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Garmin Instinct Rugged GPS Smartwatch

Description

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 meters). 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

Apple iOS Compatible

Compatible with all Apple iOS devices

Android Compatible

Compatible with all Android devices

Bluetooth

A wireless technology used for exchanging data

Water-Resistant

Product is able to resist the penetration of water to some degree.
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Garmin Instinct Tactical Black

Product information

Key specs

Height
45 mm
Compatible with operating system
Android, iOS
Shows smartphone messages
Phone calls via watch possible
Type of heart rate measurement
Optical heart rate measurement

45 mm

Compatible with operating system

Android, iOS

Shows smartphone messages

Phone calls via watch possible

Type of heart rate measurement

Optical heart rate measurement

Waterproof

Biking, Fitness, Outdoor, Running, Swimming

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Pros and cons

According to our smartwatch expert

  • Thanks to the Jumpmaster mode, you can navigate to the right place after your parachute jump.

  • Meets U.S. military standard for temperature, water, and shock resistance.

  • With GPS and GLONASS, the watch determines your location, speed, and route more accurately than comparable watches.

  • It's not possible to reply to incoming WhatsApp messages via the smartwatch.

  • Garmin isn't compatible with all Huawei smartphone.

Product Expert smartwatches

Description

The Garmin Instinct Tactical is a robust military watch. You can easily switch to the night view, which you can also read with night glasses on. Thanks to the Jumpmaster mode, the watch calculates high altitude release points according to military guidelines. That means you can navigate to the right place in enemy territory after your parachute jump. Next, turn on sneak mode. This disconnects all connections and the watch stops sharing your GPS location. This is how you surprise your target. The Instinct Tactical complies with U.S. military standard 810 for temperature, shock, and water resistance. It can withstand the toughest conditions, from jumping out of an airplane to diving to a depth of 100 meters. In addition, the watch helps you train properly. It measures your heart rate and has integrated sports apps.

Note: a charger adapter isn't included. Do you want to charge the watch via a socket? If so, order a charger adapter separately.

The Garmin Instinct Tactical is a robust military watch. You can easily switch to the night view, which you can also read with night glasses on. Thanks to the Jumpmaster mode, the watch calculates high altitude release points according to military guidelines. That means you can navigate to the right place in enemy territory after your parachute jump. Next, turn on sneak mode. This disconnects all connections and the watch stops sharing your GPS location. This is how you surprise your target. The Instinct Tactical complies with U.S. military standard 810 for temperature, shock, and water resistance. It can withstand the toughest conditions, from jumping out of an airplane to diving to a depth of 100 meters. In addition, the watch helps you train properly. It measures your heart rate and has integrated sports apps.

Note: a charger adapter isn't included. Do you want to charge the watch via a socket? If so, order a charger adapter separately.

Key specs

Height
45 mm
Compatible with operating system
Android, iOS
Shows smartphone messages
Phone calls via watch possible
Type of heart rate measurement
Optical heart rate measurement

45 mm

Compatible with operating system

Android, iOS

Shows smartphone messages

Phone calls via watch possible

Type of heart rate measurement

Optical heart rate measurement

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Review: Garmin’s Instinct Tactical is Fit for the Wild

When people think of Garmin, they generally think of the first GPS unit they had for their vehicle. But Garmin’s global positioning system technology is used across a variety of industries, including aviation, marine, fitness, and outdoor recreation. In the outdoor space, their watches are often featured on “best of” lists and praised for their navigation tools, which is essential when you’re hunting, hiking, or camping in the backcountry. 

I’ve used my trusty Garmin Fenix 3 for years and was hesitant to replace it, but I had the opportunity to test out the new Instinct Tactical after it was released in August 2019. I put it to the test during a couple weeks of training, as well as in Colorado’s backcountry for elk archery season. After wearing the Instinct Tactical for a week, it was evident that it is a smartwatch more than capable of suiting the needs of most outdoorsmen. 

One of the first things you notice about a watch is how it feels on your wrist. The Instinct’s new silicone band has just enough stretch to aid in both comfort and keeping the watch in place while performing strenuous activities like running, hiking, swimming, or weightlifting. Weighing in at 52 grams, it’s significantly lighter than the 82-gram Fenix 3 it replaced. The activity buttons are also flatter and more ergonomically placed on the Instinct series watches; the round, protruding buttons on the Fenix 3 would often inadvertently depress, starting an activity at inopportune times.

