The Garmin Instinct is one of the more rugged and reliable outdoor GPS watches on the market. It's built for thermal, shock and water resistance to 100 metres, with plenty of features packed into it as well.
The case is made from fibre-reinforced polymer, and the display is scratch-resistant. Fully vented silicone bands include two independent, removable keeper loops which give you a secure fit and prevent you from getting caught on things.
Relying on GPS alone to track in normal conditions is OK, but when things become challenging you need more. Garmin Instinct gives you more including built-in 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter plus multiple global navigation satellite systems such as GPS, GLONASS and Galileo. Meanwhile, the Tracback feature lets you navigate back to the beginning of your track.
The Instinct offers accurate monitoring of things like heart rate and stress, and you can base your training on a host of preloaded activity profiles including biking, running and swimming.
The Garmin Instinct gives you access to the brilliant Garmin Explore website and app, which helps you plan trips in advance. You can create waypoints and routes on the map, sync trip data into a live map so your friends and family can watch your trip in progress, set up contacts, review stats from past trips and more.
If you're in the great outdoors, running a marathon, or somewhere off the beaten track, you need long battery life. That's a given with Garmin Instinct. Expect up to 14 days in smartwatch mode, up to 16 hours in GPS mode, and up to 40 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode.