Garmin’s new glow-in-the-dark hybrid sports watch promises endless battery life

Garmin Instinct crossover smartwatch

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Garmin’s Instinct watches are built to withstand the outdoor elements and the most energy-intensive users. You won’t find flashy color displays on these watches, but rather useful features that provide comprehensive health and wellness tracking for virtually any activity. I spent time with the Garmin Instinct 2 earlier this year and found it to be a fantastic GPS sports watch at an affordable price.

The new Garmin Instinct Crossover is the latest addition to the Instinct series, delivering a classic analog watch experience with the superb 24/7 health and activity tracking you’ve come to expect from a Garmin wearable. In photos alone, the Super-LumiNova coated analog hands and chapter ring look incredible, although I’ll have to see how fair they are in low light.

There’s a lot to be said for the endurance of the latest Garmin. The Instinct Crossover meets MIL-STD-810 standards with 10ATM water resistance, the solar model has infinite battery life in battery saver mode and up to 70 days of battery life in smartwatch mode, and Garmin’s new analog RevoDrive pointer technology is engineered to provide a… to ensure precise time. In general, you don’t have to worry about battery life with the Instinct Crossover.

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Instinct Crossover with Super-LumiNova

This traditional glow-in-the-dark effect looks amazing.

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As with other Garmin hybrid watches, the analog hands move out of the way so you can view detailed smart feature data. Speaking of which, the Instinct Crossover supports Garmin’s full range of wellness features, including sleep stages, body battery and stress tracking. Health features like VO2 Max, fitness age, HRV status and recovery time are supported, as well as standard features like Garmin Pay and Garmin Connect.

Multi-GNSS support, TracBack routing, ABC sensors and more are provided for those looking to explore new locations. If you opt for the more expensive Tactical Edition, the watch also comes with night vision compatibility, dual-format GPS, and a kill switch.

Garmin’s Instinct Crossover starts at $499.99. The Solar model is only $50 more, $549.99, and the Solar Tactical Edition is $599.99. There are two color options for the standard and solar models, while the Tactical Edition only comes in black.


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