There are lots of advanced fitness tracker products that can be used during an adventure. Some of these devices have anti-water or even anti-collision capabilities. But there are only a few models that really can provide peace of use such as the Casio G-Shock. Garmin seems to be aware of this and tries to offer an attractive alternative.
Their immediate option is Garmin Instinct, a GPS watch and a resilient activity tracker prepared to support all kinds of outdoor activities. And even though it was introduced as a ‘watch’, Instinct is equipped with many ‘smart’ abilities: it can calculate height, measure heart rate, and be supported by a number of sports modes.
The Garmin Instinct appearance has the same theme as other rugged watches. His body is quite large with a 45-millimeter diameter, made of carbon fiber reinforced polymer material, connected to a silicone material strap. The device has received MIL-STD-810G military grade certification, claimed to be able to withstand impact, extreme temperatures and water to a depth of 100 meters.
To convey the information, Instinct relies on a 0.9-inch round screen resolution of 128x128p that is chemically strengthened so it can withstand scratches. Like the other Garmin fitness tracker, the Instinct carries a type of transflective memory-in-pixel panel.
The colors are not attractive for OLED displays, but with characteristics similar to e-paper, the content remains clearly visible even though you are out on the hot sun.
Garmin Instinct is ideal for those who like to explore because it is supported by several GNSS satellite networks to track the user’s location. Before exploring, the user can plan trips through the Garmin Explore application. Then when it’s time to go home, the user can use the TracBack feature to find out the route that has been taken and return to its original place.
In addition to heart rate, this GPS watch is able to calculate the number of steps and distance taken by its user and also measuring the level of activity of the body, burning calories, stress, to the quality of sleep.
Instinct also supports many types of sports such as hiking, running, cycling, swimming, kayaking, and skiing. The device can certainly be connected to a smartphone, and the data obtained can be accessed via the Garmin Connect application.
The battery is also durable. As a smartwatch, Instinct can still be up to 14 days. And by activating UltraTrac mode, it does not need to be charged for 40 days. The Garmin Instinct is available in three color choices: black, white and red-orange. Products are priced at $ 300.