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Garmin Instinct 2X Solar Tactical Edition $521.88 Delivered @ Amazon US via AU

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  • Bold, rugged GPS smartwatch is built to U.S. military standard 810 for thermal, shock and water resistance — with a large solar-charged display and durable 50 mm polymer case
  • Solar charging: Power Glass lens extends battery life, producing 50 Percent more energy than the standard Instinct 2 solar watch
  • Infinite battery life in smartwatch mode when exposed to 3 hours of direct sunlight (50,000 lux) per day
  • Built-in LED flashlight with variable intensities and strobe modes gives you greater visibility while you train at night and provides convenient illumination when you need it
  • 24/7 health and wellness tracking helps you stay on top of your body metrics with wrist-based heart rate, advanced sleep monitoring, respiration tracking, Pulse Ox and more (this is not a medical device, and data presented is intended to be a close estimation of metrics tracked. Pulse Ox not available in all countries.)
  • Gain a deeper understanding of your overall health, training and recovery through heart rate variability while you sleep, based on technology developed by our Firstbeat Analytics team
  • Built-in sports apps to take on running, biking, swimming, strength training and more, plus VO2 max and other training features
  • Multi-band signal reception technology delivers more accurate positioning than single band devices
  • Navigate the outdoors with built-in sensors for 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter
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  • i would totally get this if i was in the military. since im not, it would just be a very expensive g shock for me.

    • +5

      It's an excellent rugged watch, @ghoulie1 beat me to this post by 1min but was going to mention than in almost a year of ownership, i've had to charge this thrice! The solar is amazing if you're an outdoors person, roughly 38-40d on full charge. I'm a GShock guy too and only really looked at smart watches with the Pebble Kickstarter, but this is finally convinced me to switch.

      The Garmin Connect changed a bit recently, but with manually getting the data from the watch and using GarminDB it's not bad to keep track of stats if you're not keen on sending back to Garmin too.

      If you do get it, use the SuperShieldz protector for the face.

      • +2

        but was going to mention than in almost a year of ownership, i've had to charge this thrice

        I suppose you don't track/log your activities with GPS and that is how that's possible? My 6x Fenix Solar still needs to be charged every 3rd week but I do a lot of activities requiring tracking.

        • +2

          Ah yes, sorry, I should have clarified that. I don't use the GPS (or tracking really) most of the time - but when you do, it does cost power and hence those charges were required to top up, good point.

  • +1

    50mm is too big a watch face. Would look like a wrestling belt on my wrist.

  • I'm proly gonna get slammed for asking, but it says Water resistance, is that water proof? I want something I can take on my irregular swims…

    • +2

      No such thing as "water proof".

      Every watch has a level of water resistance, and this used to be measured in metres. 50m, 100m, 200m etc.
      This isn't accurate though, because it would be rare for any of these watches to actually be suitable for deep sea diving.
      These ratings are to try and compare how resistant a particular watch is to sudden change in pressure, which is completely different to a slow and steady drop until the thing cracks.

      This particular watch has a water resistance rating of 10ATM…. or 10 atmospheres (ie the pressure of our atmosphere at sea level is 1ATM).
      10ATM is often compared to 100m in sea depth but this isn't completely accurate either.

      Long story short, any watch rated to 10ATM will easily handle the pressures of normal use (jumping into a pool, using in the surf, sudden knocks underwater, and even shallow depth scuba).

      So yes, this watch is perfectly suitable to take on your "irregular swims".

      Edited: just looked at the Garmin website, https://www.garmin.com/en-AU/p/884585#specs and sure enough this watch has activity profiles that include 'open water swimming' and 'surfing'… so you're all good.

      • Thank you!

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    This doesnt have sapphire glass. Ive had my fenix 5x sapphire in some pretty rugged and extreme conditions the last 4 years. Not a single scratch on the screen.

    • Compared to the Fenix range, where the watch face is the same height as the bezel, the face of this is lower than the bezel so it is a bit more protected. I've been wearing the Instinct Solar 2 for about a year now without giving any thought to looking after it and it doesn't have any scratches. I might be lucky though!

      • +1

        Assuming the impact is square to the watch face I can see how it helps. The face on my bezel is about 1mm lower.

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