Do what you love, longer with Instinct Solar. This rugged GPS smartwatch boasts solar charging — giving incredible battery life in smartwatch and Expedition modes while outdoors. Monitor how your body uses energy by tracking heart rate, stress, estimated sleep and Pulse Ox (this is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition) — which helps give you a better understanding of your health and wellness. Get more out of the sports you love with preloaded activity profiles such as running, biking, swimming and more. Smart notifications (when paired with a compatible smartphone) at the wrist keep you connected to what matters. Multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) help you track wherever your adventures take you.
Tracking and Training
Track your activities for running, biking, swimming, strength and more
Connected Smart features and notifications
Stay connected with smart notifications (when paired with a compatible smartphone) to see messages right on your wrist
Built-in 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter plus multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) track in more challenging environments than GPS alone
Rugged Build and Water Resistance
Rugged GPS watch is water-rated to 100 meters and constructed to U.S. military standard 810 for thermal, shock and water resistance
Health and Wellness Monitoring
Help understand your health and wellness better with all-day health monitoring and Pulse Ox*
Custom Power Manager
View how various settings and sensors impact your watch’s battery life, so you can make battery-extending changes on the fly
Monitor how your body uses energy by tracking heart rate, stress and sleep estimates with Body Battery™ energy monitoring
Vastly extended battery life through solar charging
*This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition
GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
Operating System Compatibility
Android, Apple iOS
Altitude changes, Calories burned, Cycling speed, Distance swam, Distance traveled, Duration of exercise, Heart rate, Hours slept, Laps swam, Pace, Speed, Stairs climbed, Steps taken
Maximum Depth of Water Resistance
Garmin Instinct® Solar Rugged GPS Smartwatch 45mm Orchid
I work in the hvac field and I needed a rugged watch. A smart watch that could handle abuse. I've had it for a month now and I'm very happy. When I'm working on rooftop units I get enough sun in a day to actually charge it a couple more days. It's a great watch for outside work. It has a body battery that tells you how much you've charged yourself (slept) or if you're low. Haha. Sometimes I'd rather not know.
Researched for about 3 weeks. This smart watch monitors heart, step counter, stress, sleep, vox, & sleep. Best choice in buying this garmin smart watch. Highly recommend. I use it to monitor my elliptical daily workout. Already planning to buy another Garmin Instinct give as X-Mas present.
It's more than a watch, really. Many great and handy features at an attractive price. Don't expect solar to mean it never needs to be charged; you will need to charge it but it lasts weeks and the solar helps extend that. However, battery life will depend on usage.
I bought this for myself for an early Christmas present. Usually costs around $400, but I got it on sale for $300. Bought online and i received it in about 3 days. I wouldn’t have been mad if I had paid $400. Battery life is incredible, even when using all of the features. I would buy again but it is built well enough I probably won’t have to.
The metrics given are insightful and robust. The battery is outstanding and given the many functions the watch performs, it's amazing how long it lasts between charges. I highly recommend anyone making the jump in price if the Fenix or similar watches are too expensive. This is a great in between in price. I am upgrading from a Fitbit Ionic without ANY regrets.
Bought this because i got tired of my Apple watch barely making it through the day and failing to deliver notifications. The Instinct Solar wins on both these: I only charge my Instict one a week now and I could wait up to two weeks if I wanted to. Solar charging really does work, a week outside meant my battery meter barely moved. GPS tracking is surprisingly accurate when enabled (but GPS is a battery drainer). And I like the more traditionaly "retro" watch look this has.
My favorite feature is the customizability of the watch faces: the graph can be anything I want it to be: solar intake, steps, heart rate, altititude,etc. Along with ability to tweak the info in the small circle and two changeable data fields under the time. Very powerful.
Downsides? Many Many settings under the hood to potentially tweak to get the best out of this and the button interface vs. touchscreen definitely takes some getting used to. Price definitely feels somewhat steep retail as well for the platics and rubber this is made out of.
Otherwise a month into ownership I don't regret the purchase and bought a lavender one for my wife as well.
Thank you for your review and your experience with the Instinct Solar. We would like to discuss this further over email. If you would please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks Jenny
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Just what she wanted!
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
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This was a gift for my daughter. She loves it. Exactly what she wanted. It tracks steps, but looks like a regular watch. She also does a lot more. My husband also has one. I guess I will be getting one soon.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about usability, software, design and battery. Editors are less positive about price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 90/100 = Excellent quality.
TechRadarRating, 4.5 out of 54.5Cat Ellis on July 31, 2020
Garmin Instinct Solar review
The Garmin Instinct Solar might be utilitarian looking, but you'd be hard pressed to find a more practical multi-sports GPS watch.Full Review
T3Rating, 4 out of 54.0Matt Kollat on July 29, 2020
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A:AnswerThe Instinct Solar has a water rating of 10 ATM. It withstands pressures equivalent to a depth of 100 meters and is suitable for splashes, rain or snow, showering, swimming, diving into water, snorkeling, high-speed water sports. For more information contact us at email@example.com or visit our Support Center, https://support.garmin.com/en-US/. Thanks Jenny
A:AnswerThe display size is custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm) an the display resolution is 128 x 128 pixels. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Support Center, https://support.garmin.com/en-US/. Thanks Jenny
A:AnswerThe Instinct Solar does have the SUP activity, so you can use it without your phone being around, it will save it to be sync'd at a later date. For more information contact us at email@example.com or visit our Support Center, https://support.garmin.com/en-US/. Thanks Jenny
A:AnswerYes, the Instinct has both, analog and digital options. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Support Center, https://support.garmin.com/en-US/. Thanks Jenny