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Your lifestyle is unique, and you want a watch that lasts. You need a rugged, solar charging GPS smartwatch that can help you own whatever you do.

You’re ready to carry out the mission with a watch that lasts. You need this rugged, solar charging GPS smartwatch with dedicated tactical features.

Your lifestyle is unique. You need a rugged GPS smartwatch that can help you own whatever you do.

General

Lens Material

Power Glass™

Power Glass™

chemically strengthened glass

Bezel Material

fiber-reinforced polymer

fiber-reinforced polymer

fiber-reinforced polymer

Case material fiber-reinforced polymer fiber-reinforced polymer fiber-reinforced polymer
QuickFit™ watch band compatible

yes (22 mm)

yes (22 mm)

yes (22 mm)

Strap material

silicone

silicone

silicone

Physical size

45 x 45 x 14.5 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 135-230 mm

45 x 45 x 14.6 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 135-230 mm

45 x 45 x 14.5 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 135-230 mm

Display Size custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm) custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm) custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)
Display Resolution 176 x 176 pixels 176 x 176 pixels 176 x 176 pixels
Display Type monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Weight

53 g

53 g

52 g

Water rating 10 ATM 10 ATM 10 ATM
Battery life

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

*Solar charging, assuming all-day wear with 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions
**Solar charging, assuming use in 50,000 lux conditions

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

*Solar charging, assuming all-day wear with 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions
**Solar charging, assuming use in 50,000 lux conditions

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

Charging method Garmin proprietary plug charger Garmin proprietary plug charger Garmin proprietary plug charger
Memory/History 32 MB 32 MB 32 MB

Clock Features

Time/date
GPS Time Sync
Automatic daylight saving time
Alarm clock
Timer
Stopwatch
Sunrise/sunset times

Health Monitoring

Wrist-based heart rate (constant, every second)
Daily resting heart rate
Abnormal heart rate alerts yes (high and low) yes (high and low) yes (high and low)
Respiration rate (24x7)
Pulse Ox blood oxygen saturation
Fitness age
Body Battery™ energy monitor
All-day stress
Relaxation breathing timer
Sleep
Sleep score and insights
Hydration yes (in Garmin Connect™) yes (in Garmin Connect™) yes (in Garmin Connect™)
Women's health yes (in Garmin Connect™) yes (in Garmin Connect™) yes (in Garmin Connect™)
Health snapshot

Sensors

GPS
GLONASS
Galileo
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor
Barometric altimeter
Compass
Accelerometer
Thermometer
Pulse Ox Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor

Daily Smart Features

Connectivity Bluetooth®, ANT+® Bluetooth®, ANT+® Bluetooth®, ANT+®
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)
Smart Notifications
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)
Calendar
Weather
Realtime settings sync with Garmin Connect™ mobile
Battery saver (customizable low power watch)
Controls smartphone music
Find My Phone
Find My Watch
VIRB® Remote
Smartphone compatibility iPhone®, Android™ iPhone®, Android™ iPhone®, Android™
Pairs with Garmin Golf app
Pairs with Garmin Connect™ Mobile
Garmin Pay™

Safety and Tracking Features

LiveTrack
Incident Detection during select activities
Assistance

Tactical Features

Stealth Mode
Night vision mode
Dual grid coordinates
Kill switch

Activity Tracking Features

Step counter
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)
Calories burned
Floors climbed
Distance traveled
Intensity minutes
TrueUp™
Move IQ™
Garmin Connect™ Challenges app yes (optional Connect IQ app) yes (optional Connect IQ app) yes (optional Connect IQ app)

Gym & Fitness Equipment

Automatic rep counting
Cardio workouts
Available gym activity profiles Strength, HIIT, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Breathwork, Pilates, Yoga Strength, HIIT, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Breathwork, Pilates, Yoga Strength, HIIT, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Breathwork, Pilates, Yoga
Strength workouts
HIIT workouts
Yoga workouts
Pilates workouts

