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Garmin Instinct 2 Solar


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It’s a GPS. It’s a smart watch. It’s a fitness tracker. It’s solar-powered. It’s just plain awesome.

This is a good choice for people who want a small GPS device on their person at all times, access to multiple satellite networks, the ability to navigate and plot points and routes while cross-referencing with paper or digital maps, and comprehensive fitness tracking options.

It has GPS, Galileo, and GLONASS Receivers, a three-dimensional electronic compass, and a barometric altimeter. The fitness tracking options include a pulse oximeter, heart rate, accelerometer, step tracker, and more.

What sets it apart from other wrist GPS devices is its virtually unlimited battery life on solar charging. Even without solar, the battery life is impressive: up to 65 days of runtime in watch mode, or with Bluetooth or other smart features enabled it still gets an astounding 28 days. Turning on GPS on top of all those other features still offers 30+ hours of continuous use.

The GPS Receiver allows you to store waypoints and routes, with built-in elevation and compass data. Note that you cannot see maps, roads, or topography on this device. If you intend to use this for navigating streets, roads, and terrain, you’ll still need your phone or a paper map or another GPS device like the Garmin GPSMAPS 66sr, eTrex 32x. It integrates with Garmin Basecamp to save and store data from your laptop or computer.


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One Instinct 2 Solar tactical smart watch; One USB charging/data cable; Quick Start manual

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  • Virtually unlimited battery life in smartwatch mode with solar charging. Power manager settings extend battery life.
  • Multi-GNSS support includes access to GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellites.
  • ABC sensors: Altimeter for elevation data, Barometer to monitor weather, and a 3-axis electronic Compass.
  • Water-rated to 100 meters. Thermal and shock resistant, rated to MIL-STD-810. Fiber-reinforced polymer case and chemically strengthened, scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass.
  • Nighttime view with a screen designed to be read by night vision goggles.
  • TracBack routing allows navigation along the same route back to your starting point.
  • Receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch when paired with your smartphone.
  • Your live location can be sent to your contacts manually or — during select outdoor activities — automatically with built-in incident detection.
  • Preloaded activity tracking for running, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, strength training, indoor climbing, virtual running, golf, yoga, high-intensity interval training, workout recommendations, and more.
  • Health tracking includes recovery time, VO2, pulse oximetry, heart rate, stress tracking, sleep score, body energy monitoring, hydration monitoring, and more.
  • Garmin connect app shows health and fitness information all in one place.

Made in Taiwan.

View the Owner’s Manual HERE.


BEZEL MATERIALFiber-reinforced polymer
CASE MATERIALFiber-reinforced polymer
PHYSICAL SIZE45 x 45 x 14.6 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 135-230 mm
DISPLAY SIZECustom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)
DISPLAY RESOLUTION176 x 176 pixels
DISPLAY TYPEMonochrome, Sunlight-visible, Transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
BATTERY LIFESmartwatch: Up to 28 days/Unlimited with solar*
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 65 days/Unlimited with solar*
GPS: Up to 30 hours/48 hours with solar**
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 70 hours/370 hours with solar**
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 32 days/Unlimited with solar*
*Solar charging, assuming all-day wear with 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions
**Solar charging, assuming use in 50,000 lux conditions
Clock FeaturesTime/Date; GPS Time Sync; Automatic Daylight-Saving Time; Alarm Clock; Timer; Stopwatch; Sunrise/Sunset Times
Health MonitoringWrist-Based Heart Rate (Constant, Every Second); Daily Resting Heart Rate; Abnormal Heart Rate Alerts; Respiration Rate (24×7); Pulse Ox Blood Oxygen Saturation; Fitness Age; Body Battery Energy Monitor; All-Day Stress; Relaxation Breathing Timer; Sleep; Sleep Score and Insights; Hydration; Women’s Health; Health Snapshot
SensorsGPS; GLONASS; GALILEO; Garmin Elevate Wrist Heart Rate Monitor; Barometric Altimeter; Compass; Accelerometer; Thermometer; Pulse Ox Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor
Daily Smart FeaturesConnectivity (Bluetooth, Ant+); Connect IQ (Downloadable Watch Faces, Data Fields, Widgets and Apps); Smart Notifications; Text Response/Reject Phone Call with Text (Android Only); Calendar; Weather; Realtime Settings Sync with Garmin Connect Mobile; Battery Saver (Customizable Low Power Watch); Controls Smartphone Music; Find My Phone; Find My Watch; VIRB Remote; Smartphone Compatibility (iPhone, Android); Pairs With Garmin Golf App; Pairs with Garmin Connect Mobile; Garmin Pay
Safety and Tracking FeaturesLiveTrack; Incident Detection During Select Activities; Assistance
Tactical FeaturesStealth Mode; Night Vision Mode; Dual Grid Coordinates; Kill Switch
Activity Tracking FeaturesStep Counter; Move Bar (Displays on Device After Period of Inactivity; Walk For a Couple of Minutes to Reset It); Auto Goal (Learns Your Activity Level and Assigns a Daily Step Goal); Calories Burned; Floors Climbed; Distance Traveled; Intensity Minutes; TrueUp; Move IQ; Garmin Connect Challenges App
Gym & Fitness EquipmentAutomatic Rep Counting; Cardio Workouts; Strength Workouts; HIIT Workouts; Yoga Workouts; Pilates Workouts
Available Gym Activity ProfilesStrength, Hiit, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Breathwork, Pilates, Yoga
Training, Planning and Analysis FeaturesHeart Rate Zones; Heart Rate Alerts; Heart Rate Calories; % Heart Rate Max; % Heart Rate; Recovery Time; Auto Max Heart Rate; Heart Rate Broadcast (Broadcasts Heart Rate Data Over Ant+ to Paired Devices); Respiration Rate (During Exercise); GPS Speed and Distance; Customizable Data Pages; Customizable Activity Profiles; Auto Pause; Interval Training; Advanced Workouts; Downloadable Training Plans; Power Modes – Customizable In-Activity Battery Settings; Auto Lap; Manual Lap; Configurable Lap Alerts; Heat and Altitude Acclimation; VO2 Max (Run); VO2 Max (Trail Run); Training Status; Training Load; Training Effect; Training Effect (Anaerobic); Primary Benefit (Training Effect Labels); Improved Recovery Time; Daily Suggested Workouts; Custom Alerts; Audio Prompts; Finish Time; Virtual Partner; Race an Activity; Auto Multisport Activities; Manual Multisport Activities; Course Guidance; Touch and/or Button Lock; Hot Keys; Auto Scroll; Activity History on Watch; Physio TrueUp
Running FeaturesGPS-Based Distance, Time and Pace; Running Dynamics; Vertical Oscillation and Ratio; Ground Contact Time and Balance; Stride Length (Real Time); Cadence (Provides Real-Time Number of Steps Per Minute); Performance Condition; Lactate Threshold; Run Workouts; Trail Run Auto Climb; Race Predictor; Foot Pod Capable; Run/Walk/Stand Detection
Available Run ProfilesRunning, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running
Golfing FeaturesYardage to F/M/B (Distance to Front, Middle and Back of Green); Yardage to Layups/Doglegs; Digital Scorecard; Stat Tracking (Strokes, Putts Per Round, Greens and Fairways Hit); Garmin Autoshot; Auto CourseView Updates; Green View with Manual Pin Position; Hazards and Course Targets; Round Timer/Odometer; Automatic Club Tracking Compatible (Requires Accessory); Tournament Legal
Outdoor RecreationPoint-To-Point Navigation; Bread Crumb Trail in Real Time; Back to Start; Tracback; UltraTrac Mode; Elevation Profile; Distance to Destination; Barometric Trend Indicator With Storm Alert; Vertical Speed; Total Ascent/Descent; Future Elevation Plot; GPS Coordinates; Sight ‘N Go; Area Calculation; Projected Waypoint; Sun and Moon Information; Xero Locations; Expedition GPS Activity;
Available Outdoor Recreation ProfilesHiking, Indoor Climbing, Bouldering, Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Classic Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Hunting, Snowshoeing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Tennis, Tactical
Cycling FeaturesAlerts (Triggers Alarm When You Reach Goals Including Time, Distance, Heart Rate or Calories); Courses; MTB Grit & Flow; Bike Lap and Lap Maximum Power (With Power Sensor); Race an Activity; Functional Threshold Power; Compatible With Vector and Rally (Power Meters); Power Meter Compatible; Compatible With Varia Radar (Rear-Facing Radar); Compatible With Varia Lights; Speed and Cadence Sensor Support (W/Sensor)
Available Cycling ProfilesBiking, Road Biking, Mountain Biking, Gravel Biking, Bike Commuting, Bike Touring, E-Biking, E-Mountain Biking, Indoor Biking, Cyclocross, Triathlon
Swimming FeaturesOpen-Water Swim Metrics (Distance, Pace, Stroke Count/Rate, Stroke Distance, Swim Efficiency SWOLF, Calories); Pool Swim Metrics (Lengths, Distance, Pace, Stroke Count, Swim Efficiency SWOLF, Calories); Stroke Type Detection (Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly) (Pool Swim Only); Drill Logging (Pool Swim Only); Basic Rest Timer (Up From 0) (Pool Swim Only); “Repeat On” Rest Timer (Pool Swim Only); Auto Rest (Pool Swim Only); Time and Distance Alerts; Countdown Start (Pool Swim Only); Pool Swim Workouts; Underwater Wrist-Based Heart Rate; Heart Rate From External Heart Rate (Real-Time During Rests, Interval and Session Stats During Rests, and Automatic Heart Rate Download Post-Swim)
Available Swim ProfilesPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming
Kid Activity Tracking FeaturesToe-To-Toe Challenges App

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Instinct® 2 Solar – Tactical Edition – Help – Garmin

Getting Started with the Instinct® 2 – Video – Garmin

Compass Calibration on a Garmin Adventure Watch – Video – Garmin

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