The new Garmin Instinct 2 series includes a solar model with unlimited battery life

Garmin has unveiled the Instinct 2 series, the next generation of its more affordable GPS watches (from £299.99/$329.99) aimed at the outdoors.

Built with ruggedness in mind to withstand all the elements, in the words of Garmin, the new Instinct 2 series has unlimited battery life in select solar models, plus two sizes, new colors and the full range of features of health and wellness from Garmin, including VO2 Max and sleep score.

Last month, Garmin launched updated versions of its premium Fenix ​​7 and Epix; the new Instinct 2 series is the latest in a major overhaul of the American brand’s GPS smartwatches.

“The Instinct 2 series is designed to be bold, stand out from the crowd and help you get the most out of every day,” said Dan Bartel, vice president of worldwide sales at Garmin. “But there’s more than meets the eye with the Instinct 2 series. It combines adventurous colors with Garmin’s cutting-edge wrist-worn technology to become more than just a smartwatch – Instinct 2 becomes a trusted tool. to help you live life your way.

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The new Instinct 2 Series watch has a thinner profile – good news since the original Instinct, launched in 2018, was 15.3mm thick – as well as a more traditional 45mm bezel and a smaller bezel of 40mm for the Instinct 2S, which aims to provide a more comfortable fit for those with smaller wrists and women.

There’s also a new high-resolution screen protected by chemically strengthened, scratch-resistant glass.

According to Garmin, like the original Instinct, the Instinct 2 is built to a military standard for thermal and shock resistance and is waterproof to 100 meters.

Unlimited battery life?

As for that pretty incredible battery life claim, it’s the 45mm Instinct 2 Solar model that offers “unlimited battery life” in smartwatch mode, with Garmin hailing that as a new battery life standard. drums. The figure assumes three hours a day outdoors in conditions of 50,000 lux.

Meanwhile, the non-solar powered Instinct 2 provides four weeks of continuous use in smartwatch mode.

The Instinct 2 series watches come preloaded with apps and sports activities, including a new multi-sport activity that allows users to switch between activities and still show total time and distance.

Garmin Instinct Watch

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The new watch features Garmin’s full suite of wellness features, including Sleep Score and advanced sleep monitoring, as well as a new Health Monitoring Activity that allows users to record metrics of key health, such as Garmin body battery, stress and heart rate in one view. There’s also VO2 Max, Fitness Age, Training Status/Load/Effect, Recovery Time, HIIT Workouts and Daily Suggested Workout – borrowed from Garmin’s premium watches such as the new Fenix ​​7 and Epix 2.

The Instinct 2 series comes in a range of fairly unorthodox and eye-catching colors including Electric Lime, Poppy, and Neo-Tropic, and also comes in Instinct 2 Solar, Standard (non-Solar), Surf, Tactical, and Camo editions.

Garmin Instinct 2 Special Editions

Garmin Instinct Watch

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Surf Editions: Activities dedicated to water sports such as surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, as well as a tide widget, inform users of ocean conditions. Users can track their activities and review them later with Surfline Sessions compatibility. Named after famous surf spots, the Surf editions are available in Instinct 2 and Instinct 2S with or without solar.

Tactical Editions: Popular with military personnel, according to Garmin, the Instinct 2 Solar – Tactical Edition adds dedicated tactical features such as a Kill Switch, stealth mode, night vision goggle compatibility, duplicate position coordinates Jumpmaster format and activity mode. Available in Coyote Tan or Black.

Camo Editions: Graphite and Mist Camo patterns allow individuals to blend in or stand out depending on their location, be it the concrete jungle or the real jungle.

Additionally, using Garmin’s Your Watch, Your Way program, users can customize their Instinct 2 or 2S Solar watches through a variety of bezel and strap choices with over 240 different design combinations.

Instinct 2 Solar models include Garmin Pay with compatible payment systems.

The Instinct 2 series is compatible with the Garmin Connect IQ store for free downloads of apps, widgets, watch faces, data fields, and more. Health and wellness features such as Hydration Tracking, Connect Ranking, and Menstrual Cycle and Pregnancy Tracking are also available to Instinct 2 Series owners via CIQ.

The Instinct 2 and Instinct 2S are available immediately with an RRP of £299.99/$329.99. To find out more, visit

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