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The 2022 Garmin Instinct 2/2S Rugged GPS Smartwatch Reviews, Comparisons — with Solar, Tactical, Surf, Camo, and dezl Editions.

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Garmin Instinct 2/2S GPS Smartwatch Cost

Instinct 2/2S Rugged GPS Watches — $349.99

Instinct 2/2S Solar — $449.99

Instinct 2/2S Camo — $399.99

Instinct 2/2S Surf — $399.99

Instinct 2/2S Solar–Surf Edition — $499.99

Instinct 2 Solar–Tactical Edition — $499.99

Instinct 2 dezl — $399.99

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Garmin Instinct 2/2S + 2/2S Solar Review Video

Garmin epix (Gen 2) Comparison
vs fenix 7/7S/7X, epix 2, Venu 2 Plus & Forerunner 945

Instinct 2/2S vs the fenix 7

Instinct 2 Solar

What You Need to Know:

  • Display
    • The fēnix 7/7S/7X adds a touchscreen to the traditional button operation.
    • The Instinct 2/2S series does not have a touchscreen.
  • Maps
    • The standard Instinct 2 Solar does not have topo maps.
    • The fenix 7 Sapphire Solar comes preloaded with TopoActive maps and you can download them to the standard and solar models.
  • Music
    • The Instinct 2/2S series does not have on-watch music storage.
    • All fēnix 7 models have on-watch music storage—up to 2,000 songs!
  • Multi-Band GNSS
    • The fēnix 7 Sapphire Solar offers a higher level ov positioning accuracy.

Everything you want to know about the fēnix 7 here!

fenix 7 Sapphire Solar

Instinct 2/2S vs Venu 2 Plus

Instinct 2S Surf

What You Need To Know:

  • Display
    • The Garmin Venu 2 Plus has an Brighter AMOLED touchscreen display—with button operation as well.
    • The Instinct 2/2S has a sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel display that is not a touchscreen.
  • Calls/Texts On Watch
    • The Venu 2 Plus allows you to make calls and texts from you wrist as long as it is paired with your phone.
  • Training Tools
    • The Instinct 2/2S has more specialized training and outdoor tools for specific pursuits like surfing, trucking, etc.
    • The Venu 2 Plus strikes a brilliant balance between smartwatch and fitness-tracking watch.

More on the Venu 2 Plus Fitness Watch.

Garmin Venu 2 Plus

Instinct 2/2S vs Garmin epix (Gen 2)

Instinct 2 Tactical Solar

What You Need To Know:

  • Display
    • The Garmin epix 2 has an Brighter AMOLED touchscreen display—with button operation as well.
    • The Instinct 2/2S series has a sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel display that is not a touchscreen.
  • Maps
    • The Garmin Instinct 2/2S lineup does not come preloaded with TopoActive maps
    • The epix (Gen 2) Sapphire does come with the topo maps—plus it has multi-band satellite technology.
  • Price
    • epix (Gen 2) — $900-$1000
    • Instinct 2/2S series — $350-$500

More on the epix (Gen 2) premium miltisport watch.

epix (Gen 2) Sapphire

Instinct 2/2S vs Garmin Forerunner 945

Forerunner 945

What You Need To Know: 

  • Model Options
    • The Forerunner 945 has one color and size in the standard version, and two colors and one size in the LTE version.
    • The Instinct 2/2S series offers several performance-specific models like for Surf, Tactical, and Truck-Driving, along with 2 sizes available in some models.
  • Battery Life
    • The Instinct 2/2S offers A LOT more battery life with solar-charging options.
  • Maps
    • The Garmin Instinct 2/2S does not have topo maps, Round-Trip Course Creator or Trendline Popularity Routing while the FR 945 does.

More on the Forerunner 945 GPS running watch.

More on the Forerunner Instinct 2/2S Outdoor GPS watch.

Garmin Instinct 2/2S


Garmin Instinct 2/2S Solar Rugged GPS Watch

Garmin Instinct 2/2S (without Solar-charging)

Updated with Training Status, Training Load, VO2 Max and Race Predictor and preloaded with a lot more activity profiles for running, biking, swimming, and more! (Watch this Instinct 2 review for an in-depth look!) Live the ultimate connected life with smart notifications, Garmin Pay™ and Connect IQ compatibility when paired with your compatible smartphone. Understand your body better with all-day health monitoring for energy levels, stress, sleep, Pulse Ox and much more.

Garmin Isntinct 2/2S Solar

Solar charging adds unlimited battery life in smartwatch mode. (See Battery Chart Below).

Garmin Instinct 2 & Instinct 2 Solar
Case Size : (H x W x D) 45 x 45 x 14.5 mm; Weight: 52g

Garmin Instinct 2S & Instinct 2S Solar
Case Size :
(H x W x D) 40x 40 x 13.3 mm; Weight: 42g

Garmin Instinct 2 Instinct Solar–Tactical

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar–Tactical Edition GPS smartwatch features include:

  • Night Vision compatibility
  • Stealth Mode
  • dual-format GPS
  • projected waypoints
  • Jumpmaster Mode
  • military standard toughness
  • unprecedented battery life to those that explore under the sun (See Battery Chart Below)

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar–Tactical
Case Size : (H x W x D) 45 x 45 x 14.5 mm; Weight: 52g

Garmin Instinct 2S Solar–Tactical
Case Size :
(H x W x D) 40x 40 x 13.3 mm; Weight: 42g

