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Garmin tactix 7 Review | Best Military GPS Smartwatch

Is the Garmin tactix 7 for You? Find Out What Makes This a Beast of a Military GPS Smartwatch!

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Watch a Garmin tactix 7 Review Video

Now Showing: Watch our guy, Dave at Chase the Summit, compare tactix 7X with the Garmin fēnix 7. We get into details below!

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Watch Garmin tactix 7 Review with Dave at Chase the Summit!

Garmin tactix 7 Series — Who Are These Tactical Watches For?

In his review Dave talks about why he believes "the Garmin tactix 7 is an absolute beast of a watch that does just about everything and represents basically the most technology you can cram into a wearable on your wrist ..."

But there's a caveat: It's probably overkill for the vast majority of people.

Why is this his opinion?

Because the Garmin tactix 7 tactical watch is basically a fēnix 7X with some added specialized features that are suited for people in the military, law enforcement, hunters, first responders, pilots—basically, those who need an extremely durable watch with quick access to specific tactical features.

That being said, we are seeing a lot of folks opting for the tactix 7 (you can see some for yourself in the comments below Dave's YouTube video) for the superior look, quality, and design features.

Find out below why people are willing to pay a premium price for this premuim Garmin watch with touchscreen!

Garmin tactix 7 Overview

So what do you need to know up front about the Garmin tactix 7?

First of all, you need to know it will cost you about a grand or more.

The tactix 7 Standard model features a 1.4" touchscreen display with Sapphire glass along with traditional 5-button operation—and will cost you $1,099.99.

That price will get you all the tactical features, multi-band GNSS, flashlight, extensive topo maps—plus the full suite of Garmin training, health, and smart features that you would get on a fēnix 7X. Unlike the fēnix 7X, this tactix 7 base model does not have solar-charging technology (more on that later).

The tactix 7 Pro Solar offers everything the Stadard model does while adding solar charging technology, featuring a Power Sapphire lens—for $1,299.99.

The tactix 7 Pro Solar with Ballistics includes an Applied Ballistics® calculator for shooting solutions and compatibility with the AB Synapse™ – Garmin app on your compatible smartphone. This beast goes for $1,599.99.

Check out our Garmin tactix 7 page to see all the features of each watch model.

Base Model tactix 7 vs Garmin fēnix 7X

If you were hoping when the Garmin fēnix 7X dropped in early 2022 that it would include a model without solar-charging, you'll be happy to know that the tactix 7 does have a Standard model sans solar.

But the fēnix 7X comes in a Solar and Sapphire Solar model only. No non-solar model like with the fēnix 7/7S.

This means that the watch face will have that solar cell around the perimeter where the watch, which captures the most sunlight. Some find the ring aesthecically displeasing—especially if they didn't want solar-charging in the first place.

The tactix 7 Standard model—without solar-technology—is one solution to this problem. However, it is a solution that comes with a $200 premium.

Take a look at Dave's review for more details.

Watch Bands That Come with the tactix 7

In Dave's Garmin tactix 7 review, you'll see in the unboxing that he received both a black nylon band on the watch plus a black silicone watch band—which he thought was very cool.

It should be noted that he received the tactix 7 Pro Solar in order to do his review. Therefore, if you buy the Garmin tactix 7 Pro Solar or Pro Solar with Ballistics, you will get both a black nylon band already on watch plus a black silicone band in the box.

If you purchase a Garmin tactix 7 Standard model, you will only get a black silicone watch strap.

He devotes a decent amount of time to the nylon band, so if you're interested in hearing more about that, we recommend you watch his video.

Also, jump over to our Garmin QuickFit 26 bands to shop additional bands for your watch.

Garmin tactix 7 Design Compared to fēnix 7X

According to Dave, the Garmin fēnix 7X and the tactix 7 "bear a striking resemblance."

However, there are some notable differences with the tactix 7 that users may find more appealing.

The bezel has a machined flat finish and is ridgeless, but with markers around the perimeter. From the profile, you can see that it has no contour or bevel to it at all.

Also, unlike the fēnix 7X, the tactix 7 has knurled buttons that give it a more premium texture and feel.

Overall, the tactix 7 has minimalistic design with an eye-catching DLC-coating finish that really makes it stand out from other Garmin watches.

Garmin tactix 7 vs fēnix 7X Flashlight

To help guide your way in low-light conditions, both the fēnix 7X and the tactix 7 come with a built-in multi-LED flashlight.

But the tactix 7 is the only one that has a green LED along with the white LED.

The green light is useful in maintaining your eyes’ natural night vision.

tactix 7 Standard, Pro Solar, & Pro Solar with Ballistics Battery Life

Garmin tactix 7 Battery Life

  • Smartwatch: Up to 28 days
  • Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 90 days
  • GPS Only: Up to 89 hrs
  • All Satellte Systems: Up to 63 hrs
  • All Satellite Systems + Music: Up to 16 hrs
  • Max Battery GPS: Up to 213 hrs
  • Expedition GPS: Up to 62 days

Garmin tactix 7 Pro Soalr & Pro Solar — Ballistics Edition

  • Smartwatch: Up to 28 days/37 days with solar
  • Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 90 days/ 1+ year with solar
  • GPS Only: Up to 89 hrs/ 122 hrs with solar
  • All Satellte Systems: Up to 63 hrs/ 77 hrs with solar
  • All Satellite Systems + Music: Up to 16 hrs
  • Max Battery GPS: Up to 213 hrs/ 578 hrs with solar
  • Expedition GPS: Up to 62 days/ 139 days with solar

Training, Smart Features, & Heart Rate Accuracy

When it comes to training tools, health-monitoring, smart notifications, and heart rate accuracy, count on the Garmin tactix 7 being as top notch as the fēnix 7X—which is the best you are going to find in a Garmin watch or any GPS on the market for that matter!

Wear advanced training and performance tracking right on your wrist, such as endurance and real-time stamina, a new HIIT activity profile, along with the most running, marathon, and and triathlon-specific training tools available on a Garmin.

The tactix 7 is packed with comprehensive health and wellness monitoring with Garmin's advaced, highly-accurate Elevate optical heart rate sensor, Body Battery™ energy monitor, Pulse Ox for altitude acclimation and sleep monitoring, and much, much more!

Finally, this premium GPS smartwatch offers Garmin Pay™ contactless payments, smartwatch notifications, safety tracking, and on-watch music storage.

See every single product spec on the tactix 7 here.

Special Tactical Features on the Garmin tactix 7 Military GPS Watch

Mission-ready tactical features on this 2022 Garmin tactical watch include:

  • sapphire lens with dimmable white or green LED flashlight
  • night vision compatible display
  • preloaded tactical
  • aviation features—NexRadar & Fly Activity
  • ual-position GPS formatting
  • Jumpmaster mode
  • projected waypoints
  • Stealth Mode—turns off all comms & won't store GPS data
  • Kill Switch—a super quick factory reset to wipe out watch data

tactix 7 Pro Solar with Applied Ballistics

On the Garmin tactix 7 Pro Solar with Ballistics model, you get Applied Ballistics Elite software, which enables you to calculate long-range shooting solutions in the field.

Applied Ballistics Elite Software

Calculate aiming solutions for long-range shooting in the field with a built-in ballistics calculator.

AB Synapse™ – Garmin App

Easily create and send custom profiles to your Garmin device, including full access to the Applied Ballistics® Bullet Library, which contains more than 1,200 custom measured bullets.

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