Garmin Instinct specs

Garmin Instinct Full Specifications and Features

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Last Updated on September 7, 2020 by Jude Simeone

Garmin recently announced a series of solar-powered smartwatches which include Instinct Series, Fenix 6 Pro Solar, and 6S Pro Solar and Tactix Delta solar editions. This post brings you the full specifications of Garmin Instinct which comes in six models;

  1. Garmin Instinct
  2. Garmin Instinct Solar
  3. Garmin Instinct Tactical Edition
  4. Garmin Instinct Tactical Solar Edition
  5. Garmin Instinct Camo Edition
  6. Garmin Instinct Surf Edition

The new Instinct Series of smartwatches boost more health tracking features, longer battery life, and durably built to go the extra mile.

Garmin Instinct/Tactical/Camo Full Specifications

 Garmin InstinctGarmin Instinct TacticalGarmin Instinct Solar Camo
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Device nameGarmin InstinctGarmin Instinct TacticalGarmin Instinct Solar Camo
Device typeFitness/GPS smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Instinct 2018Garmin Instinct 2018Garmin Instinct 2018
Released dateJuly, 2020July, 2020July, 2020
Ideal forUnisexUnisexUnisex


Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display size1.2 inch1.2 inch1.2 inch
Display resolution128 x 128 pixels128 x 128 pixels128 x 128 pixels
Pixel density------
Input type 5 buttons, (not touchscreen) 5 buttons, (not touchscreen) 5 buttons, (not touchscreen)


Dimension45 x 45 x 15.3 mm45 x 45 x 15.3 mm45 x 45 x 15.3 mm
Weight52 grams52 grams53 grams
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymerFiber-reinforced polymerFiber-reinforced polymer
Strap/band materialSiliconeSiliconeSilicone
Bezel MaterialFiber-reinforced polymerFiber-reinforced polymerFiber-reinforced polymer
Strap size22mm22mm22mm
Screen protectionChemically strengthened glassChemically strengthened glassPower Glass™
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Sea foam
Flame red
Lakeside blue
Coyote tan
Lichen Camo
Graphite Camo


Internal storageN/AN/AN/A
Memory card slotNoNoNo


BluetoothYes, and ANT+ Yes, and ANT+ Yes, and ANT+
Bluetooth callingNoNoNo




Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
Third-party appsYesYesYes


Sleep apneaNoNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYesYes
Floors climbedNoNoNo
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYesYes
Blood oxygenNoNoYes
Blood pressureNoNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingYesYesYes
Swim trackingYesYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoNoYes
Preloaded mapsNoNoNo
On-screen workout modesYesYesYes
Triathlon modeYesYesYes
ECG TrackingNoNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYesYes
Safety trackingNoNoNo


Music streamingNoNoNo
Bluetooth musicNoNoNo


Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
Gyroscope ______
Ambient lightNoNoNo
Pulse OximeterNoNoYes
Other sensors------


Operating system (OS)Proprietary OSProprietary OSProprietary OS


Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity ------
Battery lifeSmartwatch mode: Up to 14 days
GPS mode: Up to 16 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 40 hours
Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 days
GPS mode: Up to 16 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 40 hours
Smartwatch: 24 days/54 days with solar
Battery Saver Mode: 56 days/Unlimited with solar
GPS: Up to 30 hours/38 hours with solar
Max. Battery GPS Mode: 70 hours/145 hours with solar
Expedition GPS Mode: 28 days/68 days with solar
Charging typeCharging DockCharging DockCharging Dock
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYesYes
Solar powerNoNoYes
Rapid chargingNoNoNo




Control camera______
Music controlYesYesYes
Find phoneYesYesYes
Text responseYesYesYes


Payment systemNoNoNo
Compatibility Android and iOS
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Companion appGarmin connect IQ storeGarmin connect IQ storeGarmin connect IQ store
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 22mmYes, 22mmYes, 22mm
Voice commandNoNoNo


Garmin InstinctGarmin Instinct TacticalGarmin Instinct Solar Camo
USB charging cableUSB charging cableUSB charging cable
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide
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Garmin Instinct Features

  • Sturdy Design
  • Each of the Instinct models is sturdily built with fiber-reinforced polymer for the case, while the 22mm interchangeable straps are made of silicone. Chemically strengthened glass covers the glass. The 1.2 inches monochrome transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display is easy to read.

    All members of the Instinct series are rated 10ATM which makes any of these three a good choice you can wear to shower, beach, pool, or otherwise. All models are certified MIL-STD-810G that ensures they can absorb shock and withstand tough weather conditions.

  • A Comprehensive Fitness Tracker
  • All models of the Instinct Series are equipped with to track your daily activities such as steps, calories, sleep, heart rate, menstrual cycle, swimming, blood oxygen, a sedentary reminder with lots of preloaded sport modes. There’s also inbuilt GPS in all models that allow you to track outdoor activities.