As for appearance, the Instinct Tactical has more of a G-Shock look, which fits the intended user in the military, tactical, or outdoor sphere. While the display resembles an analog clock face, it’s jam packed with apps and technologically advanced features. As far as colors, choices are limited to black and coyote tan. 

The Instinct Tactical connects to a smartphone via bluetooth and sends most standard notifications through the phone. I shut off this feature because of the redundancy, but the function is there if needed or preferred. The watch also displays weather pulled from your phone’s weather app. One feature that was particularly convenient while in the backcountry was the watch’s ability to connect to my Garmin InReach Mini. I could send preset messages, start tracking, or even initiate an SOS from the watch.

As has come to be expected from Garmin, the GPS on the Instinct Tactical is fast and accurate. The company equipped it to use multiple global navigation satellites, including GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo. In open country, I could get coordinates in 60 seconds or less; in areas that were more densely timbered, the watch still performed well (within 10M of my other GPS devices). The watch’s compass and altimeter were also accurate when compared to my backup compass and other GPS devices.

Some functions that are specific to the Instinct Tactical are a dual position display that uses both MGRS and degrees/minutes/seconds, and stealth mode, which stops the device from sharing and storing your GPS location and disables all wireless connectivity. Further, the watch comes with a night vision mode that allows the face to be viewed under night vision devices, as well as jumpmaster and waypoint projection apps. 

However, all those features cost battery life. Especially when spending time off the grid, battery life is a big deal, and overall, the Instinct Tactical did well in this department. As with most battery-powered items, smaller and lighter means less battery life. During normal activity tracking and app use during training, the battery lasted well over a week. When using it in GPS mode to navigate back to camp while in the woods, the battery took a significant hit. Garmin states that the battery will last up to 14 days in normal smartwatch mode and 16 hours in GPS mode, which was pretty close to accurate. However, it charged relatively quickly on a portable charging device. 

My only real complaint while using the watch was the navigation feature itself. It operates similar to the way it would if I was using the watch to record a run or other physical activity. When navigating, the watch displays a line from your location to your destination, as well as the distance. I prefer navigational tools to use a simple arrow pointing toward the required azimuth and display the distance remaining. That being said, the navigation led me to my destination without fail.

One of my favorite features of the Instinct Tactical is the heart rate monitor. It was interesting to keep track of my heart rate and stress levels throughout the day — while ascending and descending 10,000-foot peaks, as well as while doing regular physical training. The watch comes equipped to monitor activities from running to swimming. Similar to the Fenix series, the Instinct Tactical allows the user to plan intervals and target paces on Garmin Connect, upload the workouts to the watch, and then the watch will keep pace during running workouts. Garmin Connect also allows the user to plan sport-specific workouts for time, distance, target pace, heart rate, and more, including recovery and rest periods. These functions make the Instinct Tactical a great companion for running, biking, rowing, swimming, and even skiing and snowboarding. 

The advanced features of the Instinct Tactical are great if you work in the military, law enforcement, or tactical realm, but those who have no use for the tactical apps can simplify to the basic version. In either iteration, the watch is feature-packed and more than capable of suiting the needs of the outdoorsman, adventurer, or athlete.

Michael Herne

Contributing writer

Michael Herne is a contributing writer for Coffee or Die. He is an Airborne Ranger currently serving on active duty (13 years) in the U.S. Army, with a total of 33 months deployed to Afghanistan. His passion lies in backpack hunting and fly fishing. In the time not consumed by his military obligations, you’ll find Michael somewhere in the outdoors with a fly rod or bow in hand and a pack on his back. His hunting exploits continue to take him to beautiful and interesting places, from the hills of Kentucky to the peaks of the Rocky Mountain West. He has been hosted on the podcasts Becoming a Bowhunter and East to West Hunting.

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The Only 3 Tactical GPS Watches To Consider

Our choice

If you’re in the market for a watch that’s much more than just a watch, then you’ll want to be looking at Tactical GPS Watches. There are three words in there – tactical, GPS, and watch.

Tactical because these watches are perfect for the rugged explorer, or even someone in the military. They’re able to assess the environment around you for a wide range of metrics – the metrics that each watch covers is explained below.

GPS (Global Positioning System)  because they have location tracking system including time synchronization. This is pretty self-explanatory – it’s easy to get lost in unfamiliar areas, and if you’ve traveling to a laundry list of different locations, you need something that’s easily accessible to guide you along. Having GPS features on your watch does exactly this.

Finally, Watch because it has all of the features of a regular watch. Basically, time and date.

If you’ve already done your research, then you know that many different companies make many different types of tactical GPS watches which range in features, durability, and price.

We’ve compiled three of the best, depending on what you need it for. Read through each recommendation below very carefully – at the end of it, you’ll know which one is right for you and why.

Best 3 Tactical GPS Watches

Suunto Traverse Series

Starting off our list is The Suunto Traverse Series from Suunto, not just because of the watch itself, but also because of the company behind it. Suunto is one of the top watch brands for so-called a tactical watch and Suunto Travers series is probably the best adventurer watch ever released.

In October 2015 Suunto released they first Traverse model – a simpler watch with the main features like GPS and GLONASS navigation (a Russian version of GPS). It has a great elegant design and superb functionality, including a GPS receiver.

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Suunto Traverse Sapphire Black – GPS Outdoor watch with Sapphire Lesns and Navigation Function.

One thing for sure, Suunto Travers series has one of the most innovative new features with its GPS/GLONASS navigation system. The Traverse also includes a Barometer, Compass, Sunrise/Sunset times, Bluetooth, GPS tracking, and GPS navigation.

Other Traverse features include a backlight with bright “flashlight mode,” and mobile phone notifications through the Movescount Android/iOS app. In the Movescount app, you can also view an in-depth report with GPS track; the watch first has to be synchronized with the Movescount app via a USB cable or Bluetooth.

Suunto Travers also becomes one of toughest GPS watch out there, besides its water resistant (up to 100m), they have been tested according to the military standards (MIL-STD-810G).

So what about other the features? With a watch as dominant as the Suunto Traverse, if we tried to list out all of the features here, this article would end up being 10,000 words. It’s that good.

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Today, The Suunto Traverse is one of the most popular models from Suunto and consist of six different GPS watch models – Suunto Traverse Amber, Black, White, Graphite, Slate and Black Sapphire.

Being a company that focuses almost entirely on adventure watches, this says quite a bit in itself. It has everything that you’d expect from an outdoor watch with GPS feature, as well as a slew of other features that other watches in the price range do not.

But just looking at the meticulous attention to detail in the pictures is the icing on the cake. For more quick look, there’s a lot a video on YouTube reviewing and displaying it on an actual Suunto Traverse watch. Gotta look good on your wrist, right?.

SUUNTO Traverse Alpha

SUUNTO Traverse Alpha

  • Features a rugged, knurled stainless steel bezel, durable water repellent nylon strap, and a premium scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass
  • Suunto's automatic shot detection technology keeps track of when and where you shoot, mapping the GPS coordinates of your location for later viewing
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How Much? the watch around $350 – $400 USD (depending on the model), but you can find it for less if you look at the sellers in the Amazon sidebar – some are below $300. That might seem like a lot for a watch, but when you look at what the watch does and the prices of similar watches, it suddenly becomes very, very reasonable.

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Garmin Tactix™ GPS Navigator

When you think of Garmin, you think of a GPS. That’s a good start. Believe it or not, Garmin is one of the leaders in tactical GPS watches because of its proficiency with GPS itself.

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Garmin tactix™. High-sensitivity GPS with automatic calibrating altimeter, barometer and 3-axis compass

The Navigator makes use of a high-sensitivity GPS tracker, which means that it will sense your every movement. Have you ever been driving somewhere with GPS, only to have the dot (you) skip across the map unexpectedly, causing you to lose your way? High sensitivity GPS ensures that this never happens. When you’re in a situation that calls for a tactical GPS watch, every step counts.

The aesthetics with the Tactix caught our eye. Look at the pictures, and then tell us that doesn’t look like something that James Bond would wear. Enough said.

Garmin Tactical GPS Navigator

What you can DO with Garmin Tactical GPS Navigator

As with the Suunto, if we took the time to list all of its features, you’d nod off before the end of the article – not because we’d write it in a boring way, but because there are so many. The last one we’ll leave you with is the fact that Garmin seamlessly integrates sharing into its watch. You can share anything from way-points all the way to tracks between the Tactix and any other Garmin device or smartphone.

The Price? Most expensive than the Suunto Traverse, but still reasonable. $499.99 USD, but unlike Suunto, Garmin sets the prices on its product for third party vendors, so that’s the cheapest new one that you’ll find.

Reviews? The average is lower than the Suunto Traverse, but the percentage of five star reviews is higher. From moms to military veterans, it seems that everyone has left a review on Amazon – check them out here.

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Garmin Foretrex® 401 GPS

On a budget? No problem, we’ve got you covered. The Garmin Foretrex is about a half and a third of the price of #1 and #2 in this list, respectively.

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Slim wrist-mounted GPS Garmin Foretrex® 401

Don’t be put off by the price. While it might not have all of the bells and whistles that #1 and #2 have, the top review is from someone who uses it while deployed in Afghanistan. So it’s not a cheap little toy that’ll break under serious conditions.

Garmin is able to offer this one for a lower price because the company took a lot of the features out from its more expensive units. For example, you can check your GPS coordinates and altitude, but aside from that, there aren’t a whole lot of metrics to calculate. Keep in mind that you can still plan multiple points to travel to, though – it’s not like it’s just a GPS reader.

Garmin Foretrex 401

Garmin Foretrex® 401 – Perfect for outdoor activities

A common concern with products that cost less than the market average is their durability. It’s kind of like buying sneakers – sometimes, that $30 pair will last you for years, but other times, they’ll wear down almost immediately and you’ll be forced to make the decision of buying another $30 pair, or going for a higher quality one.

In the case of the 401 GPS, it was the pair of $30 sneakers that held up for years. Almost all of the reviews are positive, and the negative ones stem from the fact that there aren’t a lot of features on the watch. Click here to read them.

Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof Hiking GPS

Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof Hiking GPS

  • Features high-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix for improved performance and reception in heavy tree cover or deep canyons
  • Keeps track of routes, tracks and waypoints, and heart rate with add on heart rate monitor (sold separate). Uses standard AAA batteries. 2 required.
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Garmin Foretrex 401

Garmin Foretrex 401

  • Product Type:Handheld GPS Navigator
  • Brand Name:Garmin
  • Manufacturer:Garmin, Ltd
  • Product Model:401
  • Product Name:Foretrex 401 Portable Navigator
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Get this watch if you’re looking for a reliable GPS watch, but don’t need the advanced features of the more expensive versions. It’s kind of like how if you only drive once or twice per week, it’s not practical to get a BMW – a Honda will do just fine.

YOU MUST CHOOSE, BUT CHOOSE WISELY

We’ve given you three tactical watches to consider – two of them are the industry leaders, and one of them is for those of you who are on a budget. The list is short because these ones are the clear winners.

You might be able to find cheaper tactical watches with GPS features that boast the same features as #1 and #2. But with cheaper versions, you’ll run into problems – many of the watches that we were considering adding to the list did not hold up over time.

Just like that pair of shoes, you’ll be buying a new one in a couple of months if you go with anything aside from the trusted brands and models.

Take into account your budget, your needs, and your preferences, then scroll up and select either #1, #2, or #3. Read the reviews of each on Amazon (we’ve linked to them in each review) to get a firm grasp on what others think, and then place an order to get your watch. Good luck! Happy Shopping! and Happy Holiday!.

Update - 2019.08.16*This article was originally published in 2014 and has been updated.

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Review: Getting down and dirty with the Garmin Tactix Delta Solar AB smartwatch

As I sorted through my trunk of outdoor gear the night before jumping on a flight to Las Vegas, I realized how many years of accumulation had passed. There was a 15-year old GPS unit for my car, maps of the Quantico highlands and various public lands, and protractors for plotting an azimuth the old-fashioned way. 

But alongside all this was the new hotness from Garmin: the Tactix DeltaSolar complete with software from Applied Ballistics. Inside the tactical GPS smartwatch is more power and potential than the rest of all my old gear combined. That’s an astounding feat for such a compact case, which is why Garmin invited me to put it through its paces. And that’s exactly what I intended to do over the next month. 

As much as I appreciate a quality product, I’ve never been one to wait in line for the latest tech gadget, so consider me about as unbiased as you can get for this kind of thing. I would wear the watch on a daily basis, take it into the backcountry, subject it to runs and workouts, and compare notes at the range. I decided that if it could do all that well enough to make me forget about the price tag, it would earn my stamp of approval.

Unboxing

Unboxing this watch was a no-frills affair. There was some basic packaging, a small instruction booklet, and a charging cord. This watch wasn’t built to sit around the house while you mused at glossy brochures and technical guides. It was built to forge a path into the wilderness and it seems like Garmin is encouraging customers to start right from the jump.

The 1.4-inch screen, and hefty case, give this watch an imposing appearance, but the sub-100-gram total weight proved comfortable and unobtrusive. The five-button configuration is easy to learn and navigate, and my watch came with both a nylon and rubber strap that proved durable and never rubbed the wrong way. 

Overall, the watch exudes quality. Between the reinforced polymer case and the Power Sapphire lens, I never felt compelled to baby it.  

How we tested the Garmin Tactix Delta Solar AB

There are more features in this watch than one person could test in a year. Seriously, want to calculate the ideal altitude to open your parachute? The Tactix Delta can calculate that and give you recommendations for high-altitude and low-altitude openings. Want to track your physical performance during a run, bike, swim, hike, triathlon, or walk around the block? There are separate functions for each of those. You can even track skiing data, although I know having a speedometer on the slopes would get me killed.

For this test, I primarily focused on running, hiking, and day-to-day functions. The golf course maps were too cool to ignore, so I tagged along with some friends for a day out at TPC Las Vegas to compare the Garmin with other GPS watches and the in-cart digital maps. Because this particular watch was equipped with Applied Ballistics software, I also took the opportunity to send a few rounds downrange.

I did my best to push the Tactix Delta out of its comfort zone. I zeroed an optic at two different distances to see how the Applied Ballistics software would compensate. I hit the trail in search of a topographic feature instead of a preloaded point of interest. Then, I enlisted the help of a few runner and golfer friends to put the watch through its paces and compare it against the other devices they were familiar with.

At home on the range

Review: Getting down and dirty with the Garmin Tactix Delta Solar AB smartwatch

Rather than trying to sort out ballistic data from scratch, Garmin brought in the heavy hitters at Applied Ballistics to make this watch as competent on the firing line as it is everywhere else. This particular watch had the ability to sync with laser rangefinders and thermometers for instant firing solutions, but I used it by itself for this test.

Like any piece of gear, this watch takes practice to take advantage of everything it has to offer. Garbage in equals garbage out, as they say, so it starts with accurately inputting things like caliber, bullet weight, muzzle velocity, barrel twist, distance to the target, and elevation change between the firing line and the target. Using that information, the Garmin crunches numbers instantly and provides necessary adjustments in inches, MIL, or MOA. Hell, it can even tell how long the bullet will be in the air.

During my test, the Applied Ballistics software performed as well as we expected. Firing solutions were instantaneous and if I’m being honest, far more precise than most people who will ever use it. Serious long-distance shooters will obviously get the most out of it, so don’t be surprised if this watch has you searching for the nearest two-mile shooting range. It was also interesting to check old-school adjustments and holds against the watch to compare results. I know to adjust elevation to compensate at 500 yards, but seeing “58 inches up” made me chuckle at the amount required.

Yeah, science!

Review: Getting down and dirty with the Garmin Tactix Delta Solar AB smartwatch

Here’s a fun fact: the altimeter uses an internal barometer to measure ambient air pressure and calculate your resulting altitude. After taking a commercial flight, I commented to a pilot friend that I was disappointed to find out that the watch didn’t show my altitude in flight. 

“Let me guess,” he said. “It stopped at 8,000 feet?”

I was surprised––that’s exactly where the altimeter froze. It turns out that wasn’t a malfunction. Commercial airlines typically pressurize cabins at a simulated altitude of 8,000 feet. The watch wasn’t glitching, it was spot-on.

Those maps, though

Review: Getting down and dirty with the Garmin Tactix Delta Solar AB smartwatch

There are plenty of digital maps out there these days. GPS watches are readily available, cellular service is getting increasingly reliable in remote areas, and offline maps make navigation that much easier. The difference is made by accuracy. 

Atop North Peak in Nevada, the ground was so rocky and barren that in many places the trail simply vanished. The open country made macro-level navigation easy, but with so many steep drop-offs it would have been easy to follow the wrong topographical feature and end up spending hours backtracking. 

Garmin came through big time with a trail map and GPS accuracy within feet. I followed the trail on the watch and ended up exactly where I needed to be when the trail became marked again. Add in layers for roads, businesses, popular attractions, public lands, contour lines, multiple grid systems, and even maritime use, and you can be confident navigating anywhere.

What we like about the Garmin Tactix Delta Solar AB

There’s a lot to like about this wrist wizard. I’m willing to bet that if I had it for another month, I’d like it even more. There are just so many functions and opportunities for customization that the watch has the ability to grow with its owners as they explore new interests.

