Garmin Instinct 2S Solar Rugged GPS Smartwatch, Graphite

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Garmin Instinct 2S Solar Rugged GPS Smartwatch, Graphite

Garmin Instinct 2S Solar Rugged GPS Smartwatch, Graphite

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Garmin Elevate heart rate sensor, GPS, GLONASS Galileo, Barometric altimeter, Compass, Accelerometer, Thermometer, Pulse OX blood oxygen saturation monitor The Garmin Instinct 2 isn’t a single watch, but an entire series. First of all, there are now two case sizes to consider: the standard 45mm, and a new 40mm diameter model. The watch we tested here was the 40mm Garmin Instinct 2S, and although 5mm shaved off the case size might not sound like much, it makes the watch much more comfortable and practical for smaller wrists. The main difference between the Garmin instinct 2 and 2S is the size of the watch. The 2S comes in at 40mm, while the 2 comes in at the 45mm size option. You can easily guess that the 2s is targeted at those with smaller wrists (usually women). I can broadcast heart rate to zwift when virtual run, but when in the cycling mode, zwift cannot find the heart rate broadcasting from the Instinct 2. I am using iPhone.

Garmin Instinct® 2S | Smaller-Sized Rugged GPS Smartwatch Garmin Instinct® 2S | Smaller-Sized Rugged GPS Smartwatch

The reliable smartwatch now has more robust health features and an expanded—though not quite infinite—battery lifeBattery life: Varies based on model and enabled functions. “Unlimited” on 45mm Instinct 2 Solar models, in smartwatch mode with at least three hours per day of moderate sunlight (50,000 lux) The Instinct series was the second set of Garmin devices to get solar, following the original Fenix 6X Solar edition. With the Instinct 1, it dramatically expanded the usefulness of solar in a Garmin watch. You see, while the Fenix 6 gained some benefit from solar, it really didn’t add a ton. It was mostly pretty minor because the solar areas were smaller/thinner. On the Instinct however, the far larger solar surface area, and that combined with the Instinct’s more power-friendly design meant a significant difference. Most notably, there were scenarios that the Instinct 1 Solar could get forever-power. I always loved my Instinct 1. Unlike Ray I personally like the aesthetic. Had to give it up for a FR935 though when I took up triathlon. Since then I’ve had the FR945 and several Fenix series but always felt nostalgia for the Instinct which I gave to my son.

Garmin Instinct® 2S Solar | Smaller-Sized Rugged GPS Smartwatch

As well as the ability to add structured workouts to the watch for you to follow, if you're unsure of what session to do then the Instinct 2 also has you covered. It offers you a Daily Suggested workout which it recommends based on your training load and training status, and it'll give you ones specific to cycling and running. The Instinct 2 can also now be paired with power meters. If you're using Garmin's Rally pedals with Cycling Dynamics – which provides advanced data on left/right balance, power phase (which part of the pedal rotation you're putting the power in), platform centre offset (whether you're pressing more on one side of the pedal platform), as well as seated and standing time – you won't be able to view that in real time but you can analyse this afterwards. Navigation Followed by the barometric pressure details. You can calibrate this, as well as change the plot type to 6hr/12hr/24hr/48hr. You can also change the sensor modes, storm alert options, and how it displays pressure. I suspect you’re talking about ones where the text in the lower-left, upper-left, and lower-right corner is obscured. That’s due to the display design. Apps and such can put things there, though, most of Garmin’s own are smart enough not to. Sorry, I completely disagree. Yes, too many models can be confusing. But the Forerunner lineup is quite clear:

Garmin Instinct 2S vs Garmin Fenix 7 Solar vs Garmin Forerunner 745

Finally, one more area to briefly mention is that the Instinct 2 series supports Bluetooth and ANT+ heart rate broadcasting. The original Instinct 1 series didn’t support Bluetooth broadcasting, though the Instinct 1 Solar editions did (different internals, 1.5 years later). You can see for example here I’ve got the Instinct 2 connected up to Zwift, broadcasting my heart rate, using just Bluetooth Smart. Next, I wanted to briefly show this set, because it’s a blend of a simple neighborhood run, but also some twists around a building. And it’s a perfect example of where multi-band/dual-frequency on some higher-end units (Fenix 7/Epix/Vertix 2) really does out-perform non-multi-band GPS (Instinct 2/2 Solar). Whether or not it’s worth the cost is the real question then. As you can see, at a high level these are nearly identical. Yup, it actually does. I did some fun tests with this in a never-got-around-to-being-published post/video from this both two summers ago and this past summer.

Garmin Instinct 2S Solar review | Cyclist

But will that elevated HR count towards “intensity minutes per week” in Garmin? – considering I did not start an activity with my watch? – i.e. are intensity minutes purely derived from HR (without any activity being started on the watch? Instinct would make a perfect sport watch for me, but for daily use I would still use my light and small Versa 3 with nice screen. But I really hate Fitibt for sports, I mean no altitude data during hiking WTF. The Tactical edition has a stealth mode that cuts off all wireless communications, a screen mode designed for reading with night vision goggles, and a killswitch that deletes all data stored on the watch, including location information. It also has Garmin’s Jumpmaster app installed for skydiving.If we zoom into just the weights and core portion, you’ll notice that it’s a bit more jagged. Frankly, that’s to be expected. However, you’ll notice that the units are actually fairly similar – just with a few seconds of lag on the Instinct. It would also be nice if Garmin added a solar model to its Camo lineup down the line, since the folks who wear camo are likely to want those two features rolled into one smartwatch. The Instinct 2S Solar, left, has a 40mm bezel and a slimmer profile compared to the first-generation Garmin Instinct Solar (right) and the standard 45mm Instinct 2 and 2 Solar series. Natalie Krebs What It Does Best

Review: Garmin Instinct 2S Solar - WIRED

You can see here the Instinct 2 Solar unit was trending towards 24.57hrs of GPS battery life, whereas the instinct 2 without Solar was only trending towards 19.87hrs, so roughly 23% longer – despite non-ideal solar conditions. I would say the importance of colour depends on what is being displayed and adding colour for the sake if it isn't always useful. It's useful for e.g. maps where colours can help distinguish between roads/rivers/fences etc. but this watch doesn't have maps. For just showing text and numbers, I don't see that colour adds much. So it looks like the original Instinct had a higher capacity battery and now that the solar option is there, the base battery capacity has been reduced. I’ve got the Instinct 2 Solar and have been using it a little while. I’m a big fan. the buttons on mine seem a bit spongey and inconsistent. has anyone else noticed this? or do we think mine might be a dud?As we mentioned earlier, you can also use Garmin Connect to plan routes and transfer them to your running watch, but that's a feature that works best with watches like the Fenix 7 or Epix (Gen 2); to get the most out of the navigation tools, you really need a high-res color display that can show streets, paths, and landmarks. My original instinct battery life was almost 2 weeks, but after a few years, was down to about a week with occasional GPS activity



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