Garmin has just announced a new GPS watch yesterday, which they have dubbed Instinct – the company has built it to be worn during outdoor activities such as running or mountain biking. It’s not your run-of-the-mill fitness watch though – it was built to comply to the military standards for both shock and water resistance.
But we’re not done yet. The watch is encased in a fiber-reinforced polymer shell that has a chemically strengthened and scratch-resistant display. So this watch doesn’t play around, guys. In addition to being almost as solid as a brick, the watch will also monitor your heart rate, the calories you burned, count your steps, distance, and keep an eye on your stress levels and sleep patterns.
It’s capable of tracking a number of sports activities ranging from hiking and running to kayaking and skiing. It has a 3-axis compass and supports not only GPS but also GLONASS and Galileo, which means it can track your location even if you veer off your path.
Just to add to the list of nice features, the device has a 14-day battery life in smartwatch mode, 16 hours in GPS mode and 40 hours total in UltraTrac mode, a mode that turns off the GPS every now and then in order to preserve battery.
It comes in Graphite, Tundra and Flame Red color options and can be paired up with a compatible phone so you can get notifications for texts and emails too.
It all sounds pretty nice but if you do want to purchase one, it will make your wallet $300 lighter. The watch is now available via the Garmin website and other authorized retailers.