Garmin debuts Instinct, a rugged Global Positioning System watch

Garmin Instinct outdoor watch unveiled

Garmin is really going for it with its smart and sports watches of late.

Garmin has been making some moves in the final months of 2018 - and its new outdoor sports watch is the Garmin Instinct.

The watch is durable and is built to military standards (MIL-STD-810G) with thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters) inside a fiber reinforced polymer case and comes with a chemically-strengthed and scratch-resistant display that they say is easy to read in direct sunlight.

Plus it has a 3-axis compass, a barometric altimeter and a heart rate monitor, with the last of those additionally helping you track stress (through heart rate variability), sleep and activities, such as hiking, running, cycling, swimming and skiing. Plus compatibility with other Garmin devices, like its VIRB action cameras. Between charges Garmin Instinct will keep going for up to two weeks in smartwatch mode, 16 hours in Global Positioning System mode, and 40 hours in UltraTra battery saver mode.

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Being an outdoors watch rather than hailing from the Forerunner or Fenix range, it's big on navigation features but less so on fitness. Users can tap into the TracBack feature to navigate back to their starting point and they can plan their trips in advance via the Garmin Explore website and app.

However, VO2 Max and Connect IQ don't make the cut, nor does NFC for Garmin Pay or music storage either.

The Garmin Instict can of course be paired with your smartphone to receive notifications including texts, emails and other alerts all delivered right on the wrist.

The Garmin Instinct is designed this way so that you can take it wherever you go. But if you are an adventurer or perhaps a first-responder, the device comes in Graphite, Tundra and Flame Red. Pretty minority market, mind.

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