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
Garmin Instinct specsInstinct tactical full specsGarmin instinct Camo full specs

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Battery:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Design:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Battery:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

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

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)
(monochrome)
Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
(monochrome)
Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
(monochrome)
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)
Always-onYesYesYes
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularCircular
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
Interchangeable band Yes, 22mmYes, 22mmYes, 22mm
Screen protectionChemically strengthened glassChemically strengthened glassPower Glass™
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Graphite
Sea foam
Tundra
Flame red
Sunburst
Lakeside blue
Black
Coyote tan
Lichen Camo
Graphite Camo

MEMORY

RAM------
Internal storageN/AN/AN/A
Memory card slotNoNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothYes, and ANT+ Yes, and ANT+ Yes, and ANT+
Bluetooth callingNoNoNo
Wi-FiNoNoNo
NFCNoNoNo
GPSGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/Galileo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNoNo
SIMNoNoNo
BandNoNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

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

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYesYes
StepsYesYesYes
Floors climbedNoNoNo
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYes
DistanceYesYesYes
StressYesYesYes
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

MEDIA

AudioNoNoNo
Music streamingNoNoNo
Bluetooth musicNoNoNo
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNoNo
MicrophoneNoNoNo
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterNoNoNo
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
CompassYesYesYes
Gyroscope ______
Ambient lightNoNoNo
Pulse OximeterNoNoYes
ECGNoNoNo
ThermometerYesYesYes
Other sensors------

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Proprietary OSProprietary OSProprietary OS
Chipset------
CPU------
GPU------

BATTERY

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

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYesYes
StopwatchYesYesYes
AlarmYesYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control camera______
Music controlYesYesYes
Find phoneYesYesYes
Text responseYesYesYes

MISC

Payment systemNoNoNo
Compatibility Android and iOS
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Companion appGarmin connect IQ storeGarmin connect IQ storeGarmin connect IQ store
Voice commandNoNoNo

BOX CONTENTS

Garmin InstinctGarmin Instinct TacticalGarmin Instinct Solar Camo
StrapsStrapsStraps
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 FEATURES

Garmin 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
CalendarYesYesYes
WeatherYesYesYes
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
Respiration Rate (24/7)YesYesYes
Fitness Age
Blood oxygen (SpO2) 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 tracking/Sleep ScoreYesYesYes
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

LivetrackYesYesYes
Group LivetrackNoNoNo
Live event sharingNoNoNo
Incident detection during select activitiesNoNoNo
AssistanceNoNoNo
Spectator Messaging (New)
Assistance Plus (New)

TACTICAL FEATURES

Stealth modeNoYesNo
Night vision modeNoYesNo
Dual Grid CoordinatesYesYesYes
Kill switchNoNoNo

ACTIVITY TRACKING FEATURES

Steps CounterYesYesYes
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
TrueupYesYesYes
Move IQ

YesYesYes

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 & ANALYSIS FEATURES

GPS speed and distanceYesYesYes
Customizable data pagesYesYesYes
Customizable activity profilesYesYesYes
Auto PauseYesYesYes
Interval trainingYesYesYes
Improved Interval (includes open repeats, intervals data page, rest screen and auto detection)
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
Improved Recovery Time (New)
Daily Suggested Workouts
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 TRACKING 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 (24/7)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
PinpointerNoNoNo
Playslike distanceNoNoNo
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point) (New)
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
TracbacKYesYesYes
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 road and trail maps (New)
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
TidesNoNoNo

CYCLING FEATURES

Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)YesYesYes
CoursesYesYesYes
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
"Repeat on" rest timer (pool swim only) (New)
Auto rest (pool swim only) (New)
Time and distance alertsYesYesYes
Pacing alerts (pool swim only) (New)
Countdown start (pool swim only)NoNoNo
Pool swim workoutsYesYesYes
Critical swim speed (New)
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.

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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