Garmin comes out with a smartwatch focused on the outdoors, aptly called Instinct. Designed with endurance and robustness from the ground up, this smartwatch will accompany you in your activities as simple as running or as heavy-duty as mountain biking.
The Garmin Instinct comes with all the technology you’ll ever need not to get lost. Among them are a three-axis compass, a barometric altimeter, and multiple global navigation satellite systems. You get the major ones: GPS, GLONASS and Galileo. Support for those systems allows the watch to track a user’s location even more accurately, regardless if they’re in super remote areas.
Instinct is also packing Garmin’s TracBack feature. This works by leaving “digital breadcrumbs” while on your sojourn. It’ll help you navigate back to your starting point in the event you don’t know which way to go. This is an incredible feature to have built-in, needless to say. Also, it’s one reason why we think Garmin will succeed in this landscape. The watch really brings something functional to the smartwatch mold, and doesn’t just dwell on garish style.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper smartwatch without the usual suspects. Things like a heart rate sensor, different monitors, and other health markers like daily activity, calories burned, sleep, and stress, are all there. You’ll also have access to a variety of sports apps.
In case it’s still not obvious, the Garmin Instinct is mighty strong. Garmin says Instinct was built to military standards for thermal, shock, and water resistance. It even comes with a fiber reinforced polymer case, a silicon band, and a display the company claims is “chemically strengthened” as well as scratch resistant.