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Garmin MARQ Adventurer In-Depth Review

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Calling all hikers, climbers and all-round adventurers, now that the weather is perking up so are our intentions to explore and there’s no better modern tool smartwatch to help you do that than the Garmin MARQ Adventurer. In this in-depth review, we will be exposing all the incredible functionality hidden within this durable device including its remarkable topographic maps, real-time ascent data and 360 degree compass bezel.

Since its release last year, the Garmin MARQ smartwatch collection has effectively filled the gap in the market for those worrying less about budget and more on luxury aesthetic and demanding functionality. The collection consists of six models: the MARQ Athlete, Driver, Captain, Commander, Aviator and of course the Adventurer. Each design has been purposely engineered to meet the needs of its specific wearer, with the Garmin MARQ Adventurer smartwatch designed for especially for ramblers, hikers and adventurers.

Those of you that have followed the MARQ collection since its first release may have noticed the MARQ Adventurer was once called the MARQ Expedition. Although the name has changed (to help makes its target wearer even clearer), the design and functionality remains the same. You can still rely on the Garmin MARQ Adventurer smartwatch to be your trusty companion on all your outdoor adventurers. Let’s take a look at some of its functionality in more detail…


Whether you are someone destined to climb the highest peaks or simply inspired by those that do, the Garmin MARQ Adventurer is filled with fantastic features to help you get there. The topographic maps with popularity routing will help you discover new places to explore while the ABC navigation sensors will give you the full run-down of your journey there and back. The altimeter scale depicts the summits achieved and the valleys crossed, the barometer trend line alerts you of any coming weather that might stand in your way and the orienteering feature pairs perfectly with the etched 360 compass bezel that can be overlaid on a map.

As well as the classic ABC navigation sensors, the Garmin MARQ Adventurer smartwatch gives you access to multiple global navigation systems including GPS, GLONASS and Galileo. These remarkable systems allow you to track in more challenging environments that GPS alone, giving you complete freedom to explore wherever your heart takes you. The ClimbPro ascent planner also assists in providing real-time information on your current and upcoming climbs, including gradient, distance and elevation gain. For those challenged by some of our world’s largest summits, the Pulse Ox navigation sensor will also help you monitor your body’s oxygen levels. As they adjust to thinner air at higher altitudes, you can keep track of when you might need to rest for acclimatisation.


The Garmin MARQ Adventurer is possibly one of the most attractive to look at in the whole MARQ collection. It is the only one to feature a luxurious leather strap that is perfect for those that need to look the part while standing on top of the world and back at sea level. The strap is beautifully crafted from Italian vacchetta leather and detailed with subtle accents like a wide-gauge signature “X” stitch that instantly imparts sophisticated character and a subtle vintage aesthetic.

The case measures to 46mm in size and is engineered from raw titanium including a titanium bezel with etched compass markings. Only the best materials are used on the glass with scratch resistant sapphire crystal protecting the display and ensuring a water resistance of 100 metres. The unparalleled 240 x 240 pixels resolution display announces your every desire to overcome and explore.


Many of the Garmin MARQ Adventurer exploration features can also be used for everyday workouts, whether it’s using the remarkable navigation satellite systems and topographic maps to plan a run or the ClimbPro ascent planner to track upcoming climbs on your cycling route. Alongside this, you also get an exceptional array of features to monitor your progress and health. The wrist based heart rate monitor is one of the first by Garmin to work underwater and helps gauge your pulse and track how hard you are working during particular activities. This feature also works alongside the advanced training metrics so you can monitor key aspects of your workouts and get a better look at your current performance level.

The Garmin MARQ Adventurer smartwatch is also one of the first few smartwatches from Garmin to feature their new PacePro function. The useful training feature allows users to enter custom start and finish points and a target competition times. This means that the watch will tell you exactly how fast you should be aiming to run, cycle, swim etc to complete each mile and ultimately reach your goal. The Pace Pro function even considers hills and slopes for ultimate training awareness.


Always looking out for us, the Garmin MARQ Adventurer watch includes some incredible health and wellness features like the unique Stress Score feature. This uses the wrist based heart rate monitor and your heart rate variability to calculate your stress score and lets you know if your body is ready for a tough training run or more relaxing yoga. Respiration tracking similarly monitors your breathing throughout the day, during sleep and during breathwork and yoga activities.

Staying hydrated, no matter whether it’s when you’re hiking up a mountain or strolling around the shops, is always important. The Garmin MARQ Adventurer comes equipped with a fantastic Hydration Tracker so you can login your daily water intake, stay hydrated and monitor your consistency from day to day. For times when another kind of mountain calls your name, make use of more than 2,000 worldwide Topoactive Europe Ski maps with run names and difficulty ratings or take a break on the green with access to over 41,000 full-colour golf courses around the world.


A solid battery life is essential for those intending to explore for several days without additional charge, so you can always feel confident knowing the Garmin MARQ Adventurer has your back with up to 12 days of battery life in smartwatch mode. The incredible Expedition App also helps you save your battery power should you need it and extend your travels into the back country by weeks. Even in GPS mode, the battery promises up to 28 hours of power, 48 hours in UltraTrac mode and 9 hours with GPS and music. For days when battery life becomes essential, the Power Manager feature will offer suggestions to save your battery such as turning off certain apps like music or maps.


The Garmin MARQ Adventurer makes keeping in touch with your friends and family effortless, whether it’s to let them know you’re safe once you’ve reached the peak or checking your emails back at the office. Receive emails, texts and alerts sent straight to your wrist alongside access to music storage for up to 2,000 songs and streaming apps like Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music. Lastly, the Garmin Pay contactless system allows you to pay with effortlessly at checkouts with a simple swipe of the wrist.

The Garmin MARQ Adventurer smartwatch is available to order today at C W Sellors with free next day delivery and interest free finance options available. Get in touch with our team on 01335 453453 or at sales@cwsellors.com for any assistance with your next luxury smartwatch purchase.