Garmin Instinct Solar Tactical Edition GPS Watch

Item No. 3816-010-02293-13
  • Select Color:


Shipped To You

Please select Color above

Pick Up At Store

Please select Color above

Same Day Delivery

Please select Color above

Product Description

You forge your own path, so we forged the Instinct Solar GPS watch to keep up every step of the way - no matter how far you tread.

Fiber-reinforced polymer case, chemically strengthened, scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® glass and a battery powered by the sun creates a device that's built to endure.

Subdued color, high contrast displays and purpose-built design bring to life a non-traditional smartwatch that can follow wherever the mission takes you.

  • SOLAR BATTERY - Variable based on sun-exposure, Instinct can provide unprecedented battery life to those that explore under the sun.
  • MILITARY STANDARD 810 - Instinct is built to the U.S. military standard 810 for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters).
  • POWER MANAGER - View how various settings and sensors impact your watch's battery life, so you can make battery-extending changes on the fly.
  • NIGHT VISION COMPATIBILITY - Switch between daytime view and nighttime view with a screen designed to be read by night vision goggles.
  • STEALTH MODE - Go dark by enabling stealth mode to stop storing and sharing your GPS position and disable wireless connectivity and communication.
  • DUAL-FORMAT GPS - Dual-format GPS coordinates with latitude and longitude references offer unparalleled situational awareness.
  • PROJECTED WAYPOINTS - Always know the way back - create a waypoint to mark the location of your vehicle before you start your trip.
  • JUMPMASTER MODE - Calculate high-altitude release points according to military guidelines while navigating to your objective once you've jumped.
  • SPORTS APPS - Use preloaded activity profiles for swimming, running, biking, hiking, rowing, strength and more.
  • WRIST-BASED HEART RATE - Get heart rate data along with alerts if your heart rate stays too high or too low while you're at rest. Gauge how hard your heart is working during activities, even underwater.
  • PULSE OX - For altitude acclimation or sleep monitoring, a Pulse Ox sensor uses light beams at your wrist to gauge how well your body is absorbing oxygen.
  • STRESS TRACKING - Heart rate variability is used to calculate your stress level score, so you can see if you're having a calm, balanced or stressful day.
  • BODY BATTERY™ ENERGY MONITOR - Optimize your body's energy reserves, using heart rate variability, stress, sleep and other data to gauge when you're ready to be active or when you may need to rest.
  • MULTI-GNSS SUPPORT - Access multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone.
  • ABC SENSORS - Navigate your next trail with ABC sensors, including an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and three-axis electronic compass.
  • TRACBACK® ROUTING - Take the guesswork out of your return journey by using this feature to navigate the same route back to your starting point.
  • SMART NOTIFICATIONS - Receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch when paired with a compatible device.
  • PAIR FOR SATELLITE COMMUNICATION - Pair Instinct with an inReach® device (sold separately; active satellite subscription required) to view and send messages, get weather alerts on your wrist and trigger an SOS to the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team.
  • CALENDAR VIEW - Easily see your plans for the day with a dedicated calendar screen.

  • LENS MATERIAL - Power Glass™
  • BEZEL MATERIAL - fiber-reinforced polymer
  • CASE MATERIAL - fiber-reinforced polymer
  • STRAP MATERIAL - silicone
  • PHYSICAL SIZE - 45 x 45 x 15.3 mm, Fits wrists with a circumference of 132-224 mm
  • DISPLAY SIZE - custom, two-window design; 0.9" x 0.9" (23 x 23 mm)
  • DISPLAY RESOLUTION - 128 x 128 pixels
  • DISPLAY TYPE - monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • WEIGHT - 53 g
  • BATTERY LIFE - 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*
*Solar charging, assuming all-day wear with 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions
**Solar charging, assuming use in 50,000 lux conditions

Customer Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
83 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
Rated 5 out of 5
Wonderful Watch
Watch is comfortable and easy to use. The solar charger is awesome too
October 2, 2021
Originally posted at
Rated 4 out of 5
Instinct Solar Tactical Edition
So far so good. The watch has a lot of really useful features and has the capability of staying charged for a long time especially if you are an outdoorsman due to the solar feature. I only wish the face of the watch were a bit larger to make the display easier to read.
September 29, 2021
Originally posted at
Rated 5 out of 5
Best watch I’ve ever worn
I’ve had multiple smart watches from Samsung to apple and this does everything and has an amazing battery life and is very comfortable.
September 23, 2021
Originally posted at
Rated 5 out of 5
I love it
Saved me wasting money on apple watches. This should be standard. But keep making it better and send me a new one when you have it .
September 22, 2021
Originally posted at
Rated 5 out of 5
Great solar feature
I’ve purchased this watch about a month ago. A bunch of the guys in my squad have been using this watch for sometime now and they always talk great things about it. I got this watch mainly because I am tired of charging my Apple Watch every day. The solar feature is the best, while it might not charge the watch as fast as the electrical, it prevents the watch from running out of battery quickly. You do need to be exposed to the sunlight in order for the watch to charge. One thing that I would add to this watch is the capability to answer the phone through the watch. Not that a person will be talking through a watch as opposed to a phone, but this helps when you don’t have the phone next to you. Like I said I have not had the chance to use this watch long enough, but I like what I see so far. I definitely recommend this product.
September 16, 2021
Originally posted at
Rated 5 out of 5
Fully met expectations and then some
6 months ago I started losing weight and getting back into shape due to some minor health issues and was using my Android Wear OS smart watch to track workouts. It was okay, but the smart watch lacked some features I was looking for, the touch screen was difficult to use with sweaty fingers, the battery life was poor and the screen was hard to read outside.

The Instinct Solar Tactical Edition was just what I was looking for. Being able to control the functions with real buttons eliminated the touchscreen issues I was having, the battery life is amazing. Even tracking several workouts a week and hikes with the GPS on, I usually only have to charge once a week. If tracking indoor workouts without the GPS, the battery last much longer than a week. Reading the display in direct sunlight is never an issue. There are not enough good things I can say about this watch and the associated Garmin Connect app. My wife wishes there was a slightly smaller version that would not look so big on her wrist because she would replace her smart watch.

I would definitely recommend this over a touchscreen smart watch for workouts, hiking and everyday use.
September 13, 2021
Originally posted at
Rated 5 out of 5
I’ve never had a watch like this ever before and I can’t get enough of it. Features are phenomenal the fact that I can be out on a hike and have it charge is great!! Not to mention the gps !!!
September 8, 2021
Originally posted at
Rated 1 out of 5
Poor battery life
Initial charge lasted 9 days with 29 to spare, but after that it maxed out at 2.5 days of battery life even on low power mode. It seems that 1 earth day = 11-14 Garmin Instinct days. I sat on hold for a few hours a couple times with customer service, then sent a message and never heard back.
September 7, 2021
Originally posted at
Rated 5 out of 5
Great watch
Was very skeptical about making the move from my old standby metal band watch I’ve had for years. I was finally talked into it and couldn’t be happier. Just the difference in weight is amazing and the features that I never thought I would use have became some of my favorites. I recently made a lifestyle change to become healthy not only in my eating but with exercise and this watch has become my most valuable tool in that journey to be a healthier person
September 1, 2021
Originally posted at
Rated 1 out of 5
Great features, but only lasted three days...
Bought this 3 weeks ago and was very satisfied. However, after 3 days functions started to fail. First the altimeter, would not keep its measures, then the backlight stopped functioning. Have searched for solutions, e.g firmware updates, but only find other reviews with similar stories. Very disappointed, and will return the watch immideately
August 19, 2021
Originally posted at