Capabilities

Take a look through Garmin’s product page, and I’m willing to bet you’ll need a break before you get through every feature and capability this watch offers. It’s truly remarkable. 

Want maps? Tap into GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite systems with road, topographical, maritime, and federal public lands maps. 

Ready to break a sweat? Take advantage of fitness apps for running, swimming, cycling, hiking, rowing, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, golfing, surfing, rock climbing, and the list goes on. 

The Connect IQ Store offers a slew of specialized apps beyond what comes installed from Garmin, so you can keep your watch current with the latest and greatest technology.

In addition to activity-specific programs, you can view data plotted over time to better analyze your workouts and athletic performance. I was particularly impressed by the Applied Ballistics software on the range. 

I’d be lying if I said the Connect IQ store and touchless payments weren’t practical. In between those two are functions for just about everything under the sun. 

Display

Whether running, swimming, or hiking, I consistently got feedback about how good the Tactix Delta’s display is. Low light, harsh glare, and viewing angle are no factor for this screen. Garmin also prioritized visibility in terms of the size at which information appears. The simplicity of presentation and plenty of contrast makes it very easy to read specific information at a glance. 

On top of that, just about every screen can be customized with your preferred information layout, data points, and color schemes.

Compatibility

This watch is fantastic on its own, but you can get even more out of it by pairing it with other devices. I’m not just talking about wireless headphones, either. Applied Ballistics allow this watch to instantly convert rangefinder results into a range card that uses your specific firearm and ammunition to elevation and wind calls. Of course, there is a suite of compatible devices offered by Garmin.

What we don’t like about the Garmin Tactix Delta Solar AB

No piece of gear is perfect, and I try to be objective in everything I review. As a consumer, I wish the $1,400 price tag was a little more accessible, although Garmin does give buyers the option to forego solar charging and the Applied Ballistics function to save a nice chunk of money. Other than that, my only complaint comes as a result of being spoiled for so long.

Resolution

This is nitpicking, but after years of looking at Apple retina Displays, being able to see individual pixels is kind of a bummer. This display certainly isn’t bad, though, and the colors are vibrant and crisp.

Verdict

The thought I kept coming back to is “this thing is really damn good.” It just handled everything I could dish out like it was nothing. If you need the best, this is probably about as good as it gets. If you don’t need the best but you still want it, treat yourself. Grow into this thing. Let it lead you to places you never thought you’d go. And if one of those places is a lonely mountain peak outside Las Vegas, there was a shooter of whisky when I left that’s all yours.

Review: Getting down and dirty with the Garmin Tactix Delta Solar AB smartwatch

FAQs about the Garmin Tactix Delta Solar AB

More questions? Here’s Task & Purpose’s additional brief. 

Q. How much does the Garmin Tactix Delta Solar AB cost?

A: This watch has an MSRP of $1,399.99 as tested. Skip the Applied Ballistics software and save $300. The base model with no ballistics calculator or solar charging has an MSRP of $899.99 as of this writing. That’s a lot of money in any configuration, but the capabilities continued to impress us and I think the watch is worth every penny.

Q. How long does the battery last on a single charge?

A. Without solar charging, I saw battery life of about 28 days. The more exposure to sunlight the watch gets, the longer it will last. Running the GPS function will place a significant draw on the battery, and I saw the estimated lifespan drop by a day over the course of a six-hour hike with continuous GPS use.

Q. How does the GPS compare to other devices?

A. As expected from Garmin, the GPS in this watch was incredibly accurate. One way I tested this was by programming a waypoint at the known summit of North Peak outside Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. At the true summit, the watch’s GPS placed it directly on top of the pre-plotted coordinates. It also performed admirably at TPC Las Vegas, providing accurate readouts alongside other GPS units and the course’s golf cart system.

As with any GPS device, remember that information comes from satellites, not wifi or cellular data. Indoor reception is very weak and even tall buildings and cars can cause noticeable interference.

By pairing the watch with Garmin’s InReach remote, you can also take advantage of the SOS function to summon help in an emergency. I did not test this capability––thankfully.

Q. Is the Garmin Tactix Delta Solar AB worth the money?

A. That’s the primary question that kept coming up with everyone I talked to about this watch. Yes, the price is up there. If you want a fitness tracker, GPS watch, or ballistics calculator, there are more affordable options. If you want all of those things, just go with one watch that can handle everything without missing a beat.