    However, the Instinct Tactical edition features;

  1. Night vision mode that allows you to switch between daytime view and nighttime view with a screen designed to be read by night vision goggles.
  2. Stealth mode that allows you to stop storing and sharing your GPS position and disable wireless connectivity and communication.
  3. Jumpmaster that calculates high-altitude release points according to military guidelines while navigating to your objective once you’ve jumped.

On the other hand, the Instinct Surf Edition features;

  1. Tida Data: Allows you access tide data simply by looking at your wrist, stay up to date on ocean conditions to help catch the perfect wave.
  2. Record Surf Activity: Allows you to record the number of waves surfed, maximum speed reached, and distance traveled by using the surf activity profile.
  3. Surfline sessions: Works with Surfline Sessions, which creates a video of every wave you ride in front a Surfline camera, so you can watch them later and see how you did.

Garmin Instinct Series 2020 – Features List

See the full fitness tracking features of Garmin Instinct 2020

Activity Tracking FeaturesGarmin InstinctGarmin Instinct Tactical SolarGarmin Instinct Solar Camo
Smart Features
Connect IQ (Downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps)YesYesYes
Text response/reject phone calls with text (Android only)YesYesYes
Battery saver - customizable low power watchNoNoNo
Controls smartphone musicYesYesYes
Find my phoneYesYesYes
Find my watchYesYesYes
Virb remoteYesYesYes
Health Monitoring Features
Heart Rate trackingYesYesYes
Daily resting heart rateYesYesYes
Abnormal heart rate alertYesYesYes
Blood oxygen monitoringNoYesYes
VO2 Max.Yes (in app)Yes (in app)Yes (in app)
Battery energy monitorYesYesYes
Stress trackingYesYesYes
Relaxation remindersYesYesYes
Relaxation breathing timerYesYesYes
Sleep monitoringYesYesYes
Advanced sleep trackingYesYesYes
Menstrual cycle trackingYes (in Garmin Connect™)Yes (in Garmin Connect™)Yes (in Garmin Connect™)
Hydration trackingYes (in Garmin Connect™)Yes (in Garmin Connect™)Yes (in Garmin Connect™)
Safety and Tracking Features
Group LivetrackNoNoNo
Live event sharingNoNoNo
Incident detection during select activitiesNoNoNo
Tactical Features
Stealth modeNoYesNo
Night vision modeNoYesNo
Dual Grid CoordinatesYesYesYes
Kill switchNoNoNo
Activity Tracking Features
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)YesYesYes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)YesYesYes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)YesYesYes
Calories burnedYesYesYes
Floors climbedYesYesYes
Distance travelledYesYesYes
Intensity minutesYesYesYes
Move IQ

