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Garmin Instinct Tactical GPS Smartwatch

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Garmin Instinct Tactical

Garmin is pleased to announce the addition of a new Tactical Edition to the Instinct series of rugged, reliable outdoor GPS watches. Instinct — Tactical Edition watches are constructed to U.S. military standard 810G for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters) and include a chemically strengthened display with night vision compatibility mode. Tactical-specific features include stealth mode, Jumpmaster, waypoint projection, dual-position GPS formatting and preloaded tactical activity.

 

Tactical Functionality

Enable stealth mode to stop storing and sharing your GPS position and disable wireless connectivity and communication. Access projected waypoints and a dual-format GPS coordinate data page that supports display of MGRS, degrees/minutes/seconds and more.

 

Built to endure the rugged backcountry

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Backcountry hunters, need gear that is rugged, accurate, and functional. And that is exactly what the Garmin Instinct is!



The Garmin Instinct GPS Smartwatch is tough. Its built to military standard 810G for thermal, shock, and water resistance (100 meters) in a fiber -reinforced polymer case. The display is chemically strengthened and scratch resistant, and it’s high contrast is easy to see in bright sunlight. This watch is specifically built to handle any extreme environment you take it in. And with fully vented silicone bands that include 2 fully independent removable keeper loops, you can be sure the fit will be secure, and won’t get caught in that thick brush.



Backcountry hunters also need reliable data! With GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite network capability, you will be able to track your location more accurately and in more challenging locations. Even thick timber is no match for the Instinct when you need a quick GPS signal acquisition! The built-in 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter help you keep your bearings. And take the guesswork out of your return journey by using the TracBack feature to navigate the same route back to start.



Training for your backcountry hunt is easy to track with the Instinct’s activity, heart rate and stress monitoring. Preloaded activity profiles include trail running, biking, hiking, swimming… and many more! Sync your watch with Garmin Connect on your phone and you’ll unlock health stats, including sleep tracking and in-depth data from your activities.



Smartwatch notifications allow you to stay informed during your everyday life and even control music on your phone. And most importantly link your inReach Mini to send and receive 2 way text messages from home, letting your family know all is well from anywhere in the world. Or communicate locations with your hunting partners via your inReach. The Garmin Instinct will also link up with your Garmin Xero bow sight as well.



With a battery life of 14 days, and 48 hours of “Ultratrak” GPS mode, you can ensure you’ll have enough battery to keep up.

 

Physical & Performance

GPS Yes
Display resolution 128 x 128 pixels
Weight

52 g

Display type monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Battery life Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 days
GPS mode: Up to 16 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 40 hours
Display size custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)

Maps & Navigation

Memory/History 16 MB

Features

Cardio workouts Yes
Time/date yes
% HRR Yes
Water rating 10 ATM
Around Me mode No
Automatically saves dive entry and exit locations No
Training Effect (anaerobic) No
TruSwing™ compatible No
Customizable data pages Yes
HR Broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+™ to paired devices) Yes
Anchor Alarm No
Hazards and course targets No
Drill logging (Pool Swim Only) Yes
Garmin AutoShot™ No
TracBack® Yes
Auto scroll Yes
Worldwide airport database(s) No
Controls smartphone music Yes
Stealth Mode Yes
3-axis compass with HSI (horizontal situation indicator) No
Ambient light sensor No
Downloadable training plans Yes
Countdown timer No
HR zones Yes
Point-to-point navigation Yes
Finish time Yes
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit) No
Race an activity Yes
Step counter Yes
Run workouts Yes
Nitrox support No
Manual lap Yes
Distance traveled Yes
Compatible with Garmin Connect™ Mobile Yes
Training Status (lets you see if you’re training effectively by tracking your training history and fitness level trend.) No
Wirelessly receive flight plans from Garmin Pilot™ No
Future elevation plot Yes
Gauge mode No
Auto start/end dive No
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course) No
Courses Yes
Fitness Age No
Galileo Yes
Manual multisport activities No
Distance to destination Yes
Smartphone compatibility iPhone®, Android™
% HR max Yes
Strength workouts Yes
Audible alerts No
Lens Material

chemically strengthened glass

Calendar Yes
Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map) No
Find My Phone Yes
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only) Yes
Compatible with Varia™ lights No
Training Effect (aerobic) No
Night vision mode Yes
Barometric trend indicator with Storm Alert Yes
Customizable activity profiles Yes
HR calories Yes
Performance condition (after running 6–20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness level) No
Hunt/fish calendar No
Alarm clock Yes
LiveTrack Yes
Dual grid coordinates Yes
Available cycling profiles

Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking

Strap material

silicone

Auto Lap® Yes
Auto Pause® Yes
Dive ascent/descent rate indicator No
Task timers (2, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 minutes) No
PlaysLike distance No
Compatible with Varia Vision™ (head-mounted display) No
Activity history on watch Yes
Advanced workouts Yes
Boat Data Streaming no
Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories) Yes
Body Battery™ Energy Monitor No
Tack assist mode No
Multi-gas mode No
Training Load (your total training load for the last 7 days calculated from estimated EPOC) No
Storm alert Yes
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible third-party ANT+™-enabled power meters) No
Quick Release Bands No
Trendline™ Popularity Routing No
Ground contact time and balance (shows how much time, in the running motion, your foot is on the ground rather than in flight and lets you check your running symmetry) No
XERO™ Locations Yes
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green) No
Case material fiber-reinforced polymer
Gyroscope No
Bezel Material

fiber-reinforced polymer

Auto max HR Yes
Analog hands No
Compass Yes
FTP (Functional Threshold Power) No
Thermometer Yes
Course guidance Yes
Barometric altimeter Yes
Area calculation Yes
Depth sensor No
GPS Time Sync Yes
60-minute activity goal No
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor) No
Automatic rep counting Yes
Physical size

45 x 45 x 15.3 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 132-224 mm

APNEA hunt mode No
Full vector map No
VIRB® Camera Remote Yes
Round timer/odometer No
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (Pool Swim Only) Yes
Pulse Ox No
Reminder alerts No
GLONASS Yes
ClimbPro™ Ascent Planner No
Projected waypoint Yes
Sunrise/sunset times Yes
Find My Watch Yes
Preloaded topographical maps No
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor)

yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)

Vertical oscillation and ratio (the degree of 'bounce' in your running motion and the cost-benefit ratio with stride length) No
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute) Yes
GPS speed and distance Yes
Chores No
Available gym activity profiles Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yoga
All-day Stress Tracking Yes
Unit-to-unit route/location sharing No
Autopilot Control no
Foot pod capable Yes
Move IQ™ Yes
Sun and moon information Yes
Pool swim workouts Yes
Heart rate from external HRM (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim) No
Toe-to-Toe™ Challenges No
Back to start Yes
Automatic daylight saving time Yes
Virtual Partner Yes
Smart notifications Yes
Available swim profiles

Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming

Green View with manual pin position No
Round-trip course creator (running/cycling) No
Chronograph No
Weather Yes
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories) Yes
Interval training Yes
Multiple time zones with Zulu/UTC No
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point) No
Single-gas mode No
Strava features (Beacon, live segments) No
Race predictor No
Trimix support No
Connectivity Bluetooth®, ANT+®
Recovery time No
Color display No
Sync dive log to Garmin Connect™ and Garmin Connect™ Mobile No
Garmin Pay™ No
Compatible with BaseCamp™ Yes
Virtual starting line No
Rewards (coins) No
Built-in barometer and tide tables No
Altimeter with adjustable baro setting No
Connext avionics connectivity No
Auto CourseView updates No
Available outdoor recreation profiles

Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical

Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to Garmin Connect) No
Intensity minutes Yes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal) Yes
Auto multisport activities No
Stride length (real time) No
Stopwatch Yes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep) Yes
Running dynamics No
HRV stress test (measures your heart rate variability while standing still, for 3 minutes, to provide you with an estimated stress level; the scale of this is 1 to 100; low scores indicate lower stress levels) No
Basic rest timer (up from 0) Yes
Downloadable cartography support No
V02 max No
Lactate threshold (through analysis of your pace and heart rate, estimates the point where your muscles start to rapidly fatigue) No
GPS coordinates Yes
Physio TrueUp Yes
Compatible with Vector™ (power meter) No
Segments (Live, Garmin) No
Unlock new step icons No
HR alerts Yes
Hot keys Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Yardage to layups/doglegs No
Handicap scoring No
GPS-based distance, time and pace Yes
Worldwide NAVAID and Intersection database(s) No
Calories burned Yes
Touch and/or button lock Yes
Advanced Vector support No
Trail run auto climb Yes
Audio prompts Yes
Configurable lap alerts Yes
Timer Yes
NEXRAD on moving map No
TrueUp™ Yes
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps) No
UltraTrac mode Yes
Vertical speed Yes
Available run profiles

Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running

Touchscreen No
Floors climbed Yes
Bread crumb trail in real time Yes
Elevation profile Yes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it) Yes
Custom targets No
PinPointer No
Plays and controls watch music No
QuickFit™ watch band compatible

yes (22 mm)

Sight 'N Go Yes
Tempo Training No
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor Yes
APNEA mode No
Waypoint information page No
SwingTempo No
Group LiveTrack No
Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal) Yes
Moving Map with aviation airports, navaids, roads, bodies of water and more No
Automatic altitude adjustment No
In-flight Pulse Ox No
Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar) No
Race an Activity Yes
Custom alerts Yes
Multiple bike profiles No
Total ascent/descent Yes

Customer Reviews

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Andrew Johnson
Rugged, Feature Rich, Excellent

I was looking for a reliable watch that fit my outdoor lifestyle and allowed me to track and navigate. This watch fit the bill precisely. I love it!

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Andrew Johnson
Rugged, Feature Rich, Excellent

I was looking for a reliable watch that fit my outdoor lifestyle and allowed me to track and navigate. This watch fit the bill precisely. I love it!