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Scott Murdock is a Marine Corps veteran and contributor to Task & Purpose. He’s selflessly committed himself to experiencing the best gear, gadgets, stories, and alcoholic beverages in the service of you, the reader.

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Garmin Tactix Delta Solar With Ballistics Smart Watch Review

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fiber-reinforced polymer

fiber-reinforced polymer with titanium rear cover

fiber-reinforced polymer with titanium rear cover

MIL-STD-810 Compliant: thermal, shock, water

QuickFit™ watch band compatible

yes (22 mm)

yes (22 mm)

no

Strap material

silicone

silicone

silicone

nylon and silicone

N/A

Water rating

10 ATM

10 ATM

10 ATM

10 ATM

IPX7

Physical size

45 x 45 x 15.3 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 132-224 mm

45 x 45 x 15.3 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 132-224 mm

51 x 51 x 14.9 mm
Fits wrists with the following circumference:
Silicone band: 127-210 mm
Leather band: 135-213 mm
Fabric band: 135-213 mm
Metal band: 135-225 mm

51 x 51 x 14.9 mm
Fits wrists with the following circumference:
Silicone band: 127-210 mm
Leather band: 135-213 mm
Fabric band: 135-213 mm
Metal band: 135-225 mm

2.9" x 1.7" x 0.9"

Battery

internal rechargeable battery

internal rechargeable battery

internal rechargeable battery

internal rechargeable battery

2 AAA batteries (not included)

Display type

monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)

monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)

sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)

sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)

high-resolution 4-color gray

Display size

custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)

custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)

1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter

1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter

Display resolution

128 x 128 pixels

128 x 128 pixels

280 x 280 pixels

280 x 280 pixels

Color display

x

x

Night vision mode

Stealth Mode

Kill Switch

x

x

Battery life

Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 days
GPS mode: Up to 16 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 40 hours

Smartwatch: Up to 24 days/54 days with solar*
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 56 days/Unlimited with solar*
GPS: Up to 30 hours/38 hours with solar**
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 70 hours/145 hours with solar**
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 28 days/68 days with solar*

Smartwatch: Up to 21 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 80 days
GPS: Up to 60 hours 
GPS + Music: Up to 15 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 120 hours 
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 46 days

Smartwatch: Up to 21 days/24 days with solar*
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 80 days/120 days with solar*
GPS: Up to 60 hours/66 hours with solar**
GPS + Music: Up to 15 hours/16 hours with solar**
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 120 hours/148 hours with solar**
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 46 days/56 days with solar*

Exceeds 48 hours in GPS mode; up to 1 week in UltraTrac™ mode; up to 1 month in watch mode

Memory/History

16 MB

tactical compare
*Assuming all-day wear with 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions
**Assuming use in 50,000 lux conditions
instinct tactical
instict solar tactical
tactix delta
tactix solar
forertrex 701

Maps & Memory

     

Basemap

x

x

Preloaded topographical maps

x

x

x

Preloaded ski resort maps

x

x

x

Downloadable cartography support

x

x

x

Compatible with BaseCamp™

Waypoints/favorites/locations

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

500

Routes

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

20

Track Log

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

10,000

Sensors

Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor

x

Barometric altimeter

Compass

Gyroscope

x

Thermometer

x

Pulse Ox

x

Daily Smart Features

Connectivity

Bluetooth®, ANT+®

Bluetooth®, ANT+®

Bluetooth® Smart, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®

Bluetooth® Smart, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®

Bluetooth®

Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)

x

Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)

x

x

x

Battery Saver - customizable low power watch

x

Controls smartphone music

x

Plays and controls watch music

x

Music Storage

Up to 2,000 songs

Up to 2,000 songs

x

x

x

VIRB® Camera Remote

x

Smartphone compatibility

iPhone®, Android™

iPhone®, Android™

iPhone®, Android™

iPhone®, Android™

iPhone®, Android™

Compatible with Garmin Connect™ Mobile

Garmin Pay™

x

Activity Tracking Features

x

Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)

x

Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)

x

x

Calories burned

x

Floors climbed

x

Distance traveled

x

Intensity minutes

x

TrueUp™

x

Move IQ™

x

Fitness Age

yes (in app)

yes (in app)

yes (in app)

yes (in app)