Gym & Fitness Equipment
Available gym activity profilesStrength, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, indoor rowing and yogaStrength, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, indoor rowing and yogaStrength, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, indoor rowing and yoga
Cardio workoutsYesYesYes
Strength workoutsYesYesYes
Yoga workoutsNoNoNo
Pilates workoutsNoNoNo
On-screen workout animationsNoNoNo
Automatic rep countingYesYesYes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
GPS speed and distanceYesYesYes
Customizable data pagesYesYesYes
Customizable activity profilesYesYesYes
Auto PauseYesYesYes
Interval trainingYesYesYes
Advanced workoutsYesYesYes
Downloadable training plansYesYesYes
Power modes - customizable in-activity battery settingsNoNoNo
Auto lapYesYesYes
Manual lapYesYesYes
Configurable lap alertsYesYesYes
Heat and altitude acclimationNoNoNo
VO2 Max. (Run)YesYesYes
VO2 Max. (Trail run)NoNoNo
Training status (lets you see if you're training effectively by tracking your training history and fitness level trend.)NoNoNo
Training load (your total training load for the last 7 days calculated from estimated epoc)NoNoNo
Training load focusNoNoNo
Training effect (aerobic)NoNoNo
Training effect (anaerobic)NoNoNo
Primary Benefit (training effect labels)NoNoNo
Custom alertsYesYesYes
Audio promptsYesYesYes
Finish timeYesYesYes
Virtual partnerYesYesYes
Race an activityYesYesYes
Auto multisport activitiesNoNoNo
Manual multisport activitiesNoNoNo
Course guidanceYesYesYes
Garmin Live SegmentsNoNoNo
Strava Live SegmentsNoNoNo
Round-Trip course creator (running/cycling)NoNoNo
Trendline Popularity RoutingNoNoNo
Touch and/or button lockYesYesYes
Hot keysNoNoNo
Auto scrollYesYesYes
Activity history on watchYesYesYes
Physio TrueupYesYesYes
Heart Rate Features
HR zonesYesYesYes
HR alertsYesYesYes
HR caloriesYesYesYes
% HR max.YesYesYes
% HRRYesYesYes
Recovery timeNoNoNo
Auto max HRYesYesYes
HRV stress test (measures your heart rate variability while standing still, for 3 minutes, to provide you with an estimated stress level; the scale of this is 1 to 100; low scores indicate lower stress levels)NoNoNo
HR broadcast (broadcasts hr data over ant+™ to paired devices)YesYesYes
Respiration rate (during exercise)NoNoNo
Respiration rate (all-day and in sleep)NoNoNo
Running Features
Available run profilesRunning, treadmill running, indoor track running, trail runningRunning, treadmill running, indoor track running, trail runningRunning, treadmill running, indoor track running, trail running
GPS-based distance, time and paceYesYesYes
Running dynamicsNoNoNo
Vertical oscillation and ratio (the degree of 'bounce' in your running motion and the cost-benefit ratio with stride length)NoNoNo
Ground contact time and balance (shows how much time, in the running motion, your foot is on the ground rather than in flight and lets you check your running symmetry)NoNoNo
Stride length (real time)NoNoNo
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute)YesYesYes
Performance condition (after running 20 minutes, compares your real-time condition to your average fitness level)NoNoNo
Lactate threshold (through analysis of your pace and heart rate, estimates the point where your muscles start to rapidly fatigue)NoNoNo
PacePro pacing strategiesNoNoNo
Run workoutsYesYesYes
Race predictorNoNoNo
Foot Pod CapableYesYesYes
Golf Features
Preloaded with 41,000 courses worldwideNoNoNo
Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)NoNoNo
Yardage to layups/doglegsNoNoNo
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course)NoNoNo
Digital ScorecardNoNoNo
Custom targetsNoNoNo
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit)NoNoNo
Garmin AutoshotNoNoNo
Full vector mapNoNoNo
Auto Courseview updatesNoNoNo
Green view with manual pin positionNoNoNo
Hazards and course targetsNoNoNo
Playslike distanceNoNoNo
Handicap scoringNoNoNo
Truswing compatibleNoNoNo
Round timer/odometerNoNoNo
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory)NoNoNo
Outdoor Recreation
Available outdoor recreation profilesHiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, tacticalHiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, tactical, jumpmasterHiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, tactical
Point-to-Point navigationYesYesYes
Bread crumb trail in real timeYesYesYes
Back to startYesYesYes
Ultratrac ModeYesYesYes
Around me modeNoNoNo
Elevation profileYesYesYes
Distance to destinationYesYesYes
Barometric trend indicator with storm alertYesYesYes
ClimbPro ascent plannerNoNoNo
Trail run auto climbYesYesYes
Vertical speedYesYesYes
Total ascent/descentYesYesYes
Future elevation plotYesYesYes
Preloaded Topographical mapsNoNoNo
Preloaded Ski resort mapsNoNoNo
Downloadable cartography supportNoNoNo
Compatible with BasecampYesYesYes
GPS coordinatesYesYesYes
Sight 'N GOYesYesYes
Area calculationYesYesYes
Hunt/fish calendarNoNoNo
Projected waypointYesYesYes
Sun and moon informationYesYesYes
Xero locationsYesYesYes
Expedition GPS activityYesYesYes
Cycling Features
Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)YesYesYes
MTB Grit & FlowNoNoNo
Cycle map (routable cycling-specific street map)NoNoNo
Available cycling profilesBiking, indoor biking and mountain bikingBiking, indoor biking and mountain bikingBiking, indoor biking and mountain biking
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor)NoNoNo
Race an activityYesYesYes
FTP (Functional Threshold Power)NoNoNo
Compatible with Vector (Power Meter)NoNoNo
Power Meter compatibleNoNoNo
Compatible with Varia Vision (head-mounted display)YesYesYes
Compatible with Varia Radar (Rear-Facing Radar)YesYesYes
Compatible with Varia™ LightsYesYesYes
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor)Yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)Yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)Yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)
Swimming Features
Available swim profilesPool swimming and open water swimmingPool swimming and open water swimmingPool swimming and open water swimming
Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)YesYesYes
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)YesYesYes
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (pool swim only)YesYesYes
Drill logging (pool swim only)YesYesYes
Basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only)YesYesYes
Countdown start (pool swim only)NoNoNo
Pool swim workoutsYesYesYes
Time and distance alertsYesYesYes
Underwater wrist-based heart rateNoYesYes
Heart rate from external HRM (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim)NoNoNo
  • Long Battery Life
  • The non-solar edition of the Instinct series will last up to 14 days with mixed usage, about 16 hours with continuous GPS tracking, and up to 40hrs on UltraTrac mode.

    The Solar-powered models can last up to 24 days and 54 days with solar, while with continuous GPS tracking, its 30 hours and 38 hours with solar.

  • Notifications
  • The Garmin Instinct models will also keep you connected to all that matters to you by alerting you when you receive notifications from your phone. Android users can send quick replies.


    • Sturdy and surable design.
    • A comprehsnive fitness tracker.
    • Long battery life.


    • Lacks microphonne and loudspeaker.
    • Lacks Garmin Pay.
    • Lacks music storage.

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