Garmin today announced Instinct, a 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.
The Instinct is constructed to military standards (MIL-STD-810G) for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters) with a fiber reinforced polymer case. It's built with a chemically strengthed and scratch-resistant display that's easy-to-read even in direct sunlight. Plus, the silicone bands include two independent, removable keeper loops to ensure a secure fit.
The smartwatch features multiple GNSS satellite networks to help track a users location in more challenging environments than with just GPS alone. Before venturing out, you can 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 data. 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.
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 online fitness community. 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 messages, 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.