- - Garmin Announces New Instinct 2 Series Smartwatches

Garmin Announces New Instinct 2 Series Smartwatches

Garmin has announced the launch of its latest series of smartwatches called the Instinct 2, offering unlimited battery life in certain models, as well as multiple sizes, bold new colors and the brand’s full suite of health and wellness features such as VO2 Max and Sleep Score.

“Instinct 2 Series is built to be bold, stand out from the crowd, and help you make the most of every day,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “But there is more than meets the eye with the Instinct 2 Series. It combines adventurous colors with Garmin’s industry-leading wrist-based technology to become more than just a smartwatch – Instinct 2 becomes a trusted tool to help you live life on your terms.”

Designed for Life

In addition to its new vibrant color options, the Instinct 2 Series offers a slimmer profile, as well as two sizes – a traditional 45mm bezel and a new Instinct 2S with a smaller 40mm bezel, providing a more comfortable fit for individuals with smaller wrists and women, while a new high-resolution, easy-to-read display protected by chemically strengthened, scratch-resistant glass helps customers feel confident knowing they are ready for any challenge. Paying homage to the rugged Instinct and Instinct Solar Series, Instinct 2 remains built to military standard 810 for thermal and shock resistance and is water rated to 100 meters.

Instinct 2 Series breaks from tradition with numerous eye-catching colors like Electric Lime, Poppy and Neo-Tropic that’s available in the Instinct 2 Solar, standard (non-solar), Surf, Tactical and Camo editions. However, the design choices don’t end there. Using Garmin’s Your Watch, Your Way technology, individuals can build customized Instinct 2 or 2S Solar versions to represent who they are. Through a variety of bezel and band choices, there are more than 240 different design combinations available.

Instinct 2 Series is compatible with the Garmin Connect IQ (CIQ) store, an all-in-one platform for further personalizing Instinct 2 Series with free downloads of apps, widgets, watch faces, data fields, and more. Moreover, health and wellness features like Hydration Tracking, and Connect Leaderboard, and Menstrual Cycle and Pregnancy Tracking are also available to Instinct 2 Series owners through CIQ.

Enduring Battery Life

The Instinct 2 Series brings significant battery life gains to the popular smartwatch family; Instinct 2 provides up to four weeks of continuous use while in smartwatch mode, and  – thanks to advancements in solar technology –  select Instinct 2 Solar models offer unlimited battery life in smartwatch mode, setting a new battery life standard for Garmin.  

Stay Healthy While Staying Connected

The Instinct 2 now delivers Garmin’s full suite of wellness features including Sleep Score and Advanced Sleep Monitoring, and a new Health Monitoring activity, which allows users to record key health metrics, such as Body Battery, stress, and heart rate in a single view. Also, athletes will be motivated knowing their Instinct 2 Series now includes VO2 Max, Fitness Age, Training Status/Load/Effect, Recovery Time, HIIT Workouts, and Daily Suggested Workout.

The Instinct 2 Series watches come preloaded with sports apps and activities, including a new Multisport activity that allows users to transition between activities and continue to view their total time and distance. Family and friends can now follow along with the user’s activities through text messaging, and loved ones can even be notified in the event of an emergency, thanks to the Instinct 2’s Incident Detection feature. When Instinct 2 is paired to Garmin Connect Mobile and an incident is detected, Garmin Connect Mobile can send a message with the user’s name and location (if available) to their emergency contacts.

Additionally, to help individuals streamline daily activities, Instinct 2 Solar models now include Garmin Pay for payments on the go. With a tap of their watch to compatible payment systems, users can check out quickly and move on to their next adventure.

Purpose-Built Editions

For individuals who want to take their passion to the next level, the Instinct 2 Series provides three purpose-built editions with dedicated features:

  • Surf Editions: Dedicated watersports activities such as surf, windsurfing and kiteboarding, as well as a tides widget, keep users up to date on ocean conditions. Users can keep track of their activities and review them later through Surfline Sessions compatibility. Named after famous surf breaks, Surf editions are available in Instinct 2 and Instinct 2S with or without solar
  • Tactical Editions: Popular with military personnel, the Instinct 2 Solar – Tactical Edition adds dedicated tactical features such as a Kill Switch, Stealth Mode, Night Vision Goggle Compatibility, Dual Format Position Coordinates, and Jumpmaster Activity mode. Available in Coyote Tan or Black.
  • Camo Editions: Graphite and Mist Camo patterns let individuals blend in or stand out depending on their location, be it the concrete jungle or actual jungle.

Lastly, there’s a version of the Instinct 2 that’s designed specifically for professional truck drivers called the dēzl Edition, allowing them to monitor their health around the clock by tracking heart rate, sleep, stress and more. What’s more, truckers can now look at their wrists to access member loyalty program information from select trucking plazas and conveniently pay on-the-go by using reward point balances directly from the watch.

“With the new Instinct 2 – dēzl Edition smartwatch, truck drivers can take control of their wellness both in and out of the cab, with a watch that’s easy to use and loaded with helpful trucking features,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “The sedentary nature of long hauls can be physically demanding and this watch will promote healthy practices while truck drivers perform their vital daily job functions.”

Over-the-road convenience 

The Instinct 2 – dēzl Edition also introduces a number of ways for professional truck drivers to save time, increase efficiency and ultimately simplify an over-the-road lifestyle:

  • Built to endure with a rugged, scratch-resistant glass display, a sweat-proof silicone band and an extra-long battery life up to 28 days in smartwatch mode
  • Use reward point balances and access member loyalty programs from the nation’s top leading travel plazas that include Love’s Travel Stops and Pilot Flying J Travel Centers
  • Save time with on-screen PrePass notifications for upcoming U.S. weigh stations and bypass decisions; requires active PrePass account and use of the dēzl app on a user’s smartphone
  • Use Garmin Pay contactless payments from the smartwatch to breeze through checkout lines at participating providers
  • Easily plan for stops along a route using daily break timers with timely notifications
  • Pairs with any of Garmin’s dēzl OTR series truck navigators to view break planning timers, health metrics and wellness suggestions, directly on the high-resolution navigation screen and the smartwatch’s display

The Instinct 2, Instinct 2S and Instinct 2 – dēzl Edition are available now with a starting retail price of $349.99 and $399.99, while the Your Watch, Your Way customization option will be available soon.

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