Garmin Instinct

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  • £229.99
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The Garmin Instinct is a rugged GPS watch built to withstand the toughest environments

Constructed to U.S. military standard 810G for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 metres)

Built-in 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter plus multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) support helps track in more challenging environments than GPS alone

Monitor your heart rate, activity and stress; train with preloaded activity profiles

Stay connected with smart notifications and automatic data 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

Battery life: up to 14 days in smartwatch mode, up to 16 hours in GPS mode and up to 40 hours in UltraTrac™ battery saver mode (depending on settings)

Please call - 01669 621044 - and speak with one of our friendly GPS experts.




We don't just sell you a box with your Instinct. In with the price we will offer you the resources to get 100% out of your multi-activity GPS watch.

Buy and Learn from the experts - GPS Training.

- PLUS - Receive 12 months FREE access to the whole of our online GPS training - online resource worth £50.00

- PLUS - FREE ongoing support from our GPS training experts.

- PLUS - Sent out via Royal Mail Special Delivery.

Built to Endure, Like You

When you can rely on Instinct, the world can rely on you. This rugged, reliable outdoor GPS watch is built to the U.S. military standard 810G for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 metres). The fiber-reinforced polymer case adds strength and durability, and the chemically-strengthened, scratch-resistant display is high-contrast enough to read in bright sunlight, so you can take it with you into the extremes you face every day. Plus, the fully vented silicone bands include two independent, removable keeper loops to ensure a secure fit and to keep you from getting caught on things.

GPS You Can Count On

You've never been one to follow the beaten path — that's where Instinct comes in. GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellite network capability tracks in more challenging environments than GPS alone. The built-in 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter help you keep your bearings. Take the guesswork out of your return journey by using the TracBack feature to navigate the same route back to the start.

Monitor and Train

The Instinct GPS watch monitors your heart rate, activity and stress throughout the day, so you know how much you do — and how hard you're working to do it. When you're ready to train, we've got you covered with preloaded activity profiles for running, biking, swimming and more.

Stay Connected

Smart notifications let you leave your phone in your pocket. Pair your phone with Instinct and our Garmin Connect online fitness community for automatic uploads, live tracking and the GroupTrack feature. Or, pair with the Garmin Explore website and app to plan adventures before you head out.



Lens material Chemically-strengthened glass
Bezel material Fibre-reinforced polymer
Case material Fibre-reinforced polymer
QuickFit™ watch band compatible Yes (22 mm)
Strap material Silicone
Physical size 45 x 45 x 15.3 mm
Display size Custom, two-window design; 23 x 23 mm
Display resolution 128 x 128 pixels
Display type Monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Weight 52 g
Battery life Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 daysGPS mode: Up to 16 hoursUltraTrac™ mode: Up to 40 hours
Water rating 10 ATM
Memory/history 16 MB

Clock features

Time/date  green tick
GPS time sync  green tick
Automatic daylight saving time  green tick
Alarm clock  green tick
Timer  green tick
Stopwatch  green tick
Sunrise/sunset times  green tick


GPS  green tick
GLONASS  green tick
Galileo  green tick
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor  green tick
Barometric altimeter  green tick
Compass  green tick
Accelerometer  green tick
Thermometer  green tick

Daily smart features

Connectivity Bluetooth®, ANT+®
Smart notifications  green tick
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™only)  green tick
Calendar green tick 
Weather green tick 
Controls smartphone music green tick 
Find my phone green tick 
Find my watch green tick 
VIRB® camera remote green tick 
Smartphone compatibility iPhone®, Android™
Compatible with Garmin Connect™ Mobile green tick 

Activity tracking features

Step counter green tick 
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it) green tick 
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal) green tick 
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep) green tick 
Calories burned green tick 
Floors climbed green tick 
Distance travelled green tick 
Intensity minutes  green tick
TrueUp green tick 
Move IQ green tick 
All-day stress tracking green tick 

Fitness equipment/gym

Available gym activity profiles Strength, cardio and elliptical training, stair stepping, floor climbing, indoor rowing and yoga
Cardio workouts  green tick
Strength workouts green tick 
Automatic rep counting green tick 

