After one whole day with the Garmin epix (Gen 2) I am left with some very short initial impressions-
The display is superb and easily the best I have seen on any smartwatch.
The strap pins are effectively fixed in place which means that you have to use QuickFit bands to change the look or comfort level. The suspicion is that this is because this type of watch is often used for vigorous activities and that the pins are a potential area of weakness, but my suspicion is that this is a way to sell more QuickFit bands by Garmin.
It is incredibly easy to use and the customisation options included are immense. From choosing sleep times for each single day to selecting when buttons and touch input will be available, you can literally change every aspect of how the watch works.
It is a big watch and the sense of size is enhanced by the relatively small bezel compared to a fenix. The size of the screen is of course an advantage, but this is a hard watch to ignore despite it being very light. With so many fitness features onboard and brilliant tracking all round my goal now is to make the epix feel too big for me as I undertake a hard fitness schedule over the next 2 months. If I can make it unwearable it will have done its job and I will benefit greatly from the experience.