Garmin launched the Instinct 2X Solar, the new addition to the popular Instinct 2 family of rugged, purpose-built smartwatches.
Instinct 2X Solar and Instinct 2X Solar – Tactical Edition are designed to handle the most extreme environments with an easy-to-read display in a 50mm fibre-reinforced polymer case.
Built to U.S. military standards (MIL-STD-810) for thermal shock, water resistance and shock, the smartwatches are water-rated up to 10 ATM1 and feature a chemically strengthened, scratch-resistant Power Glass lens.
The lens assists in extending battery life, producing 50% more energy than the standard Instinct 2 solar watch. Solar charging gives unlimited battery life in smartwatch mode2, allowing users to do what they love longer without worrying about recharging their watch.
“Our latest addition to the Instinct 2 series is a bold, purpose-built GPS smartwatch ready to help you navigate tough conditions, but adaptable enough to help you pursue everyday health and wellness goals. Its unique style fits your life, whether that includes outdoor adventures, time at the gym, a weekend barbecue with the family, or all three. With unlimited battery life and a built-in multi-purpose flashlight, you can stay focused on the task at hand without worrying about when to find your next charge,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales.
See the Instinct 2X Solar in action here.
Light up the night
The Instinct 2X Solar introduces an integrated LED flashlight with variable intensities, whether setting up camp or out for a run in the dark, a red or adjustable white light will illuminate the surroundings for greater visibility and situational awareness. In strobe mode, the light will match a running cadence and alternate between white and red so users can be seen and confidently take each stride.
Innovative tools to stay healthy and connected
The Instinct 2X Solar provides the features customers want and the data they can use to pursue wellness, fitness and lifestyle goals as well as navigate outdoor adventures.
• Keep tabs on body metrics with 24/7 Health and Wellness Tracking, including wrist-based heart rate, advanced sleep monitoring, respiration tracking, Pulse Ox and more3.
• Built-in sports apps to take on running, biking, swimming, strength training and more, plus VO2 max and other training features.
• Gain a deeper understanding of overall health, training and recovery through Heart Rate Variability during sleep, based on technology developed by Garmin’s Firstbeat Analytics™ team.
• New Multi-Band GNSS Support provides improved positional accuracy.
• Navigate the outdoors with built-in sensors for a 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter.
• Retrace the trail with TracBack® routing, helping users find the same route back to their starting point and reference point marks of a known spot relative to their location.
• Stay connected with smart notifications, Garmin Pay™ contactless payments and Connect IQ™ app integration4.
Obstacle Course activity addition
Additionally, the Instinct 2X Solar is the first to offer Obstacle Course Racing as an activity, which includes running segments and obstacles of various types. This activity will allow athletes to manually record obstacle splits and once obstacles are marked for the first lap, they will be automatically tracked for the remaining laps. The Obstacle Course activity will include the number of runs on a particular course, run times, number of obstacles, time spent on each obstacle, run metrics for run splits (distance, pace, cadence, stride length, etc.), elevation profile, heart rate and distance.
Purpose-built to conquer the mission
The Instinct 2X Solar – Tactical Edition is packed with features specific to tactical operations including Jumpmaster and tactical preloaded activities, projected waypoints, dual-position GPS formatting and Night-Vision Compatibility. Users can also enable Stealth Mode, which prevents sharing of GPS position and disables wireless communication. When in stealth mode, GPS location is visible on the watch face but is not saved to the device memory or shared. This allows for training functionality in areas with location security concerns without revealing the location.
To lead the way during night operations, the multi-LED flashlight on the Instinct 2X Solar – Tactical Edition illuminates in either white or a dedicated green. Users will find the green light useful in maintaining their eyes’ natural night vision.
Available now, the Instinct 2X Solar has a suggested retail price of $449.99, while the Instinct 2X Solar – Tactical Edition has a suggested retail price of $499.99. To learn more, visit garmin.com/outdoor.
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Header image: Larger, solar-powered Instinct 2X Solar smartwatches are built to military standards feature an easy-to-read, high-resolution display, infinite battery life and LED flashlight
1For Garmin’s complete list of water rating definitions, click here.
2When exposed to three hours of direct sunlight (50,000 lux) per day.
3This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Garmin.com/ataccuracy. Pulse Ox not available in all countries.
4A compatible smartphone is required to use Connect IQ.