Training, planning and analysis features

GPS speed and distance  green tick
Customisable screen(s) green tick 
Customisable activity profiles green tick 
Auto Pause® green tick 
Interval training green tick 
Advanced workouts green tick 
Downloadable training plans green tick 
Auto Lap® green tick 
Manual lap green tick 
Configurable lap alerts  green tick
Customisable alerts green tick 
Audio prompts green tick 
Finish time green tick 
Virtual partner green tick 
Race an activity green tick 
Course guidance green tick 
LiveTrack green tick 
Touch and/or button lock green tick 
Hot keys  green tick
Auto scroll green tick 
Activity history on watch green tick 

Heart rate features

HR zones  green tick
HR alerts green tick 
HR calories green tick 
% HR max green tick 
% HRR green tick 
Auto max HR green tick 
HR broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+™ to paired devices) green tick 

Running features

Available run profiles Running, treadmill running, indoor track running and trail running
GPS-based distance, time and pace  green tick
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute) green tick 
Run workouts green tick 
Foot pod capable green tick 

Outdoor recreation features

Available outdoor recreation profiles Hiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, XC skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking, Jumpmaster and tactical
Point-to-point navigation  green tick
Breadcrumb trail in real time green tick 
Back to start green tick 
TracBack® green tick 
UltraTrac mode green tick 
Elevation profile green tick 
Distance to destination  green tick
Barometric trend indicator with storm alert green tick 
Trail run auto climb green tick 
Vertical speed green tick 
Total ascent/descent green tick 
Future elevation plot green tick 
Compatible with BaseCamp green tick 
GPS coordinates green tick 
Projected waypoint  green tick
Sight 'N Go green tick 
Area calculation green tick 
Sun and moon information green tick 
Dual grid coordinates green tick 
XERO™ Locations green tick 

Cycling features

Available cycling profiles Biking, indoor biking, mountain biking and triathlon
Courses  green tick
Race an activity green tick 
Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal) green tick 
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor) Yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)


Swimming features

Available swim profiles Pool swimming and open water swimming
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories)  green tick
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) green tick 
Swim efficiency (SWOLF) green tick 
Drill logging green tick 
Pool swim workouts green tick 
Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, calories)


In the box

In the Box

- Instinct Watch

- Charging/data cable

- Quick Start Guide

Only from GPS Training you also get:

- A guide to registering your watch with Garmin

- 12 months FREE access to the whole of our online GPS training - online resource (worth £50.00)



    Is my smartphone compatible with this device?

    The Instinct is compatible with smartphones using Bluetooth® wireless technology.

    Go to for compatibility information.

    Can you pair this watch with the new inReach Mini Satellite communicator?

    Yes you can pair the Instinct with the inReach Mini, you can then receive message alerts from the inReach mini on the screen of the Instinct and also control sending messages and SOS alerts directly from the watch.

    What is the Battery life on a Garmin Instinct Watch ?

    The battery life of the Garmin Instinct Watch in Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 days, GPS mode (Recording activities, Navigating courses) : Up to 16 hours & UltraTrac™ mode (Reduced recorded track points): Up to 40 hours

    What are some of the main the features of a Garmin Instinct GPS watch?

    The Garmin Instinct Watch is a  rugged GPS watch is built to military standards and is water-rated to 100 metres. Keep your bearings with a built-in 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter. Multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) help you track in more challenging environments than with GPS alone, also has a Wrist Heart Rate Monitor and receives message notification from a paired phone.

    Can I send a GPX file to a Garmin Instinct Watch to follow as a course ?

    Yes you can transfer GPX files to the Garmin Instinct Watch using either the Garmin Connect App or Garmin Explore App, you can then follow these course on the Garmin Instinct Watch to Navigate with.

    What is the Weight if the Garmin Instinct Watch ?

    The Garmin Instinct Watch weighs 53g

    Can you display different watch faces on the Garmin Instinct Watch ?

    Yes the Garmin Instinct watch offers six unique watch faces, with a colour inverted option for each. Additionally, each watch face has the ability to customize what data or symbols to display.