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Garmin Instinct Crossover – Hybrid outdoor sportwatch w/wo solar

The Instinct Crossover seems to be Garmin’s another rugged outdoor sports watch to be released within the next couple of weeks. This time the product has not been leaked by hasty online retailers but by Garmin which put the watch on the company’s Taiwanese website lately.

Garmin Instinct Crossover | Source: Garmin

Garmin Instinct Crossover | Source: Garmin

Indications about an incoming smartwatch have been surfaced on FCC’s website at the beginning of October. The listing IPH-04348 describes a hybrid smartwatch with a circular design, supporting NFC, ANT+ and Bluetooth. The documents do not name the Instinct Crossover directly and, as always, it’s a bit of guesswork, a bit of combining and a bit of keeping your fingers crossed.

Screenshot | Source: Garmin

Screenshot | Source: Garmin

To be honest, it could also be a vivomove 4, for example… but as the Instinct Crossover appeared on Garmin’s website the first option seem much more likely.

Garmin Instinct – Outdoor sports watches for challenging adventures

The Garmin Instinct Crossover is a new model in the Instinct series, which primarily focuses on adventurous outdoor sports. While the first and second gen Instinct models make use of a transflective MIP display only, the Instinct Crossover features classic watch hands positioned in front of the MIP display. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the vivomove 3, with the difference that Garmin doesn’t even try to hide the MIP display.

The hands are clearly clearly visible to ease the reading.

While the Instinct 1/2’s small, circular display-in-a-display was a unique feature, the Instinct Crossover no longer offers it. The display’s resolution, however, remains at 176 x 176 pixels.

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar| Source: Garmin

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar| Source: Garmin

While much of the display characteristics remains the same, the Instinct Crossover now has 64 MB of memory (compared to 16 or 32 MB).

 InstinctInstinct 2 / SolarInstinct Crossover / Solar
Displaychemically strengthenedchemically strengthened / Power Glasschemically strengthened / Power Glass
Resolution176 x 176 pixels176 x 176 pixels176 x 176 pixels
Dimensions45 x 45 x 15.3 mm45 x 45 x 14.5 mm45 x 45 x 16.2 mm
Weight52 g52 g65 g
Water Resistance10 ATM10 ATM10 ATM
Memory16 MB32 MB64 MB

Once again, the battery life is remarkable, and the models using Garmin’s Power Glass solar technology benefit from an additional boost. When used in an energy saving manner and with sufficient sunlight around, the Instinct Crossover never needs to be recharched by cable. Even with “normal” use and without the solar advantage, charging once a month is sufficient.

 InstinctInstinct 2 / SolarInstinct Crossover / Solar
Smartwatch mode14 days28 days / ∞28 / 70 days
Energy saver mode-65 days / ∞71 days / ∞
GPS16 hours30 / 48 hours25 / 31 hours
GPS (max)-70 / 370 hours111 / 553 hours
GPS (expedition)40 hours32 days / ∞40 / 327 days

Morning Report, Racing Widget and Running Power

The Instinct Crossover’s features are very similar to those of the Instinct 2, which is not surprising as the Crossover is more of a variant than a completely new watch. In addition to the familiar functions (e.g. activity tracking, sleep monitoring, VO2max, 24/7 heart rate measurement, SpO2, HFV, stress measurement), the Instinct Crossover supports using multi-GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo) to enhance position finding in challenging environments.

New features to the Instinct series include

  • Morning Report

    The Morning Report has been around since the Garmin Lily, but has been highlighted during the launch of the Fenix 7, Epix Gen 2 and vivosmart 5. It provides information on the metrics and other stats (e.g. sleep score, weather) after waking up.

  • Race Widget

    The Race Widget can be accessed from the watchface and is about training tips, daily suggested workouts, and finish time prediction based on course details, weather, and performance.

  • Running Power (requires Running Dynamics Pod or HRM-Pro Plus)

These features were first introduced along the Fenix 7 / Epix 2, Forerunner 255 and Forerunner 955.

Availability and Prices

When officially released, the Instinct Crossover will be available in the following variants:

  • Garmin Instinct Crossover – Black
  • Garmin Instinct Crossover – Solar Graphite
  • Garmin Instinct Crossover – Solar Tactical Edition

Though the product popped up on Garmin’s website, you won’t find any prices there right now. The Instinct 2 is currently available for an RRP of 349.99 € for the standard edition, 449.99 € for the solar edition and 499.99 € for the tactical edition. Since the range of functions has obviously not changed that much, I would also consider these prices as a first indication for the Instinct Crossover.

Unfortunately, there is no information about the release date either. My guess is that we can expect the Instinct Crossover to be released in the weeks to come.


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