

At the core of this update is the inclusion of 30 new activity profiles. While our kayaking community at Kayak Base is naturally most thrilled about the kayaking profile, other sports haven’t been left behind. The list is expansive, ranging from mainstream sports like American football, soccer, and ice hockey to niche activities such as archery and various racket sports.

Revolutionizing Incline Measurements

For those who love to gauge their performance, Garmin’s new Hill Score and Endurance Score features are game-changers. As elaborated by DC Rainmaker, these tools will allow users to assess their capability in tackling inclines and handling long distances. Interestingly, while these features were initially reserved for the Pro versions, this update has extended them to the standard models, bridging the feature gap between the two.

Enhanced Mapping Capabilities

Shaded relief maps have been integrated into the older watch models with this update, significantly improving the experience for those using their Garmin devices for navigation. The ability to view terrain gradients becomes remarkably easier with these maps. Additionally, a weather overlay can be activated on maps, ensuring users are adequately prepared for their outdoor adventures – because, let’s face it, no kayaker wants to be caught off guard by a sudden change in weather.

Additional Features for Fenix 7 Pro and Epix Pro (Gen 2)

These premium models are not left behind. The Fenix 7 Pro and Epix Pro (Gen 2) are now aligned with the Garmin Forerunner 255 and Forerunner 955, receiving the workouts app and a gaming profile feature.

How to Get the Update:

Garmin device owners need to enroll in the company’s public beta program to capitalize on these enhancements. Once done, the update can be accessed from the watch’s main menu. Users need to select ‘system’ and then ‘check for updates’. Garmin’s official forums have you covered for those who want a step-by-step guide.

In conclusion, Garmin’s latest software update showcases their commitment to continuous innovation, keeping the needs of diverse sports communities, including kayaking, at the forefront. We are excited to see how these features will enhance our kayaking experiences at Kayak Base. Safe paddling and happy tracking!