Garmin Instinct

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  • Great for outdoor activities
  • Simple to use even for those who are not tech savvy
  • Screen cracked on mine and it works very slowly
  • For those who are not tech savvy, the product is simple to use


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Upgrading from Fitbit to Garmin
I recently switched from a fitbit inspire to Garmin instinct. They're a bit less user friendly but in terms of what it can do/track it's a huge upgrade. There are no paywall features that I have encountered so far and I've been very impressed and satisfied with it.
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Tried Them All, This Is The Best
LATEST UPDATE AT BOTTOM (5/11/2020) What a frustrating activity tracker/smart watch journey I have been on. Nothing seemed quite right for what I was looking for. I am an avid outdoorsman who likes to hunt, backpack, hike, bike, and occasionally run. Things that are extremely important to me are an ...
4 years ago
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When I think of frugality I think of value. What are some items or services that have great VALUE to you?
2+ years ago I got a Garmin Instinct outdoors watch on sale for about $250. One of the best purchases I've ever made. Very rugged watch that I wear pretty much every day for work and tracking daily activities like hiking, trail running, biking, etc. Great mix of activity tracking and smartwatch features without being annoying.
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Garmin Instinct: Honest Review
All right, as far as the watch goes, that's all I got.
2 months ago
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The perfect smartwatch for people who dislike smartwatches.
This model came out from Garmin at the same time I was starting to seriously want a device for a mixture of tracking activity, in my case most of which is outdoor oriented, like hiking and riding my mountain bike, plus I wanted to start exploring some physical data from a heart rate monitor as I get...
4 years ago
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Is this the best watch for actual military use ? Do you know anything similar at this price range ?
I have a regular Garmin Instinct and used it for military stuff. It's grids were definitely accurate enough for land nav. I would never do fire missions with it though. If you're not a jumpmaster/cool guy there's no reason to get the tactical version.
So far, so awesome
The Garmin Instinct is really great, but maybe not as "fancy" as some might want. First of all, as a reference, I already own the Garmin Fenix 5 plus... meaning I have the "fancier" version of the Instinct. But the ruggedness of the Instinct, and the fact that it totally reminds me of the screen on ...
Sandan Kenpo
4 years ago
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Has anyone experience with Garmin watches (f.e. tactix delta) in extreme environments? Like heavy military trainings and deployments? Does it perform well in those extreme situations?
Garmin Instinct Solar- daily wear on deployments and training. Works great.
Wow! For the Common Person, a Good Reliable Smart Watch
I am very impressed with this watch . If you want to show off the latest Apple or Samsung watch, fine. This watch just works. Waterproof, Military spec, a tough watch from Garmin. This is my first Garmin, it is tougher, more reliable, and easier to use than a FItbit or Apple or Samsung watch. I have...
4 years ago
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Ex Apple Watch users… you miss it?
Lack of good screen is also a huge down for me (Garmin fenix, Suunto, Polar, Coros). I do use my Instinct on longer hikes but i don’t dig the overall design of Garmin.


Supported Host Device OS

iOS, Android


Missed calls, calendar, SMS, Email, social apps


GPS/GLONASS/Galileo receiver

Activity / Sport

Running, swimming, ski, cycling, hiking, eSport, climbing, yoga, workout, snowboarding, cardio training, rower, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, mountain biking