Garmin has announced Garmin Instinct, billed as ‘a strong and durable GPS watch with built-in 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter plus multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) support and wrist-based heart rate.’
In addition to key GPS data, ABC and heart rate sensors, Instinct includes built-in sports apps, smart connectivity and wellness data.
“We are thrilled to add Instinct to our adventure watch line-up, an approachable smartwatch that is rugged and reliable,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales. “Instinct is perfect for those who spend their time outdoors and demand a device built tough to stand up in the elements.”
Garmin adds that the Instinct watch is a reliable tool built to endure challenging environments. The Instinct is constructed to military standards (MIL-STD-810G) for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100m) with a fibre reinforced polymer case. It’s built with a chemically strengthened and scratch-resistant display that’s ‘easy-to-read, especially in direct sunligh’t. Plus, the fully vented silicone bands include two independent, removable keeper loops to ensure a secure fit.
The Instinct features multiple GNSS satellite networks to help track a users’ location in more challenging environments than with just GPS alone. Before venturing out, wearers can use the Garmin Explore app to plan a trip in advance’ and ‘when it’s time to head back to camp, the TracBack feature on the watch can navigate the same route back to the original starting point.’
With built-in wrist based heart rate, users can monitor daily activity, stress, sleep and other wellness data. Whether camping, on a training run or going through day-to-day activities, Instinct keeps track of heart rate, steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned and more. Hiking, running, biking, swimming, kayaking and skiing are just a few of the activities supported on the device. Through heart rate variability, the Instinct can track stress levels, allowing the user to be more aware of when physical or emotional sources may cause stress levels to rise.
When paired with a compatible smartphone, Instinct users can leave their phone packed away and protected while they receive smart notifications such as texts, emails and other alerts right on the wrist. Instinct is compatible with Garmin Connect, the online fitness community/platform where users can track workouts, sleep patterns such as how much time spent in light, deep and REM cycles, and compete in virtual fitness challenges.
The Instinct will also be compatible with other Garmin devices including inReach Mini, VIRB action cameras and dog tracking devices.
Instinct features a battery life of up to 14 days in smartwatch mode, up to 16 hours in GPS mode, and up to 40 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode. It is available in Graphite, Tundra and Flame Red for a suggested retail price of US$299.99.
Instinct is the latest solution from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, trail running, mountain biking, golfing, diving or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are positioned as essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels.