Garmin announce the Instinct, a rugged outdoor GPS watch

Garmin today announced Instinct, 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.

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“We are thrilled to add Instinct to our adventure watch lineup, 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.”

 

The Instinct 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 100 meters) with a fibre reinforced polymer case. It’s built with a chemically strengthed and scratch-resistant display that’s easy-to-read, especially in direct sunlight. Plus, the fully vented silicone bands include two independent, removable keeper loops to ensure a secure fit.

 

While in the field, feel confident exploring off the beaten path thanks to the Instinct, which features multiple GNSS satellite networks to help track a users location in more challenging environments than with just GPS alone. Before venturing out, use the Garmin Explore™ app to plan the 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 data1. Whether camping, on a training run or going through day-to-day activities, Instinct keeps track of heart rate, steps taken, distance traveled, 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 like texts, emails and other alerts right on the wrist. Instinct is compatible with Garmin Connect™, an online fitness community where users can track workouts, sleep patterns such as how much time spent in light, deep and REM cycles, and even 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. Send and receive inReach Mini satellite communication messages2, declare an SOS, control the VIRB start and stop function and get dog status updates and alerts for viewing at a glance on the watch.

 

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 $299.99.






11 Comments

Cptmayhem, Oct 11 2018 03:30

Nice!

shaper, Oct 11 2018 04:31

Rugged for outdoor lifestyle but no open water swimming function.... No V02, no connection to many sensors especially for cycling........meh !!

 

And no ConnectIQ, so no customization of data fields or watch face.... epic fail !!

 

Dirkitech, Oct 11 2018 05:04

Rugged for outdoor lifestyle but no open water swimming function.... No V02, no connection to many sensors especially for cycling........meh !!

 

And no ConnectIQ, so no customization of data fields or watch face.... epic fail !!

 

Was hoping you'd chip in while I was still reading the intro paragraph! I was specifically wondering about the short list of sensor connections.

Good to hear about this new watch and here's to hoping it brings down the tri watch prices by appealing to a larger customer base.

Jacquers, Oct 11 2018 08:18

Rugged for outdoor lifestyle but no open water swimming function.... No V02, no connection to many sensors especially for cycling........meh !!

 

And no ConnectIQ, so no customization of data fields or watch face.... epic fail !!

 

 

That's probably the biggest disappointment, but also understandable in a way. If you could just buy any Garmin watch and load custom apps on it to make it into the watch you want you wouldn't purchase their more expensive models ;)

shaper, Oct 11 2018 08:37

That's probably the biggest disappointment, but also understandable in a way. If you could just buy any Garmin watch and load custom apps on it to make it into the watch you want you wouldn't purchase their more expensive models ;)

They have ConnectIQ capability on other garmin watches much cheaper than this one, it is not just for the more expensive watches....

hansolo, Oct 12 2018 08:03

Any idea on local pricing?

Skott5, Oct 12 2018 04:03

Wrong place to post this, but what do you guys recommend for a good value ( Read Cheap !! ) GPS multisport watch ?

 

It's to replace a Tom Tom Spark that was lost ...  

Jacquers, Oct 12 2018 04:34

Wrong place to post this, but what do you guys recommend for a good value ( Read Cheap !! ) GPS multisport watch ?

 

It's to replace a Tom Tom Spark that was lost ...  

 

I'd just get another Spark. You should be able to pick up a nice deal 2nd hand. (I know TomTom doesn't make them anymore)

 

I have the older Multisport and while it's basic the GPS tracking was better than other watches I tested, including an expensive Garmin. 

Cippo, Oct 31 2018 12:06

Pre-orders are open apparently arriving in 2 weeks.

Cippo, Oct 31 2018 12:06

Retail is R6199 from Garmin SA.