Training, Planning and Analysis Features

HR zones
HR alerts
HR calories
% HR max
% HRR
Recovery time
Auto max HR
HRV status
HR broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+™ to paired devices) yes (using ANT+) yes (using ANT+) yes (using ANT+)
Respiration rate (during exercise)
GPS speed and distance
Customizable data pages
Customizable activity profiles
Auto Pause®
Interval training
Advanced workouts
Downloadable training plans
Power Modes - customizable in-activity battery settings
HRM running pace and distance
Auto Lap®
Manual lap
Configurable lap alerts
Heat and altitude acclimation
VO2 Max (Run)
VO2 Max (Trail Run)
Training status
Training load
Training effect
Training effect (anaerobic)
Primary benefit (Training Effect labels)
Improved recovery time
Daily suggested workouts
Custom alerts
Audio prompts
Finish time
Virtual Partner
Race an Activity
Auto multisport activities
Manual multisport activities
Course guidance
Touch and/or button lock
Hot keys
Auto scroll
Activity history on watch
Physio TrueUp

Running Features

Available run profiles

Running, Outdoor Track Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running

Running, Outdoor Track Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running

Running, Outdoor Track Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running

GPS-based distance, time and pace
Running dynamics yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Vertical oscillation and ratio yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Ground contact time and balance yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Stride length (real time) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute)
Running power yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Performance condition
Lactate threshold yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory) yes (with compatible accessory)
Run workouts
Trail run auto climb
Race predictor
Foot pod capable
Run/Walk/Stand detection

Golfing Features

Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)
Yardage to layups/doglegs
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course) manual manual manual
Digital scorecard
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit)
Garmin AutoShot™
Auto CourseView updates
Green View with manual pin position
Hazards and course targets
Round timer/odometer
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory)
Tournament legal

Outdoor Recreation

Available outdoor recreation profiles

Hiking, Indoor Climbing, Bouldering, Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Classic Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Surfing, Hunting, Kiteboarding, Windsurfing, Snowhshoeing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Tennis, Tactical

Hiking, Indoor Climbing, Bouldering, Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Classic Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Surfing, Hunting, Kiteboarding, Windsurfing, Snowhshoeing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Tennis, Tactical

Hiking, Indoor Climbing, Bouldering, Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Classic Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Surfing, Hunting, Kiteboarding, Windsurfing, Snowhshoeing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Tennis, Tactical

Point-to-point navigation
Bread crumb trail in real time
Back to start
TracBack®
UltraTrac mode
Reference point
Elevation profile
Distance to destination
Barometric trend indicator with Storm Alert
Vertical speed
Total ascent/descent
Future elevation plot
GPS coordinates
Sight 'N Go
Area calculation
Projected waypoint
Sun and moon information
XERO™ Locations
Expedition GPS Activity

Cycling Features

Available cycling profiles

Biking, Road Biking, Mountain Biking, Gravel Biking, Bike Commuting, Bike Touring, eBiking, eMountain Biking, Indoor Biking, Cyclocross, Triathlon

Biking, Road Biking, Mountain Biking, Gravel Biking, Bike Commuting, Bike Touring, eBiking, eMountain Biking, Indoor Biking, Cyclocross, Triathlon

Biking, Road Biking, Mountain Biking, Gravel Biking, Bike Commuting, Bike Touring, eBiking, eMountain Biking, Indoor Biking, Cyclocross, Triathlon

Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)
Courses
MTB Grit & Flow
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor)
Race an activity
FTP (Functional Threshold Power)
Compatible with Vector™ and Rally™ (power meters)
Power meter compatible
Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar)
Compatible with Varia™ lights
Speed and cadence sensor support (w/sensor)

Swimming Features

Available swim profiles

Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming

Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming

Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming

Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)
Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (pool swim only)
Drill logging (pool swim only)
Basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only)
"Repeat on" rest timer (pool swim only)
Auto rest (pool swim only)
Time and distance alerts
Countdown start (pool swim only)
Pool swim workouts
Underwater wrist-based heart rate
Heart rate from external HRM (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim)

Kid Activity Tracking Features

Toe-to-Toe™ Challenges app yes (optional Connect IQ Toe-to-Toe™ Challenges app) yes (optional Connect IQ Toe-to-Toe™ Challenges app) yes (optional Connect IQ Toe-to-Toe™ Challenges app)

Connectivity