Review: Garmin’s Instinct Tactical is Fit for the Wild

By Michael Herne | February 03, 2020

When people think of Garmin, they generally think of the first GPS unit they had for their vehicle. But Garmin’s global positioning system technology is used across a variety of industries, including aviation, marine, fitness, and outdoor recreation. In the outdoor space, their watches are often featured on “best of” lists and praised for their navigation tools, which is essential when you’re hunting, hiking, or camping in the backcountry.

I’ve used my trusty Garmin Fenix 3 for years and was hesitant to replace it, but I had the opportunity to test out the new Instinct Tactical after it was released in August 2019. I put it to the test during a couple weeks of training, as well as in Colorado’s backcountry for elk archery season. After wearing the Instinct Tactical for a week, it was evident that it is a smartwatch more than capable of suiting the needs of most outdoorsmen.         

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