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Tactical Edition Instinct 2 Solar Watch

4.471698113207547 out of 5 stars
53 Reviews

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Why We Like The Tactical Edition Instinct 2 Solar Watch

While we aren't conducting military missions we still need the Garmin Tactical Edition Instinct 2 Solar Watch on our climbing, running, and hiking missions. This watch is packed full of GPS features, training feedback, and even solar charging to help us stay outside longer than ever before.


  • Feature-packed watch designed for tactical missions
  • Power Glass face offers durability and exceptional clarity
  • Smartwatch mode gives you unlimited battery with solar charging
  • Silicone strap encourages movement and all-day comfort
  • Connects to your phone for additional functionality
  • 30-hour battery life while using full GPS functions
  • Submersible rating handles surprise rainstorms
  • Please see size chart for complete list of technical features
  • Item #GRMF03C
Housing Material
fiber-reinforced polymer
Strap Material
Face Material
Power Glass
barometric altimeter
Heart Rate Monitor
Technical Features
see size chart
Garmin Connect App
Dual Times
Date Indicator
Weekday Indicator
alarm clock
Battery Life
[GPS] 30 hour, [max battery GPS Mode] 370 hour, [smartwatch] 28 day, [battery saver watch mode] 65 day
Claimed Weight
10 ATM
Face Size
23mm x 23mm
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
road running, trail running, hiking, surfing, cycling

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 54 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 4 reviews
2 Stars - 1 reviews
3 Stars - 2 reviews
4 Stars - 8 reviews
5 Stars - 39 reviews

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2 out of 5 stars

December 1, 2023

Maybe ok. Was great, then at the year mark broke

Started great. At about the year mark, the GPS, Barometer, and worse yet the Solar charge stopped working. Thankfully, I bouth the extended warranty; however, I just sent it in for the second time to be fixed! Very sad because I bought this watch BECAUSE of those 3 features!!! Not what I expected from a Garmin Product. Each time I send it out, it takes about a week and a half to get fixed and returned. I think I should have stuck to my TimeX.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

November 21, 2023

Good upgrade

Compared to the previous model instinct this one is a good upgrade. Better HR accuracy as well as the fitness widgets. Overall happy with it after a month of use.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

November 18, 2023

Excellent watch

Bought this for military and everyday wear. The band is comfortable and durable big and does not make my wrist sweat. Light weight yet built with great quality. The watch function itself it’s spectacular. Love the gps mode making life much easier. Also tracking work outs and normal day life. 100% recommend this watch for all tactical and everyday watch wearers

Little big guy

Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

November 10, 2023

All around perfect watch

I bought this two weeks ago and it’s just an all around perfect watch. If you’re an outdoors man of any kind and/or do any physical activities, weight lifting, cycling, or anything like that, this watch is for you!!

Big G

Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

November 4, 2023

Very easy to customize to what I do

Very rugged! Love it. Spend a lot of time on the water. Perfect!


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

October 29, 2023

Amazing features and battery life.

I would highly recommend this watch to anybody out there looking for a smart watch that doesn’t have to be connected to your phone. It’s a watch that’s independent.

Oswaldo R

Originally reviewed on Garmin

1 out of 5 stars

October 21, 2023


If you have an iPhone this watch is worthless. Don't waste your time.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

October 10, 2023

Love this watch

I first want to say Garmin has the best customer service out there today! I had a instinct solar tactical and upgraded to the 2. I love it. From the look to the easy to use interface. I also noticed a huge difference in the battery life. I have had it now for almost three weeks and have not had to charge it yet. The solar panels must have been upgraded on this model. Also the vibrating function for alerts is much more subtle and quiet.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

1 out of 5 stars

September 8, 2023

User Interface is horrendous

Battery life is as advertised. Features are solid. But navigating the UI is the worst I’ve ever experienced. Even when I manage to get where I need, the watch still seems to malfunction, constant buzzing, black screen, etc.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

June 4, 2023

Good features

I have had this for about one month. I am not a large frame person and was afraid it might be too large on my wrist but the watch fits great. The band is a bit long, but I ordered a different one and it is fine. The features on this watch work well. I like the gps with bread crumbs. I have had several other brands of fitness watches but this is the best so far. The solar charging works great as do the other health metrics. I highly recommend this.

Mike M

Originally reviewed on Garmin