Garmin Instinct Watches Battery Life

Garmin Instinct 2S, Instinct 2S Camo, Instinct 2S Surf

Smartwatch: Up to 21 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 50 days
GPS: Up to 22hrs
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 54hrs
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 25 days

Garmin Instinct 2, Instinct 2 Camo, Instinct 2 Surf, Instinct 2 dezl

Smartwatch: Up to 28 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 65 days
GPS: Up to 30hrs
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 70hrs
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 32 days

Garmin Instinct 2S Solar, Instinct 2S Solar–Surf

Smartwatch: Up to 21 days/51 days with solar
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 50 days/Unlimited with solar
GPS: Up to 22hrs/28 hrs with solar
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 54hrs/114 hrs with solar
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 25 days/105 days with solar

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar, Instinct 2 Solar–Surf, Instinct 2 Solar–Tactical

Smartwatch: Up to 28 days/Unlimited with solar
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 65 days/Unlimited with solar
GPS: Up to 30hrs/48 hrs with solar
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 70hrs/370 hrs with solar
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 32 days/Unlimited with solar

Garmin Instinct 2/2S Surf, Solar–Surf & Camo

Garmin Instinct 2/2S Surf, Solar–Surf and Instinct 2/2S Camo GPS smartwatch features include:

  • military standard toughness
  • multi-GNSS (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo)
  • built-in sports apps right on your wrist
  • notifications straight from your phone to your wrist
  • Tide Data (Surf Edition only)
  • Surf, Windsurfing, & Kiteboarding Activity (Surf Edition only)
  • Surfline Sessions™ (Surf Edition only)
  • Xero™ Locations
  • Projected Waypoints
  • Sun and Moon Info & Sunrise/Sunset
  • unprecedented battery life with solar-charging in the Instinct 2/2S Solar-Surf (See Battery Chart)

Garmin Instinct 2 Camo, Surf, Solar–Surf
Case Size : (H x W x D) 45 x 45 x 14.5 mm; Weight: 52g

Garmin Instinct 2S Camo, Surf, Solar–Surf
Case Size :
(H x W x D) 40x 40 x 13.3 mm; Weight: 42g

Garmin Instinct 2 dezl GPS Watch

  • This rugged trucking smartwatch is water-rated to 100 meters and thermal- and shock-resistant with scratch-resistant glass display with silicone band for all-day comfort
  • All-day health monitoring features that track your heart rate, sleep, Pulse Ox, respiration and more; pair with the dēzl™ app on your compatible smartphone for access to workout tutorials that fit within standard break times
  • Easy break planning with timely notifications and Garmin Pay™ contactless payments, which help you breeze through checkout lines with a supported country and payment network.
  • Pair with the dēzl™ app for access to loyalty programs from some of the nation’s leading travel plazas, including Love’s Travel Stops and Pilot Flying J Travel Centers
  • Save time and improve efficiency with PrePass® notifications of upcoming U.S. weigh stations and bypass decisions; requires active PrePass account and use of the dēzl app on your compatible smartphone
  • Extra-long battery life: up to 28 days in smartwatch mode; up to 30 hours in GPS mode

Garmin Instinct 2 dezl
Case Size : (H x W x D) 45 x 45 x 14.5 mm; Weight: 52g

What Are the Garmin Instinct 2/2S Apps?

The Garmin Instinct 2 Series of rugged GPS smartwatches are compatible with several Garmin apps, which include:

  • The Garmin Connect™ app: On mobile or web, Garmin Connect is the tool for tracking, analyzing, and sharing health and fitness activities recorded by your paired Garmin Instinct 2/2S GPS watch.

  • The Garmin Explore™ app: This all-in-one app is made for off-the-grid adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Download to your compatible smartphone so you can plan, navigate, and review your next great adventure.

  • The Connect IQ™ app: Allows you to add life and style to your Garmin watch with free watch faces, apps, and more.

What Are Garmin Instinct 2/2S Colors?

Instinct 2: Electric Lime

Instinct 2S: Graphite, Deep Orchid, Poppy

Instinct 2 Solar: Graphite, Mist Gray, Tidal Blue

Instinct 2S Solar: Grpahite, Mist Gray, Neo Tropic

Instinct 2 Solar – Tactical Edition: Black, Coyote Tan

Instinct 2 Camo: Graphite Camo

Instinct 2S Camo: Mist Camo

Instinct 2 Surf: Mavericks

Instinct 2S Surf: Wakiki

Instinct 2 Solar – Surf Edition: Bells Beach

Instinct 2S Solar – Surf Edition: Ericeira

Instinct 2 dezl: Black

Is the Garmin Instinct 2/2S Waterproof?

Yes! All Garmin Instinct 2 rugged GPS watches are water rated to 10 ATM.

10 ATM — Withstands pressures equivalent to a depth of 100 meters, splashes, rain or snow, showering, swimming, diving into water, snorkeling, and high-speed water sports.

Additionally, Instinct watches are built to the U.S. military standard 810 for thermal, shock and water resistance.

Each Garmin Instinct 2/2S watch has a durable fiber-reinforced polymer case, chemically strengthened, scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® glass or Power Glass™ (for solar watches) and a battery powered by the sun (on solar editions) creates a device that’s built to endure.

Can You Customize Your Garmin Instinct 2/2S Watch Face?

Yes! Garmin Instinct 2/2S offers multiple unique watch faces, with a color inverted option of each.

Additionally, each watch face has the ability to customize what data or symbols to display. The selected watch face may change what can be customized, what options are available, or how the data appears. Depending on the watch face, you will have two to four data customization options.

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