Garmin debuts Instinct, a rugged GPS watch

Garmin, known for its fitness wearables, has introduced a new watch to its line, the Instinct. The Instinct is a bit different from its previous offerings, being marketed as a "rugged GPS watch built to withstand the toughest environments".

While other companies claim its devices are meant to stand up to abuse, Garmin perhaps takes this to another level by offering a watch that has "U.S. military standard 810G for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters)". The watch has a "fiber-reinforced polymer case" that is meant to add durability to the outer shell and also has a "chemically-strengthened, scratch-resistant display" with high contrast that will make it easy to read in most conditions. You can see the full details of its features below.

  • Constructed to U.S. military standard 810G for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters)
  • Built-in 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter plus multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) support helps track in more challenging environments than GPS alone
  • Monitor your heart rate¹, activity and stress; train with preloaded activity profiles
  • Stay connected with smart notifications² and automatic data uploads to the Garmin Connect™ online fitness community
  • Use the TracBack® feature to navigate the same route back to your starting point; use the Garmin Explore™ website and app to plan your trips in advance
  • Battery life: up to 14 days in smartwatch mode, up to 16 hours in GPS mode, up to 40 hours in UltraTrac™ battery saver mode

Like other Garmin watches, you will still be able to use it for training as well as monitoring heart rate and activity using its built-in sensors. Like many of Garmin's more recent watches, you can see notifications on the Instinct when you have it paired with your smartphone. The Instinct is now available for $299.99 and comes in three colors.

Source: Garmin

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