At this point, you can buy a smart watch casually. There are a million smartwatches out there to track steps, heart rate, distance traveled, speed, calories in, calories out, blood type, I do not know. What is difficult is finding smartwatches that are truly useful for men and women outdoors. In this regard, we would point you towards one brand: Garmin.
Garmin almost took our best hunting GPS awards, and their smartwatches and inReach trackers have been well tested in the field. If you’ve been looking to buy an outdoor-capable smartwatch, you’re in luck, because Garmin’s Fenix 6 and Instinct Solar are both deeply discounted during Amazon’s two-day Prime Day sale.
Garmin Fenix Series 6
Three models in Garmin’s Fenix 6 series (which was our favorite GPS watch for hunting) are at a significant discount. The Fenix 6 Pro, 6S, and 6X Sapphire all have the same great adventure features—altimeter and barometer, access to multiple global navigation satellite systems, and turn-by-turn navigation—with minor differences, mostly related to timing. battery.
Fenix 6X Sapphire – 33% discount
This is the most premium option on sale. It’ll do everything you get from the 6 Pro or 6S, plus extended battery life. You get health tracking, topographic maps and live tracking to keep you on track. The battery of this model can last 21 days in smartwatch mode and 60 hours in GPS mode.
Fenix 6 Pro – 25% discount
This is the flagship of the series. In the 6 Pro, you get all the health tracking of a smartwatch along with multiple Global Navigation Satellite System (GPS, plus GLONASS and Galileo) support. Active Maps lets you track your walk, which records where you came from and where you’re going. The battery on the 6 Pro will last 14 days in smartwatch mode and up to 36 hours in GPS mode.
Fenix 6S – 33% off
Remember when we said battery life was the main difference? Same here. All the same features, but with a smaller battery. You get up to 9 days in smartwatch mode and 25 hours in GPS mode. Still a full day of GPS, so not a bad deal.
But if you’re concerned about battery life, Garmin has the Instinct Solar. This model already looks a bit tougher than the Fenix 6, thanks to a fully reinforced polymer front and silicone strap. It meets the Army’s 810 standards for thermal shock and water resistance. As with the Fenix, this model does all the fitness, topography, weather and GPS tracking you could ever need.
What really sets this model apart from the Fenix is the solar charging. Instinct Solar gives you the peace of mind that your watch and field GPS will always have some juice in the tank. If you have sunlight on a full charge (3 hours a day at 50,000 full lux), you can get up to 54 days in smartwatch mode, 145 hours of active GPS and 68 days in Expedition GPS. For most, this may be too much, but those who have had a scary backseat situation will understand the peace of mind that comes with these figures.
The surprise in this category is the Garmin Enduro. It’s tailored for trail runners and built similarly to a classic field watch. It actually offers many of the same outdoor capabilities as other watches, just in a lighter package. Like the Instinct Solar, the Enduro has solar charging, but this model can give you 65 days in smartwatch mode, 80 hours of active GPS and an incredible 95 days of Expedition GPS. Plus, you’ll get all the same features as the watches above.
And while the watch may seem less substantial than other models, the materials list proves it’s no less robust. The frame features stainless steel or titanium coated with diamond-like carbon. The case is a fiber-reinforced polymer and the strap is an ultralight tactical-feel nylon.
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