Garmin has released a new GPS watch called Instinct, designed for durability when worn during outdoor activities such as running or mountain biking.
Instinct comes with a 3-axis compass, barometric altimeter and several global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo). Support for multiple navigation systems allows you to track your location even in a more remote environment. It also uses Garmin's TracBack feature, which allows you to set up "bread crumbs" when traveling and return to the starting point.
Instinct, along with heart rate sensors, monitors other health indicators such as daily activities, calorie consumption, sleep, stress (measured through heart rate changes).
Garmin says the Instinct complies with military standards for heat, impact and water resistance. The latter is rated at 100 meters. Fiber-reinforced polymer casing, silicone bands and the company's "chemically enhanced" display and scratch protection. You can use up to 14 hours in Smart Watch mode, up to 16 hours in GPS mode, and up to 40 hours in UltraTrac mode, which periodically turns off GPS to conserve battery power.
The watch has a smart connection. When you pair with a compatible phone, you'll get notifications about text, email, and more. It is also compatible with other Garmin devices, such as the company's VIRB camera, so you can control VIRB start and stop functions from instinct.
Garmin Instinct watches are available in Graphite, Tundra and Flame Red. The price is $ 299.99 and is already available from some online fitness and outdoor suppliers.