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Garmin Instinct Crossover

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Think of Garmin, and you’ll almost certainly think of fitness wearables and sports watches. This doesn’t come as a surprise since the company’s products have consistently delivered features that adventurers and athletes care about: rugged durability, sensor accuracy, and loads of fitness stats. But the smartwatch world is a volatile one, where a perfect smartwatch doesn’t exist. Battery life has long been an issue, with most smartwatch batteries needing to be recharged after a couple of days. Another difficulty smartwatch manufacturers have had to deal with is legibility in all environmental conditions, during any time of the day. LCD screens are great, but they’re not always that easy to read outdoors.

Garmin’s solution? Blend the best of both worlds into a rugged hybrid smartwatch with luminescent analog hands for excellent legibility while offering their robust 24/7 health monitoring and activity tracking features in an easy-to-read digital display. As for battery life? They’ve figured that out too. Their experience and expertise culminate in their latest watch, the Garmin Instinct Crossover.

Garmin’s Instinct Crossover is a hybrid GPS smartwatch built for those who appreciate a classic analog watch experience but aren’t willing to compromise essential smartwatch functionality or rugged watch durability. It’s built to MIL-STD-810 U.S. military standards, with a depth rating of 100 meters. It’s also thermal and shock-resistant, ensuring you’re prepared for any activity or adventure, expected or otherwise.

The Instinct Crossover’s Super-LumiNova-coated analog hands and chapter ring are big, bright, and easy to read at a glance. They overlay a high-resolution digital display and quickly move out of the way when you need to access data, like when reading notifications. Garmin’s RevoDrive analog hand technology handles accuracy with an auto-calibrating feature that adjusts the hands when needed.

The Instinct Crossover‘s battery life can last up to a month in smartwatch mode and for more than 110 hours in GPS mode. That’s already impressive for a smartwatch, but for those who need more, the Instinct Crossover – Solar Edition variant provides up to 70 hours of power in smartwatch mode through solar charging. And when you’re in a situation where recharging is impossible, keeping the watch in battery-saving mode offers nearly infinite battery life.

As you’d expect, Garmin’s full suite of wellness features is present, including Sleep Score and Advanced Sleep Monitoring, Health Monitoring, and a wide range of activity stats such as VO2 Max, Pulse Ox2, Fitness Age, Training Status/Load/Effect, HRV Status, and Recovery Time. The Instinct Crossover also connects with smartphones for notifications, Garmin Pay functionality, and connecting with the Garmin Connect app and Connect IQstore for customization options. The Instinct Crossover – Tactical Edition variant adds dedicated tactical-oriented features like night vision compatibility, stealth mode, dual-format GPS, a kill switch, and more.

With the Instinct Crossover, Garmin has redefined how we view smartwatches, proving why they’re still the kings of the adventure watch market and leaving a trail for others to follow. Add their latest and greatest to your wrist at the link below.

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