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Garmin's latest hybrid smartwatch is built like a tank with stellar battery life

The Instinct Crossover hybrid smartwatch also comes in solar-powered and tactical variants.
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November 8, 2022
Garmin Instinct Crossover Tactical Edition
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TL;DR
  • Garmin has launched the Instinct Crossover series of smartwatches.
  • They come with long-lasting batteries and a rugged exterior for outdoor adventurers.
  • The smartwatches start at $499 for the basic model.

Garmin has launched three new hybrid smartwatches that also promise the toughness of a rugged watch. The new Garmin Instinct Crossover series borrows its name from the world of automobiles to aptly describe what it is — an analog-digital watch lineup.

Ruggedness runs in Garmin’s Instinct family of devices, and the new smartwatches stay true to those roots. They are shock resistant, have military standard certification (MIL-STD-810) to function in extreme environments, and are water-rated to 10ATM. That’s plenty of armor for your outdoor adventures.

Additionally, the Instinct Crossover also comes with something Garmin calls RevoDrive Technology. It essentially auto-calibrates the smartwatches to show the precise time in case of significant impact during an adventure.

Since they are hybrid wearable, the Instinct Crossover models feature analog hands overlayed on their digital display. The hands quickly move away when you want to view detailed smartwatch data.

The solar-powered model is called the Instinct Crossover Solar Edition. Garmin says the advantage of getting this version is “infinite battery life” in battery-saver mode. Essentially, the watch will never run out of juice for standard analog features like time, date, and stopwatch.

There's also a version of the smartwatch with dedicated tactical features.

Even while using advanced connected features, the Instinct Crossover Solar Edition promises up to 70 days of battery life in smartwatch mode. Meanwhile, the base model Instinct Crossover without solar charging promises nearly a month of battery life in smartwatch mode and more than 110 hours in GPS mode.

The series also has a Tactical Edition with dedicated tactical-oriented features like night vision compatibility, stealth mode, dual-format GPS, a kill switch, and more.

Besides its impressive battery and durability claims, the Instinct Crossover family of watches (basic, solar, and tactical) offers Garmin’s full suite of health and fitness tracking features. These include sleep score, advanced sleep monitoring, stress monitoring, heart rate, VO2 Max, Pulse oximetry, and more.

You also get access to Garmin Pay on all the Instinct Crossover models, allowing you to pay for things at select stores using near-field communication (NFC).

The smartwatches start at $499 for the basic model. The solar and tactical versions are more expensive.