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Garmin Instinct Rugged GPS Watch - Graphite - £200.25 @ Amazon
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Garmin Instinct Rugged GPS Watch - Graphite - £200.25 @ Amazon

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Posted 4th Nov
It seems this is the lowest price yet for this watch. I bought it 2 weeks ago for £235. Some very good features and has G-Shock looks.

  • Rugged GPS watch is water-rated to 100 metres and constructed to MIL-STD-810G for thermal, shock and water resistance
  • Built-in 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter Plus multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) track in more challenging environments than GPS alone
  • Monitor your heart rate, activity and stress, and train with preloaded activity profiles such as running, biking, swimming, hiking and more
  • Stay connected with smart notifications and automatic uploads to the Garmin Connect online fitness community
  • Use the TracBack feature to navigate the same route Back to your starting point; Use the Garmin Explore website and app to plan your trips in advance
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Battery life: up to 14 days in smartwatch mode, up to 16 hours in GPS mode, up to 40 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode
Looks to be 45mm?
Poor resolution compared to more 'smart' watches but thats a trade off for the ruggedness I guess.. Looks interesting.

buy.garmin.com/en-…-01

EDIT: This is actually slightly cheaper than using the student discount from Garmin themselves.
Edited by: "tek-monkey" 4th Nov
This watch supports open-water swimming which is quite unusual at this price point. But I don't believe it has a multisport mode so isn't great for triathlons. As always, check the DC Rainmaker review.
kingosticks04/11/2019 13:03

This watch supports open-water swimming which is quite unusual at this …This watch supports open-water swimming which is quite unusual at this price point. But I don't believe it has a multisport mode so isn't great for triathlons. As always, check the DC Rainmaker review.


dcrainmaker.com/201…tml

And Garmin's "compare the Instinct with the Fenix or Forerunner model of your choice" page is support.garmin.com/en-…1H6

(And you're right, no multi-sport/triathlon mode.)
alanbraggins12/11/2019 14:59

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2018/10/garmin-instinct-gps-watch-in-depth-review.htmlAnd Garmin's "compare the Instinct with the Fenix or Forerunner model of your choice" page is https://support.garmin.com/en-GB/?faq=ypifNJRjGV9Y0faEHtq1H6(And you're right, no multi-sport/triathlon mode.)


The lack of triathlon mode is what puts me off. I can think of many triathletes who would prefer a rugged watch over the plainer but more classic-styled Fenix (which is what I use). I'm sure it's all part of Garmin's product differentiation plans, they can't give the best features to the cheaper watches like this and the Vivoactive 3/4/Venu.
plewis0012/11/2019 16:32

The lack of triathlon mode is what puts me off. I can think of many …The lack of triathlon mode is what puts me off. I can think of many triathletes who would prefer a rugged watch over the plainer but more classic-styled Fenix (which is what I use). I'm sure it's all part of Garmin's product differentiation plans, they can't give the best features to the cheaper watches like this and the Vivoactive 3/4/Venu.


It is marketed as an "outdoor activities" watch rather than a sports watch. For triathlon, the 735xt is cheaper than this these days, but it's an older model and there are functions it doesn't have like canned text replies (not that you would answer texts in a race, but as a general purpose smart watch).
The Instinct feature set is actually a better fit for me (not a triathlete), but I prefer the Fenix/Forerunner style. My current plan is wait for Black Friday and decide then between Instinct, Fenix 5, or gamble on an Amazfit.
(At the moment I have a Pebble, which is dying (and doesn't do GPS without being linked to a phone).)
alanbraggins13/11/2019 08:16

It is marketed as an "outdoor activities" watch rather than a sports …It is marketed as an "outdoor activities" watch rather than a sports watch. For triathlon, the 735xt is cheaper than this these days, but it's an older model and there are functions it doesn't have like canned text replies (not that you would answer texts in a race, but as a general purpose smart watch).The Instinct feature set is actually a better fit for me (not a triathlete), but I prefer the Fenix/Forerunner style. My current plan is wait for Black Friday and decide then between Instinct, Fenix 5, or gamble on an Amazfit.(At the moment I have a Pebble, which is dying (and doesn't do GPS without being linked to a phone).)


Sounds like they’re just trying to differentiate it by calling it that. Given the bustle of a triathlon at times I can see why a triathlete might want one though.

The 735XT is not bad but it’s not robust at all and the lack of a barometer always was, and continues to be, a big issue for accurate data.

I’m pretty sure you’ll get a Fenix 5 at a good price on BF as they’re still in the channel and are 2 generations old now but one of the best smartwatch updates Garmin ever did and the software is mature now.
plewis0013/11/2019 08:18

Sounds like they’re just trying to differentiate it by calling it that. G …Sounds like they’re just trying to differentiate it by calling it that. Given the bustle of a triathlon at times I can see why a triathlete might want one though.The 735XT is not bad but it’s not robust at all and the lack of a barometer always was, and continues to be, a big issue for accurate data. I’m pretty sure you’ll get a Fenix 5 at a good price on BF as they’re still in the channel and are 2 generations old now but one of the best smartwatch updates Garmin ever did and the software is mature now.


You could pick up a 920xt and one of these for less than 250 if you search around. Cex for example, also has 2 year warranties. The 920xt has you covered for tri and even a quick release system and the Instinct for everyday and the barometer. So you could have it all for less than a 5 which is also quite heavy for running. Just an idea, feel free to criticise
Msx9814/11/2019 07:19

You could pick up a 920xt and one of these for less than 250 if you search …You could pick up a 920xt and one of these for less than 250 if you search around. Cex for example, also has 2 year warranties. The 920xt has you covered for tri and even a quick release system and the Instinct for everyday and the barometer. So you could have it all for less than a 5 which is also quite heavy for running. Just an idea, feel free to criticise


CeX are an option but some people want it brand new and they are crap at testing - 920XT has common barometer issues too on the older ones, I bet they won’t test it. I think if you’re getting for triathlon then you’d just buy a Fenix 5 or 5 Plus, and CeX will cover you there too.
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