x

All-day Stress Tracking

x

Safety and Tracking Features

LiveTrack

Group LiveTrack

x

x

x

Live Event Sharing

x

x

x

Incident Detection during select activities

x

x

x

Assistance

x

x

x

Fitness Equipment/Gym

Preloaded gym activity profiles

Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yoga

Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yoga

Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Pilates and Yoga

Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Pilates and Yoga

x

Cardio workouts

x

Strength workouts

x

Yoga workouts

x

x

x

x

x

Pilates workouts

x

x

x

x

x

On-screen workout animations

x

x

x

x

x

Automatic rep counting

x

Training, Planning and Analysis Features

Customizable activity profiles

x

x

x

x

Downloadable training plans

x

Power Modes - customizable in-activity battery settings

x

x

Auto Lap®

x

Manual lap

x

Configurable lap alerts

x

Heat and altitude acclimation

x

x

x

V02 max

x

x

x

Training Status

x

x

x

Training Load

x

x

x

Training Effect (aerobic)

x

x

x

Training Effect (anaerobic)

x

x

x

Customizable alerts

x

Audio prompts

x

Finish time

x

Virtual Partner

x

Race an Activity

x

Auto multisport activities

x

x

x

Manual multisport activities

x

x

x

Course guidance

x

Segments (Live, Garmin)

x

x

x

Strava features (Beacon, live segments)

x

Round-trip course creator (running/cycling)

x

x

x

Touch and/or button lock

x

Hot keys

x

Auto scroll

x

Activity history on watch

x

Heart Rate Features

x

x

x

x

x

Recovery time

x

x

x

Auto max HR

x

HRV stress test

x

x

yes (with compatible accessory)

yes (with compatible accessory)

x

Records heart rate while swimming

x

x

yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)

yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)

x

HR Broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+™ to paired devices)

x

Respiration rate (during exercise)

x

x

x

x

x

Running Features

Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running

Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running

Running, Treadmill Running, Trail Running

Running, Treadmill Running, Trail Running

x

GPS-based distance, time and pace

x

x

x

yes (with compatible accessory)

yes (with compatible accessory)

x

Vertical oscillation and ratiode length)

x

x

yes (with compatible accessory)

yes (with compatible accessory)

x

Ground contact time and balance

x

x

yes (with compatible accessory)

yes (with compatible accessory)

x

Stride length (real time)

x

x

yes (with compatible accessory)

yes (with compatible accessory)

x

Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute)

x

Performance condition

x

x

x

Lactate threshold

x

x

yes (with compatible accessory)

yes (with compatible accessory)

x

PacePro Pacing Strategies

x

x

x

Run workouts

x

Race predictor

x

x

x

Foot pod capable

x

Golfing Features

Yardage to F/M/B, layups/doglegs, Measures shot distance, Digital Scorecard & more. 

x

x

x

Full vector map

x

x

x

PinPointer

x

x

x

PlaysLike distance

x

x

x

Handicap scoring

x

x

x

Outdoor Recreation Features

Applied Ballistics Calculator

x

x

x

in Ballistic Edition

in 701 Ballistic Edition

Preloaded outdoor recreation profiles

Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical

Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Fishing, Hunting, Tactical, Jumpmaster

Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical

Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical

x

Point-to-point navigation

Bread crumb trail in real time

x

x

x

x

ClimbPro™ Ascent Planner

x

x

x

x

Vertical speed

Total ascent/descent

Future elevation plot

x

Projected waypoint

Sight 'N Go

Area calculation

yes (via Connect IQ™)

yes (via Connect IQ™)

Hunt/fish calendar

x

x

yes (via Connect IQ™)

yes (via Connect IQ™)

Sun and moon information

yes (via Connect IQ™)

yes (via Connect IQ™)

Dual grid coordinates

Expedition GPS Activity

x

x

XERO™ Locations

x

Cycling Features

Preloaded cycling profiles

Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking

Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking

Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon

Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon

x

x

MTB Grit & Flow

x

x

x

x

x

Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor)

x

x

Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal)

x

FTP (Functional Threshold Power)

x

x

yes (with compatible accessory)

yes (with compatible accessory)

x

Garmin Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map)

x

Compatible with Vector™ (power meter)

x

Power meter compatible

x

Advanced Vector support

x

x

x

Compatible with Varia Vision™

x

Compatible with Varia™ radar

x

Compatible with Varia™ lights

x

Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor)

yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)

yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)

yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)

yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)

x

Swimming Features

Preloaded swim profiles

Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming

Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming

Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running

Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running

x

Pool swim metrics, stroke type detection, SWOLF, Drill Logging, Open water workouts

x

Underwater wrist-based heart rate

x

x

Heart rate (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim)

x

x

yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)

yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)

x

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