Garmin Enduro – adding maps
The biggest omission for trail and ultra runners on the new Garmin Enduro is the lack of maps. Sure, Enduro can display and follow breadcrumb routes…but nothing that resembles a map is provided.
Having some context for that little black route line works wonders for speeding you along your planned route. A map gives that context.
What is dwMap?
dwMap is a CIQ navigation app for your Garmin. It links via BLE on your smartphone to its web platform where you can import and plan a route using many tools. Of particular interest to UK-readers is that the online tool supports route creation whilst using Ordnance Survey maps.
Originally dwMap was designed for more basic Garmin watches that had no navigation features whatsoever, essentially updating them with a breadcrumb route capability. The premium version then added extra goodies including Turn-by-Turn instructions and they were generally seen as responsive and reliable.
However, now there is the feature that allows a background map tile to be shown on reasonably specified Garmin watches like the Enduro. So as you zoom in or go from one tile to the next a new part of the map is loaded up. It looks like the tiles are downloaded via BLE from your phone as you run rather than being cached before you set off, however, the BLE connection is a little slow, so using a background map with dwMAP is perhaps better-suited for trail running speeds than cycling speeds.
The normal power bump required for dwMap is small, however, there will be a more significant increase in required power when the background map feature is optionally enabled. If you’re planning a 3-day trip then this probably isn’t for you but periodic one-day usage should be cool.
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